Levine Leichtman Capital appoints head of Europe

Josh Kaufman, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

US private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners has promoted Josh Kaufman as head of Europe, succeeding John O’Neill, who has transitioned to a new role as a senior advisor.

As one of LLCP’s senior managing directors, Kaufman will join LLCP’s investment committee and be responsible for managing the European investment team, as well as the origination of new investment opportunities, investment due diligence and portfolio management, according to press release.

Kaufman rejoined LLCP from London-based private equity firm Inflexion in 2020, having been with the firm in a similar capacity from 2011 to 2016. Kaufman was a Partner at Inflexion, where he sourced and led investments with a focus on the education, business services and TMT sectors.

The appointment comes as the US-based private equity firm opened its office in Frankfurt in January as part of its investment efforts in the German speaking region. Managing director Matthias Tabbert, previously a partner at HQ Equita, is responsible for managing new investment opportunities there. LLCP also operates in the Nordics market via its office in Stockholm and Benelux through the Hague.

LLCP primarily focuses on small-mid cap investments in Europe via Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Europe II, which closed in 2020 with EUR 463m in capital commitments. The firm can also invest in larger European businesses via Levine Leichtman Capital Partners VI, which closed on USD 2.2bn in early 2019.

LLCP’s most recent acquisition in Europe was Global Loan Agency Services, a provider of administration, agency and trustee services developed specifically for the credit markets, in May 2022.

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