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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.
Buyout
In conversation with Dedalus

Transformational deal creates European leader in Healthcare IT

Interview with Sébastien Bossard, CEO of Kersia and Isabelle Demoment, CSR, Product stewardship & Regulatory Director.
Learn more about Kersia, a food safety company owned by Ardian and its sustainability strategy.
Growth
In conversation with Ivalua

The partnership behind Ardian Growth’s first $1 billion company

Expansion
In conversation with CLS

The partnership that built a worldwide leader in satellite data analytics

4 Bn
invested across our Direct, Infrastructure, Private Debt and Real Estate activities in 99 transactions, of which 36 were build-ups in 2019
Ardian North America Fund
In conversation with Soteria Flexibles

First steps in building a national flexible products group

Infrastructure
In conversation with SEA Milan Airports

Seeking a “new normal” for our industry through long-term collaboration

Co-Investment
In conversation with the team

How does Ardian support sponsors and companies to create value?

Airports commit to “net zero” by 2050
Listen to Armando Brunini, CEO of SEA Airports at The Augmented Infrastructure: Digital for Climate conference organized by Ardian Infrastructure in October 2019.
57 M+
of capital gains has been distributed to 23,200 employees from 31 companies exited by Ardian since 2008
Private Debt
In conversation with Alpega

Fund financing pushes further into traditional banking territory

Real Estate
In conversation with WPP

How close collaboration with a tenant created a landmark building

Real Estate

The Renaissance Project
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2019 Activity Report