We are singularly focused on making large-scale private equity investments in high quality, growing businesses in the developed markets. Over our investing history, we have raised over $35 billion of committed capital and have invested in over 80 companies. We are currently investing our eighth fund, with $11.1 billion of committed capital.
We specifically target already outstanding businesses where we believe deep sector expertise and bespoke value creation plans can make a significant difference to the trajectory of the company. And because our deal team is the oversight team, we’re working on a value creation plan together from the start of the relationship.
H&F was one of the first large cap private equity firms to invest in software in the late ‘90s and has since become a market leader with a demonstrated capacity to generate value. We have deep experience helping companies navigate rapidly changing market dynamics and believe in investing heavily in the growth of our businesses.
H&F has invested in financial services for over 25 years, initially focusing on asset management businesses and over time expanding into insurance, financial technology, and related sub-sectors such as financial advisors and distribution, payments and securities services. We have created value as an investor across a wide range of business models in the sector.
The shift from analog to digital technology has profoundly altered the distribution of media content and services. We’ve been part of the transformation since it began. We have invested in all forms of traditional format media for over 20 years and, over the past 10 years, we have been an active investor in scale internet and digital media companies globally.
For almost 20 years, H&F has invested in many areas of this sector, with an emphasis on marketing, information, and professional services. We look for businesses positioned for substantial growth that deliver differentiated value propositions to their clients, and we are flexible about investment structuring to best align with management teams and stakeholders.
H&F made its first healthcare investment in 1997. We partner with differentiated businesses that create compelling value propositions for patients, providers and payers. Our deep experience in related sectors of technology, insurance and financial services add unique insights into the complex and changing healthcare ecosystem.
H&F began investing in the insurance industry more than two decades ago. We have developed deep experience investing across all aspects of the insurance ecosystem: risk-bearing insurers and reinsurers, insurance technology and software, services, and distribution.
Superior retail and consumer franchises are a natural fit for H&F’s investment philosophy. We look to partner with great management teams in companies with differentiated business models and strong growth prospects. Our related experience in the Internet & media sector provides us unique insights in an evolving retail and consumer landscape.
H&F has a very targeted approach in the energy and industrial sectors. We generally look to avoid businesses with significant macroeconomic and/or commodity exposure. Instead, we seek to make our returns through strong fundamental business performance, partnering with leading franchises with strong growth prospects in relatively stable markets.
H&F is a tightly knit group working together with management teams toward common goals. We have more than 45 investment professionals, including 18 managing directors with an average tenure at H&F of more than a decade. This allows us to devote substantial time to the companies in which we invest.
Our objective is to work with portfolio company leadership and create a backdrop in which companies can thrive. We encourage management teams to invest alongside us, and our forward-thinking approach and philosophy to leave companies better than when we found them also means that portfolio company employees often choose to invest alongside H&F as well.
We believe that people thrive when they are working toward a common and focused goal. We are proud of our transparency and alignment of interest with our portfolio companies and investors. We believe our focus and significant skin in the game allows us to build true, successful partnerships.