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French $156B investment house targets European semicon

Paul van Gerven
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French private-equity house Ardian has announced that it’s expanding into semiconductor investment. Working with a team of former industry executives, the Ardian Semiconductor platform will invest across the semiconductor value chain with a particular focus on Europe. Ardian’s total investment and advisory portfolio spans 156 billion dollars.

“Europe is one of the most attractive regions to invest in the coming decade. European companies in the value chain are global leaders in semiconductors for the mobility and industrial end-markets, which are experiencing rapid technological transformation and expected to grow the fastest. Europe also leads through its innovation ecosystems, IP, specialized equipment and materials companies, which underpin major megatrends such as the artificial intelligence revolution,” a press release reads.

The team of semiconductor industry veterans working with Ardian consists of Paul Boudre, former CEO of Soitec, Christophe Duverne, who spent over ten years at NXP’s Identification business unit, Helmut Gassel, former chief marketing officer at Infineon, and Thomas Pebay-Peyroula, a former Rothschild investment banker.

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