LOS ANGELES & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, today announced the appointment of Josh Kaufman as Head of Europe. Mr. Kaufman, one of LLCP’s Senior Managing Directors, will join the LLCP Investment Committee and be responsible for managing the European investment team, as well as creating new investment opportunities, investment due diligence and portfolio management. Mr. Kaufman succeeds John O’Neill, who has moved into a new role as Senior Advisor.
Matthew Frankel and Michael Weinberg, managing partners of LLCP, said, “We are delighted that Josh has taken over the leadership of our European operations. During his tenure at LLCP, Josh has been instrumental in expanding our business and executing many of our successful investments in the region. Elevating Josh to Head of Europe is a well-deserved and natural evolution following John’s transition to Senior Advisor. We are excited about what lies ahead for LLCP in Europe.
“LLCP has grown significantly in Europe under John’s leadership and has laid the foundation for continued success in the years to come. We are grateful for John’s commitment to LLCP and our investors and are fortunate to continue to benefit from his considerable experience and wisdom in his new role,” continued Messrs. Frankel and Weinberg.
Mr. Kaufman said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead LLCP’s European operations and appreciate the confidence of our company’s leadership. It has been an honor to work alongside John over the past few years to build a market leading middle market investment operation. I look forward to working with our dedicated European team to take advantage of our many exciting opportunities in the region.
LLCP has successfully built its European business with significant expansion into four offices: London, Frankfurt, Stockholm and The Hague. The company is currently investing from its second dedicated European fund, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Europe II SCSp (“Europe II”), which closed in 2020 with €463 million in capital commitments. LLCP’s most recent acquisition in Europe was Global Loan Agency Services (“GLAS”), a provider of administration, agency and fiduciary services developed specifically for credit markets, in May 2022.
Josh Kaufman joined LLCP in 2020, having been with the firm in a similar role from 2011 to 2016, and currently serves as Senior Managing Director of the Investment Management team. In this role, he is responsible for sourcing, investment due diligence, trade execution and portfolio management.
Previously, Josh was a partner at Inflexion, a London-based private equity firm, where he researched and managed investments focusing on the education, business services and TMT sectors. Earlier in his career, Josh was a senior partner at Leeds Equity Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, where he focused on investing in middle market education and business services companies. . He began his career at Robert W. Baird in Chicago as a member of the technology and services investment banking team.
About Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, LLC is a middle-market private equity firm with 39 years of investment experience across a variety of focused industries, including franchising, business services, education, and engineered products. LLCP employs a differentiated structured private equity investment strategy, combining debt and equity investments in portfolio companies. This unique structure provides a less dilutive solution for management teams and entrepreneurs, while generating growth and revenue with a significantly lower risk profile.
LLCP’s global team of dedicated investment professionals is led by nine associates who have been with LLCP for an average of 19 years. Since its inception, LLCP has managed approximately $13.0 billion of institutional capital across 15 investment funds and has invested in more than 100 portfolio companies. LLCP currently manages $9.0 billion in assets and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Charlotte, Miami, London, Stockholm, The Hague and Frankfurt.