About Hg

Understanding where we’ve come from helps you see where we’re going, together.

Understanding where we’ve come from helps you see where we’re going, together.

We understand the importance of having a proven track-record. You need to be able to trust us with your business. Our innovative approach to supporting investment with practical, commercial expertise is grounded in a strong history and clear strategic vision.

Hg began life as Mercury Private Equity, the private equity arm of Mercury Asset Management plc. Mercury Asset Management was acquired by Merrill Lynch in 1997. In December 2000, the executives of Mercury Private Equity negotiated independence from Merrill Lynch, and Hg was established as a fully independent partnership, owned, entirely, by its partners and employees.

Since then, Hg has worked hard to develop a unique culture and approach – setting us apart from other investors. We’re committed to building ambitious businesses across the technology and services space.

With around 140 employees in two investment offices, in the UK and Germany, we have funds of over £10 billion under management, serving more than 100 highly regarded institutional investors. These include private and public pension funds, endowments, insurance companies and fund of funds.

Hg’s focus has created significant scale in the software and tech-enabled business market, covering European & US through three size denominated funds. This family of funds offers flexibility across company size and investment horizon:

  • Hg Saturn funds invest in companies with an enterprise value above c. €1 billion;
  • Hg Genesis funds invest in mid-market sized companies with enterprise values between approximately €250 million and €1 billion; and
  • Hg Mercury invest in companies with enterprise values up to €250 million.


Hg is committed to being a responsible investor and, as such, is a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.