Dealing with distress – Investing and operating in a turbulent environment

Dealing with distress – Investing and operating in a turbulent environment

Thomas Choo, partner, Clyde & Co
Richard Draycott, head of investments and partnerships, International Schools Partnership
Prakash Pillai, head of restructuring and insolvency, Clyde & Co
Chris Smith, partner, Clearwater

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the global education market to its core. In the K12 sector, specifically, across the world school groups and their investors face myriad operational challenges and mounting financial pressures.

Many pre-coronavirus trends – rising operational costs, growing competition, dwindling financial reserves and weakening commercial positions – have only been accelerated by the ongoing crisis. Some schools were unable to survive the first wave of the pandemic; those that remain now face a ‘second spike’ – and with it a raft of new complexities. What does all of this mean for K12 operators and the range of investors behind them?

EducationInvestor Global‘s editor, Josh O’Neill, hosts this webinar in partnership with Clyde & Co exploring various approaches to a distressed marketplace that is rife with opportunities and pitfalls in equal measure.

Key points of discussion:

Perspectives on cost management and internal restructuring
Distressed M&A and deal-making
Valuing distressed assets and pricing more generally
Strategies for non-performing assets
Private equity plays
Stock take on state of the global market

Shifting sands: Global lessons from Middle Eastern education providers’ response to Covid-19

Shaun Robison, chief executive, BBD
EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a live one-on-one interview with Shaun Robison, chief executive of BBD Education. Robison, whose education consultancy is based in Dubai, discussed how organisations across the Middle East have responded to the Covid-19 crisis, with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – the two largest education markets in the GCC. In conversation with Josh O’Neill, editor of EducationInvestor Global, Robison considered what lessons have been learnt since the pandemic began and how they can be applied by education providers across the world. He also looked towards the post-pandemic future, illuminating potential changes across markets that are largely privatised and heavily reliant on private investment and international participation. View the recorded webinar here

What next? Teaching, learning and assessment after Covid-19

Daisy Christodoulou, director of education, No More Marking
Will Orr-Ewing, founder and director, Keystone Tutors
Martin Stephen, educational consultant and former high master of St Paul’s School

EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a live panel discussion featuring Daisy Christodoulou, director of education at No More Marking and author of ‘Seven Myths About Education’; Will Orr-Ewing, founder and director of Keystone Tutors; and Martin Stephen, educational consultant, former high master of St Paul’s School in London, and author of more than 20 books. The conversation was moderated by Josh O’Neill, editor of EducationInvestor Global.
Collectively, these panellists – whose diverse range of expertise encompasses tutoring, international schooling, private schooling, assessment, educational excellence and ed tech – looked to the post-pandemic future of education in the UK and elsewhere. They considered the ways in which education has been reshaped by the Covid-19 crisis, reflecting on what has worked and what hasn’t, and offer wide-ranging views on what the next era may hold for teaching, learning and assessment.

View the recorded webinar here

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‘New normal’: The future of international student mobility

Anip Sharma, partner, L.E.K. Consulting


On Thursday 30 April, EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a live one-on-one interview with Anip Sharma, partner at L.E.K. Consulting’s global education practice.

In conversation with Josh O’Neill, EducationInvestor Global editor, Sharma assessed the impact of Covid-19 on international student mobility thus far, drawing on a diverse range of professional expertise, data and insights into markets including the UK, US, Canada, China, and Australia. Sharma also considers what the ‘new normal’ might be in the international student market, which is tapped heavily not only by universities and pathway providers, but also K12 operators – notably boarding schools – and educational-travel providers. The discussion encompassed a raft of geographies and subsectors that are exposed to the international student market, at a time when institutions worldwide anticipate collective losses totalling tens of billions of pounds due to Covid-19-induced international travel bans.

View the recorded webinar here

Covid-19 and higher education: How universities and pathway providers are navigating disruption

Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor, University of Buckingham
James Pitman, managing director, UK and Europe, Study Group
Julie Mercer, partner, Cairneagle Associates
Glynne Stanfield, partner, Eversheds Sutherland


EducationInvestor Global’s webinar series continued with a live panel discussion featuring Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham; James Pitman, managing director, UK and Europe at Study Group; Julie Mercer, partner at Cairneagle Associates; and Glynne Stanfield, partner at Eversheds Sutherland. The conversation was moderated by EducationInvestor Global editor Josh O’Neill.

Collectively, these market experts discussed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the higher education sector, exploring the ways in which universities have orchestrated swift transitions to online provision. Panellists also considered diversification strategies and reflected on what the future operating environment may look like, at a time when travel bans have thrown the academic lives of international students, and the pathways sector, into a state of flux.

View the recorded webinar here

K12 and Covid-19: Are schools coping with the online transition?

Jamie Beaton,
co-founder and chief executive, Crimson Education


On Thursday 9 April at 11am, EducationInvestor Global’s new webinar series will launch with a one-on-one interview with Jamie Beaton, co-founder and chief executive of Crimson Education, moderated by Josh O’Neill, editor of EducationInvestor Global.

View the recorded webinar here

NMT Discussions: How the Covid-19 response has unfolded so far

Carole Edmond, director, Glassmoon
June O’Sullivan, chief executive, The London Early Years Foundation
Arun Kanwar, partner, Cairneagle
Neil Leitch, chief executive, Early Years Alliance
Briony Richter, editor, Nursery Management Today
Sarah Steel, chief executive, The Old Station Nursery
The first NMT webinar discussion kicked off on Tuesday 14 April. This event featured a panel discussion on the impact that Covid-19 is having on the early years sector. Our panellists will discuss how the Government has responded to the virus and what that means for nurseries and early years providers, as well as the next steps to helping the sector overcome this crisis.
View the recorded webinar here

Covid-19 – Can technology help us win?

Mindy Daeschner, managing partner, Daeschner Consulting
Kayleigh Hartigan, chief commercial officer, Zava

On Tuesday 14 April, HealthInvestor UK’s webinar was a discussion on the role technology can play in the fight against Covid-19.

Kayleigh Hartigan, chief commercial officer at Zava and Mindy Daeschner of Daeschner Consulting joined Rob Munro, editor of HealthInvestor UK in exploring the impact that tele-conferencing, remote consultation and AI-powered diagnostic tools are having as clinicians work to overcome the challenges presented by the global coronavirus pandemic.

This was a unique opportunity for all stakeholders in the health and social care sectors to gain insight into experts’ views on this vital clinical component during these unprecedented times.

View the recorded webinar here

Care and Covid-19: Is the sector up to the challenge?

Professor Martin Green,
chief executive,
Care England

HealthInvestor UK’s Covid-19 Webinar Series kicked off with a live event featuring Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England in conversation with Rob Munro, editor, HealthInvestor UK.

View the recorded webinar here

About HealthInvestor UK

HealthInvestor UK is part of Investor Publishing, the fast-growing publisher of three market leading titles, HealthInvestor UK, HealthInvestor Asia and EducationInvestor Global. All three titles provide a portfolio of specialist business information and targeted events to advisors, investors and operators within the two sectors.

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Sponsorship opportunities: Michael Dee | +44(0)207 104 2006 michael.dee@investorpublishing.co.uk Caroline Bowern | +44(0)203 746 2617 caroline.bowern@investorpublishing.co.uk Speaking opportunities: Vernon Baxter | +44(0)207 104 2001 vernon.baxter@investorpublishing.co.uk