Strategic Investment from Eurazeo SE and Primavera Capital Group

Technology & Services
Strategic Investment from Eurazeo SE and Primavera Capital Group


Baird served as advisor to WorldStrides on this transaction


WorldStrides (“WorldStrides” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Metalmark Capital and Silverhawk Capital Partners (“Silverhawk”), recently completed a strategic investment with Eurazeo SE (EPA: RF), in partnership with Primavera Capital Group. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

WorldStrides is the largest educational student travel and study abroad organization in the United States. The Company was founded in 1967 to provide middle school travel programs to Washington, D.C., and has grown to provide educational programs for more than 400,000 students annually from more than 7,000 universities and K12 schools to over 100 countries around the world. WorldStrides full suite of programs are tuned to learners at stages from elementary through post-graduate levels, and feature specializations like performing arts, sports and study abroad. The Company currently has more than 1,300 employees in 58 offices on six continents. WorldStrides is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Metalmark Capital is a leading private equity firm whose principals have a long track record of successful investing in targeted sectors, with particular expertise and focus in business services, growth industrials, energy and healthcare. Metalmark Capital seeks to build long-term value through active and supportive partnerships with the companies and management teams in which it invests. Metalmark Capital is headquartered in New York, New York.

Silverhawk Capital Partners is an independent investment group established in 2005 to invest in management buyouts and other private equity transactions in the growth industrial, energy/natural resources and business service sectors. The partners of Silverhawk have invested as a team and operated businesses since 1989, and have successfully deployed more than $1.3 billion of capital at high rates of return. Silverhawk Capital Partners is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Eurazeo SE is one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe. Eurazeo SE’s purpose and mission is to identify, accelerate and enhance the transformation potential of the companies in which it invests. Eurazeo SE covers most private equity segments through its five business divisions – Eurazeo Capital, Eurazeo Croissance, Eurazeo PME, Eurazeo Patrimoine and Eurazeo Brands. Eurazeo SE’s solid institutional and family shareholder base, robust financial structure free of structural debt, and flexible investment horizon enable Eurazeo SE to support its companies over the long term. Eurazeo SE is headquartered in Paris, France.

Primavera Capital Group is a China-based investment management firm. Primavera Capital Group employs a flexible investment strategy of control/buy-outs, growth capital and cross-border transactions. Primavera Capital Group's investments capitalize on China's emergence as the world's biggest consumer market. Primavera Capital Group targets investments in the financial services, consumer, education, health care, and TMT sectors, where Primavera has significant expertise and experience. Primavera Capital Group has built a high-quality portfolio consisting of leading companies in some of the world's fastest-growing and most innovative industries. Primavera Capital Group is headquartered in Beijing, China.
Technology & Services
Strategic Investment from Eurazeo SE and Primavera Capital Group
December 2017
Technology & Services
Target Location
North America
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