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About Us

KarpReilly, LLC is a private investment firm, founded by Allan Karp and Chris Reilly, whose primary mission is to partner with premier small to mid-size growth companies and help them achieve their long-term vision. KarpReilly currently manages funds and affiliates with capital commitments in excess of $500 million. Over the past 15 years, the principals of KarpReilly have invested in, sat on the boards of and nurtured over 25 growth companies.

Value-added Resource

We provide more than just capital and financial expertise as evidenced by the fact that on average our portfolio companies have quadrupled in size during our ownership. We help our companies achieve their growth plans by:

  • Providing access to our 20+ year network of resources that includes our current and former entrepreneur partners, proven industry executives, hand-picked industry consultants and financial resources
  • Making the necessary investments in systems and infrastructure
  • Building the depth and skill base of the senior management team

True Owner Partners

Unlike most private equity investors, who invest between 1-2% of their own capital in each deal, we invest over 25% of our own money, which ensures that we will act like true owners, not asset managers. This important distinction impacts our investment style and preferences as shown by our:

  • Use of responsible capital structures designed to promote growth and preserve capital
  • Long-term perspective with typical investment holding period of 6-8 years
  • Prudent behavior, not quick fix mentality, when faced with challenging situations

We generally invest in small to mid-size growth companies with strong managers that need equity capital of $10 to $75 million. We make majority or minority investments through a variety of transaction types including growth equity, management buyouts, acquisition financings and recapitalizations.