M&A Deal Summary

Carlyle Aviation Partners Acquires FLY Leasing

On March 29, 2021, asset manager Carlyle Aviation Partners acquired aerospace company FLY Leasing for 2.4B USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Carlyle Aviation Partners’ 1st transaction in the Aerospace sector.
  • This is Carlyle Aviation Partners’ largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Carlyle Aviation Partners’ 1st transaction in Ireland.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2021-03-29
Target FLY Leasing
Sector Aerospace
Buyer(s) Carlyle Aviation Partners
Deal Type Going Private
Deal Value 2.4B USD
Advisor(s) Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division (Financial)
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
Conyers Dill & Pearman
McCann FitzGerald (Legal)


FLY Leasing

Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
FLY is a global aircraft leasing company with a fleet of modern and fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft. FLY leases its aircraft under multi-year operating lease contracts to a diverse group of airlines throughout the world. FLY is managed and serviced by BBAM LP, a worldwide leader in aircraft lease management and financing. FLY Leasing was founded in 2007 and is based in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

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Carlyle Aviation Partners

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Category Asset Manager
Founded 2002
Size Mega
Type Sector Focused

Caryle Aviation Partners is the commercial aviation investment arm of The Carlyle Group's credit division. The unit looks for opportunities in the broad aviation sector and will consider investments across North America, Asia, and Europe. Caryle Aviation Partners is based in Miami, Florida.

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