Ardian Names Brenke Co-Head of Private Debt Unit

Oct 25 2016 | 10:17pm ET

Global private capital company Ardian has named Mark Brenke as co-head of the company’s private debt business. 

Brenke will work alongside Olivier Berment, a 13-year veteran of Ardian, in running the firm's fast-growing private debt offering.

Brenke has more than 20 years of private capital investment experience in European markets, encompassing both private debt and private equity, the company said. Prior to joining Ardian, Brenke worked for Intermediate Capital Group, most recently with the responsibility of establishing ICG’s European Direct Lending business. He has been with Ardian for more than two years.

The company’s private debt unit, based out of the Ardian’s offices in London, Paris and Frankfurt, has grown to 17 people and is investing from its third private debt fund, a €2 billion vehicle that closed in September and is 50% allocated. 

“We have seen strong growth in the demand for private debt funds,” said Vincent Gombault, head of Ardian funds of funds and private debt, in a statement. “Mark is an experienced operator and will help to continue building our offering.”

Founded in 1996 and led by AXA Private Equity founder Dominique Senequier, Paris-based Ardian has $60 billion in assets either managed or advised on behalf of some 550 investors across a wide range of strategies including funds of funds, private debt, buyout funds, infrastructure, real estate and customized mandates. 

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