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Linkedin builds up its own network through M&A

Lynda.com should allow the professional social network to propose new career accelerating services for its users.

Lynda.com should allow the professional social network to propose new career accelerating services for its users.


For an amount of about €1,4bn, Linkedin has bought the website Lynda.com from a consortium of financial investors composed of Accel Partners, TPG, Spectrum Equity Investors and Meritech Capital Partners. The payment will be executed in equal parts between cash (52 %) and new buyer’s shares (48 %). Lynda.com, the online platform specialized in teaching computer skills, should allow the american professional social network to propose new career accelerating services to its users. Premium training videos in particular, are in line of sight.

Target advisor : legal : Goodwin Procter ; buyer advisor : legal : Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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