CHICAGO – Global law firm Reed Smith has advised Prairie Capital, a Chicago-based middle market private equity firm, on its recapitalization of STAR Autism Support, LLC and its subsidiary SAS International, LLC.
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Founded over 20 years ago by the Arick family in Beaverton, OR, STAR provides digital curriculum and training to K-12 school districts and agency staff who work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (“ASD”) and other developmental disabilities.

The Reed Smith private equity team that advised Prairie Capital was led by Chicago corporate partners Matthew Mohn and Nicholas Gibson and included associates Kristen Elia and Jahkeem Wheatley, based in Pittsburgh and Chicago, respectively. The broader cross-office and cross-practice deal team included Pittsburgh labor and employment partner Christopher Bouriat, Chicago corporate partner Arnold Grant, Pittsburgh corporate partner Allison Sizemore, New York corporate partner Peter Emmi, Chicago insurance recovery partners John S. Vishneski and David Cummings, Pittsburgh energy and natural resources partner Jennifer Smokelin, Tysons Corner real estate partner Ehsan Sanaie, San Francisco media and entertainment partner Sarah Bruno, Shanghai corporate partner Amy Yin, New York corporate counsel Frank Wei, Houston energy and natural resources associate Andrew Wissinger, Pittsburgh corporate associate Shannon H. Mincemoyer, and Houston corporate associates Christian Blair and Stuart Cobb.

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