Zayo Group’s Acquisition of Education Networks of America

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Morgan Lewis & Bockius advised Zayo Group and Kirkland & Ellis advised Education Networks of America on the deal.

Zayo Group, a leading global provider of fiber-based communications solutions, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nashville-based Education Networks of America, a market-leader in providing managed network connectivity and security services to E-Rate-funded school districts and other public sector customers.

Zayo Group provides mission-critical bandwidth to the world’s most impactful companies, fueling the innovations that are transforming society. 

Evercore served as financial advisor for ENA.

The Skadden team included Corporate partner Michael Mies (Picture) and associates Christopher Hammond, Justin Stahl, Adeeb Sahar and Gene Kim; Labor and Employment partner Karen Corman (Los Angeles) and associate Ryne Posey (Los Angeles); Intellectual Property and Technology counsel Oren Epstein (New York); Executive Compensation and Benefits partner Joseph Yaffe (Palo Alto/Los Angeles) and counsel Berit Freeman (New York); Tax partner Nathan Giesselman; and National Security partner Michael Leiter (Washington, D.C.). 

The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Ryan Brissette and Leo Greenberg and associates James Long and Mason Zurek, debt finance partners Jason Kanner and Andrea Weintraub and associate Adam Mohamed, and tax partner Thomas Evans and associate Ruth Thomson. 

Involved fees earner: Ryan Brissette – Kirkland & Ellis; Thomas Evans – Kirkland & Ellis; Leo Greenberg – Kirkland & Ellis; James Long – Kirkland & Ellis; Adam Mohamed – Kirkland & Ellis; Ruth Thomson – Kirkland & Ellis; Andrea Weintraub – Kirkland & Ellis; Mason Zurek – Kirkland & Ellis; Karen Corman – Skadden; Oren Epstein – Skadden; Berit Freeman – Skadden; Nathan Giesselman – Skadden; Christopher Hammond – Skadden; Gene Kim – Skadden; Michael Leiter – Skadden; Michael Mies – Skadden; Ryne Posey – Skadden; Adeeb Sahar – Skadden; Justin Stahl – Skadden; Joseph Yaffe – Skadden;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis; Skadden;

Clients: Education Networks of America; Zayo Group;