Capstone Partners Advises Pacific College on Acquisition by Quad Partners

February 2, 2009

Boston, MA - Capstone Partners LLC, a leading national investment banking firm, announced that it has successfully advised Pacific College of Oriental Medicine on its recent acquisition by Quad Partners, a premier private equity group dedicated to the education industry.  For over 20 years, Pacific College has been a national leader in providing allied health doctorate, masters, bachelors, associates and certification programs with a focus on oriental medicine, acupuncture and message therapy.  Capstone served as the exclusive investment banking advisor to Pacific College during the transaction, terms of which were not disclosed.

The announcement marks the latest post-secondary education transaction for Capstone Partners, adding to their growing legacy of success in the industry.  John Ferrara, Capstone’s President and Managing Partner commented, “The combination of Pacific and Quad should be a powerful one.  The footprint, educational focus and management depth that Pacific College brings to the table is tremendous and we fully expect that the Quad team will bring a depth of growth expertise that will greatly enhance the prospects for the College as a national leader.”

Pacific College was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in San Diego with campuses in New York and Chicago.  Over the past five years, the College has educated over 3,000 students nationwide and currently enjoys a student body of roughly 1,500 students.  In addition to providing education programs, the College also operates the Pacific Symposium, the industry’s top academic conference and tradeshow which involves leading professionals in oriental and holistic medicine from around the world.  www.pacificcollege.edu

Quad Partners was founded in 2000 to make value-added investments in the education industry.  Today, Quad is the most active investor in privately-owned education companies in the United States.  The Firm’s strategy is to invest in small and mid-sized education businesses, then applying unique operating and financial expertise to help drive growth and improve academic results.  Quad currently manages over $200 million of equity capital from leading investors.  www.quadventures.com

Capstone Partners LLC is a leading national investment banking advisory firm dedicated to serving the transaction needs of middle market companies.  The firm provides corporate sale & divestiture, merger & acquisition and private placement advisory services across three major industry practices: Specialty Products, Business Services and Technology & Media.  Over the past five years, Capstone has represented various leading schools engaged in the post-secondary education sector.