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Levine Leichtman hires KKR mezz exec Lee Stern for credit team

8 Oct 2012

LA private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP) has hired Lee Stern, a founding member of global buyout giant KKR’s mezzanine fund, as a managing director and member of the credit strategies investment team.

Stern, who will be based in the firm’s New York Office, brings over 30 years of investment banking, private equity and leveraged finance experience to the team.

Prior to joining KKR, Stern was a managing director at Blackstone/GSO Capital Partners, where he was responsible for the origination, execution and monitoring of private debt transactions including senior and mezzanine investments and equity co-investments.

Prior to that, he was a founding member and chief transaction officer of TICC Capital Corp, a publicly traded BDC, and has previously held managing director positions at Nomura, Kidder, Peabody & Co and Drexel Burnham Lambert.

“Lee has successfully invested in numerous middle market transactions throughout the past several decades,” said LLCPO co-founder Arthur Levine.

“His expertise and leadership will be an asset to our firm and instrumental in our effort to expand our product offerings in the middle markets.”

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