Access Creative College’s Acquisition Of dBs Sound and Music Institute

In UK Browne Jacobson, advised on the matter.

Browne Jacobson advised Access Creative College with a team including Gareth Davies (Corporate M&A), Ian Deakin (Employment).

Access Creative College (ACC) acquired the sound and music institute, dBS, for an undisclosed consideration.

dBs offers specialist music and sound production courses from its Bristol and Plymouth campuses which are designed to help students build long and meaningful careers in the audio industry.

ACC delivers vocational education in the creative industries to over 3,000 students at campuses in major cities across England which includes London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, York, Lincoln, and Norwich. The college strives to help prepare young people for careers in the creative and digital industries through innovative, practical employment-led training. Its courses include computing, games, media, music and events at specialist campuses.

The acquisition supports the Government’s Skills for Jobs white paper, which is targeting practical and vocational education through the lifetime skills guarantee. It will support ACC in broadening out its current further education offering to degree and post graduate level courses, giving learners a more joined up and defined educational path from post-16 to degree level.

The Browne Jacobson national private equity team was led by senior associate Ryan Brown (Picture) with assistance from associate Matthew Dorman. Manchester based partner Ian Deakin advised on the employment side, associate Michael Parkinson advised on the real estate elements and Birmingham based senior associate, Rebecca Burge assisted on the corporate tax side of the transaction. Private equity partner Gareth Davies supported the transaction.

Involved fees earner: Ryan Brown – Browne Jacobson; Rebecca Burge – Browne Jacobson; Gareth Davies – Browne Jacobson; Ian Deakin – Browne Jacobson; Matthew Dorman – Browne Jacobson; Michael Parkinson – Browne Jacobson;

Law Firms: Browne Jacobson;

Clients: Access Creative College;

Author: Giulia Di Palma