Pluralsight’s Acquisition of A Cloud Guru

Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Pluralsight and Vista, while Latham & Watkins LLP represented A Cloud Guru in the transaction.

Pluralsight, Inc., the technology workforce development company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire A Cloud Guru (ACG), a leading cloud skills development platform. The acquisition is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions and follows Vista Equity Partners’ recent acquisition of Pluralsight.

Pluralsight is the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes and gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting.

A Cloud Guru is driven by a simple mission — to teach the world to cloud. As the world’s most comprehensive, hands-on, and effective SaaS platform for cloud learning, ACG has enabled 2.5 million learners and over 4,500 organizations to achieve a brighter future. 

William Blair & Company, LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Pluralsight and Vista in the transaction. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to A Cloud Guru.

The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Stuart Casillas (Picture) and Ari Levi and associates Elaine Sun, Mike Proudfoot, Ben Jain, Arash Mahboubi and Alexander Keane.

Latham & Watkins LLP represented A Cloud Guru in the transaction with a corporate deal team led by Boston partners Hans Brigham (Picture) and Nate Amory, with assistance from Boston partners John Chory and Evan Smith and Boston associates Laki Triantafylidis, Peter Prial, Martha Anderson, and Henry Adrian van Seventer. Advice was also provided on intellectual property matters by Boston partner Sarah Gagan, with Boston associate Deborah Hinck; on tax matters by Bay Area partner Grace Lee and London partner Karl Mah, with Boston associate Jeremiah Cowen and London associate Michael McGowan; on benefits and compensation matters by Washington, D.C. partner Dave Della Rocca, Chicago partner Robin Struve, and London partner Sarah Gadd, with Chicago associates Leah Segall and Samantha Voutyras; on antitrust matters by Washington, D.C. partners Amanda Reeves and Ian Conner, Brussels partner Hector Armengod, and Washington, D.C. counsel Patrick English, with Washington, D.C. associate Andrew Molina, Brussels associates Maria Loudjeva and Ben Isaacs, and Frankfurt associate Sebastian Sohn; and on finance matters by New York partner Scott Ollivierre, with New York associate Lena Dunn.

Involved fees earner: Stuart Casillas – Kirkland & Ellis; Benjamin Jain – Kirkland & Ellis; Alexander Keane – Kirkland & Ellis; Ari Levi – Kirkland & Ellis; Arash Mahboubi – Kirkland & Ellis; Mike Proudfoot – Kirkland & Ellis; Elaine Sun – Kirkland & Ellis; Nathaniel Amory – Latham & Watkins; Martha Louise Anderson – Latham & Watkins; Héctor Armengod – Latham & Watkins; Johan Brigham – Latham & Watkins; John Chory – Latham & Watkins; Ian Conner – Latham & Watkins; Jeremiah Cowen – Latham & Watkins; David Della Rocca – Latham & Watkins; Lena Dunn – Latham & Watkins; Patrick English – Latham & Watkins; Sarah Gadd – Latham & Watkins; Sarah Gagan – Latham & Watkins; Deborah Hinck – Latham & Watkins; Ben Isaac – Latham & Watkins; Grace Lee – Latham & Watkins; Maria Loudjeva – Latham & Watkins; Karl Mah – Latham & Watkins; Andrew Molina – Latham & Watkins; Scott Ollivierre – Latham & Watkins; Peter Prial – Latham & Watkins; Amanda Reeves – Latham & Watkins; Leah Segall – Latham & Watkins; Evan Smith – Latham & Watkins; Sebastian Sohn – Latham & Watkins; Robin Struve – Latham & Watkins; Laki Triantafylidis – Latham & Watkins; Henry Adrian van Seventer – Latham & Watkins; Samantha Voutyras – Latham & Watkins;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins;

Clients: A Cloud Guru; Pluralsight Inc.;

Author: Martina Bellini

Pluralsight’s Acquisition of A Cloud Guru

Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Pluralsight and Vista, while Latham & Watkins LLP represented A Cloud Guru in the transaction.

Pluralsight, Inc., the technology workforce development company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire A Cloud Guru (ACG), a leading cloud skills development platform. The acquisition is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions and follows Vista Equity Partners’ recent acquisition of Pluralsight.

Pluralsight is the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes and gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting.

A Cloud Guru is driven by a simple mission — to teach the world to cloud. As the world’s most comprehensive, hands-on, and effective SaaS platform for cloud learning, ACG has enabled 2.5 million learners and over 4,500 organizations to achieve a brighter future. 

William Blair & Company, LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Pluralsight and Vista in the transaction. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to A Cloud Guru.

The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Stuart Casillas (Picture) and Ari Levi and associates Elaine Sun, Mike Proudfoot, Ben Jain, Arash Mahboubi and Alexander Keane.

Latham & Watkins LLP represented A Cloud Guru in the transaction with a corporate deal team led by Boston partners Hans Brigham (Picture) and Nate Amory, with assistance from Boston partners John Chory and Evan Smith and Boston associates Laki Triantafylidis, Peter Prial, Martha Anderson, and Henry Adrian van Seventer. Advice was also provided on intellectual property matters by Boston partner Sarah Gagan, with Boston associate Deborah Hinck; on tax matters by Bay Area partner Grace Lee and London partner Karl Mah, with Boston associate Jeremiah Cowen and London associate Michael McGowan; on benefits and compensation matters by Washington, D.C. partner Dave Della Rocca, Chicago partner Robin Struve, and London partner Sarah Gadd, with Chicago associates Leah Segall and Samantha Voutyras; on antitrust matters by Washington, D.C. partners Amanda Reeves and Ian Conner, Brussels partner Hector Armengod, and Washington, D.C. counsel Patrick English, with Washington, D.C. associate Andrew Molina, Brussels associates Maria Loudjeva and Ben Isaacs, and Frankfurt associate Sebastian Sohn; and on finance matters by New York partner Scott Ollivierre, with New York associate Lena Dunn.

Involved fees earner: Stuart Casillas – Kirkland & Ellis; Benjamin Jain – Kirkland & Ellis; Alexander Keane – Kirkland & Ellis; Ari Levi – Kirkland & Ellis; Arash Mahboubi – Kirkland & Ellis; Mike Proudfoot – Kirkland & Ellis; Elaine Sun – Kirkland & Ellis; Nathaniel Amory – Latham & Watkins; Martha Louise Anderson – Latham & Watkins; Héctor Armengod – Latham & Watkins; Johan Brigham – Latham & Watkins; John Chory – Latham & Watkins; Ian Conner – Latham & Watkins; Jeremiah Cowen – Latham & Watkins; David Della Rocca – Latham & Watkins; Lena Dunn – Latham & Watkins; Patrick English – Latham & Watkins; Sarah Gadd – Latham & Watkins; Sarah Gagan – Latham & Watkins; Deborah Hinck – Latham & Watkins; Ben Isaac – Latham & Watkins; Grace Lee – Latham & Watkins; Maria Loudjeva – Latham & Watkins; Karl Mah – Latham & Watkins; Andrew Molina – Latham & Watkins; Scott Ollivierre – Latham & Watkins; Peter Prial – Latham & Watkins; Amanda Reeves – Latham & Watkins; Leah Segall – Latham & Watkins; Evan Smith – Latham & Watkins; Sebastian Sohn – Latham & Watkins; Robin Struve – Latham & Watkins; Laki Triantafylidis – Latham & Watkins; Henry Adrian van Seventer – Latham & Watkins; Samantha Voutyras – Latham & Watkins;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins;

Clients: A Cloud Guru; Pluralsight Inc.;

Author: Martina Bellini