Transformational strategies that build global champions

Ardian’s Buyout acquires mid and large-cap companies in Europe and North America, applying transformational buy-and-build strategies which enable them to become global leaders in their sector, putting sustainability at the heart of their business. To that end,  Ardian has developed a new Sustainable Buyout concept designed as a tool to quantify, monitor and improve our portfolio companies’ social and environmental contribution.
Our multinational investment team works with leading players across multiple industries but we have developed special expertise in sectors including the Food Value Chain (Food & Beverage, Ingredients, Agribusinesses, Food Safety), Healthcare (Life Science Services, Pharmaceuticals, MedTech), Technology (Industrial Technologies, Software, e-Businesses, Media & Telecom) and Services (TIC, Logistics & Automation, Insurance Services, Engineering).

The team
Buyout investments

  • $13bn

    of AUM

  • 95+

    investments and over 240 build-ups since 1997

  • €800m

    to €1.2bn invested or committed each year

A multilocal network of investment professionals

We have local teams in each of our key markets across Europe and more recently in New York, with strong networks of relationships among companies, their owners and advisors. Coupled with our reputation as a supportive, growth-focused shareholder, this unmatched sourcing capacity enables us to generate a large number of primary, proprietary deals, notably family buyouts and carve-outs.

Focus on niche markets with high growth potential

Ardian Buyout targets specialist, high-growth market segments that offer the opportunity to achieve global scale through M&A-led consolidation. We invest in sectors that benefit from a range of long-term growth themes including demand for natural products, innovative consumer experiences, health and safety, compliance and process efficiency, and digitalization.

A leader in sustainability and positive impact

Ardian Buyout carried out its first ESG portfolio review in 2009 and since then we have made ESG measurement and benchmarking a central part of our investment process and a key area of focus during our ownership. We report regularly to our investors on ESG performance and assess our companies’ impact using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More recently Ardian Buyout has developed a sustainable measurement methodology and this tool marks an important milestone that provides new possibilities for us to scale our impact and act as a driver of positive change for society and the planet.

Florida Food Products, the leading provider of clean-label natural ingredients to the Food & Beverage industry

Discover how Florida Food Products (FFP) improves the food we eat with Jim Holdrieth, President of FFP and Pavan Kumar Soma, Director of R&D at FFP.

The Team

Ardian Buyout comprises 60 investment professionals based in Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, London, Luxembourg and New York.

We continue to reinforce our team and promote talented young professionnals. Today half our Managing Directors are under 40, and the proportion in that age bracket will increase.

Thibault Basquin & Nicolò Saidelli Co-Heads of Buyout, Ardian
Nicolo Saidelli

Nicolò Saidelli

Advisor to the CEO on strategy and acquisitions, Member of the Executive Committee, Head of Ardian Italy and Co-Head of Buyout

Thibault Basquin

Thibault Basquin

Member of the Executive Committee, Executive Board Member of Ardian US LLC, Executive Board Member of Ardian France and Co-Head of Buyout

Gunnar Chrestin

Gunnar Chrestin

Managing Director

Giacomo Forti

Giacomo Forti

Managing Director

Edward Little

Edward Little

Managing Director

Alexis Manet

Alexis Manet

Managing Director

Nicolas Trani

Nicolas Trani

Managing Director

Yann Chareton

Yann Chareton

Chief Operating Officer Buyout, Member of the Buyout Management Committee & Senior Managing Director

Nicolas Darnaud

Nicolas Darnaud

Co-Head of Buyout France & Managing Director

Emmanuel Miquel

Emmanuel Miquel

Co-Head of Buyout France & Managing Director

Olivier Personnaz

Olivier Personnaz

Head of Buyout UK & Managing Director

Gonzalo Fernandez-Albiñana

Gonzalo Fernandez-Albiñana

Head of Buyout Spain & Portugal & Managing Director

Yann Bak

Yann Bak

Head of Climate and Impact Solutions & Managing Director

Marco Bellino

Marco Bellino

Deputy Head of Buyout Italy & Managing Director

Lise Fauconnier

Lise Fauconnier

Managing Director

Alexander Friedrich

Alexander Friedrich

Managing Director

Heiko_Geissler

Heiko Geissler

Managing Director

Bruno Ladrière

Bruno Ladrière

Managing Director

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Scarlett Omar-Broca

Managing Director

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Christopher Sand

Managing Director

Gregory Buscayret

Gregory Buscayret

Managing Director - Capital Markets

Rafik Alili

Rafik Alili

Director

Giorgio Cicala

Giorgio Cicala

Director

Stefan Kappis

Stefan Kappis

Director

Nicolas Kassab

Nicolas Kassab

Director

Mathieu Lebrun

Mathieu Lebrun

Director

Edouard Level

Edouard Level

Director

Pedro Pasquin

Pedro Pasquin

Director

Benjamin Witcher

Benjamin Witcher

Director

Pierre Casas

Pierre Casas

Senior Investment Manager

Maxime Debost

Maxime Debost

Senior Investment Manager

Edmond Delamalle

Edmond Delamalle

Senior Investment Manager

Leopoldo Giandola

Leopoldo Giandola

Senior Investment Manager

Jean-Baptiste Hunaut

Jean-Baptiste Hunaut

Senior Investment Manager

Philipp Lattermann

Philipp Lattermann

Senior Investment Manager

Fabrizio Raso

Fabrizio Raso

Senior Investment Manager

Anais Robin

Anais Robin

Senior Investment Manager

Matthias Straessle

Matthias Straessle

Senior Investment Manager

Julia Wu

Julia Wu

Senior Investment Manager

Nadine Zariffa

Nadine Zariffa

Senior Investment Manager

Andrea Audisio

Andrea Audisio

Investment Manager

Claire Chavaillard

Claire Chavaillard

Investment Manager

Jack Czapalski

Jack Czapalski

Investment Manager

Anouk Daoudal

Anouk Daoudal

Investment Manager

Megan Dorogi

Megan Dorogi

Investment Manager

Christian Koch

Christian Koch

Investment Manager

Nacho Lucaya

Nacho Lucaya

Investment Manager

Christian Milotte

Christian Milotte

Investment Manager

John Raes

John Raes

Investment Manager

Alix Anceau

Alix Anceau

Analyst

Martin Blanc

Martin Blanc

Analyst

Elena Garcia

Elena Garcia

Analyst

Pietro Menoni

Pietro Menoni

Analyst

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Private Equity Exchange Awards 2018

Private Equity Exchange and Awards

In November 2021, Ardian Buyout won a Silver Award in the Best French Large LBO Fund category from Private Equity Exchange.

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Buyouts

In March 2021, Ardian has received the Buyouts’ magazine award in the category International Deal of the Year for the exit from Kersia.

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Leaders League

In January 2021, Ardian Italy came top of Leaders League’s ranking of the Best Private Equity firms for LBOs in Italy.

Private Equity International Awards 2019

Private Equity International Awards 2019

Ardian was named Company of the Year in France at the Private Equity International Awards 2019.

Ardian 2023 Integrated Report

This year’s Integrated Report was conceived in collaboration with Ardian’s Millennial Committee, the body composed of 18 members representing the company’s younger generation. The report draws on their insights, experience and enthusiasm in the presentation of strategic global topics for Ardian as well as key initiatives undertaken within the company.

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Ardian 2022 Integrated Report

This year for the first time we are publishing an Integrated Report, which brings together in a single document the separate Activity and Sustainability Reports that we have produced up to now. Our aim in doing this is to give a more comprehensive and coherent understanding of how Ardian creates value for all our stakeholders.

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Ardian Corporate Brochure

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house that operates globally from a network of 19 offices and manages or advises $160 billion of assets on behalf of more than 1,560 clients globally.

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2021 Activity Report

Ardian is a global investment house, specializing in three broad asset classes: Private Equity, Real Assets and Credit.

Read our 2021 Activity Report and discover how we are committing ourselves to responsible investment solutions.

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Sustainable Buyout

Investing for the economy, society and the planet. Sustainable Buyout is a new Sustainability Measurement Methodology that quantifies the impact of a company and the true reach of its sustainability efforts.

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In our core markets, Ardian Buyout’s ability to execute transformational growth strategies makes us a preferred partner for family owners and management teams.

Thibault Basquin & Nicolò Saidelli Co-Heads of Buyout, Ardian