About us

Our team

Dick Hanson
Senior Partner

Dick co-founded DH alongside the late Nigel Doughty. Throughout the Firm’s 32 year existence, Dick has had overall responsibility for the private equity investment, monitoring and exit strategies. He serves on the Investment Committee of all the DH Funds and is Chairman of the main board of the Firm. He has sat on the boards of numerous portfolio companies and is currently Chairman of TMF Group.

Dick is a pioneer of European private equity with an outstanding history of generating strong returns for investors, with over 50 realisations across six funds.

He started his career in finance in the London office of County Bank, the former merchant banking subsidiary of National Westminster Bank. In 1985, he joined Nigel as a founding member of the management buyout unit within the Specialist Financing Division of Standard Chartered Bank. In 1990, Dick and Nigel established CWB Capital Partners, a private equity joint venture between Standard Chartered and Westdeutsche Landesbank. They spun out of CWB Capital Partners to form DH.

Dick has a BSc degree (Hons) in Economics from the University of Southampton.

Alessandro Baroni
Partner

Alessandro joined DH in 2005 and focuses on new investments across Northern Europe. He is involved in all areas of investment activity including origination, transaction execution and portfolio management.

While at DH, Alessandro has worked on acquisitions, disposals, financings and refinancings across Europe. This experience has included the investments in ASCO and Zobele and the merger of TMF and Equity Trust to form TMF Group.

Recent experience includes managing the Zobele investment, where he led the Company’s €180 million high yield bond refinancing in 2013 and a subsequent €210 million all-senior refinancing in 2017; as well as the sale of Balta. Alessandro currently sits on the board of Zobele.

Previously, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, in the corporate finance department in London for six years and as a management consultant in Milan for two years.

Alessandro has a degree with honours in Management and Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.

Alex Moss
Partner

Alex joined DH in 2006 and focuses on new investments across Northern Europe. He is involved in all areas of investment activity including origination, transaction execution and portfolio management. Alex serves on the Investment Committees of Funds IV and V and is also one of the principal contacts for all investor enquiries.

Over the last decade at DH, Alex has worked on acquisitions, disposals, IPOs, financings and refinancings across Europe and sat on the boards of both private and publicly listed businesses.

Prior to joining the Firm, he worked for more than five years for Close Brothers Corporate Finance (now DC Advisory), including four years in the debt advisory group, for which he advised a number of publicly listed and private equity-backed companies on their capital structures across a number of sectors.

Experience at DH includes the acquisition of TMF Group and the successful investments in Eurofiber, Norit and HellermannTyton, where he led the 2013 IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Alex managed the €1.5 billion exit of LM Wind Power in 2017. He also sits on the board of Zobele.

Alex has a BSc in Biological Sciences with Honours in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. He also has a certificate in Corporate Treasury Management.

Ben Dooley
IR & Head of Fund Reporting

Ben joined DH in 2008. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and joined from Grant Thornton where he was a Financial Services Auditor. Ben has a degree in Business Management from King’s College, London.

Ben is one of the principal contacts for investor enquiries and heads the experienced in-house team responsible for all aspects of accounting and reporting for the DH Funds. Ben has overseen over €3 billion of capital calls and €5 billion of distributions to our investors.

Additionally, Ben supports the deal teams on equity financing, structuring and realisation issues relating to transactions; he coordinates all Investment Committee materials and oversees the half-yearly valuation process.

Graeme Stening
Managing Partner

Graeme joined DH in 1999 as General Counsel and became Managing Partner in 2015. He is part of the senior management team of the Firm and sits on the main board. Graeme advises on acquisitions, exits, disposals, financings, refinancings and other significant events across the DH portfolio and has significant involvement at all stages of the investment process.

Graeme has worked extensively on the acquisition, management and exits of ATU, LM Wind Power and Priory in Fund III, HellermannTyton, Moeller, SAFT and Tumi in Fund IV and Avanza, Eurofiber, Norit, Quirón and Vue in Fund V as well as being on the boards of a number of companies.

Previously, he was Vice President and Group Senior Counsel of Invensys, a company formed following the merger of engineering conglomerate BTR with Siebe. Before the merger, Graeme was head of BTR’s European legal department and a key player in its successful global divestment and acquisition programme which saw him negotiate nearly 50 transactions. He also worked as a solicitor with Simmons & Simmons and Simpson Curtis (now Pinsent Masons).

Graeme holds a degree in Law (LLB) from Brunel University.

John Gemmell
Partner

John has worked for DH since 1997 and focuses on new investments across Northern Europe with a primary focus on the UK. He is involved in all areas of investment activity including origination, transaction execution and portfolio management. John serves on the Investment Committees of Funds IV and V.

John has worked on acquisitions, disposals, financings and refinancings across Europe. This broad experience was epitomised on the Impress investment where John worked on the original acquisition, managed the investment, including a number of major bank and bond refinancings, and then led the successful €1.7 billion exit.

Recent experience includes sourcing and leading the acquisition of ASCO and the sale of Balta. John has sat on the boards of a number of portfolio companies and currently sits on the boards of ASCO and KP1.

Previously, he worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), in both London and Edinburgh.

John is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and has an MA in Economic History (Hons) from the University of Aberdeen.

John Leahy
Partner & Head of Value Enhancement

John joined DH in 2002 as the founding member and head of the Value Enhancement Team. He is responsible for the identification, implementation and management of strategic processes that enhance value and the promotion of value- creating sustainable business practices across the DH portfolio companies at all stages of the investment process, including ESG matters.

John has worked extensively on a number of successful investments, including ATU, Impress, Knowles, LM Wind Power and RHM in Fund III, HellermannTyton, Moeller, SAFT and Tumi in Fund IV, and Quirón and TMF Group in Fund V. John serves on the Investment Committees of Funds IV and V and has also sat on the boards of a number of portfolio companies. He currently sits on the boards of TMF Group and Zobele.

Prior to joining DH, John worked in turnaround consulting for five years for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen. He also has significant industry experience having worked for Quaker Oats and Premier Brands.

John’s qualifications include a CPA from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and an MBA from Edinburgh University.

Julie Bradshaw
General Counsel & Compliance Officer

Julie has a degree in Law from Hertford College, Oxford University and is a qualified solicitor. She joined DH in 2011 from US law firm Skadden Arps where she was Of Counsel for five years.

Before that, she worked for more than 20 years in both London and Frankfurt with a predecessor of the international law firm now known as Hogan Lovells. She became a qualified lawyer in 1985 and a Partner specialising in private equity and corporate transactions in 1991. She advised DH throughout her time in private practice including in respect of the acquisition/post acquisition activities of LM Wind Power and TMF Group.

Julie has prime responsibility for all legal matters relating to the DH Group. As Compliance Officer, Julie is also responsible for promoting ethical conduct and compliance with the rules and regulations (including the requirements of the UK FCA) and best practices applicable to the firm.

Julie is a currently vice chairman of the BVCA Legal and Accounting Committee.

Matt Appleton
Partner

Matt joined DH in 2004 and focuses on new investments across Northern Europe. He is involved in all areas of investment activity including origination, transaction execution and portfolio management and serves on the Investment Committees of Funds IV and V.

During his time at DH, Matt has worked on acquisitions, disposals, IPOs, financings and refinancings across Europe and sat on the boards of a number of portfolio companies. This experience has included the successful investments in RHM and Moeller.

Recent portfolio responsibilities include playing a leading role on the investment in TMF Group, where Matt sits on the board. This has included leading the significant add-on acquisitions of Equity Trust and KCS, a €650m high yield bond financing in 2012 and a subsequent €750 million all-senior refinancing in 2016. He also currently sits on the board of KP1.

Prior to this, Matt worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Transaction Services in London and Frankfurt.

Matt qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 2000 and has an MA in Modern Languages from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University.

Mike Brown
Partner

Mike joined DH in 2013 and is a member of the Value Enhancement Team. He focuses on top-line growth and operational improvements across the portfolio and also provides support on new investments as well as add-on acquisitions and their integration.

In the current portfolio, Mike’s principal focus has been on TMF Group where he has led the improvement programme for the Company’s largest region and launched new services to maximise revenue from existing customers. He also sits on the board of Zobele.

Previously Mike worked for nine years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and for three years as Marketing and Sales Director of Royal Mail’s Parcels business.

Mike has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Brasenose College, Oxford University.

Peter Kruppa
Partner

Peter joined DH in 2002 and since then has worked on virtually every new investment, realisation and all other major transactions in the portfolio, with responsibility for coordinating the structuring of and execution of investments and realisations from and to the DH funds. He additionally oversaw all Investment Committee materials and the half-yearly valuation process and associated reporting to investors.

In 2015, Peter became a full time member of the investment team and is involved in transaction execution and portfolio management. More recently, he worked on the sales of TV3 and LM Wind Power and is a member of the DH portfolio management team for ASCO where he also sits on the board.

Prior to joining DH, Peter worked at INVESCO as an Investment Manager specialising in private equity transactions in Central and Eastern Europe. He began his career with PwC, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA). Peter is additionally an Associate of the CFA Society of the UK.

He has an MA in Modern Languages from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

Richard Lund
Partner

Richard joined DH in 2000 as Group Financial Controller before being appointed CFO in 2010. He is part of the senior management team and sits on the main board of the Firm. He works closely with the rest of the Board in all aspects of DH operations, planning, development and investment. Richard has overall responsibility for the Finance and Reporting functions and for most of the other support departments.

Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 1989 before working as a Manager in the Trade Finance Division of Grant Thornton in Hong Kong and later as the Finance Director of a London-based independent fund manager.

Roberta Vaghi
Associate

Roberta joined DH in March 2017 and focuses on new investments across Northern Europe. She is involved in all areas of investment activity including origination, transaction execution and portfolio management. She is also a member of the DH portfolio management team for KP1 and Zobele.

Previously, she worked in investment banking and asset management at JP Morgan in London for four years.

Roberta has a BSc in Business Administration and Management and an MSc in Finance both from Bocconi University in Milan.

Sebastian Kahm
Associate

Sebastian joined DH in January 2017 and focuses on new investments across Northern Europe. He is involved in all areas of investment activity including origination, transaction execution and portfolio management. He is also a member of the DH portfolio management team for TMF Group and worked on the recent repricing of TMF Group’s €750 million debt facilities.

Previously, he worked in investment banking for Nomura International in London for three years.

Sebastian has degrees in International Business and Chinese from EBS Business School in Berlin.

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