Founded in 1985, DH is one of Europe’s longest-established and most experienced private equity firms. Over more than three decades and six funds, DH has invested in over 60 companies across a number of market sectors. The Firm has established a strong track record of investing in and growing market-leading businesses and developed an enviable reputation as an acquirer of family owned businesses which have accounted for almost half of all investments.
We have maintained a consistent and disciplined investment approach, which has delivered strong returns to our investors across a number of economic cycles. We focus on controlling stakes in market leading businesses in Northern Europe with enterprise values between €200m – €600m.
DH is rightly acknowledged as a pioneer in the area of active ownership and value enhancement, having set up a dedicated team in 2002. We work alongside the management teams of portfolio companies, putting in place bespoke strategies to grow sales, enhance margins, reduce costs, maximise cash flows and manage risk. This forms a key pillar of how DH operates, with value creation plans put in place for each investment and major focus given to the make-up and potential impact of this from the time the team starts evaluating a potential new investment.
DH is a responsible investor and we believe a sustainable investment approach is not just the right way to conduct business but also a key driver of value. Our conservative approach to leverage is consistent with our commitment to act as responsible stewards of the companies we control and we have helped many of the companies acquired grow into successful international organisations, with a number of them listed on major stock exchanges while others have become divisions of larger global companies.
The Firm’s core product has always been mid-market European private equity (LBO) funds and it has been a true pioneer in this market. Previously DH managed two additional separate products: opportunistic European real estate funds and early-stage European technology venture capital funds. DH announced in February 2013 that it would not be raising any further Real Estate or Technology Venture funds. DH is focused solely on our core competency: mid-market European LBOs.
Investors in the remaining Real Estate and Technology Venture funds can continue to use the Investor Access area of our website for fund documentation and reporting.