Barbri Global, a portfolio company of Francisco Partners, has acquired West Academic from private equity firm, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.
West Academic is a publisher of casebooks, treatises, study aids and other legal education materials and products. The firm is published in both print and digital media through its three brands West Academic Publishing, Foundation Press and Gilbert. Additionally, the firm provides supplemental bar programs through AdaptiBar.
“The West Academic management team, led by Chris Parton, has built an outstanding and differentiated business through its powerful brand recognition, best-in-class editorial content and leading digital learning platform,” stated Tannaz Chapman, managing director at Levine Leichtman. “Since we invested in 2018, the Company has experienced tremendous growth, driven both by acceleration of its direct-to-consumer and digital capabilities, as well as execution of three strategic acquisitions that expanded offerings.”
William Blair & Company, LLC served as the lead financial advisor to West Academic in connection with the sale, with support from Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., and Honigman LLP served as legal counsel.