Fostering sustainable value creation alongside talented entrepreneurs
The Expansion team partners with talented entrepreneurs running mid-sized companies across the major Western European economies. Drawing on 20 years’ experience in this segment, our team supports them with a pragmatic, customized approach as they accelerate their growth plans and confront their strategic challenges. We take a mid- to long-term perspective and build partnerships that create sustainable value for all stakeholders.
of assets managed or advised
investment professionals in 4 offices
investments in past and current portfolio companies
Multi-local presence builds strong partnerships
Thanks to our offices in Paris, Frankfurt, Milan and Luxembourg, our 30 investment professionals can closely follow their local market, developing cultural awareness and a powerful network for their portfolio companies. This helps us to build mutual understanding and trusting relationships with entrepreneurs and accelerate cross-boarder opportunities including build-ups, new customers and operational expansion.
Leveraging Ardian’s global network to foster organic growth
We work alongside talented entrepreneurs to build domestic and European champions with the full support of Ardian’s platform. Leveraging our global network of industry experts and international presence, our portfolio companies strengthen their organic growth and build a leadership position in their market segment.
Exploit the full potential of an efficient buy-and-build strategy
Ardian Expansion has an outstanding record of helping mid-size companies grow through strategic acquisitions. We offer them access to a powerful global growth platform, thanks to our ability to identify and complete add-on acquisitions in Europe, Asia and the Americas. This is often the key reason they choose Ardian. On average we perform more than 3 build-ups per portfolio company during the holding period.
Focus on sustainability and digital strategies to create long-term value
Engaging with our portfolio companies on sustainability and digital strategies is central to our monitoring approach. We believe transversaltopics such as these will have a major impact on long-term value creation. Thanks to Ardian’s two specialist internal teams, we work hand in hand with managements to address the most important sustainability and digital issues.
Growing mid-size companies in all sectors
Our strategy is to invest in mid-size companies with enterprise values ranging from €100M to €500M. We target businesses with an established position in their home market, strong revenue growth and robust margins. As a generalist investor, we have experience in a wide range of sectors.
Major Eurozone economies
The team mainly invests across the major Eurozone economies (France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Iberian Peninsula), as well as in Switzerland.
A mid to long term shareholder
We take a mid- to long-term perspective, typically holding our investments for 4 to 6 years, and partner with entrepreneurs, founding families or financial investors to foster sustainable value creation. As a minority or majority shareholder, we have the flexibility to support family succession, an exit by financial sponsors or spin-offs.
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Ardian Expansion has a team of 30 investment professionals based in France, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg, sharing incentive in a common European fund. Our 8 managing directors have worked together for 15 years, building a strong team culture and long-lasting professional relationships.
"Management teams want local partners, but as they look to build on their domestic strength they also want a platform for international growth. Offering both is a powerful combination."
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Grands Prix - Private Equity Magazine
In June 2022, the Expansion team was awarded the prize of best investment fund in the “Mid” category at the Private Equity Magazine “Grands Prix”.
Private Equity Exchange and Awards
In November 2021, the golden prize of Private Equity Exchange and Awards was given to Ardian Expansion in the category Best French Mid & Upper Mid-Market LBO Fund.
Grand Prix Affaires 2018
Ardian received two awards at the Grand Prix 2018 of the Affaires Magazine. The Expansion and Buyout teams were named Best LBO fund with the most external growth in 2017, and Best LBO fund for their support to outperforming ETIs.
Private Equity Exchange Awards 2017
Ardian received 1 Special Distinction Award for the Best French Mid and Upper Mid Cap buyout funds and 4 awards at the Private Equity Exchange & Awards organized by Leaders League.