About Us



We originate proprietary investment opportunities through long-standing relationships with investors and business operators who are naturally in touch with principals seeking trusted partners to help achieve their goals 



We bring together a select group of experienced and like-minded investors, deal makers, and business operators as a catalyst to execute on high quality, differentiated direct private equity and structured debt investments to support organic or strategic growth



By leveraging our combined skills, experiences, and broad networks of relationships, we can enhance the impact of growth capital with complementary strategic and operational expertise to drive value creation while controlling risk

JOHN KELLY, Co-Founder & Partner

John has more than 35 years of experience in building profitable new financial services businesses across a wide range of products and services. He has a reputation for “getting things done.” Most recently, John was a Partner at McCarvill Capital, a firm focused on raising capital for alternative asset managers, where he was responsible for evaluating and packaging investment management funds for consideration by institutional investors and evaluating direct investment opportunities.

Previously, John was Global COO of Liquidnet with a mandate from the founder to restore growth, increase market share, and strengthen operational control of this innovative and unique electronic trading firm. 

From September 2003 to March 2009, John worked with John L. Thornton, former President of Goldman Sachs, providing advisory services to private investors and management in a variety of industries in the U.S. and China, and completed several direct investments in privately held companies in the U.S.

John also held several senior positions with Société Générale (“SG”) in the U.S. where he helped build their U.S. investment banking business as COO and Head of Capital Markets. John was a member of the Management Committee of SG Americas, the investment bank’s Executive Committee, Investment Banking Committee, the Equity Screening Committee, and he was chairman of the Debt Screening Committee and the Risk Committee.

Previously, John worked at Rockefeller Family & Associates where he managed private equity investments for Meriwether Capital; had been Head of Asian Fixed Income Capital Markets at Bear Stearns; worked for Credit Suisse First Boston in Capital Markets and Investment Banking; and was a commercial lending officer at Citibank. 

John currently serves on the board of The Victory Funds, a $40 billion mutual fund complex, and is a director of Caledonia Mining Corporation, a southern Africa focused gold miner.

John has a BA in American Studies (history and literature) from Yale University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

John is a Registered Representative of BA Securities, LLC*.


STEVE HINES, Co-Founder & Partner

Steve has over 35 years of principal investment and investment banking experience. He has worked at some of the most highly respected firms in the financial services industry and has distinguished himself as a deal-maker and trusted advisor among the most demanding of clients.

Until recently, Steve was a Managing Director of MC Square Capital where he was the lead partner with responsibility for the Group's co-investing activities. Previously, he was a Partner and Co-Founder at McCarvill Capital, a firm focused on raising capital for alternative asset managers, where he was responsible for origination of mandates to raise funds for institutional investment managers and sourcing direct investments for private companies. He was previously President of First Avenue Partners, North America, a global private capital raising firm headquartered in London. 

Steve has participated as a principal in a number of transactions in the U.S. and has advised both private equity firms and corporate clients in M&A and corporate financing transactions. 

Earlier in his career, Steve worked at Goldman Sachs in New York for over 10 years where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, and private company recapitalizations of family-owned and operated businesses. Subsequently, he spent four years working in merchant banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York as a Senior Managing Director working on both M&A advisory and principal investments with many financial sponsors. 

Steve was a General Partner of the Beacon Group, an M&A advisory and principal investing boutique, which was sold to J.P. Morgan Chase. Upon the sale of the Beacon Group to J.P. Morgan, Steve was a General Partner of J.H. Whitney, a private equity investment firm focused on growth capital. 

Steve holds an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College, and an M.B.A degree from Harvard Business School. 

Steve is a Registered Representative of BA Securities, LLC*.


Our Perspective

Over the course of our careers, we have worked for some of the most demanding firms, clients, investors, and principals.  We have earned their trust as advisors, deal-makers, and business builders/operators - for our integrity, character, consistency of work ethic, critical thinking, honest advice, and good judgement.

We have developed deep expertise in evaluating business leaders and managers along with the capacity to spot winning businesses at all stages of development across a wide range of sectors, with depth in some of the most exciting areas for growth – health, fintech/business services, media and lifestyle.  We have deployed capital as agents or principals through periods of remarkable growth, severe contraction, and generational change.

Technology and demographic-driven changes in consumer behavior are creating new business models and disrupting old ones.  Successful companies will be those best able to adopt new operating modes and technologies that connect products and services to communities of customers and consumers.  Technology-enabled solutions will drive superior growth even among the most traditional commercial and industrial activities, and especially in service industries.  We seek opportunities to work with the best managers as they are the key to creating value and mitigating operational and financial risks.

Contact Us

Active Capital Partners

New York | Philadelphia | San Francisco

(203) 249-8890


* Securities Products and Investment Banking Services are offered through BA Securities, LLC, Four Tower Bridge, 200 Harbor Drive, Suite 400, W. Conshohocken, PA 19428. (877) 738-5841.  Member FINRA,  SIPC.  Active Capital Partners and BA Securities, LLC are separate, unaffiliated entities.