Allens advises PEP on acquisition of Modern Star

Private Equity

Allens has advised longstanding private equity client, Pacific Equity Partners (PEP), on the acquisition of the Australian and New Zealand operations of educational resources business, Modern Star, from Navis Capital.

Modern Star supplies educational resources to early childhood centres and schools.

'We are thrilled to work with PEP as it expands its investment portfolio into the education sector,' said lead partner, Kounny Rattley.

'Particularly so as Modern Star is PEP's first investment for its new $2.5 billion buyout fund, Fund VI.'

In addition to Allens' Private Equity specialists, the broader team included experts from: Banking and Finance (who worked on the unitranche funding structure for the acquisition), Employment and IP.

'This acquisition builds on our close working relationship with PEP and we congratulate them on signing the inaugural deal for PEP Fund VI,' said Tom Story, Head of Corporate.

Allens legal team

Corporate/Private Equity

Tom Story (Partner), Kounny Rattley (Partner), Joy Yoon (Senior Associate), Lauren Chamberlain (Senior Overseas Practitioner, admitted in England and Wales only), Elise Blume (Associate)

Banking and Finance

Mark Kidston (Partner), Maria Ryan (Senior Overseas Practitioner, admitted in Ireland, England and Wales only), Aaron Wong (Associate), Tim Sexton (Associate)


Joel Barrett (Partner), Elliott Burton (Associate)


Sikeli Ratu (Partner), Tegan Ayling (Associate)


Notes for editors.

Allens is a commercial law firm working throughout Australia and Asia. Through its integrated alliance with Linklaters it provides clients access to 40 offices in 28 countries around the world.