Our three businesses
Over the course of three decades, Doughty Hanson has established a strong track record of buying and developing market-leading businesses. We have built on the close relationships we enjoy with the owners of, and advisers to, family businesses and industrial operations throughout Europe. Working alongside management, we have helped many companies grow into successful international organisations.
We focus on majority ownership and control of businesses in the European middle market with enterprise values between €200-€600 million.
Many of the companies we have acquired are now listed on major stock exchanges; others have become divisions of larger global companies. We work in close partnership with management, developing shared strategic goals and providing detailed support through the bespoke value enhancement programmes that we develop and implement alongside management.
For a number of years, we have also had two additional separate products: opportunistic European real estate funds and early-stage European technology venture capital funds. Following the death of co-founder Nigel Doughty in February 2012 and a strategic review of the business, it was announced in February 2013 that we would not be raising any further Real Estate or Technology Venture funds and instead would once again focus solely on Private Equity.
Doughty Hanson established its first Real Estate fund in 1999 and became one of Europe’s leading opportunistic property investors and developers. We have been active in the office, retail and logistics sectors. Our investments have ranged from the acquisition of existing single assets and portfolios to complex, ground–up developments and urban regeneration projects.
We have invested in exceptional entrepreneurs and management teams that have the passion, commitment and vision to conceive great ideas and build global businesses. Our investment strategy targets companies that develop sophisticated and proprietary technologies and focuses on three industry sectors: internet software, mobile communications and clean energy technology.