Mathieu Antonini joins as Partner, Investment Committee Member, and Head of France and Southern Europe

Perwyn is delighted to announce that Mathieu Antonini has joined the company as a Partner and Investment Committee member and to lead Perwyn’s activity in France and Southern Europe from the company’s Paris office.

Mathieu has spent most of his career at ARDIAN in Paris where he was a Managing Director in the BuyOut team as well as Head of France.  During his tenure at ARDIAN, Mathieu was involved in 12 buyout transactions with values ranging gradually from EUR15mn to more than EUR1.5bn and invested a total of EUR1.5bn of equity.  Mathieu had originally joined the company in 1998 as its first ever junior executive.  ARDIAN proposed that he re-join the business in 2009 after two years of entrepreneurial experience.

Educated at EM Lyon and Paris Dauphine, Mathieu began his career at Schroder Ventures (now Permira) in Paris and Saint Gobain Brazil in Sao Paulo.  He speaks fluent French and English as well as proficient Portuguese.

This is the fifth new hire Perwyn has made in 2022, following the appointments of Gurinder Sunner as a Partner in February, Angus Duthie-Jackson as an Associate in June, James Gavey as Perwyn’s new Chief Financial Officer in July, and Liam Coleman as an Associate in August.

Andrew Wynn, Founder and Managing Partner of Perwyn, commented: “Our objective is to be one of Europe’s leading private equity investors, with a permanent capital base from a small number of committed investors.  To support this, we opened an office in Paris last year, and are delighted to have Mathieu joining to lead the team there.  Mathieu has an excellent knowledge of the French private equity landscape, honed over decades of experience, and his appointment greatly amplifies our capabilities in continental Europe.”

Mathieu Antonini added: “I believe that the success of private equity is based on building strong partnerships between founders and entrepreneurs and financial sponsors.  With its private and permanent capital basis, Perwyn offers something unique to top French management teams.

“What Andrew and the Perwyn team have achieved during the last years is very impressive, and I am excited to be joining such a remarkable private equity company.  I also look forward to contributing to Perwyn’s growth journey by offering something distinctive to the best French entrepreneurs.”