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3 November 20212 minute read

DLA Piper advises Universal Technical Institute in acquisition of MIAT College of Technology

DLA Piper represented Universal Technical Institute, a leading provider of transportation sector technical training, in its acquisition of MIAT College of Technology, a provider of vocational and technical training in high-demand fields.

MIAT currently serves approximately 1,200 students, offering vocational and technical certificates, as well as associates degrees, in fields with robust and growing demand for skilled technical workers, including aviation maintenance, energy technology, wind power, robotics and automation, non-destructive testing, HVACR and welding. This acquisition will enable Universal Technical Institute to further expand its program offerings into growing industry sectors and rapidly expanding fields likely to be bolstered by technological innovation and the country's focus on sustainable energy.

“It was a pleasure to represent Universal Technical Institute in this transaction, bringing to bear our extensive M&A experience and, equally importantly, our deep education sector knowledge to guide this successful acquisition,” said David Lewis, the DLA Piper partner who led the firm’s deal team.

In addition to Lewis, the DLA Piper team advising Universal Technical Institute also included associates Steven Autenrieth and Vincent Schiavoni (both of Phoenix); partners Eileen O’Pray (Silicon Valley) and Julia Kovacs (Washington, DC); of counsels Nia Brown (Washington, DC) and Lael Bellamy (Atlanta); associates Lori Marsh (Silicon Valley), Georgia Jolink (Austin) and Mary Claire Blythe (Baltimore); and managing attorney Jake Abrahams (Austin).

With more than 1,000 corporate lawyers globally, DLA Piper helps clients execute complex cross-border transactions seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of development. The firm has been rated number one in global M&A volume for 11 consecutive years, according to Mergermarket.