Sidley is representing Cornerstone OnDemand Inc., a cloud-based HR software solutions provider backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., in its definitive agreement with Skillsoft to acquire SumTotal, a provider of learning and human capital management software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) for customers in highly regulated and complex industries. The strategic combination will further expand Cornerstone’s capabilities, enhance the reach of employee-centric innovation, and broaden vertical expertise in highly regulated markets. This announcement follows Cornerstone’s recent acquisition of EdCast, which is intended to fuel the company’s strategy to create an open platform for people development, growth, and mobility. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
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