AEA Investors - London

Hey all,

I must say I never heard of them before. Interesting history they have.

In brief, they are a mid market US/European investor, currently deploying capital out of their latest $4.8bn global PE Fund (2019), and also raising their newest flagship fund currently;
+ AEA is one of the “pioneers” of private equity in the US and was founded in 1968 to make investments in small- and medium-sized companies with backing from the Rockefeller, Mellon and Harriman families as well as S G Warburg & Company. In Europe, AEA helped set up EQT back in 1994;
+ They currently manage approximately $15 billion across all lines of businesses with a total of approximately 100 employees - Middle Market Private Equity (1968) - Small Business Private Equity (2005) and Private Debt (2005);
+ Strong, consistent returns across all funds; Last two funds were Top Quartile; two exits in the last fund (Dometic and Evoqua) returned ~7x Money;
+ Lean team - lots of exposure for Associates and tangible promotion opportunity to VP;
+ The European team is growing with

Any ideas on trackrecord, culture, comp, and stuff they do?

Thank you,


Generally seen as a value player and haven’t had great performance is what I’ve heard. Don’t really see them on much in Europe but they recently did buy something from Triton I believe. Maybe more knowledgeable people can help

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Re performance. AEA 2019 (as at Dec-22) was 1.06x TVPI and 3.3% IRR. Obviously, early in the fund cycle, but probably not doing so well...


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