Sovereign Capital Partners LLP

Company summary

Sovereign Capital Partners is a private equity firm and a leading player in the education and training market in the UK. The firm, which utilises a buy and build approach, has invested £230m in the sector since 2002 and owns nine education and training companies in its portfolio.

17 September 2012 | Education

Company news

Sovereign Capital buys Duff Miller, Lansdowne College and Chelsea Independent College

Sovereign Capital, the UK private equity buy and build specialist, has announced the purchase of three independent sixth form colleges in Central London.

The three colleges, which were previously owned by Mr. Hugh Templeton, Bahamas registered Winsland Enterprises Ltd (which owned around 33% of each college) and other shareholders, are rumoured to have been acquired at an enterprise value of £30m. The colleges, which educate 750 students aged from 16 to 18 years old, include Duff Miller in South Kensington, Lansdowne College in Bayswater and Chelsea Independent College in Fulham.

Michael Needley, a Partner at Sovereign Capital said, “There are many opportunities for growth which include: establishing new schools across the country, expanding into primary and secondary provision and serving the international pupil market both in the UK and abroad. We plan to build the group through organic and acquisitive growth”.

Additional finance for the transaction was provided by Lloyds and Sovereign will commit further funds to support the buy and build strategy.

Sovereign Capital has made twenty acquisitions in the education and training space since 2002 investing an aggregate of £230m.


​For a full analysis please see our research report on the Sixth Form College market

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Our expertise

Deal origination - acquisitions - We help quoted companies and private equity houses source acquisitions in the UK and overseas.

Deal origination - disposals - We help owners of companies wishing to dispose of their business.

IPO advice - We provide strategic, financial and valuation advice to companies considering an IPO.

Valuation - We undertake valuations for ESOP transactions, employee share schemes and for a wide range of fiscal, legal and commercial purposes.

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Our corporate finance skills can be employed in a wide range of sectors. We have a particular strength in animal health, education, outsourcing, IT, data analytics and financial publishing.

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