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Dominique Senequier (Ardian): “Our work is naturally dependent on the global economy”

Dominique Senequier, president of the French private Equity fund Ardian,  explains to Leaders league some reasons for recent success

Dominique Senequier, president of the French private Equity fund Ardian, explains to Leaders league some reasons for recent success


Leaders League. With over $50 billion under management in 2014, are you expecting similar performance in 2015?

Dominique Senequier. We just celebrated the first anniversary of Ardian with positive results: our activity over the last year was above expectations. We are managing more than $50 billion thanks to the $11 billion collected in 2014.  2015 will be a consolidation and new fundraising year. Our work is naturally dependent on the global economy, and I have good reason to remain positive in terms of our ability to identify the best opportunities in today’s macro-economic context.

Leaders League. You had  strong activity both in terms of investment and sales in 2014. How could you explain this?

D.S. Our fund-of-funds team benefited from the quality of secondary deal-flow to deploy $10.8 billion in 2014 through ten operations. On the acquisition side, we have also been quite active with investments in NHW, a chopper-transportation firm, and in Vinci Park, a parking manager. We have also secured some participation in Acino, a Swiss pharmaceutical company and in Multi Plan, an insurance company service provider. The private debt team participated in EAT, IMV and Ceva financing. Finally, on the sell-side, we have sold our participation in Newrest, a global player for on-board catering services.


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