Wouter du Preez
Wouter du Preez
Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner

Greenstar Aviation Partners

United States

Wouter is an ex-Investment Banker with more than 25 years’ experience as aviation leasing and financing expert with a strong global track record in aerospace sector transactions across the capital structure including operating leases, debt, mezzanine and equity. He has a strong origination precept and has structured, closed and managed dealflow from cradle-to-grave across commercial, business jet and freighter aircraft, simulator funding, rail infrastructure etc.

Apart from his time as Head of Global Aviation at Rand Merchant Bank, Wouter also worked for investment holding companies, and an aircraft OEM as Structured Finance Director.

Today he is Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Greenstar Aviation Partners, a US-based Private Equity firm that invests and channels private markets equity growth capital into mission-critical decarbonization and carbon removal solutions for the aerospace sector that enable their clients to build sustainable businesses and portfolios. Greenstar is active in projects as varied as electric GSE, AAM battery charging and storage, waste-to-energy etc.

Wouter holds various degrees including a Master’s Degree in Investment Management (Cum Laude) and is a CFA Charterholder.

 Greenstar invests and channels private growth capital into decarbonization and carbon removal solutions for the aerospace sector that enable our clients to build sustainable businesses and portfolios.

  • We are an Impact focused PE firm based in New York with geographic coverage across OECD countries. We engage in decarbonization advisory, green capital structuring, and placing third-party financing sources on managed accounts. As an Impact focused GP, we target impact that must be measurable and manageable – we are uniquely positioned to leverage deep existing aerospace sector knowledge of ESG impacted assets and investee companies
  • We focus on mission critical and technology superior Zero-Emission flight infrastructure (both real assets and entities) that support the energy transition vectors of electric, SAF and hydrogen. Investors benefit from stable, long term hard currency inflation hedging with attractive rental and yield characteristics, together with the private equity upside from active target company investments made into late-stage VC/early stage PE deals.

Greenstar’s founders combine over 50 years of varied experience in aerospace investment banking, leasing, OEM activity, management consulting and advisory with a robust understanding of aerospace infrastructure development in leading international markets. Our extensive broad sector relationships allow us to access debt markets and funding solutions for fund and asset leverage via collaboration with financing partners

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