Ardian (formerly known as Axa Private Equity) is a mega-sized private equity group. Ardian invests across and manages funds focused on small and mid-sized buyouts, venture capital, mezzanine, infrastructure, and co-investment opportunities. Ardian's small-buyouts group targets controlling interests in French, German, and Italian businesses valued up to €100 million. It's mid-sized buyout group looks for businesses valued up €2 billion and does not have any geographic limitations. The Buyouts group does not have any sector preferences, however, the Firm avoids investing in real estate and financial services. The Infrastructure team looks for European opportunities and can commit up to €150 million per transaction. The Mezzanine group supports junior capital commitments of €5 to €80 million. In addition to its direct investing, Ardian also manages various private equity fund-of-funds. Ardian was founded in 1996 and has offices in Paris, Frankfurt, London, Milan, New York, Zurich, Vienna, and Singapore.
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In the last 3 years, Ardian Private Equity has acquired 19 companies. It has also invested in 13 others.
Ardian Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment are business services (9%) and retail (6%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (37%) and secondary buyout (30%). In total, Ardian Private Equity has invested in 21 US states and 24 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Energy Future Holdings for $44.4B.
In the last 3 years, Ardian Private Equity has exited 30 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (45%). Ardian Private Equity’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2016 when it sold The Sun Products for $3.6B.
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