Superior returns driven by investment excellence and sustainable asset management

Ardian manages and/or advises $100bn on behalf of governments, pension funds, insurance companies, banks, endowments, family offices and high-net worth individuals. We put investment excellence and sustainability at the heart of our approach across five assets classes: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Private Debt and Real Estate. In Fund of Funds, we are the world’s leading investor, while we are continental Europe’s largest private equity manager as well its leading investor in Infrastructure. Our overarching approach underpins our position as Europe’s leading investment house.

  • US$103bn

    of assets managed or advised

  • 1000 +

    Investors, with nearly 500 High Net Worth Individuals

  • 180+

    Companies currently invested in

$ 103 Bn

Assets under management

  • 2013

    36

  • 2014

    50

  • 2015

    55

  • 2016

    60

  • 2017

    67

  • 2018

    90

  • 2019

    96

Operational excellence, not financial engineering

We believe the best way to create sustainable, long-term value for our investors is by working closely with talented and ambitious management teams and partners to steadily and continuously improve our portfolio companies’ performance and accelerate their growth. We are supportive, active shareholders who bring deep knowledge and experience to every investment we make.

A cautious, conservative attitude to risk

We take the responsibility of managing our investors’ funds seriously. We invest cautiously and selectively in areas we know well, having taken the time to understand the risks and build trust with our partners. We know excellent performance takes years to achieve and can be quickly lost.

Seeking positive impact with every investment

Ardian has been developing its approach to sustainability for more than a decade. We have pioneered ways of measuring Environmental, Social and Governance performance across the alternative asset classes, and we are committed to enhancing the positive impacts of our activities.

Ardian Activity Report 2018

A COLLECTIVE VISION OF SOLIDARITY

2019 Activity Report

Ardian’s Five Investment Pillars

FUND OF FUNDS

$55BN

  • FOF
    Fund of Funds

    Ardian is the world leader in secondary private market transactions and a major primary Fund of Funds investor. Our secondary platform provides liquidity to the world’s largest institutional investors including pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds. We have a unique ability to execute the largest and most complex secondary deals reliably and rapidly, thanks to our world-leading proprietary database.

Direct funds

$23BN

  • Buyout header
    Buyout

    Ardian Buyout acquires mid and large-cap companies in Europe and North America, helping their management teams execute M&A-led growth strategies to transform ambitious regional champions into global players. We invest in sectors that benefit from long-term growth themes, including the food value chain, healthcare, sustainable chemicals and international business services.

  • expansion
    Expansion

    Our Expansion team invests in fast-growing lower mid-cap companies based in the major Eurozone economies. We are supportive, long-term shareholders dedicated to helping our management teams expand their international presence through targeted acquisitions and create sustainable value.

  • Co-investment activity
    Co-Investment

    Ardian Co-Investment takes minority stakes in private equity transactions across Europe, North America and Asia. We invest alongside top-tier sponsors in companies ranging from small- to large-caps, led by first-class management teams. We support our investment partners with fast decision-making, our extensive network and long experience of developing businesses globally.

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    Ardian North America Fund

    Ardian North America Fund invests in lower middle-market industrial companies and business services providers. We target more complex situations, including family successions and carve-outs, where focused support and investment can unlock significant value.

  • growth
    Growth

    Ardian Growth supports entrepreneurs seeking to accelerate the development of profitable European companies with a strong domestic position. The team provides strong support to help them expand internationally, both organically and through acquisitions, and address the challenges of scaling up.

Infrastructure

$16BN

  • infrastructure
    Infrastructure

    Ardian is a world leading investor in essential infrastructures key to the populations and serving the local communities We believe that investment in infrastructure is the best way to support the economy as a whole, as well as individual companies. Our focus is Europe and the Americas, cementing our position among the top tier of infrastructure players and aiming to deliver long-term value through a disciplined industrial approach.

Private debt

$7BN

  • Private debt
    Private Debt

    Ardian Private Debt is one of Europe’s leading providers of non-bank finance for mid-market companies, with one of the longest track records of consistent performance through the full economic cycle. We specialize in offering flexible facilities that frequently include additional committed capital to support future growth opportunities.

real estate

$2BN

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    Real Estate

    Ardian Real Estate acquires office properties in major cities in France, Germany, Italy and recently Spain. The team identifies well-located buildings where targeted refurbishment and hands-on management of the asset in partnership with tenants can unlock significant increases in capital value.

Kersia Group's sustainability strategy

A detailed sustainability strategy that includes specific performance criteria allows easier access to green financing.
Sébastien Bossard, CEO of Kersia, a food safety company owned by Ardian, and Isabelle Demoment, CSR, Product Stewardship and Regulatory Director, share their insights.

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Sustainability

We firmly believe that success in our industry involves more than just excellent financial returns. This is why we have been developing Ardian’s approach to responsible investment for more than 10 years.