Bird & Bird advises City & Guilds Group on the acquisition of e3 Learning


The Sydney Bird & Bird team recently advised the City & Guilds Group on the acquisition of Adelaide-based e3Learning – one of Australia's largest dedicated corporate e-learning and compliance providers. e3Learning consists of Interact Learning Pty Limited, an Australian entity, and its two wholly-owned subsidiaries, e3Learning Solutions Ltd based in Australia, and e3Learning UK Limited based in the UK.

Established in 2001, e3Learning specialises in workforce risk management and online compliance training for employers. Since 2013, it has been under the ownership of Open Universities Australia. Today e3Learning works with a range of customers in various industries and sectors including healthcare, government and aviation.

This follows on from the City & Guilds Group’s recent acquisition of Nine Lanterns in Australia, on which the Sydney Bird & Bird team also advised.

Chris Astles, Legal Counsel at City & Guilds Group, said: "This was an important acquisition for the City & Guilds Group, as it increases our global footprint, particularly in Asia Pacific, and expands our corporate learning offer. We have greatly enjoyed working with Lisa again, on this project – particularly her concise, clear and practical approach".

Bird & Bird Special Counsel Lisa Vanderwal, who led the acquisition with assistance from Chandini Kanwar in the London office, commented: "We are delighted to be able to continue supporting the City & Guilds Group in relation to its expansion in Australia. This transaction is another example of our international offering: advising a UK based group in relation to its investment in an Australian enterprise operating in the online environment."