October 2017

Transaction Background

DMGT’s Hobsons, Inc., a global leading education technology company, has sold Hobsons Solutions, the global market leader in international student enrolment services and insight. The division’s research, strategy, enquiry management and enrolment services provide hands-on experience of the obstacles and opportunities within specific countries and regions, helping clients/students mitigate risk, benefit from existing relationships, and build sustainable recruitment strategies in an increasingly complex marketplace.

Hobsons Solutions also manages one of the world’s largest international student research initiatives, the International Student Survey (ISS), which enables clients to better compete globally and maximize student recruitment and enrolment.

UK headquartered Quacquarelli Symonds (“QS”), which is an investment of Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co., is a leading global higher education company, with over 250 employees across five continents. This acquisition will allow QS to build on its global product offering and realize data and service synergies with the Hobsons Solutions portfolio.

Our Role

JEGI | Clarity brought together its global team from the US, Europe and Australia to advise UK headquartered DMGT on all aspects of the transaction, as part of a broader disposal mandate for Hobsons.

The team was responsible for planning and managing a highly competitive sale process, leveraging our international platform and depth of experience in global divestitures, to identify and engage multiple prospective acquirers around the world.

This transaction further demonstrates the strength of the international platform that JEGI | Clarity has built, offering clients deep networks and global presence in the US, Europe and Asia.

“JEGI | Clarity has once again delivered an exceptional result for us. They bring to bear a depth of understanding of B2B businesses with exceptional deal execution, persistence, poise and creativity. Our deals weren’t straight forward – customers and teams across four times zones and geographies – but JEGI | Clarity worked with our team to understand the specifics and then helped us clearly communicate the opportunity to buyers.  They got deals done that both sides celebrated. When the deals got tough, JEGI | Clarity got going.”

Erik Levy
Group Head Corporate Development & M&A, DMGT