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Making Businesses Better Since 1991

For over three decades, the Partners of KPS have worked exclusively to acquire and improve businesses that manufacture a diverse array of products across a broad number of industries.

KPS’ unique investment strategy consistently results in the creation of world-class, industry-leading companies.  KPS’ investment strategy creates meaningful value in its portfolio companies that benefits its investors, management teams and the Firm across economic and business cycles. 

KPS has completed over 110 controlling investments through six institutional investment funds, comprising 48 platform investments and 65 follow-on acquisitions in industries including basic materials, branded consumer, healthcare and luxury products, automotive parts, capital equipment and general manufacturing.

KPS has grown substantially over the past two decades.  KPS began as an investor exclusively focused on North American companies, with an exclusively U.S. investor base.  KPS is now a global Firm with the ability to execute and create value worldwide, with an investor base from 26 countries. 

KPS benefits from the continuity of its Partners and senior investment professionals.  Michael Psaros and David Shapiro Co-Founded the firm over three decades ago.  Michael Psaros, David Shapiro and Raquel Palmer, Managing Partners of KPS, lead the Firm and, along with Partners Jay Bernstein, Ryan Baker, Kyle Mumford and Rahul Sevani, are personally involved in every aspect of the Firm’s investment activities, including direct engagement with its portfolio companies and their management teams. This continuity creates and fosters the culture of a "family-owned" Firm that is grounded in the core values of the KPS Partners, including integrity, veracity and transparency.

KPS maintains the complete continuity of its investment strategy and core focus.  The Firm’s singular focus will always be developing world-class, industry-leading manufacturing companies.

The collective experience of the KPS team over two decades provides us with a demonstrated ability to see value where other investors do not and to make businesses better.   

KPS launched KPS Mid-Cap Investments (“KPS Mid-Cap”) to focus on investments in the lower end of the middle market.  In October 2019, KPS established a dedicated $1.0 billion fund (the “KPS Mid-Cap Fund”).  KPS Mid-Cap targets the same type of investment opportunities and utilizes the same investment strategy that KPS has successfully pursued for over two decades.  KPS Mid-Cap leverages and benefits from KPS’ global platform, reputation, track record, infrastructure, best practices, knowledge and experience.

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