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Gotham Private Equity Partners is formed

Gotham Private Equity Partners has been formed as a New York-based private equity firm focused on middle-market and lower middle-market companies.

Gotham is focused on originating, executing and managing proprietary private equity transactions and providing strategic advisory services.

The firm is comprised of a team of investment professionals who have worked together continuously since 2001.

Gotham’s principals began their careers in CIBC’s leveraged finance and merchant banking group and then helped establish Trimaran Capital Partners, a USD1.0bn private equity fund.

Previous investments in which Gotham principals were involved include: El Pollo Loco, a quick-service restaurant chain with over 400 locations; Reddy Ice Group, the nation’s largest producer of packaged ice; Standard Steel, an integrated manufacturer of steel wheels and axles for the railcar industry; and SuperNova Shipping, a dry bulk shipping provider.

David Benyaminy, a managing principal of Gotham, says: “We are extremely pleased to be establishing Gotham Private Equity Partners and believe that the current market environment has set the stage for experienced investors to provide value-added capital in a variety of situations across a number of industries. By utilising our industry expertise and extensive network of executives and entrepreneurs, we believe that Gotham will be able to originate a number of compelling opportunities for our partners.”

Steven Flyer, a managing principal of Gotham, adds: “The support and commitment of a number of high net worth families and entrepreneurs, who are partners in our firm and who will be investors in businesses that we acquire, provide Gotham with unique operational and strategic insight. With this partnership in place, we believe that Gotham offers a value-added approach to private equity.”

Joining Benyaminy and Flyer in the formation of Gotham are Gregory Prata and Daniel Gaspar, vice presidents and founders of the firm. Kyce Chihi, a former leveraged finance professional at Deutsche Bank, has been working with the team for several years and is a founder and senior associate of the firm.

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