Through its Heathrow Investment, Ardian Makes a Comeback to the UK’s Airport Sector

Justin Lee

Singapore

February 28, 2024

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Ardian (formerly Axa Private Equity) is a France-based, independent private equity investment company, founded and managed by Dominique Senequier. It  manages assets worth US$150bn in Europe, North America and Asia, and has fifteen offices around the world. The firm offers a funds of funds, direct funds, infrastructure, private debt and real estate, and manages a direct portfolio of more than 150 companies. Its fund of funds segments owns stakes in over 1500 funds.

In terms of airport investments, Ardian currently is an indirectly owner of  F2i, one of the largest Italian airport networks and is also in the process of closing a deal for a share of London Heathrow Airport. Its previous airport investments have included London Luton Airport.

Ardian’s foray into the Italian airport’s sector started in 2015, when together with Credit Agricole, it purchased 49% of F2i Aeroporti from F2i  for an estimated value of €400 million (US$487.7 million).

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