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Expanding access to education around the world with Laureate

With help from Macquarie, Laureate was able to go public and continue providing quality higher education to students around the world.

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Sector Services
Sub-sector Education
Location Global


Laureate Education is the world’s largest network of degree-granting higher education institutions, with more than one million students enrolled in 60 institutions across 20 countries at campuses and online.

Founded in 1989 to make quality higher education accessible and affordable, it operates as a certified B Corp and a Public Benefit Corporation, a class of companies required to create a general public benefit.

In 2017, Laureate became the first Public Benefit Corporation to be traded on any stock exchange in the world, when it was listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

Leading up to and through the IPO, Macquarie identified investors and financing to ensure the Company was positioned for success.


With a full suite of service offerings and specialist sector expertise, Macquarie was able to structure a bespoke financial solution that satisfied the needs of Laureate and its shareholders, such as KKR, while attracting new investors.

We assembled a consortium of co-investors including global asset managers, credit funds and international private equity investors to make a $US400 million preferred equity investment in Laureate.

Leveraging our equity and private capital markets capabilities and our ability to invest capital alongside clients, we were able to de-lever Laureate’s balance sheet to prepare it for a public launch.

Following the investment, Macquarie acted as joint bookrunner on Laureate’s initial public offering, helping execution from start to finish.


Since the IPO, Macquarie Capital has continued to work alongside Laureate to find new opportunities that will further enhance access to quality education around the world.

This encompasses multiple transactions across the US, Italy, Morocco and China, which will ultimately allow Laureate to increase their investment in delivering the best academic experience to its students.

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