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The Practice

Khaitan & Co has a dedicated education practice with extensive transactional and advisory credentials. Our team has advised leading private equity firms, strategic investors, international education groups, top-tier international and Indian universities, K-12 providers and ed-tech companies on market-leading transactions in the Indian education sector.


We advise on entry and exit of foreign investors, private equity investments in the formal regulated segment and ed-tech or online segment, strategic acquisitions, alliances and joint ventures among foreign and Indian partners and corporate restructurings. In addition to transactional work, our education practice maintains long-standing relationships with and services a diverse client base comprising of domestic and foreign companies, universities and schools. This involves advising on entry of foreign universities in India, academic collaborations, articulation and pathways arrangements, greenfield and brownfield education projects, Indian taxation matters and structuring and regulatory matters with respect to UGC, AICTE and other Indian education regulators.

The Khaitan Advantage

Our deep sectoral and regulatory experience across higher education, K-12, ed-tech and online education combined with our team’s vast experience in mergers and acquisitions, enables us to anticipate and respond to sectoral issues. This means that we are familiar with not just transactional solutions but operational ones as well. We can offer expert, commercially sound and market-tested advice, customised to the requirements of our clients.

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Key Deals

Think & Learn Private Limited (Byju's)

Advised on the sale of shares of promoters of Aakash to Think & Learn Private Limited (Byju's) to enable business consolidation. 

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Advised Softbank in the series F Investment by Softbank and certain existing investors in Sorting Hat Technologies Private Limited (Unacademy) by way of subscription to primary securities.

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Laureate Education Inc.

Advised on private equity investment in an educational institution in North India including structuring the investment to meet regulatory constraints. 

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Global University Systems

Advised Global University Systems in its potential investments in higher educational institutions and ed­ tech platforms in India. 

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Galileo Global Education

Advised Galileo Global Education on collaboration with higher educational institutions in India and regulatory matters. 

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Cintana Education

Advised Cintana Education on entry options and collaborations with higher educational institutions in India. 

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Stanford University

Advised Stanford University on setting up presence in India and regulatory matters. 

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Johns Hopkins University

Advised Johns Hopkins University on regulatory and tax matters. 

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Jio Institute of Eminence

Advised Jio Institute of Eminence in relation to IOE application and regulatory matters. 

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