Our investment activities
The foundation of our approach is to create long-term, trusting partnerships with entrepreneurs, managers and investors. We commit our resources and expertise to support them on their journey and together achieve our common goal: sustainable value.
We span the private investment market
Ardian specializes in five asset classes. Our largest activity is Fund of Funds, where we invest globally in secondary transactions as well as make primary commitments through our Mandates operation. Our Direct Funds and Infrastructure activities have strong positions in Continental Europe. We are progressively extending both activities to North America and, in Infrastructure’s case, South America as well. Private Debt specializes in providing non-bank funding for European LBO deals. Finally, our newest activity – Real Estate – acquires and refurbishes office properties in Europe’s most dynamic cities.
$ 13 Bn
invested through our Fund of Funds platform across 62 primary commitments and 23 secondary transactions in 2019
Ardian dominates the secondary fund of funds market globally and is a major player in primary commitments
There, it invests with leading GPs, mainly through its fast-growing Mandates business. During 2019, the team reinforced its position at the top end of the Secondary market by successfully executing several of the largest and most complex transactions attempted to date. This was epitomized by the closing of the largest ever secondary transaction in December 2019, a landmark deal in which Ardian acquired a $5 billion portfolio from a financial institution. Overall, Ardian deployed more than $10 billion in secondary transactions in 2019, with the team having largely committed Secondary Fund VII. On the primary side, Ardian continued to use its strong network to provide its investors access to top-tier funds worldwide.
Interview with Sébastien Bossard, CEO of Kersia and Isabelle Demoment, CSR, Product stewardship & Regulatory Director.
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€ 4 Bn
invested across our Direct, Infrastructure, Private Debt and Real Estate activities in 99 transactions, of which 36 were build-ups in 2019
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€ 57 M+
of capital gains has been distributed to 23,200 employees from 31 companies exited by Ardian since 2008