Leeds Equity Partners pulls in more than $750m for first fund in eight years


Education and training-focused buyout house Leeds Equity Partners has beaten its $750m target to close its first fund raised since 2010.

The firm has already completed five investments through Fund VI, which is now approximately 40 per cent committed.

Those deals comprise Dalton Education, Endeavor Schools, Exterro, Fusion Education, and Simplify Compliance.

The firm’s closed its last fund on $525m in 2010, and raised $430m for Fund IV back in 2004.

Leeds Equity president Jeffrey Leeds said, “We are grateful not only for the capital commitments of our investors, but also for the engagement they exhibit, which we value enormously.

“The successful fundraise for Leeds VI is a result of the commitment the Firm maintains to investing in and with the highest quality companies and management teams, and deploying all of our resources, particularly our team’s experience, expertise and active support, to help build value.”

Earlier this month Leeds sold its stake in Fulcrum Financial Data to Fitch Group.

The New York-based firm invests exclusively in the education, training, information services, and software sectors.

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