Levine Leichtman Capital Partners is an independent investment management firm that has managed approximately $11.0 billion of institutional capital since its inception.
Since 1984, we have provided investment capital to leading entrepreneurs enabling them to maintain a position of leadership equal to our world class limited partners.

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Announces Investment Team Promotions  

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a middle-market private equity firm with a 37-year track record of successfully investing across various targeted sectors, today announced several promotions:

  Tannaz Chapman to Managing Director
  Michael Knapp to Director
  Jay Berajawala to Associate Director
  Steven Korff to Associate Director
  Monty Ismail to Associate Director
  Robert Papetti to Senior Associate
  Alexander Bruno to Senior Associate

LLCP also announced that Ted Jeon has joined the firm as a Director on the Investment Management Team.  Mr. Jeon was previously a Principal at Kohlberg & Company.

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners and Management Acquire Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced that it has partnered with management to acquire Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC (“Tropical Smoothie Cafe” or the “Company”). Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a leading franchisor of fast casual cafes with over 870 units across 44 states. The Company inspires a healthier lifestyle by serving better-for-you smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, and flatbreads across multiple dayparts. Tropical Smoothie Cafe was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

The Company will continue to be run by the existing executive team led by CEO Charles Watson. According to Matthew Frankel, Managing Partner of LLCP, “We are excited to partner with Charles and the rest of the management team who have led the tremendous growth of Tropical Smoothie Cafe. We look forward to working with them as they continue to increase system-wide sales, improve franchisee unit economics and expand unit count in the significant remaining whitespace.”

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Portfolio Company Squla Acquires Scoyo

Squla (which is formally incorporated as “Futurewhiz”), a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), announced today that it has acquired Scoyo, the leading online learning platform for primary and secondary school students in the German market. Squla is the leading consumer education company in the Netherlands and provides interactive educational tools for primary school pupils (Squla) and secondary school students (WRTS).  Squla is linked to the national curriculum and is designed to supplement a student’s education in a fun and adaptive way. The company’s products are used in over 50,000 classrooms and by over 1.4 million users throughout the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. With the acquisition of Scoyo, Squla is continuing its international expansion. Over 7 million potential users in the German market will now be able to benefit from more than 4,000 curriculum-based lessons and over 10,000 exercises, which will soon grow to over 70,000.

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners to Acquire BigHand in Partnership with Management

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a global private equity firm, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement in partnership with management to acquire BigHand Ltd. (“BigHand” or the “Company”) from Bridgepoint Development Capital and minority co-investor LDC. BigHand develops and delivers workflow software and tools that help law firms and other organisations optimise their workflows, productivity and profitability. The Company’s offerings include delegation workflow, document creation, business intelligence and matter pricing solutions that significantly enhance efficiency and profitability for over 3,500 organizations and 600,000 users worldwide. As a leader in its niche, BigHand has longstanding relations with a majority of the largest and best-known global law firms and a successful track record of delivering strong return on investment to its customers. BigHand is headquartered in London, UK, and has offices in the US, Canada, Netherlands and Australia.