Founded In 2017,
Our Roots Trace Back to the Early Days of Private Equity.

Tilia is a hybrid. Our business model combines operating, strategic, financial, and governance expertise collaborating at parity. It is the extension of a successful investment strategy developed, implemented and continuously improved over more than three decades. It was first developed by Eric in the 1990s as the co-founder and senior investment professional at First Chicago Equity Capital (now One Equity Partners) and further developed and refined at Linden Capital Partners, a healthcare focused middle-market private equity firm, which he co-founded in 2002.

Til·​ia \ˈtilēə\

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1991

Eric Larson, co-founder of First Chicago Equity Capital (now One Equity Partners), develops and hones a sector-focused investment approach.

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2002

Eric establishes Linden Life Sciences, an idea that would grow into Linden Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused middle market private equity firm. Eric served as Chairman, Managing Partner and Co-founder of Linden until 2017.

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2003

Johannes Burlin serves as President and CEO of Advanced Bioscience Laboratories, a biomedical R&D and manufacturing company focused on human retroviral diseases and Mérieux Alliance Company. Johannes previously served as Vice President of Business Development for the Mérieux Group located in Lyon, France.

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2008

Johannes serves as the President of Silliker Labs North America, a world leader in food safety and quality testing services.

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2010

Eric makes initial investment in Safe Foods International Holdings, a provider of food safety and product innovation services to large, multinational food companies.

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2013

Johannes joins Safe Foods as President in October 2013, and Eric and Johannes serve as Operating Partners and Principals of Safe Food.

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2015

Eric and Johannes successfully exit Safe Foods to a strategic acquirer after enhancing its market position, doubling revenue and growing profitability.

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2017

Tilia is established as a hybrid platform, founded on a philosophy of parity between the principals’ operating, strategic, financial, and governance expertise.

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2018

Successful close of Tilia Fund I within a year of formally launching fundraising.

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