Hamilton Lane continues London expansion

The firm has hired Richard Hope, former director at Alliance Trust Equity Partners, as a vice president in London. Hope is Hamilton Lane’s second hire for its London office in the past two months.

Hamilton Lane has hired Richard Hope as a vice president in the firm’s London office.

Hope will report directly to principal Jim Strang, who joined Hamilton Lane in November 2011 and focuses on European investment opportunities. Hope was most recently a director with UK-based investment company Alliance Trust Equity Partners, where he worked for more than four years and helped establish a private equity fund investment business. He previously worked in venture capital and growth capital investments at UK investment bank Noble Group.

Hamilton Lane, whose focus is solely on private equity investment, now has seven senior members on its London investment and business development team, and 14 total investment professionals.

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“This growth and dedication of resources reflects our robust level of investment activity, our view of the opportunities going forward, the complexities of the market and our significant client base in the region,” said Hamilton Lane chief investment officer Erik Hirsch.

The firm has also been expanding outside of Europe in recent months, having opened an office in Rio de Janeiro in September 2011 and hiring two investment professionals from Capital Dynamics to lead its Brazil efforts.

Founded in 1991, Hamilton Lane has more than $150 billion of assets under management, with roughly half of its client base in the US and half overseas.