Marlin signs definitive agreement to complete growth equity investment in Learning Pool

LOS ANGELES and LONDON, June 16, 2021 – Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a definitive agreement to complete a majority growth investment in Learning Pool, a market-leading eLearning company. Headquartered in Derry, Northern Ireland, Learning Pool serves over 1,100 middle-market and enterprise customers across the U.K. and U.S. with a full suite of eLearning products and services. The completion of the transaction is subject to applicable regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions.

“Our market-leading products, combined with our passionate and talented employees allow us to deliver exceptional value to our customers and partners,” said Paul McElvaney, Founder and Group CEO of Learning Pool. “We’re delighted to have found the right partner to help us continue our momentum and grow the Learning Pool brand globally. Marlin has an incredible heritage in helping businesses like ours scale and innovate. We’re excited to be working with them and confident that both our customers and our team will see immediate benefits from Marlin’s investment.”

“Learning Pool has achieved significant growth through its customer-centric philosophy and unique end-to-end eLearning proposition,” said Jan-Olivier Fillols, a managing director at Marlin. “We believe the business is extremely well-positioned to capitalize on a highly attractive market opportunity, and we are excited to partner with an exceptional team to help drive both organic and inorganic growth.”

About Marlin Equity Partners     

Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $7.6 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthen a company’s outlook and enhance value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 180 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit

About Learning Pool

Learning Pool is a full-service online training provider to workplaces around the world, offering learning courses, platforms, analytics and custom content development services to over 1,100 organizations and 5.1 million learners. The company has been featured on numerous eLearning Industry lists for excellence in learning platforms and content creation and achieved a double-award win at the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, including Gold for Technology Innovation. Learning Pool also won double Gold in the Stevie Awards for Customer Service, was announced as a ‘World Class’ firm to work for in the 2021 Best Companies accreditation program and became the only Strategic Leader to offer a Lower Total Cost of Ownership in the 2021 Fosway 9-Grid for Digital Learning. For more information, please visit

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