Reed Smith has represented Prairie Capital VII in its partnership with the founder and management of Conscious Discipline® to recapitalize the company.
Headquartered in Oviedo, Fla., Conscious Discipline integrates social emotional learning (SEL), school discipline and school culture into one comprehensive program. The program equips teachers, administrators, mental health and special needs professionals, and parents with the mindset, skillsets and compassion to foster a culture based on self-regulation, academic excellence and emotional competence. Conscious Development’s SEL training incorporates a combination of current behavioral and brain research, child development information, developmentally appropriate practices and an adult-first, child-second approach. The company’s evidence-based, research-backed model is effective in reducing student behavioral issues and suspensions, enhancing educational outcomes, and improving the social and emotional skillsets of both children and adults.
Founded in Chicago in 1997, Prairie Capital is a private equity fund with a long and successful track record of scaling growth-oriented, lower middle-market companies in partnership with talented founders and management teams. Since inception, Prairie has invested over $1 billion in 101 platform companies. Prairie makes control equity investments in founder-owned companies that require company-building investments to evolve into scalable platforms capable of sustaining accelerated growth. Prairie targets companies that participate in growing subsectors within the business services, consumer, education, healthcare, industrial, and technology industries.
The Reed Smith cross-office M&A team was led by partners Matt Mohn (Picture; Pittsburgh) and Nick Gibson (Chicago), and associate Virginia Pavlick (Chicago). The finance team on the transaction was led by partner David Hayes (Chicago) and associates John Hunt and Reid McKinney (Dallas). The deal team also included partners Arnie Grant and John Vishneski (Chicago); Allison Sizemore, Jennifer Smokelin and Chris Bouriat (Pittsburgh); Peter Emmi (New York); Dana Janquitto (Philadelphia); Mike Lowell and Liza Craig (Washington, D.C.); counsels Ehsan Sanaie (Tysons) and Catherine Castaldo (New York); associates Ethan Seery and Rishi Jain (Chicago), Shannon Mincemoyer (Pittsburgh), Mina Reiman and Christine Gartland (New York), A.J. Wissinger (Houston), and Paula Salamoun (Washington, D.C.); and paralegal Debbie Turner (Chicago).
Involved fees earner: Ethan Seery – Reed Smith; Christopher Bouriat – Reed Smith; Catherine Castaldo – Reed Smith; Liza Craig – Reed Smith; Peter Emmi – Reed Smith; Christine Gartland – Reed Smith; Nicholas Gibson – Reed Smith; Arnold Grant – Reed Smith; David Hayes – Reed Smith; Rishi Jain – Reed Smith; Dana Janquitto – Reed Smith; Michael Lowell – Reed Smith; Reid McKinney – Reed Smith; Shannon Mincemoyer – Reed Smith; Matthew Mohn – Reed Smith; Virginia Pavlick – Reed Smith; Mina Reiman – Reed Smith; Paula Salamoun – Reed Smith; Ehsan Sanaie – Reed Smith; Allison Sizemore – Reed Smith; Jennifer Smokelin – Reed Smith; John Vishneski – Reed Smith; A.J. Wissinger – Reed Smith;
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Clients: Prairie Capital VII;