Advance’s Acquisition of Turnitin


Advance was advised by Evercore and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Turnitin, Insight and GIC were advised by UBS and Goodwin Procter LLP.

Advance executed the acquisition of Turnitin, a leading provider of education technology for academic integrity and writing solutions, from an investment entity affiliated with Insight Venture Partners, GIC and their co-investors.

Turnitin’s proprietary software promotes student authenticity, instructor effectiveness, and better educational outcomes. Through machine learning, computer vision, and advanced artificial intelligence, Turnitin’s products check for plagiarism in writing and code assignments, provide real-time feedback for students, and automate grading for teachers across multiple disciplines. Turnitin’s products are used by over 34 million students in over 15,000 K-12 and higher education institutions in 153 countries. Its global reach and network of clients, including educational and research institutions, corporations and governments, have enabled Turnitin to build an unparalleled database of content used to check for text similarity and verify authorship.

Paul, Weiss advised Advance Publications with a team including corporate partners Robert Schumer (Picture), Kelley Parker and Eric Goodison and counsel Nick Smolansky and Caith Kushner; intellectual property partner Claudine Meredith-Goujon and counsel Jonathan Ashtor; employee benefits partner Lawrence Witdorchic and counsel Jason Ertel; tax partner David Sicular; real estate partner Mitchell Berg; and litigation partner Jaren Janghorbani.

Goodwin advised Turnitin with a team including Ilan Nissan, Paul Cicero, Eric Willenbacher, Eric Piasta, Andrea Murino, James Mattus, Steven Argentieri, Joshua Soszynski, Milena Tantcheva, Jordan Weiss, Jacqueline Klosek and Christina Queiros Bouchot.

Involved fees earner: Steven Argentieri – Goodwin Procter; Paul Cicero – Goodwin Procter; Jacqueline Klosek – Goodwin Procter; James Mattus – Goodwin Procter; Andrea Agathoklis Murino – Goodwin Procter; Ilan Nissan – Goodwin Procter; Christina Queiros Bouchot – Goodwin Procter; Joshua Soszynski – Goodwin Procter; Milena Tantcheva – Goodwin Procter; Jordan Weiss – Goodwin Procter; Eric Willenbacher – Goodwin Procter; Jonathan Ashtor – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Mitchell Berg – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Jason Ertel – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Eric Goodison – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Jaren Janghorbani – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Caith Kushner – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Claudine Meredith-Goujon – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Kelley Parker – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Robert Schumer – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; David Sicular – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Nicholas Smolansky – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Lawrence Witdorchic – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison;

Law Firms: Goodwin Procter; Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison;

Clients: Advance Publications, Inc.; Turnitin LLC;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti