Robert R. Kaplan
Bob joined the firm in 2006, and he has extensive experience in buying, selling and recapitalizing operating companies as a lawyer, investment banker and principal.
In 1972, Bob began his legal career with Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg, Cox & Allen which is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. After becoming a partner in 1978, he headed the firm’s municipal finance, mergers & acquisitions and securities law practice and served two terms on the firm’s Executive Committee.
In 1988, Bob left the practice of law to co-found Carter Kaplan & Co., a Richmond, Virginia headquartered investment and merchant bank. At Carter Kaplan & Co., Bob headed the firm’s corporate investment banking practice while pursuing a municipal underwriting practice as well. Carter Kaplan & Co. was sold in 1996 to Ferris, Baker Watts, a Mid-Atlantic investment banking firm.
In 1996 Bob co-founded the leveraged buy-out sponsor firm, Columbia Naples Capital, where he served as a Managing Director. During the ensuing six years, Columbia Naples Capital deployed in excess of $25 million in equity in companies in the outdoor recreation, industrial distribution, natural foods and maintenance outsourcing businesses, many of which investments were led by Bob.
In 2001, Bob left Columbia Naples Capital to co-found North American Propane, Inc., which was a holding company for an approximately $125 million run-rate, residential and commercial energy distribution business that operated in New England and the Mid-Atlantic markets and was sold to a strategic purchaser in 2012.
In 2001 Bob also resumed his legal career, joining LeClairRyan in Richmond, Virginia as a specialist in mergers & acquisitions and sophisticated corporate transactions.
Bob is a member of the Development Committee of The John Marshal Foundation and he is a former member of the Boards of Directors of the William and Mary Law School Association, the Commonwealth Catholic Charities and the Advisory Council of the Fraternity of St. Peter. He is active in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church where he has served on the Finance Council and is currently Chairman of the Parish Building Committee. Bob is an avid water-fowler and fly fisherman.