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Ardian rakes in $8.8bn for its largest buyout fund

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

France-based, independent private investment house Ardian closed its latest flagship control buyout fund, Ardian Buyout Fund VII, at €7.5 billion ($8.8 billion). The target amount was €6 billion.

The fund raised €6.5 billion for the fund and an additional €1 billion in limited partner co-investments.

A press release from the Paris-headquartered firm said that the fund significantly surpassed the size of its predecessor, an increase of 60%, with long-term and new investors alike backing Ardian Buyout's strategy of supporting ambitious management teams to turn regional champions into global leaders in niche markets.

"The investment strategy is focused on four core sectors of expertise: healthcare, the food value chain, technology, and services. The approach encompasses three transverse themes, namely: buy & build, sustainable buyout, tech-enabled & digital solutions," it said.

Ardian Buyout Fund VII attracted a global and diverse investor base, composed of 221 institutional and private investors, from 27 countries. Approximately a quarter of the fund's previous investors represent over half of the total amount raised, substantiating the trust and loyalty established by the team. Besides, the fund composition is shifting and broadening. The HNWI investor category now distinctively makes up nearly one-tenth of the funds raised (8%).

Investors included the New Jersey Division of Investment, which committed up to €125 mi......................

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