Discover our Credit activities

Access to credit is essential for companies seeking to invest in growth. We are one of Europe’s leading providers of non-bank credit for small and medium-sized companies, with the majority of our loans used to finance buyouts and add-on acquisitions. We offer companies a vital alternative to bank funding, which has become increasingly constrained in Europe, as well as providing our investors with attractive, risk-adjusted yields.

We provide credit to finance private equity transactions

Ardian offers investors a range of credit strategies that span the capital structure. Our Private Debt team is one of the leading financiers of mid-market LBOs in Europe. Our teams in London, Paris and Frankfurt invest across the capital structure and are among Europe’s leading providers of unitranche facilities, which combine senior and junior debt in a single funding package. Through our NAV Financing team, Ardian also funds transactions alongside banks in the secondary market, where investors buy portfolios of private equity and infrastructure fund interests from LPs that wish to exit.

  • $10bn AUM

Advancing the ESG agenda in credit markets

Ardian’s fifth-generation private debt fund is classified under Article 8 of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. This requires us to incorporate specific ESG factors into the investment process and report to LPs annually on our portfolio companies’ ESG performance. We work closely with sponsors and investee companies to integrate ESG factors into every stage of the investment process and have agreed several facilities that include an “ESG ratchet”, under which the borrower’s interest rate reduces as certain ESG criteria are met.

  • Article 8

    Ardian Private Debt V fund classification

Credit is an important and growing part of Ardian’s activities, and a natural complement to our Secondaries & Primaries activity, which gives us strong links with the world’s top sponsors.

Dominique Senequier CEO & Founder of Ardian

At Ardian, we define ourselves as Architects of Lasting Change


2021 Activity Report

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

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2021 Sustainability Report

Sustainability is fundamental to Ardian’s investment approach. We want to create companies that are ethically sound, socially engaged and financially resilient.

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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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