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Private Debt

A European leader for the financing of mid-market companies

" The team has the capacity to come up fast with alternative financing solutions. "
Olivier Berment
Head of Private Debt

Ardian entered the private debt market in 2005 with the launch of its first mezzanine fund, and adapted its strategy over time, which has seen it pioneer unitranche lending.

Financing all types of mezzanine transactions. With $4bn managed or advised, the 10-strong team based in Paris and London arranges financings of between €40M and more than €300M under LBO, OBO, management shareholding restructuring, recapitalization or financing build-up.

Solutions tailored to a range of situations. Ardian has developed a full range of innovative transactions:

• Unitranche financing: a combination of senior and subordinated debt in a single instrument with bullet maturity

• Mezzanine financing: loans subordinated to bank debt with equity priority

Focus on unitranche. Ardian is a pioneer of unitranche financing in Europe. This innovative form of financing allows companies to concentrate their investments on external growth. Particularly useful for companies with dynamic growth strategies, this financing is increasingly used by companies and funds.

A key partner. Created in 2005, the Private Debt team has built close relationship with investment funds notably via its team network and through the Fund of Funds activity of the company.

Key figures

€2.3bn invested since 2005

91 deals executed by Ardian since 2005 and 61 exits

10 employees

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