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Jan 9, 2020

Gondola Capital, a provider of carefully curated non-traditional private
investments for RIAs, Family Offices, and Institutions, today announced it has formed a strategic
relationship with KEY Investment Partners, an investment management firm focused on providing growth
capital to companies operating in the ancillary cannabis sector.
In early 2019, Gondola Capital spun out of Hatteras Funds with a focused mission to deliver a differentiated investment platform consisting of private equity funds, co-investments, and direct transactions to its client base. The founding team at KEY Investment Partners met while working together at the Swiss-based private equity firm Partner’s Group AG where they invested on behalf of some of the largest pension funds and endowments in the world.


Gondola Capital believes there are few industries offering greater long-term growth potential than the legal cannabis industry and that global appetite for investing in legal cannabis will continue to grow
exponentially. Furthermore, Gondola is of the belief that the best way for their clients to access this growth industry will be through the private markets. To assist their clients in accessing the legal cannabis space, Gondola determined it would be necessary to represent an investment manager that combines both proven institutional investment experience with deep industry networks.
“We identified the legal cannabis industry as one of the fastest-growing markets in the world and the
the industry continues to capture the attention of our investor base. We selected KEY Investment Partners
because of their breadth of private markets experience and the strong relationships, they have cultivated
both inside and outside of the cannabis industry,” said Michael Lee, Co-Founder, and Partner at Gondola
Capital.
KEY Investment Partners or “KEY” for short, was founded in 2018 on the realization that there is a scarcity of institutional quality firms focused on legal cannabis preventing investors from accessing high-quality private market investments. KEY’s co-founders have invested on behalf of some of the largest pension funds and endowments in the world. In addition, KEY has spent a combined decade in Colorado, the most established cannabis market in the country.
“This rapidly-evolving opportunity set is clearly in growth mode but currently under-serviced by investment managers with institutional investment experience, and our investor clients deserve better options to access the space. Our joint relationship with KEY looks to fill in some of those gaps,” said Casey Brunner, CoFounder, and Partner at Gondola Capital.
“We are thrilled to be working with Gondola and believe that through our institutional-quality sourcing,
screening, and analysis our clients will have the ability to capitalize on premier private market cannabis
investments” said Tiby Erdely, one of KEY’s founding partners.
The engagement follows a strong growth year for Gondola Capital as it continues to build out a differentiated platform of private equity funds, co-investments, and direct transactions for RIAs, Family
Offices, and Institutions.


About Gondola Capital
Gondola Capital researches and provides exposure to carefully curated non-traditional private investments for Registered Investment Advisors, Family Offices, Institutions, and Consultants. Their platform includes a suite of differentiated alternative investment solutions including private equity funds, co-investments, and direct transactions. With locations in Vail, CO and Raleigh, NC, the founding team of Casey Brunner and Michael Lee have over 30 years combined experience from institutions including Morgan Stanley
Investment Management, Hatteras Funds, The Rock Creek Group, and Direxion Investments.
For more information on Gondola Capital: https://gondolacapital.com/


About KEY Investment Partners
KEY Investment Partners is an investment management firm focused on providing growth capital to early-stage cannabis companies. They invest opportunistically across all sub-sectors of the cannabis industry,
with the intent of identifying high-growth, market-leading companies that are backed by exceptional
management teams. Karabas, Erdely, and Youkilis co-founded the firm after the three worked together for
the Swiss-based private equity firm Partner’s Group AG (SIX: PGHN). The team has over 20 years
combined investment management experience from institutions like Goldman Sachs, GE Capital, and
Equity Residential investing on behalf of some of the largest pension funds and endowments in the world.
KEY is headquartered in Denver, CO - the most established and mature legal cannabis market in the US -
positioning the firm at the forefront of the most exciting trends and developments in the space.
For more information on KEY Investment Partners: https://keyinvestmentpartners.com/


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