The first of the Kelly Companies was formed over 20 years ago, in 1993 by Michael Kelly. Today, Kelly Investment Group is the primary private equity company handling all M&A activity for the Kelly Companies of Southern California.

Kelly Companies of Southern California’s affiliates own and operate businesses in 27 states and employ over 7,000 people.


Our Company Acquisitions & Investments Group acquires and invests in diverse operating companies and assets. We focus on complicated transactions that enable us to leverage our ability to complete due diligence quickly and fund change of control transactions as principals with our own balance sheet.


Our Real Estate Group actively seeks distressed investment opportunities in real estate properties and projects throughout the U.S. We are able to underwrite and commit to funds within 2 weeks of review.


The first of the Kelly Companies were founded nearly two decades ago as a company, but long before that as a personal vision of Michael Kelly. In his early 20s, in the midst of the Savings & Loan Crisis, Michael resourcefully negotiated a $150 million acquisition from the Resolution Trust Corporation — the largest of its kind at the time. Since then, his initiatives across diverse industries and business climates have resulted in the completion of over $4 billion in transactions.

At its inception, Michael focused on the acquisition of whole loans and whole loan portfolios secured by commercial real estate. Since then, he has expanded his focus to include operating companies and has taken two public companies private. The firm’s aggressive management and marketing techniques have provided a number of successful acquisition and turn-around stories. Michael Kelly and his team have earned a trusted reputation in fields as diverse as healthcare, food and beverage, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, service, retail, logistics, financial and technology. Value creation is the product of two disciplines: the correct identification of complex or misunderstood situations and the execution of a clear strategy to unlock the hidden value. Through our expertise in acquisitions, business development, and capital structure optimization, we’re able to unlock that hidden value, often in companies that are subject to regulatory or structural change, cyclical challenges or financial complexity.


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