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Scott Zoellner
Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Private Debt

Scott joined AEA in 2004 as a Partner to help implement AEA’s private debt investing effort and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Private Debt in 2018. Scott is a member of the investment committees of the mezzanine and senior loan funds.

Prior to joining AEA, Scott was a principal in the New York office of Allied Capital, a NYSE-traded business development company. While at Allied Capital, he was responsible for originating, executing and monitoring privately negotiated debt and equity investments in both sponsored and nonsponsored middle market companies, and he served as a director of Callidus Capital Corporation and a member of the management committee of Callidus Capital Management LLC. Prior to joining Allied Capital, Scott served as a consultant to the Carlyle Group and a managing director in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston where he spent 12 years after joining the firm in 1990. During his tenure at Credit Suisse First Boston, he was a member of the leveraged finance group and the global industrial and services group where he originated and executed debt and equity financings in the public and private markets in both the United States and Europe.

Education M.B.A., NYU Stern School of Business
B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Trinity College
Location New York
Business Private Debt, Mezzanine

  • $11b

    With approximately $11 billion under management, AEA is a leader in global, middle-market private investing.

  • 100+

    With approximately 120 employees, including over 75 investment professionals, AEA’s experienced and focused team leverages deep industry knowledge and exceptional operational expertise.

  • 5/3

    With five offices across three continents, AEA has an unparalleled global network of relationships with family owners of industrial companies, business executives and influential government leaders.

  • 1968

    Founded in 1968 by members of the world’s leading industrial families, AEA is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity firms with a long legacy of success.

  • 75

    AEA has more than 75 Participants, who include some of the world’s pre-eminent industrial families, business executives and former government leaders.