Ardian (logo) Has Agreed to Acquire LIFTKET (logo), a portfolio company of Afinum

William Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor to Ardian in connection with its pending acquisition of LIFTKET, a portfolio company of Afinum. The transaction was signed on April 27, 2023 and is expected to close end of June 2023.

About the Companies

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house, managing or advising $150bn of assets on behalf of more than 1,400 clients globally. Its broad expertise, spanning private equity, real assets and credit, enables it to offer a wide range of investment opportunities and respond flexibly to its clients’ differing needs. Ardian is majority-owned by its employees and places great emphasis on developing its people and fostering a collaborative culture based on collective intelligence. Ardian has 1,050+ employees spread across 16 offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Middle East.

LIFTKET was founded in Wurzen in 1948 and today is a European market leader in electric chain hoists and associated control systems for critical applications. On the company premises near Leipzig, around 300 employees currently develop, produce, and sell electric chain hoists for the three business units, Stage, Industrial, and Renewables, as well as tailor-made solutions for niche applications. The group operates internationally and serves over 800 customers worldwide.

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