Globally diversified platform targeting the SMID market with unique positioning

Our direct equity investment strategy leverages the benefits of the Hamilton Lane platform and market access, aiming to execute high-quality direct equity investments and construct portfolios positioned to deliver compelling returns for our investors. The strategy is primarily focused on making direct equity investments in companies with small- to mid-sized enterprise values. By diversifying our investments, we seek to minimize market risks associated with over-exposure to a single general partner, geography, industry or deal type or size. Our objective is to maximize the multiple of invested capital as well as the IRR for each of the direct equity investments.

  • Leverage Hamilton Lane's extensive platform to drive unique and differentiated deal flow and access for our investors
  • Provide access to direct equity/ co-investments at preferential fees and terms versus traditional buyout funds
  • Focus on small- and mid-sized investments, with an average of nearly 73% of investments co-underwritten or with proprietary access since 2014*
*As of 12/31/22. Represents invested deals in Hamilton Lane Co-Investment Fund III (EO III), Hamilton Lane Co-Investment Fund IV (EO IV) and Hamilton Lane Equity Opportunities Fund V (EO V).

Opportunities Reviewed in 2022


Direct Equity AUM*


Years of Direct Equity Experience

*As of 09/30/22

Deal Spotlights

Direct ChassisLink (DCLI)

Who they are

DCLI is the leading North American leasing provider of marine and domestic chassis to the global intermodal supply chain.

Why it matters

In December 2022, the sponsor sold the company to a strategic consortium of buyers, resulting in a significant distribution for Hamilton Lane.

The bottom line

DCLI benefitted from a strong financial profile including long-term contracts and a flexible cost structure, and the sponsor was able to structure an attractive deal with downside protection.

The HL advantage

As a strategic partner to the sponsor, Hamilton Lane received advantaged access to make a significant investment.


Who they are

A leading global enterprise software solutions provider, selling enterprise resource planning, enterprise asset management, and field service management solutions to global businesses.

Why it matters

In July 2022, IFS distributed significant liquidity to the partnership related to a partial sale of the company. In addition to the distribution, Hamilton Lane retained most of its holdings, and believes there is significant upside remaining.

The bottom line

IFS is a prized asset alongside a quality Sponsor backed by secular trends, and received an attractive valuation.

The HL Advantage

As a strategic partner to the Sponsor, Hamilton Lane received unique access to make a significant investment that provided supportive capital for a synergistic follow-on investment.

Howden Group

Who they are

A leading global provider of air and gas handling solutions that drives enhanced safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability across a broad range of industrial markets.

Why it matters

In November 2022, the sponsor signed a definitive agreement to sell the company to a strategic buyer. As a result, the partnership should receive a significant distribution.


The bottom line

Howden Group was a highly complex carve-out transaction, which the sponsor was able to successfully stand up as an independent company.

The HL advantage

As a strategic partner to the sponsor, Hamilton Lane received proprietary access to make a significant investment.

Read our take on the current Direct Equity landscape

Our large, skilled and experienced global team is adept at analyzing complex situations and leverages one of the largest platforms in the private markets industry. Utilizing this network and the data it generates gives us invaluable insights to identify trends and opportunities for our investment decisions, as well as access to unique transactions.
Jeff Armbrister
Head of Direct Equity Investments

Leveraging our database of over 18,000+ funds and 130,000+ private companies

Our data advantage is a key differentiator and allows the Direct Equity Investment Team to access an abundance of investment opportunities and information advantages throughout the investment lifecycle, from diligence to allocation to monitoring and reporting. We leverage our firm’s capabilities and in-depth knowledge of the private markets, as well as our significant technological reporting and analytical capabilities, to better understand the value drivers within a given investment and ultimately strive to generate compelling returns for our investors.

*As of 12/31/22

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