Specialist debt financing for secondary transactions

Ardian NAV Financing is a platform providing debt facilities backed by large portfolios of private equity and infrastructure funds. These transactions are typically sponsored by funds-of-funds players who acquire the portfolios on the secondary market.
Between 2018 and 2022, Ardian NAV Financing deployed over $3bn to support acquisitions or recapitalizations of secondary portfolios. Ardian NAV Financing works in partnership with arranging banks and takes exposures between $100m and $500m+ in facilities of between $200m and $1bn+. Ardian NAV financing is independent from Ardian Secondaries & Primaries, however the team benefits from Ardian’s institutional experience over more than 20 years of Secondaries investing.

  • $3bn+

    deployed over the first four years

  • $1.5bn+

    expected annual deployment in the coming years

  • 250GPs

    covered in NAV Financing database

A low-risk yield strategy

Ardian NAV Financing finances transactions secured against mature and diversified portfolios of private equity and infrastructure fund interests. Risk is assessed in detail ahead of each transaction and monitored throughout its life, thanks to Ardian’s proprietary database, which provides excellent insight into the performance and future liquidity of the underlying assets.

A high level of capital at work

Because the portfolios are mature, turnover is high, which means that capital can be recycled quickly which enhances returns. Strong deal flow allows the team to maintain a high level of capital at work, maximizing the yield on investors’ committed capital: Ardian NAV Financing’s first platform of $2.3bn has been fully invested in three years, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to recycling it was able to deploy over $3bn so far.

Growing secondary market boosts demand

The deal flow available to Ardian NAV Financing is growing thanks to the increasing number of large secondary deals and recapitalization opportunities for mature secondaries platforms. As evidenced by the growth in AUM of Ardian Secondaries & Primaries, the largest secondary player in the world, the secondary market is growing and in 2021 deal volume exceeded $100bn for the first time. Even so, the vast majority of Ardian NAV Financing’s addressable market is still untapped, providing ample room for continued growth.

The Team

The Ardian NAV Financing team comprises three people based in London and Paris.

"The secondary market for private equity and infrastructure funds is growing quickly and already represents an opportunity worth tens of billions of dollars a year."

OLIVIER BERMENT Head of NAV Financing and Managing Director at Ardian
Olivier Berment

Olivier Berment

Head of NAV Financing and Senior Managing Director

Hadrien Barnier

Hadrien Barnier

Investment Manager

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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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Ardian is a leading private debt provider in Europe, with almost 20 years’ experience in the asset class and Ardian is the global leader in Secondaries. NAV Financing was a natural extension of our activities at the intersection of these expertise.

OLIVIER BERMENT Head of NAV Financing and Managing Director at Ardian

Over the past four years, we have deployed more than $3bn and built a database of 250 GPs, 500-plus funds and more than 5 000 companies. This not only allows us to execute transactions quickly and positions us favourably with banks and sponsors, but it also gives us a very detailed picture of future liquidity, which ultimately drives returns.

PIERRE-ALEXANDRE PETIT Director, Ardian NAV Financing