J. Michael Chu
Mr. Chu is the Global Co-CEO of L CATTERTON, a firm he co-founded in 1989. L CATTERTON is the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world operating thru six (6) distinct fund platforms, with a presence in 17 markets across five (5) continents. With this reach, L CATTERTON covers close to 90% of the global GDP. The firm has close to 50 global partners, over 150 investment and operating professionals, and over $14 billion of AUM$ supporting its fund investment platform. L CATTERTON operates thru its flagship mid-market buyout fund, a small cap US-focused Growth Fund, a pan-Latin American fund, a pan-European fund, a pan-Asian fund and a global Real Estate fund.
Since its inception, L CATTERTON has focused exclusively on providing growth equity to well-positioned middle-market consumer firms who operate in attractive and targeted categories of interest. L CATTERTON has completed over 175 investments since its inception including, to name a few: Peloton Cycle, Equinox Gyms, Leslie's Pool Supplies, Restoration Hardware, PF Changs, Bloomin Brands, Intercos, Frederic Fekkai, Wellness Pet Food, Odwalla Juices, Vicini/Zanotti, Sandro & Maje, Princess Yachts, Pepe Jeans/Hackett, Sincere, Charles & Keith, Fabindia, Marubi, and RM Williams. The firm's investment return profile has been consistently at the top of the private equity industry. L CATTERTON took on as minority partners at the end of 2015 the Louis Vuitton Moet Henessey Group (LVMH) and Groupe Arnault (the family office of Bernard Arnault). This unique partnership strengthens L Catterton's global and consumer capabilities.
Prior to co-founding L CATTERTON, Mr. Chu held a variety of senior financial management positions with The First Pacific Company, a Hong Kong publically listed investment and management company which he joined in early 1983.
Mr. Chu received a B.A with highest honors in Psychology and Economics from Bates College, where he was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2013. He is a member of the Committee of 100, the leading Chinese-American philanthropic organization.
He lives in New Canaan, CT and Palm Beach, FL with his wife and has two sons who both work in the private equity industry.