CHICAGO – Global law firm Reed Smith has represented Chicago-based private equity firm Prairie Capital VII, LP, in its partnership with the founder and management of Conscious Discipline® to recapitalize the company.
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Headquartered in Oviedo, Fla., Conscious Discipline integrates social emotional learning (SEL), school discipline and school culture into one comprehensive program. The program equips teachers, administrators, mental health and special needs professionals, and parents with the mindset, skillsets and compassion to foster a culture based on self-regulation, academic excellence and emotional competence. Conscious Development’s SEL training incorporates a combination of current behavioral and brain research, child development information, developmentally appropriate practices and an adult-first, child-second approach. The company’s evidence-based, research-backed model is effective in reducing student behavioral issues and suspensions, enhancing educational outcomes, and improving the social and emotional skillsets of both children and adults.

The cross-office M&A team was led by partners Matt Mohn (Pittsburgh) and Nick Gibson (Chicago), and associate Virginia Pavlick (Chicago). The finance team on the transaction was led by partner David Hayes (Chicago) and associates John Hunt and Reid McKinney (Dallas). The deal team also included partners Arnie Grant and John Vishneski (Chicago); Allison Sizemore, Jennifer Smokelin and Chris Bouriat (Pittsburgh); Peter Emmi (New York); Dana Janquitto (Philadelphia); Mike Lowell and Liza Craig (Washington, D.C.); counsels Ehsan Sanaie (Tysons) and Catherine Castaldo (New York); associates Ethan Seery and Rishi Jain (Chicago), Shannon Mincemoyer (Pittsburgh), Mina Reiman and Christine Gartland (New York), A.J. Wissinger (Houston), and Paula Salamoun (Washington, D.C.); and paralegal Debbie Turner (Chicago).