Hellman & Friedman
|Headquarters||One Maritime Plaza
San Francisco, California, United States
|Products||Leveraged buyout, growth capital|
|Total assets||$36 billion |
Number of employees
Hellman & Friedman LLC (H&F) is an American private equity firm, founded in 1984 by Warren Hellman and Tully Friedman,[note 1] that makes investments primarily through leveraged buyouts and minority growth capital investments.
H&F has focused its efforts on several core target industries including media, financial services, professional services and information services. The firm tends to avoid asset intensive or other industrial businesses (e.g., manufacturing, chemicals, transportation).
H&F is based in San Francisco, with offices in New York and London. As of 2011, H&F employed approximately 50 investment professionals, including 15 managing directors, 6 principals and 13 associates as well as senior advisors and general counsels.
|History of private equity
and venture capital
|(Origins of modern private equity)|
|(Leveraged buyout boom)|
|(Leveraged buyout and the venture capital bubble)|
|(Dot-com bubble to the credit crunch)|
Hellman & Friedman was founded in 1984 by Warren Hellman and Tully Friedman. Before H&F, Hellman was a founding partner of Hellman, Ferri Investment Associates, which would later be renamed Matrix Management Company. Today, Matrix is among the most prominent venture capital firms in the U.S. Before that, Hellman worked in investment banking at Lehman Brothers, where he served as president as well as head of the Investment Banking Division and Chairman of Lehman Corporation.
A core element in H&F’s strategy is investing in ‘growth’ opportunities whether in an industry sector or a specific company. H&F invests in a variety of structures, frequently making minority investments with only limited controls. H&F views its willingness to accept minority positions as the competitive advantage while acknowledging the inherent risks associated with a minority position. Additionally, H&F has taken a number of unconventional steps to finance and close transactions, including arranging and syndicating the financing for several investments including Getty Images and Goodman Global.
Since closing its sixth private equity fund in 2007, H&F has been active in making new investments:
- DoubleClick 
- Goodman Global 
- Gartmore 
- Texas Genco 
- Grosvenor Capital Management
- Nielsen Company 
- Nasdaq 
- Internet Brands 
- OpenLink 
- PPD 
- SSP 
- Web Reservations International (Hostelworld)
In March 2014, the firm acquired Renaissance Learning, a firm providing assessment methods such as electronic tests that adapt questions in real time depending on how successfully the student is answering, for $1.1 billion in cash.
In February 2015, it was announced that Hellman & Friedman were putting together a takeover bid for used car company Auto Trader, which could amount to an offer of £2 billion.
- 1984 — Hellman & Friedman I
- 1991 — Hellman & Friedman II ($826 million)
- 1995 — Hellman & Friedman III ($1.5 billion)
- 2000 — Hellman & Friedman IV ($2.2 billion)
- 2004 — Hellman & Friedman V ($3.5 billion)
- 2007 — Hellman & Friedman VI ($8.4 billion)
- 2011 — Hellman & Friedman VII ($8.8 billion)
- 2014 — Hellman & Friedman VII ($10.9 billion)
- Capital raised since inception in 1984
- BusinessWeek Resume: F. Warren Hellman
- A Casual Approach to Success: Warren Hellman (Harvard Business School Bulletin)
- Financing without banks (WSJ.com, February 25, 2008)
- DoubleClick Agrees To Be Acquired By Hellman & Friedman (New York Times, 2005)
- Closing Letter to Counsel for Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners (Federal Trade Commission)
- Maker of Heating Systems Is Bought for $1.8 Billion (New York Times, October 23, 2007)
- World Business Briefing | Europe: Britain: Hedge Fund Manager Acquired (New York Times, 2006)
- The Deal That Even Awed Them in Houston (New York Times, November 23, 2005)
- Hellman to Take Stake in Grosvenor (New York Times, 2007)
- Buyout Bid For Parent Of Nielsen (New York Times, 2006)
- Firm Pays $240 Million For 9.8% Stake in Nasdaq (New York Times, 2001)
- Web Reservations International Acquired by Hellmann & Friedman
- Greg Roumeliotis and Tanya Agrawal (5 August 2013). "Hellman & Friedman agrees to acquire Hub in $4.4 billion deal". Reuters.
- "Private equity firm Hellman in Auto Trader bid". City A.M. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
- Hellman & Friedman closes $8.4 bln equity fund (Reuters, 2007)
-  (PR Newswire, 2009)
-  (FT, 2014)
- Hellman & Friedman - About the Firm