Lisa is a former award-winning investigative journalist, who specializes in bespoke investigative projects focusing on deep-dive examinations of public and private companies and their executives.
She manages complex pre-deal diligence projects for a range of clients, including some of the largest private equity firms in the world, helping them understand competitive ecosystems, risk-relevant information, new market opportunities, and reputational issues. She has conducted research across various sectors, including technology, food and beverage, construction, finance, aerospace, and manufacturing.
As a reporter in the U.S. and the Middle East, she covered subjects ranging from the U.S. presidential campaigns and Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations to higher education, the environment, and local corruption and crime. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Detroit News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Newsday, Jerusalem Post, Philadelphia Daily News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, and USA Today. She graduated with a B.A. in History from University of Illinois at Champaign. She collects Japanese books, and is active in the Japanese Art Society of America and the Caxton Club in Chicago.
On behalf of a large U.S.-based private equity firm trying to understand the market for a potentially-transformational new software technology, Lisa located and interviewed key stakeholders at global companies to understand organizational priorities, potential options and the competitive environment.
In advance of a $200+ million private equity deal, Lisa managed a team of investigators conducting interviews across multiple source categories, focusing on the health of the acquisition target’s portfolio companies, its potential for future growth, competitive position, and leadership.
Utilizing a combination of public records and in-depth interviews, Lisa co-led an investigation into a publicly traded company, which discovered that it overstated its production capacity, misled investors about rising costs, and failed to disclose related-party transactions that personally benefited its CEO.