In our opinion, the distinguishing and most important element of American Industrial Partners’ strategy is the collaborative application of operating, industrial technology, and financial knowledge to identify investment opportunities and design operating strategies for portfolio companies. We believe that the result is an ability to combine the judgment and value creation capabilities of a strategic buyer with the execution capabilities of an experienced financial buyer.


The Firm’s equity and credit strategies target middle market companies in the industrial economy, with a flexible and opportunistic approach that invests in all levels of the capital structure.

Private Equity

American Industrial Partners seeks investments in businesses where both the operating opportunities and risks are familiar to the Firm’s partners. In particular, AIP pursues businesses that enjoy competitive positions, proprietary capabilities, and/or leading market shares, yet may have the potential for significant value enhancement through operating improvements, technological innovation, global marketing and sourcing, or add-on investments.

Special Situations

AIP has the capability to invest in all parts of the capital structure and special situations that do not fit the prevailing buyout model. Outside of the Firm’s core private equity capabilities, we invest in both primary and secondary credit, structured financings, debtor-in-possession and rescue loans, preferred and common equities and other instruments. The special situations platform seeks to leverage AIP’s operating and engineering capabilities to achieve business insights and generate alpha across a wide range of industrial sectors. Our special situations partners have an average of 15 years each investing in this space.

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