Press Release August 23, 2011

Goodwin Advises Education Company Excelligence in its Sale to Sterling Investment Partners

Goodwin Procter recently represented Excelligence Learning Corporation in its sales to private equity firm Sterling Investment Partners. Formerly a portfolio company of Goodwin client Thoma Bravo, Excelligence is a leading developer, manufacturer, distributor and retailer of educational products for child care programs, preschools, elementary schools and consumers.

Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm that has been providing equity and strategic support to growing companies for more than 30 years, had acquired Excelligence, formerly a public company, in a "take private" transaction in 2006. During its more than four years of its ownership, Thoma Bravo helped Excelligence grow organically and through several acquisitions, which Goodwin also advised on.

The Goodwin deal team included partners Howard Cubell and Scott Webster, and senior counsel Todd Hahn.