GoGuardian’s Merger With Pear Deck


Kirkland & Ellis advised GoGuardian on the deal.

GoGuardian, a portfolio company of Sumeru Equity Partners, completed its merger with market-leading student engagement platform Pear Deck. GoGuardian is a K-12 EdTech company that provides solutions for safer, more productive digital learning. The merger enables a strong partnership that drives expansion into new, but interconnected growth areas.

Pear Deck was founded by educators on a mission to help teachers create powerful learning moments for every student, every day. Pear Deck’s student engagement platform is used by 1 out of 3 schools in the United States to foster connections with learners of every age and ability. Backed by investors focused on solving major global problems in education, Pear Deck designs technology that is inclusive, accessible, and promotes equitable engagement in the classroom.

The merger was led by GoGuardian and Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP), a technology-focused growth capital firm that first backed GoGuardian in 2018 with a significant strategic investment. Vista Point Advisors acted as the exclusive advisor to Pear Deck in its sale to GoGuardian and worked alongside Pear Deck’s Board, Growth Street Partners, Village Capital. Robert W. Baird & Company served as financial advisor to SEP and GoGuardian in connection with the transaction. As part of the deal, Pear Deck co-founder and Chief Educator, Michal Eynon-Lynch will join the GoGuardian Board of Directors. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Kirkland team advising GoGuardian was led by transactional partner Lilit Voskanyan (Picture) and associates Stella Lee and Madeleine Foote; and included debt finance partners Francesco Penati and Katie Taylor, and associates Jeanne Lee John, Daniel Schwimmer and Tina He; tax partner Devin Heckman and associate Andrew Chan; technology & IP transactions partner Vladimir Khodosh and associate Derek Ventling; executive compensation partner Rohit Nafday and associate Jennifer Gong; employee benefits partner Alexandra Mihalas and associate Theodore Brown; employment & labor partner Sydney Jones and associate Jaime Wamble; real estate partner Roberto Miceli and associate Sohil Khurana; environmental partner Paul Tanaka and associate Michael Mahoney; international trade & national security partner Mario Mancuso, associate Luci Hague and law clerk Anais Bourbon; antitrust & competition partners Ian John and Stephanie Greco, and associates Kelsey Laugel and Jasmine Smith; and transactional partner Anna Geml.

Involved fees earner: Theodore Brown – Kirkland & Ellis; Andrew Chan – Kirkland & Ellis; Madeleine Foote – Kirkland & Ellis; Anna Geml – Kirkland & Ellis; Jennifer Gong – Kirkland & Ellis; Stephanie Greco – Kirkland & Ellis; Luci Hague – Kirkland & Ellis; Tina He – Kirkland & Ellis; Devin Heckman – Kirkland & Ellis; Ian John – Kirkland & Ellis; Sydney Jones – Kirkland & Ellis; Vladimir Khodosh – Kirkland & Ellis; Sohil Khurana – Kirkland & Ellis; Kelsey Laugel – Kirkland & Ellis; Stella Lee – Kirkland & Ellis; Jeanne Lee John – Kirkland & Ellis; Michael Mahoney – Kirkland & Ellis; Mario Mancuso – Kirkland & Ellis; Roberto Miceli – Kirkland & Ellis; Alexandra Mihalas – Kirkland & Ellis; Rohit Nafday – Kirkland & Ellis; Francesco Penati – Kirkland & Ellis; Daniel Schwimmer – Kirkland & Ellis; Jasmine Smith – Kirkland & Ellis; Paul Tanaka – Kirkland & Ellis; Katie Taylor – Kirkland & Ellis; Derek Ventling – Kirkland & Ellis; Lilit Voskanyan – Kirkland & Ellis; Jaime Wamble – Kirkland & Ellis;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis;

Clients: GoGuardian;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti