Hakluyt & Company

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Hakluyt & Company Limited
TypePrivate limited company
IndustryManagement consultancy
Founded1995; 26 years ago (1995)
FoundersChristopher James, Mike Reynolds
Key people
Varun Chandra, Managing Partner
Paul Deighton, Chairman
Revenue£59.1 million (2018)
£12.1 million (2018)

Hakluyt & Company is a British strategic advisory firm. The company is headquartered in London and has subsidiary offices in New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Singapore, Mumbai, and Sydney.[1]

Hakluyt avoids publicity, but is regarded as having a reputation for discretion and effectiveness among its client base.[2] Hakluyt was founded by former officials of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).[3][4] The company has recruited several former British spies and journalists from The Financial Times.[5] Hakluyt attracted controversy in 2001 when Hakluyt was alleged in the Sunday Times to have employed staff to infiltrate environmental groups when working for BP and Royal Dutch Shell.[6]

The firm is chaired by Paul Deighton, and the other members of the board include managing partner Varun Chandra, Les Fagen, and Jean Tomlin.[1]

Corporate governance[edit]

Hakluyt's international advisory board comprises senior figures with backgrounds in business and government. It is chaired by Niall FitzGerald, KBE, former CEO and chairman of Unilever, and its current members are:[1]

The former President and Chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation, Minoru (Ben) Makihara, KBE, served on the advisory board of the firm from 2004 to 2020.


  1. ^ a b c "Hakluyt & Company Limited". Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  2. ^ "From guard dogs and fences to business intelligence". Financial Times. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  3. ^ Sharon Lafraniere, John F. Burns (11 April 2012). "Briton's Wanderings Led Him to Heart of a Chinese Scandal". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  4. ^ Stephen Robinson (30 March 2012). "MI6, a death in China and the very secretive Mayfair company full of spooks". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  5. ^ Burgis, Tom (13 January 2017). "Trump dossier throws light on murky world of private intelligence". The Financial Times.
  6. ^ Chittenden, Maurice; Rufford, Nicholas. "MI6 'Firm' Spied on Green Groups". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 27 June 2001. Retrieved 8 September 2019.

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