AE Industrial finalizes acquisition of Columbia Helicopters

Florida-based private equity firm AE Industrial Partners, LP has announced the completion of its acquisition of heavy lift helicopter provider Columbia Helicopters, the company said.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor, Rothschild & Co. served as financing advisor, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP served as financial advisor to AEI. Tonkon Torp LLP served as legal advisor and Greenhill & Co., LLC served as financial advisor to Columbia.

Columbia Helicopters is a provider of helicopter operations and an expert in maintenance, repair and overhaul services. The company owns, operates, and maintains a fleet of Columbia Model 107-II Vertol, Columbia Model 234 Chinook, and Columbia Model CH-47D Chinook helicopters. 

AE Industrial Partners is a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense & government services, power generation, and specialty industrial markets.