Gala Capital Partners



Gala Capital Partners, LLC, is a private investment firm with a demonstrated track record of partnering with lower middle-market franchisors to produce creatively structured investment solutions. We use over 30 years of industry experience to identify categorical growth opportunities and help founders and management teams take their brands to the next level.


Anand Gala
Gilles Kersten
Tepy Sophat
Anand Gala

Anand Gala

Mr. Gala is the Founder and Managing Partner of Gala Capital Partners, LLC, and has spent the past 30 years in various executive capacities within the software, real estate & restaurant spaces.

His historical investment portfolio has included the development and management of over 60 locations of nationally recognized chain restaurants throughout the western United States. Current portfolio brands under development, ownership and operation include MOOYAH Burgers, Fresh Griller and Famous Dave’s BBQ. Past restaurant investments have included franchise ownership and development of Applebee’s, Del Taco, Jack in the Box and Seattle’s Best Coffee.

His real estate investments have focused on the acquisition, development and management of commercial real estate assets; comprising of commercial office buildings, free standing units and shopping center pad sites to be developed into retail and restaurant sites. Recent and current projects include a number of office buildings and restaurant sites located throughout California and Arizona.

Mr. Gala graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and has served as a member of the USC Marshall School of Business Forum on Family Businesses. He currently serves on the Board of Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE), as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), for The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) and as a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). He has also served as past Chairman of the YPO Food & Beverage Industry Network and — since 2014 –as Chairman of the YPO Franchise Industry Network. He is directly involved in numerous charitable causes and has served as a Director of the Gala Foundation since 2000.


Gilles Kersten

Gilles Kersten

Mr. Kersten is an M&A professional and financial analyst originally from Amsterdam, Netherlands. He has deep experience in a variety of industries, including food & drink, real estate and manufacturing.

Kersten began his career in investment banking, where he served as an M&A adviser working on sell-side and buy-side deals. He also acted as an important part of the corporate development team for a global chemical company, responsible for developing and executing firm M&A and investment strategy. He has worked on numerous business unit divestitures, plant closures and joint venture projects in various parts of the world.

Mr. Kersten graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Master’s degree in Business & Economics. He is currently finishing an MBA at The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, focusing on strategy and corporate finance.

Tepy Sophat

Tepy Sophat

Ms. Sophat is the Vice President of Finance and Accounting of Gala Capital Partners, LLC with over 15 years of experience in accounting, strategy, risk management, regulatory compliance, and financial advisory

She began her career as an auditor at KPMG Cambodia, specializing in Audit and Advisory in a variety of industries including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, construction, banking, hotel & hospitality and non-profit. Since joining GCP in 2007, she built over 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry serving as financial executive for several brands, both on the franchisee and franchisor side. Currently, she oversees control functions and provides financial information accuracy for multiple concepts including consolidation as well as manages payroll for over 3,500 employees. In addition, she is a member of the M&A team responsible for accounting due diligence, training, system integration, implementation, internal control, and financial reporting.

Ms. Sophat graduated in 2002 from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and has a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.





Investment Criteria


Long-term investments in franchise brands ranging from 20-200 units

Brands generating more than $20MM in annual system-wide sales

Specialty within the restaurant industry

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