Relationships Matter

There is a simple reason our investment principles have worked for 50 years: We believe in a relationship-driven approach to investing through partnering with exceptional management teams of middle market companies to help them build and improve their businesses.


A leading distributor of process control and fluid handling products in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S.

A leading provider of automated packaging machinery solutions and related aftermarket products that drive efficiency and increase packaging line performance for diverse food, beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and industrial goods companies.

A leading direct marketer of industrial electronic components focused on control and automation product categories primarily serving maintenance and repair applications.

The leading U.S. distributor of wallboard, acoustical products (primarily ceiling tile and ceiling grid), and related specialty building products.

The largest distributor of audio-visual products serving the K-12 and higher education markets throughout the United States.

A nationally accredited postsecondary educational institution offering Bachelor, Associate, and Diploma programs.

A route-based distributor of tools, safety equipment, and supplies serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic non-residential construction markets.

A leading direct-to-consumer distributor of wound care and related services and products.

A leading independent distributor of process controls, HVAC controls, and automated industrial valves in the Midwest and eastern-regions of the United States primarily serving the maintenance, repair, and overhaul market and selling to installers, contractors and end-users directly.

A manufacturer of specialty plastic solutions for medical/pharmaceutical, food processing, and niche industrial applications.

  • $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.