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Amid host of challenges, Laureate aims again for IPO

Amid host of challenges, Laureate aims again for IPO

Baltimore-based Laureate Education, which operates universities around the world, is dusting off plans to go public again, despite an array of challenges, including shifting regulatory regimes in key foreign markets, student lawsuits, a corruption investigation tied to a Turkish university and a whistleblower complaint about its accounting practices.

Laureate first registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering more than a year ago, saying it wanted to pay down its hefty debt by selling stock on the public market.

But the effort stalled amid a turbulent financial market that produced relatively few IPOs and wider scrutiny of for-profit...

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