The Key Support Services Limited’s Acquisition of Arbor Education Partners


Brown Rudnick has advised Arbor Education Partners Group Limited on its sale to The Key Support Services Limited (The Key), part of the Darwin Acquisitions Limited group.

The transaction was part of a broader, more complex transaction with CBPE taking a large share in Darwin Acquisition’s holding company. Brown Rudnick acted for the founders, Social Venture Fund II GmbH & Co KG (SVF) managed by Ananda, Nesta Partners Limited (Nesta) and other shareholders of Arbor Education.

Abor Education helps schools work more collaboratively and efficiently with its two data-led products, Arbor MIS and Arbor Insight. Arbor MIS is the fastest growing Management Information System (MIS) used by over 1,200 schools and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) for easier and enhanced working and Arbor Insight is the industry-leading benchmarking tool used to understand school performance and improve student outcomes.

The Key Support Services Limited provides sector intelligence and resources to empower education leaders with the knowledge to act.

The Brown Rudnick deal team included Neil Foster (Picture), Sarah Melaney, Tracy Fisher, Max Binney, Nick Davies, Toby Plowman and Lois Child.

Involved fees earner: Max Binney – Brown Rudnick; Nick Davies – Brown Rudnick; Tracy Fisher – Brown Rudnick; Neil Foster – Brown Rudnick; Sarah Melaney – Brown Rudnick; Tobias Plowman – Brown Rudnick;

Law Firms: Brown Rudnick;

Clients: Arbor Education Partners Group Limited;