Clearwater International advises IDI and Raise Impact on debt financing for the acquisition of the Talis Education Group

Clearwater International has advised IDI and Raise Impact on raising debt finance to support the acquisition of the Talis Education Group, a training network that provides professional services courses.

Founded in 1978 in Bergerac, the Talis Education Group is a network of post-baccalaureate schools specialised in training courses for the professional services sector such as international business, management, marketing/communication, HR, banking/finance, real estate apprenticeship, and professionalisation contracts. The business has trained more than 15,000 students across their large network of 2,000 partner companies. As a player in the growing education sector and supported by a favourable regulatory context following the government's ambition to develop apprenticeships in France, the Talis Group has a unique territorial anchoring. It offers a wide range of training courses, with one of the best employability rates in the market at 80%.

With high-quality facilities, spread across nine campuses, within New Aquitaine and Paris, the Talis Education Group has demonstrated its ability to adapt very quickly to COVID-19 secure measures, in order to allow students to work remotely due to the pandemic.

The Talis Education Group is pursuing its growth strategy by closing its third LBO with IDI and Raise Impact, supported by the management team. This transaction allows IDI, a listed group specialising in private equity, and Raise Impact, the impact investment structure of the Raise Group, to acquire a majority stake in the company.

Due to the support and expertise of its new majority shareholders, the Talis Education Group intends to accelerate its development throughout France and to consolidate its private higher education positioning in the market through external growth operations.