AEA

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.

 

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.

Mike joined AEA in 2006 as a member of the mezzanine team.

Prior to joining AEA, he was with Investcorp International in New York, working as a generalist on a variety of leveraged buyout transactions. Prior to Investcorp, Mike was with Credit Suisse First Boston in the leveraged finance and financial sponsors group.

Christian joined AEA in 2006 as a member of the mezzanine team and was promoted to Partner in 2018.

Prior to joining AEA, he was with Allied Capital in New York, originating, executing and monitoring middle market mezzanine and control buyout transactions. Prior to Allied Capital, Christian was with GE Equity, the private equity investment division of GE Capital and Chase Securities Inc., where he was a member of the acquisition finance group.

Nan joined AEA in 2007 as a member of the newly formed senior debt team and was promoted to Partner in 2011. Along with Keith Alexander, she is responsible for managing AEA’s two senior debt portfolios.

Prior to joining AEA, Nan’s experience included nine years as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston in leveraged finance and corporate restructuring. She also spent several years providing independent consulting and strategic planning services to Align Communications Inc., an international technology consulting firm.

Tom joined AEA in 2004 to help implement AEA’s private debt investing effort and was promoted to Partner in 2006. Tom is a member of the investment committees of the mezzanine and senior loan funds.

Prior to joining AEA, Tom spent over thirteen years at Credit Suisse First Boston in a number of areas including leveraged finance and financial sponsor coverage, high yield finance and corporate restructurings and reorganizations. During his tenure at Credit Suisse First Boston, he completed over 60 transactions for over $14 billion in total value, including senior bank loans, bridge loans, high yield offerings, equity offerings and merger and acquisition transactions.

Joe joined AEA in 2004 as a Partner. In 2020, Joe became Executive Chairman of the AEA Private Debt Group and Chairman of the investment committee of all AEA debt funds.

Prior to joining AEA, Joe spent four years at J.H. Whitney & Co. as co-head of the mezzanine group and member of the credit and investment committees, managing $1 billion of dedicated capital. While at Whitney, he was also co-head of the structured products (CBO) group and was a member of its credit and investment committees. Joe also spent significant time on private equity activities and served on several boards in his various capacities. Prior to joining Whitney in 1999, Joe spent 12 years at Credit Suisse First Boston in a number of areas including leveraged finance and financial sponsor coverage, high yield finance and corporate restructurings and reorganizations.

  • $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.