Inflexion-backed CloserStill bolts on Learning 2018

Inflexion Private Equity-backed CloserStill Media has acquired US conference Learning 2018.

The conference adds to CloserStill’s portfolio of content-lead exhibitions across the UK, Europe, the Far East, and further strengthens its presence in the US after the launch of its New York Vet conference last year.

Inflexion managing partner Simon Turner said the acquisition of Learning 2018 “builds its position in the sizeable US market and is a significant step forward for the company”.

CloserStill executive chairman Phil Soar added: “Following the successful launch of our New York Vet Show last year, we are now delighted to be expanding further in the US with this acquisition in the learning technology space as we continue our strategy to clone our highly successful events in Europe into Asia and the US.”

CloserStill acquired French e-learning technologies event iLearning Forum last year.

Inflexion bought CloserStill from Phoenix Equity Partners in 2015 through its minority investment vehicle Partnership Capital. The total value of the transaction was in excess of £100m (€113.7m).