Press Release

Kirkland Represents Wafra Inc. in Strategic Investment in AE Industrial Partners

Kirkland & Ellis represented Wafra Inc., an investment firm established to build long-term prosperity for asset owners around the world, in its strategic investment in AE Industrial Partners, LP (AEI), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets. Under the terms of the transaction, Wafra has acquired a passive minority interest in AEI.
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The Kirkland team was led by investment funds and transactional partners Paul Watt and Robert Emerson. The team also included transactional partners Jennifer Perkins and Juliet Anderson, and associates Michael Shin, Emma Julian and Jonathan Abrams; and tax partner Stephen Butler and associates Timothy Campany and Radina Angelova.
Kirkland is a global leader in providing sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. Kirkland offers clients the unsurpassed resources of a large, integrated, multidisciplinary, global team located across offices in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Kirkland is recognized as a leader and pioneer in advising sponsors and founders on complex strategic minority investments in existing firms and control sale transactions.  To date, the firm has advised on more than 40 minority investment transactions in PE sponsors in this rapidly evolving market, including some of the largest transactions completed to date.  With more than 380 dedicated Investment Funds attorneys, few firms approach the breadth, depth and scope of Kirkland’s experience in investment funds legal services.