Ardian expands team with new addition

Private equity firm Ardian said Wednesday that it has hired Tobias Gewolker as a director in its infrastructure team. Gewolker will be based in the firm’s Paris office. Previously, Gewolker worked at DC Advisory and before that, Barclays Capital.


April 9th, 2014 – Ardian, the premium independent private investment company, today announces the appointment of Tobias Gewolker as a Director in the Infrastructure team based in the Paris office.
Ardian’s Infrastructure team, led by Mathias Burghardt, which has over $4 billion of assets under management, has firmly established itself as a market leader by investing in core infrastructure assets and partnering with leading industrial players across Europe. Its strength was highlighted when it successfully raised €1.75bn for Ardian’s Infrastructure Fund III last year.
Mr. Gewolker, a German national, has more than 13 years’ investment banking experience in the City of London, with a focus on energy and infrastructure.
Prior to joining Ardian, he worked at DC Advisory, preceded by 4 years at Barclays Capital. Recent mandates have included advice to iCON Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of Firmus Energy and advice to Allianz and Borealis on the €1.6bn acquisition of Net4Gas from RWE.
The appointment represents the latest strengthening of Ardian’s Infrastructure team following the appointment of Juan Angoitia as Managing Director last year. The expansion comes during a busy period for the team, following a number of key developments. The company has deployed €1.4bn through its 3rd generation of infrastructure fund, while its most recent transactions include the acquisition of London Luton Airport and Vinci Park.
Mathias Burghardt, Head of Infrastructure at Ardian, said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome Tobias to our growing Infrastructure team. We highly value Tobias’ extensive sector knowledge and experience with the main energy players, especially in Germany and Northern Europe.”
Tobias Gewolker, Director at Ardian, added: “Ardian has demonstrated an impressive track record of deal sourcing and asset management since its creation. We anticipate a number of interesting opportunities in the energy sector, particularly through corporate assets, and I look forward to helping the team capitalize on these.”
Having begun his career at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Mr. Gewolker’s experience spans a multitude of strategic and financial investor clients including EdF, EnBW, Verbund, CEZ, Centrica, Red Electrica, NRG Energy, Osaka Gas, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and PGGM.
Ardian, founded in 1996 and led by Dominique Senequier, is a premium independent private investment company with assets of US$46bn managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia. The company, which is majority-owned by its employees, keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and delivers investment performance to its global investors while fuelling growth in economies across the world. Ardian’s investment process embodies three values: excellence, loyalty, entrepreneurship.
Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 300 employees working through ten offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Milan, New York, Paris, Singapore, and Zurich. The company offers its 300 investors a diversified choice of funds covering the full range of asset classes, including Direct Funds: Infrastructure, Expansion and Mid Cap Buyout, Innovation & Growth, Co-Investment Funds of Funds (primary, early secondary and secondary), and Private Debt.