Ardian takes 20% stake in French cloud computing company Ikoula


Paris-headquartered private investment firm Ardian has bought a 20 per cent stake in French cloud computing company Ikoula.

Founded in 1998 by Jules-Henri Gavetti and Caroline Mertens, Ikoula specialises in web and cloud hosting solutions. Self-financed since its creation, Ardian’s investment will support the company’s European growth strategy, it said.

Antoine Lacour, director within Ardian’s innovation and growth team, said, “Ikoula has a very strong management team, which has the ability to innovate within a fast growing market. Ardian is delighted to be able to support the company in the next major stage of its development in Europe, and we will play an active role supporting the business in its acquisition strategy.”
With $49bn under managemenr, Ardian offers its 300 investors a choice of funds including direct funds: infrastructure, expansion and mid cap buyout, innovation & growth, co-investment, funds of funds (primary, and private debt.

Last week the firm agreed a deal to buy a 72 per cent stake in Italian company RGI Group.

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