Lauren is CEO and Founding Principal at the private investment firm of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners which she co-founded in 1984. Levine Leichtman Capital Partners is a private investment firm that manages in excess of $1 billion of institutional capital through private equity partnerships. LLCP's investing activities are made on behalf of itself and its investors. These investors include state and corporate pension funds, banks, insurance companies, high net worth individuals, family offices, foundations, and endowments.
In Addition to planning the strategic direction of the firm, her activities include deal origination, investment due diligence, negotiation of transactions, and institutional fundraising. LLCP has a highly differentiated, multi-fund investment strategy focused on companies with revenues between $50 million and $500 million. The firm provides subordinated debt and equity capital to industry leading companies owned and managed by entrepreneurs who require capital for late stage growth and expansion financings, and in connection with acquisitions, mergers, restructurings, and recapitalizations. Prior to founding Levin Leichtman Capital Partners, Ms. Leichtman practiced law for approximately ten years, including three years with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Leichtman graduated from Southwestern University School of Law and has been a member of the California Bar since 1977. In 1982 Ms. Leichtman received her LLM from Columbia University Law School.
In addition to her business activities, Ms. Leichtman serves as a community leader. In June 2004, Ms. Leichtman was honored as a "Woman of Action" by the Israel Cancer Research Fund at their annual luncheon in Los Angeles. In March of 2001, she was honored by the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund as a "Woman of Power and Achievement," at their 30th anniversary celebration in New York. She was then elected to the NOWLDEF board and continues to serve today. Since 1991 Ms. Leichtman has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Aviva Family and Children's Services, a residential treatment center for adolescent girls with community outreach programs servicing over 400 families. As the Aviva Board Chair from 1995 through 1997, she provided leadership in areas of programming and expansion, including the construction of the Bertie Green Activities Center. In 1998, Ms. Leichtman received the "Triumph of the Spirit" honor, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Aviva Family and Children's Services. From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Leichtman served as the chair of the Business and Professional Women's Division of the United Jewish Fund of Greater Los Angeles. Ms. Leichtman is a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Music Center of Los Angeles. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the Los Angeles Opera, where she serves on the Executive Committee, and the Wallis Annenberg Cultural Center of Beverly Hills.