John O’Neill Named Head of Europe

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), an international investment firm, announced today that John O’Neill has been promoted to Head of Europe and David Cowan to Senior Managing Director, both of whom are based in LLCP’s London office.  Mr. O’Neill has also been named to the firm’s Investment Committee.

As Head of Europe, Mr. O’Neill will manage LLCP’s rapidly growing team of 10 professionals in its three European offices in London, The Hague and Stockholm.

Additionally, LLCP announced that it has expanded its European investment team with the hiring of Aqil Sohail as Associate Director and Zue Leong as Senior Associate.  Mr. Sohail and Ms. Leong will be based in LLCP’s London office and will participate in investment due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio management.

Michael Weinberg, Managing Partner of LLCP, commented, “We are pleased to recognize John and David’s exceptional investment and leadership skills with these well-deserved promotions.  They have contributed meaningfully to the development of LLCP in Europe, including the successful closing of LLCP’s second European fund last year.”

Matthew Frankel, Managing Partner of LLCP, added, “We are thrilled to welcome Aqil and Zue to LLCP.  Aqil and Zue bring significant investment experience individually and we believe each will be a critical part of our continued success.”

Prior to joining LLCP, Mr. Sohail was an Investment Manager with CBPE, a London-based private equity firm, where he was responsible for the origination, evaluation and execution of new investment opportunities and portfolio company management.  Prior to that, he was a member of the investment team at CCMP Capital, a US-based private equity firm, and was an Associate at B&B Investment Partners where he focused on investments in the consumer space.  Mr. Sohail began his career at Lazard in London as a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions team.  Mr. Sohail received a B.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics.

Prior to joining LLCP, Ms. Leong was a Vice President with Denham Capital, a Houston-based private equity firm, where she evaluated new transactions and managed portfolio companies with a focus on the Power and Renewables sector.  She began her career at Citigroup in London as a member of the Power & Utilities Investment Banking team and Consumer & Retail Investment Banking team.  Ms. Leong received a MEng in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London.