Doughty Hanson parts with Nordic head

Rikard Brattberger, a Stockholm-based principal, has stepped up to take responsibility for private equity activity in the region.

Jan Amethier, the former head of Doughty Hanson’s investment activity in the Nordic region, has left the firm. Following his departure – “within the last month or two”, according to a source at the firm – Rikard Brattberger, a Stockholm-based principal, is managing Doughty’s Nordic activities.

Amethier, 48, was appointed as senior principal responsible for the firm’s Nordic operations in 2006. Before this he was head of Nordic investment banking for JPMorgan, as well as co-head of the bank’s European M&A business.

Prior to working at JPMorgan, Amethier was a special advisor on privatisation for the Ministry of Industry & Commerce in Stockholm, which manages and monitors Sweden’s portfolio of government-controlled companies. 

Amethier declined to comment on the nature of his departure or elaborate on his future plans, saying only that he was exploring “a couple of options”.

Rikard Brattberger, 40, joined Doughty Hanson in 1999 having spent more than four years with Arthur Anderson in both Stockholm and London.  He currently sits on the board of portfolio LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based parts supplier to the wind turbine industry.

Founded in 1985, Doughty Hanson invests in private equity, real estate and technology ventures. Its fifth fund, closed in May 2007, closed on €3 billion after less than three months of fundraising.

In December 2009 the firm enacted a succession plan in which Mark Corbidge and John Leahy were promoted to lead the firm’s private equity activities, allowing co-founders Nigel Doughty and Dick Hanson to selectively focus on deals and LP relationships.