Our Story

In 2014, the founders of Duke Royalty had one thing in common – a keen awareness that the rapidly developing Canadian royalty financing market was providing a solution for business owners and investors that did not materially exist outside of North America. Drawing on 15 years of experience bringing successful Canadian ideas to the UK market, Neil Johnson had the ardent belief that business in Europe could greatly benefit from this Canadian solution, and along with colleague Charlie Cannon-Brookes, they developed the answer.

 

The business partners wanted to bring an even better royalty model to the European stage rather than just create another competitor in the Canadian royalty market. They put their collective expertise to work, amassed a broader group of financial executives and royalty experts, and additionally lowered fixed costs through an efficient corporate structure and exclusive deal alliances that are designed to deliver optimised results in proprietary deal flow and better due diligence. In 2015, Duke Royalty was born.

Our Causes

In 2019, Duke Royalty had established its Canadian business model in the UK and was fundraising to expand their growth.  The third Sunday of each September in Canada is the Terry Fox Run, and founder Neil Johnson wanted to join the Terry Fox Run in London, UK.  Terry Fox is a Canadian hero – the 22-year-old amputee ran 3,339 miles over 143 days (averaging a marathon a day) across Canada in 1980 raising money for cancer research after cancer had taken his right leg.  He had to stop before he finished his Marathon of Hope, as cancer had spread to his lungs, and he died the next year.

 

To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than £500 million globally for cancer research. But the last Terry Fox Run in London was organized in 2007. That September day in 2019, Neil vowed to re-start the Terry Fox Run in the UK, and in 2020, the first Terry Fox Run in the UK was held for 13 years.  It was a success – over £75,000 was raised with over 900 participants running virtually in over 60 communities across the UK.  The Run is now back to being an annual event in Central London and as a virtual run anywhere the UK.

 

As part of Duke Royalty’s Responsible Investment (ESG) Policy, we believe in being good corporate citizens in the communities we operate in and giving back to charities and good causes.  We support Neil and the UK Terry Fox Association in raising money for the Institute of Cancer Research – a leading UK cancer charity – in the name of Terry Fox, Canada’s hero.  As well, our dedication to good causes includes other charities in Canada.  In Toronto, Duke Royalty and Abingdon Capital support the Yonge Street Mission, a charity helping rise people from poverty in the city since 1896.

 

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Unique Investment Process

Core Values

Our Core Values provide the foundation of our Responsible Investment (ESG) Policy.

  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Creativity
  • Accountability
  • Open minded

Rigorous Investment Process

Our investment committee is made up of highly experienced investment and royalty finance professionals.

Each potential royalty partner is assessed by the committee, which is independent of Duke’s senior management, against our investment criteria and our Responsible Investment (ESG) Policy.

Leading Due Diligence Partners

Duke Royalty works with commercial due diligence partners to facilitate a positive outcome for all parties.
Neil Johnson
Neil Johnson, CFA
Executive Director and CEO
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Charlie Cannon-Brookes
Charles (Charlie) Cannon-Brookes
Executive Director
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Hugo Evans
Finance Director
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P. Madouros
Peter Madouros
Chief Investment Officer
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Ajay Shivdasani
Ajay Shivdasani
Vice President
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Steven Russo
Steven Russo
Vice President
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Alex Hibbard
Alex Hibbard, CFA
Vice President
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Maga Tarnowska
Magda Tarnowska
Executive Assistant
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Nigel Birrell
Nigel Birrell
Chairman
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Neil Johnson
Neil Johnson, CFA
Executive Director and CEO
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Charlie Cannon-Brookes
Charles (Charlie) Cannon-Brookes
Executive Director
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Matthew Wrigley
Matthew Wrigley
Non-Executive Director
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Makr Le Tissier
Mark Le Tissier
Non-Executive Director
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Jim Webster
Jim Webster
Independent Chair
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Andrew Carragher
Investment Committee member
Justin Cochrane
Justin Cochrane
Investment Committee member
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John Romeo
John Romeo
Investment Committee member
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Neil Johnson
Executive Director
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Charlie Cannon-Brookes
Charles (Charlie) Cannon-Brookes
Executive Director
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P. Madouros
Peter Madouros
Chief Investment Officer
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