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Ropes & Gray Represents Sycamore Partners and Goddard Systems in Goddard’s Inaugural Whole-Business Securitization Bond Offering

Practices: Finance, Intellectual Property, Capital Markets, Tax, Asset Management, Business Restructuring

Ropes & Gray represented Sycamore Partners in connection with the bridge financing for its acquisition of The Goddard School, a leading franchisor of premium early childhood education centers across the United States, and the subsequent $420 million whole-business securitization bond offering backed by Goddard’s franchise and brand assets.  The securitization transaction closed on Aug. 19.

The Ropes & Gray team was led by finance partner Chris Poggi, and included finance partner Jay Kim, IP transactions partners Erica Han and Edward Black, capital markets partners William Michener and Craig Marcus, tax partner Lee Allison, asset management partner Anna Lawry, business restructuring partner James Wilton and asset management partner Michael Doherty. The team also included counsel Evan Berman and associates Matthieu Wharmby, David Axelson, Mike Fee and Helen Huynh.

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