Lee Equity Partners
|Predecessors||Thomas H. Lee Partners|
|Founders||Thomas H. Lee|
|Headquarters||General Motors Building
New York City
|Total assets||$1 billion|
The firm, which is based in New York City, was founded in 2006 by Thomas H. Lee, the notable private equity investor who previously founded Thomas H. Lee Partners and also owns the Blue Star group of fund of hedge funds.
In March 2006, Thomas H. Lee resigned from Thomas H. Lee Partners as the firm was nearing completion of fundraising for its sixth and current private equity fund. In the same year, Lee formed Lee Equity Partners a private equity firm focused on the same leveraged buyout transactions that he had been completing for nearly 35 years at THL. 
Both Lee and THL insisted that move was amicable, however persistent reports suggested that Lee, who had limited his day-to-day involvement in the firm and had relocated to New York City had been pushed out by several partners.
Among the first professionals to join Lee Equity Partners included Mark Gormley, a founding partner of Capital Z Partners; David Morrison, former president and CEO of Mercer Management Consulting and Allen Questrom, former CEO of J.C. Penney Company, Barneys New York, Federated Department Stores and Neiman Marcus. The firm also brought in former investment professionals from Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group.
- Thomas Lee Steps Down From His Namesake Firm March 26, 2006
- Founding Partner To Leave Thomas H. Lee (Wall Street Journal, 2006)
- Lee denies discord (BusinessWeek, December 21, 2005)
- Seven professionals join Thomas H Lee at his new private equity firm. AltAssets, 2006
- Lee Equity Buys Deb Shops for $395 Million, New York Times, July 30, 2007
- Thomas Lee separates from Thomas H. Lee Partners L.P.. Marketwatch, March 22, 2006
- Ex-NBC Chair to Join Lee Equity Partners. New York Times, January 31, 2008
- Tom Lee’s New Bet on Health Care. New York Times, November 25, 2008
- "Edelman Financial to go private in $257.5M deal: ... Edelman ... is being taken private by affiliates of Lee Equity Partners LLC", AP via Business Week, April 16, 2012.