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Doughty Hanson & Co
Type Private Ownership
Founded 1985
Founder(s) Nigel Doughty and Richard Hanson
Headquarters Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom
Industry Private Equity
Products Private equity funds, Leveraged buyouts
Total assets €8 billion

Doughty Hanson & Co is a British independent private equity fund manager focused on leveraged buyout and recapitalization transactions.

The firm which was founded in 1985 by Nigel Doughty and Richard Hanson is one of the oldest European buyout private equity firms. Since its inception, the firm has invested over €23 billion across more than 100 investments. In the 1990s, the firm expanded beyond its central business of acquiring mature businesses to make investments in real estate and venture capital.

Since inception, Doughty Hanson has raised over €8 billion across its five private equity funds.[1] In 2007, Doughty completed fundraising for its fifth private equity fund with €3.0 billion of investor commitments.[2] This came just two years after the firm had wrapped up a difficult fundraising for Doughty Hanson IV, in 2004 which had only generated €1.6 billion of investor commitments compared with the firm's original €3.0 billion target.[3] Doughty Hanson III, raised in 1997 had been a €2.7 billion investment fund.

Doughty Hanson is headquartered in London and has offices in Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stockholm.


  1. ^ This does not include commitments to Doughty Hanson & Co's real estate, venture capital and other investment funds
  2. ^ Doughty Hanson Fund V closes on €3bn
  3. ^ European Doughty Hanson to return E175m to investors

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