AVAIO Capital’s Spin-Out from AECOM


Kirkland & Ellis represents AVAIO Capital, the former private infrastructure investment arm of AECOM, one of the world’s largest global design and engineering firms, on its spin-out into an independent business.

AVAIO Capital, the former private infrastructure investment arm of AECOM, one of the world’s largest global design and engineering firms, has completed its spin-out into an independent business.

AVAIO is focused on real asset creation and redevelopment opportunities in the middle market that have a positive impact on surrounding communities and the environment. AVAIO concentrates primarily on mid- and late-stage projects in North America and Western Europe across four sectors: transportation, water, low-carbon energy and digital infrastructure. The AVAIO team is composed of both financial and operational executives with more than a century of combined experience in underwriting, structuring, investing and creating value in real assets across market cycles.

While retaining full independence, AVAIO has an exclusive sourcing and technical support relationship with AECOM. This arrangement provides AVAIO with access to investment opportunities identified by AECOM, as well as the ability to tap into the company’s technical expertise to assess projects in AVAIO’s target sectors.

The Kirkland team was led by investment funds partners Kelly Ryan (Picture) and Susan Eisenberg and associate Lauren Jenkins; transactional partners Shubi Arora and Jhett Nelson; and tax partner Stephen Butler.

Involved fees earner: Shubi Arora – Kirkland & Ellis; Stephen Butler – Kirkland & Ellis; Susan Eisenberg – Kirkland & Ellis; Lauren Jenkins – Kirkland & Ellis; Jhett Nelson – Kirkland & Ellis; Kelly Ryan – Kirkland & Ellis;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis;

Clients: AVAIO Capital;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti