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Stephen Elia
Partner and Head of Investor Relations & Fundraising

Steve joined AEA in 2006 to lead AEA’s investor relations and fundraising efforts and became a Partner in 2015. He is involved in all aspects of investor fundraising, communications and relations as well as business development.

Before joining AEA, Steve was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch & Co.’s private equity fundraising group where he helped raise a variety of private equity and real estate funds from institutional investors worldwide. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he was a manager in the tax and business advisory group at Arthur Andersen.

Steve is also a certified public accountant.

Education M.B.A., Yale School of Management
B.S. in Accounting, Boston College (Honors)
Location New York
Business Investor Relations and Fundraising

  • $15b

    With over $15 billion under management, AEA is a leader in global, middle-market private investing.

  • 130+

    With approximately 135 employees, including approximately 90 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.