Aug 2010

Pearson acquires Wall Street Institute

Signal Hill Capital Group LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to The Carlyle Group and Citi Private Equity in connection with the sale of Wall Street Institute (WSI) to Pearson PLC.

WSI provides premium spoken English training for adults through a proprietary learning model combining web-based content, class-based instruction and digital and printed learning materials.

WSI currently has approximately 340 franchised learning centers in 25 territories across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Its major markets currently include France, Italy, Turkey, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. WSI supports its franchisees through an international management infrastructure made up of approximately 50 employees across the Americas and Europe. WSI also directly operates a small number of learning centers, primarily in Germany, as flagship centers for testing new products and sharing best practice across the franchise network.

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