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Cathy Leonhardt

Peter J. Solomon Company, L.P.
Managing Director
New York, NY, USA

Cathy Leonhardt
Managing Director


Cathy Leonhardt is a partner and Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. She is also co-Head of PJSC's Global Retail Group. She joined the Firm in 2003.


With over 17 years of experience providing strategic and financial advisory services to clients, including advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures she recently advised PPR on its sale of The Sportsman’s Guide and OneStopPlus and PVH Corporation on its acquisition of the Warnaco Group. Ms. Leonhardt advised Deckers on its acquisition of Sanuk, PPR on its acquisition of Volcom, PVH Corporation on its acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger, Quiksilver on its recapitalization and Athleta on its sale to The Gap. Ms. Leonhardt also represented The Home Depot in its acquisition of Redbeacon®, Kate Spade LLC in its sale to Liz Claiborne, J. Jill in its sale to Talbots, May in its merger with Federated, Loehmann’s in its sale to Crescent Capital Investments, and Barneys in its sale to Jones Apparel Group.

Prior to joining PJSC, Ms. Leonhardt spent seven years at Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., rising to Vice President in the mergers and acquisitions group where she was involved in domestic and cross-border acquisitions. At Morgan Stanley, Ms. Leonhardt’s selected transactions included: Sears Roebuck & Co’s acquisition of Land’s End, Inc., Tommy Hilfiger’s acquisition of Tommy Europe, Jones Apparel’s acquisition of McNaughton, the merger of Monsanto Company and Pharmacia, Georgia-Pacific’s spin-off of The Timber Company to Plum Creek Timber Company, and the sale of Donna Karan’s beauty business to Estée Lauder Companies. Ms. Leonhardt began her career at Wachovia as an officer in the US Corporate Banking Group.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW)
  • Member, Culverhouse Board of Visitors, Culverhouse College of Commerce, University of Alabama

Academic Credentials

Ms. Leonhardt received her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. from the University of Alabama, graduating summa cum laude.


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