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

  • $16bn

    of AUM

  • 90+

    investments and over 200 build-ups since 1997

  • €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.

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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 55 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, Head of Ardian Italy and Deputy Head of Ardian Buyout

Thibault Basquin

Thibault Basquin

Executive Board Member of Ardian US LLC and Deputy Head of Ardian Buyout

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

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

Heiko_Geissler

Heiko Geissler

Managing Director

Bruno Ladrière

Bruno Ladrière

Managing Director

Emmanuel Miquel

Emmanuel Miquel

Managing Director

Scarlett_Broca

Scarlett Omar-Broca

Managing Director

Wolfgang Pietzch

Wolfgang Pietzsch

Managing Director

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Christopher Sand

Managing Director

Daniel Setton

Daniel Setton

Managing Director & Head of Buyout Financing

Gunnar Chrestin

Gunnar Chrestin

Director

Giacomo Forti

Giacomo Forti

Director

Stefan Kappis

Stefan Kappis

Director

Mathieu Lebrun

Mathieu Lebrun

Director

Edouard Level

Edouard Level

Director

Edward Little

Edward Little

Director

Alexis Manet

Alexis Manet

Director

Nicolas Trani

Nicolas Trani

Director

Rafik Alili

Rafik Alili

Senior Investment Manager

Giorgio Cicala

Giorgio Cicala

Senior Investment Manager

Edmond Delamalle

Edmond Delamalle

Senior Investment Manager

Juan Entrecanales

Juan Entrecanales

Senior Investment Manager

Jean-Baptiste Hunaut

Jean-Baptiste Hunaut

Senior Investment Manager

Nicolas Kassab

Nicolas Kassab

Senior Investment Manager

Philipp Lattermann

Philipp Lattermann

Senior Investment Manager

Matthias Straessle

Matthias Straessle

Senior Investment Manager

Benjamin Witcher

Benjamin Witcher

Senior Investment Manager

Nadine Zariffa

Nadine Zariffa

Senior Investment Manager

Pierre Casas

Pierre Casas

Investment Manager

Claire Chavaillard

Claire Chavaillard

Investment Manager

Jack Czapalski

Jack Czapalski

Investment Manager

Maxime Debost

Maxime Debost

Investment Manager

Leopoldo Giandola

Leopoldo Giandola

Investment Manager

Christian Koch

Christian Koch

Investment Manager

Nacho Lucaya

Nacho Lucaya

Investment Manager

Christian Milotte

Christian Milotte

Investment Manager

Fabrizio Raso

Fabrizio Raso

Investment Manager

Anais Robin

Anais Robin

Investment Manager

Michael Van Cauwenberge

Michael Van Cauwenberge

Investment Manager

Julia Wu

Julia Wu

Investment Manager

Andrea Audisio

Andrea Audisio

Analyst

Anouk Daoudal

Anouk Daoudal

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

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.

2020 Activity Report

At Ardian, we invest all of ourselves in building companies that last.
Our goal is to build strong, resilient companies that will earn long-term returns for our investors and make a positive contribution to society.

Discover our 2020 Activity Report.

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