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 (agribusinesses, food ingredients and solutions) Healthcare (pharma and medical devices), TMT and Business Services (TIC, engineering, data management and logistics).

The team
Buyout investments

  • $12bn

    of AUM

  • 80+

    investments and over 170 build-ups since 1997

  • €1Bn

    to €1,5Bn 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.

The Team

Ardian Buyout comprises 50 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."

Philippe Poletti CEO Ardian France, Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Ardian Buyout
Philippe Poletti

Philippe Poletti

CEO Ardian France, Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Ardian Buyout

Nicolo Saidelli

Nicolò Saidelli

Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Ardian Italy

Thibault Basquin

Thibault Basquin

Head of Americas Investments for Ardian Buyout Fund

Olivier Personnaz

Olivier Personnaz

Head of Ardian Buyout UK & Managing Director

Gonzolo Fernandez-Albiñana

Gonzalo Fernandez-Albiñana

Head of Ardian Buyout Spain & Managing Director

Yann Bak

Yann Bak

Managing Director

Béatrice Beitmann

Béatrice Beitmann

Managing Director

Marco Bellino

Marco Bellino

Managing Director

Yann Chareton

Yann Chareton

Managing Director

Nicolas Darnaud

Nicolas Darnaud

Managing Director

Lise Fauconnier

Lise Fauconnier

Managing Director

Alexander Friedrich

Alexander Friedrich

Managing Director

Bruno Ladrière

Bruno Ladrière

Managing Director

Emmanuel Miquel

Emmanuel Miquel

Managing Director

Christof Naményi

Christof Naményi

Managing Director

Wolfgang Pietzch

Wolfgang Pietzsch

Managing Director

Daniel Setton

Daniel Setton

Managing Director & Head of Financing

Fabian Wagener

Fabian Wagener

Managing Director

Gunnar Chrestin

Gunnar Chrestin

Director

Giacomo Forti

Giacomo Forti

Director

Mathieu Lebrun

Mathieu Lebrun

Director

Edouard Level

Edouard Level

Director

Edward Little

Edward Little

Director

Alexis Manet

Alexis Manet

Director

Christopher Sand

Christopher Sand

Director

Nicolas Trani

Nicolas Trani

Director

Rafik Alili

Rafik Alili

Senior Investment Manager

Giorgio Cicala

Giorgio Cicala

Senior Investment Manager

Juan Entrecanales

Juan Entrecanales

Senior Investment Manager

Stefan Kappis

Stefan Kappis

Senior Investment Manager

Nicolas Kassab

Nicolas Kassab

Senior Investment Manager

Corentin Lacourte

Corentin Lacourte

Senior Investment Manager

Philipp Lattermann

Philipp Lattermann

Senior Investment Manager

Benjamin Witcher

Benjamin Witcher

Senior Investment Manager

Maxime Debost

Maxime Debost

Investment Manager

Edmond Delamalle

Edmond Delamalle

Investment Manager

Leopoldo Giandola

Leopoldo Giandola

Investment Manager

Jean-Baptiste Hunaut

Jean-Baptiste Hunaut

Investment Manager

Matthias Straessle

Matthias Straessle

Investment Manager

Julia Wu

Julia Wu

Investment Manager

Nadine Zariffa

Nadine Zariffa

Investment Manager

Pierre Casas

Pierre Casas

Analyst

Christian Koch

Christian Koch

Analyst

Anais Robin

Anais Robin

Analyst

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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.

Private Equity International Awards 2018

Private Equity International Awards 2018

Ardian was named Company of the Year in France at the Private Equity International Awards 2018.

Private Equity Exchange Awards 2018

Private Equity Exchange Awards 2018

Ardian received 2 Special Distinction Awards for the Best French Mid and Upper-Mid Market LBO Fund and for the Best LP, Global Strategy with Private Equity Allocation over $10bn and 6 awards at the Private Equity Exchange & Awards organized by Leaders League.

Grands Prix 2018

Private Equity Magazine

Ardian's Buyout and Co-Investment teams were named Large Cap Fund of the Year at Private Equity Magazine's Grands Prix.

Our next events

2 Feb

IPEM 2021 Event

IPEM 2021

The must-attend event for private equity players.

Meet us on our stand on the ground floor of the Palais des Festivals.

  • Cannes , France

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

Philippe Poletti Head of Ardian Buyout and Member of the Executive Committee