Over the years we have worked with a number of entrepreneurs who have a variety of operational skills. They have all run successful businesses and have considerable experience within their sector. We call upon them to help with transactions where appropriate.
Paul has spent his career working predominantly in the Leisure sector. Paul trained as a Chartered Accountant. His first role in industry was at Tottenham Hotspur plc, where he rose through the ranks to become Finance Director. Paul subsequently moved to Riva Gaming Group, where he participated in an MBI, working alongside Risk Capital, who were the major investors. The business successfully sold 21 months later, through an MBO with Hermes Private Equity. Paul then spent several years in the Property sector before being appointed CFO of Giraffe Restaurants in early 2009. Within six months of his appointment, the business grew substantially with the acquisition of 11 Tootsies Restaurants Sites in a pre-pack deal; a deal which was voted Restaurant Sector deal of the year. The business continued to grow and in late 2012 Tesco approached giraffe to buy the business. The ground-breaking deal completed in a matter of months for a price of just under £50m. Paul is now CEO of Feng Sushi, a business where Luke Johnson is majority shareholder and Chairman. He also owns his own business called Intelligent Goat and regularly speaks/ writes on business and entrepreneurship.
Bobby is a close associate of RCP, having previously been a Partner here at RCP for more than five years. He maintains his close association with RCP and continues to work with us on a number of on-going investment opportunities. He is a dealmaker focused on the SME consumer / leisure sectors, with over 20 years of business experience – as a private equity investor, serial entrepreneur, and ex-investment banker. From Mar 07 - Aug 12, Bobby was a Partner at RCP, where he participated in originating and executing private equity deals across the UK. Prior to RCP, Bobby co-founded and lead Coffee Republic Plc from its inception to position as one of the best-known coffee bar brands in the UK, an LSE quoted company with annual sales of £30m and 100+ stores across the UK. As CEO and then Executive Chairman, he was involved with all aspects of growing and running the business - including strategy, finance, branding, operations and fundraising. The business was founded in late 1995, floated on London Stock Exchange in 1997, and by 2001 when Bobby first exited the business, the share price had risen by 5x since flotation. Bobby has co-authored “Anyone Can Do it”, a UK No. 1 best-selling business book about entrepreneurship. He started his career as an investment banker in mergers & acquisitions at Lehman Brothers in New York. He has an MBA from Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College in the U.S., and a BSc in Computer Engineering.
Ron has over 35 years experience as an owner of several private companies and has also acted as CEO of a listed business. Ron qualified as a certified accountant before founding a freight business. He sold this to Nightfreight Plc, a parcel delivery firm, in 1996. He became group CEO of Nightfreight in 1998 before selling to a management buyout in 2002. More recently he developed a cosmetics distribution company that he sold to Bare Escentuals Inc in April 2007. He has been involved in a number of sectors including transport, distribution, retail, and healthcare. Ron is known to RCP since he and Luke Johnson both served on the board of Nightfreight Plc.
Ravi Takhar has a 20 year career in the financial services industry as a lawyer, investment banker and entrepreneur. As a lawyer at Clifford Chance, Ravi helped to create the first capital markets funded financing company operating out of the UK market. As an investment banker, latterly at Nikko Prinicipal Finance, Ravi led the acquisition and/or capital markets financings in over 50 deals in a diverse range of asset classes including mortgage loans, port companies and motorway service stations. Ravi was Head of Investec Principal Finance and led Investec's entry into the UK and international mortgage markets. As an entrepreneur Ravi has acquired and founded a number of finance companies active in the UK mortgage market, UK over 60s equity release market, UK premium finance market and in the UK distressed asset acquisition market. Ravi is a solicitor and has an MA from Oxford University.
Paul has over 20 years experience as a manager and owner of public and private companies. He has a wide range of experience in general and financial management. He has been involved in a number of sectors including retail, financial services, leisure, manufacturing and business services. He has experience of growing businesses such as Cash-a-Cheque – taking it from 1 store to 60 stores in 4 years – as well as turnarounds. He has been known to Risk Capital's principals for over 10 years and has been CEO of two of Risk Capital's portfolio companies. He is currently acting as full time CEO of Patisserie Holdings.
Gary is the founder and Executive Chairman of InterQuest Group PLC, a specialist IT recruitment business, which floated on AIM in May 2005. Prior to that, he founded Abacus Recruitment plc, which was the best performing AIM share in both 1996 and 1997 and was subsequently sold to Carlisle Holdings in 1998 for a ten fold multiple of its float price. Gary is a Fellow and Past President of the Institute of Employment Consultants.
Russel Joffe has extensive experience in the restaurant sector. Between 1977 and 1984 he managed Odettes, Coconut Grove and Langhams Brasserie in London. Russel opened his first restaurant, Le Bistroquet in London in 1984 which was successfully sold to Allied Lyons in 1989. During this time he owned Rosslyn Deli in Hampstead and started Café Flo, selling the business in 1994 having added a further 8 sites. Russel then spent 4 years living in Israel. Russel created the first Giraffe in Hampstead in 1998 which expanded to 60 sites country wide and was sold to Tesco in 2013 for just under £50m.