French mid-market buyout house Ardian has launched its North American direct investment vehicle, Ardian North America Fund II, established through a partnership with New York-based private equity house Seven Mile Capital Partners (SMCP).
Deal is the first investment for the GP's recently opened Midlands office
Deal ends a five-year holding period for Cornerstone, which acquired Infoniqa SQL in 2012
Craig Hopwood joins the GP's northern team from HSBC, where he was a director
Lexington was previously reported to be considering acquiring up to €1.2bn in secondary commitments