Rick Murphy

Rick Murphy is an innovative, serial entrepreneur with a wide range of merger and acquisition experience. As the CEO and managing partner at Cogent Growth Partners LLC, he has led 75-plus acquisition transactions for his firm's buy-side clients in the IT services space since the inception of the company in 2010.

Rick is expert at conceiving, planning, and leading comprehensive acquisition strategies to transform and enrich IT service businesses. As a buy-side adviser, he leads the entire team throughout the transaction lifecycle, from initial candidate recruiting, through due diligence, financial modeling, valuation, deal negotiation, and transaction structuring, to the creation and negotiation of all transaction documentation through to closing.

Rick’s background includes specific expertise in business planning, modeling, document creation, and strategic sales, and he is fluent in all related corporate, financial, and transaction documentation matters.