Prior to co-founding Lepe Partners, Dominic worked at the Wellcome Trust where he was Co-Head of Direct Investments within the Trust's Investments Division. The Trust is the largest charitable endowment in Europe and had $25 billion of assets under management.
Whilst at the Trust, he formed the Direct Investments team and was responsible for sourcing, execution and management of direct private equity investments, which accounted for approximately $2 billion of assets under management.
Prior to working at the Wellcome Trust Dominic worked for Jones Lang LaSalle Corporate Finance, a boutique European corporate finance house, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions in the real estate industry.
Dominic is currently a non-executive director of Verne Holdings, which is a market leading data centre company. He is also a qualified chartered surveyor.
Jonathan Goodwin is the founding partner of Lepe Partners, a merchant bank focused on entrepreneurs in the digital media sector. Prior to starting Lepe Partners in March 2011, Jonathan founded LongAcre Partners in August 2000 with Julian Culhane. LongAcre Partners advised clients including Friends Reunited on its sale to ITV plc, Celador (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire) on its sale to Endemol and uSwitch on its sale to EW Scripps. LongAcre Partners was sold to Jefferies & Co. in June 2007 where Goodwin served as the firm’s Global Head of Media & Internet Investment Banking for three years.
In 2003, Jonathan co-founded the Founders Forum with Brent Hoberman and in 2009 co-founded PROfounders Capital with Brent Hoberman and Michael Birch, a venture capital fund for digital entrepreneurs backed by entrepreneurs.
Previously, Jonathan was in the Media team at Apax Partners and later joined the MBI team of Talk Radio, backed by News Corporation and Liberty Media, which became the foundation for The Wireless Group plc, where Jonathan became Group Managing Director.
Prior to co-founding Lepe Partners, Julian was a Managing Director in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Jefferies with a specific focus on Media and Internet transactions. Prior to which, he was Head of European Media Investment Banking at Jefferies.
Prior to its acquisition by Jefferies in 2007, Julian was one of the founding Partners of LongAcre Partners where he helped build the company into Europe’s leading mid-market media corporate finance house.
Previously, Julian was the Chief Financial Officer of lastminute.com plc where he managed 3 rounds of private equity fundraisings and led the dual listing of the company on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ in 2000.
Julian is a qualified chartered accountant (PWC).
James has 10 years’ experience in mergers & acquisitions and fundraising in the media and digital media sectors. Notable recent transactions include advising: LBi on its announced sale to Publicis; the shareholders of Netretail on the sale to Naspers; Exponent on its acquisition of BBC Magazines from BBC Worldwide; and Montagu on their acquisition of CAP from Top Right Group (formerly EMAP).
Prior to joining Lepe Partners, James worked at Jefferies as a Director in the Media Team and latterly in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Team where his focus was on the TMT Sector across Europe. Before this James was one of the members of LongAcre Partners which was sold to Jefferies & Co. in 2007.
Previously, James worked at Cazenove in the TMT Corporate Finance & Broking team where his clients included Capital Radio, Carlton, EMI, Pearson and Taylor Nelson.
James is a qualified Chartered Accountant (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and an Economics graduate from Warwick University.
Nick has 16 years experience as one of the top ranked City analysts covering the media sector. Ten of those years were spent at Bear Stearns where he was Senior Managing Director heading European media research, and he held similar roles firstly at SBC Warburg Dillon Read and then latterly at Jefferies International. He has worked in a lead capacity on IPO’s, secondary placements and corporate transactions for a number of high profile companies within the sector.
Prior to becoming an equity analyst, Nick worked in the media sector on a start-up venture in B2B publishing (later sold to Informa Plc) and also consulted to the Economist Group on special projects. He was also at Citibank for several years within the fixed-income division where he progressed to running a long-short bond fund.
Nick has an MBA from Insead.
Prior to joining Lepe Partners, Romain was a private equity investor at Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), a sector focused mid-market investment fund with $3 billion of assets under management. Whilst at VSS, he focused on investments in the digital media, information and education sectors.
Before joining VSS in 2008, Romain was a senior banker in the Jefferies Technology & Media investment banking team in London where he completed more than thirty M&A, LBO, and IPO transactions across a broad range of sectors including digital media, mobile, fintech, software and SaaS.
Prior to Jefferies, Romain held operational responsibilities in Silicon Valley, California, first with wireless telecom provider ArrayComm Inc and subsequently with voice-over-IP service provider Pagoo Inc. which he co-founded in 1998.
A dual Swiss and French national with an MBA degree from Insead, Romain speaks English, French, Spanish and German.
Zeph has over 15 years experience in Corporate Finance, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions in the UK and Europe focussing on the Publishing and Digital sectors. Zeph's career includes 8 years at Arthur Andersen, where he helped establish their media corporate finance team.
In 2000, Zeph joined the TMT Investment banking team of WestLB Panmure as a Director, prior to joining LongAcre Partners in 2003 (acquired by Jefferies in 2007) and has advised on inter alia the acquisition of Emap plc by GMG/Apax, the sale of Moneybookers to Investcorp, the sale of Friends United to ITV, the sale of uSwitch to EW Scripps, the acquisition of EurotaxGlass's by Candover, the sale of Datamonitor plc to Informa, the acquisition of 2Waytraffic plc by Sony, the sale of Cashcade to Partygaming and the merger between Incepta plc and Huntsworth plc.
Zeph is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate in Mechanical Engineering.
Until June 2011, Mr Hansjee was the Head of M&A for Google EMEA, where he led deals worth over $230m over a five year period from 2006. In 2002, Mr. Hansjee joined IDG Ventures as a venture partner, where he had board seats with a number of high profile startups and early stage companies.
Prior to IDG Ventures, Mr Hansjee, was a derivatives engineer and a technology investment banker in Chicago, NYC and London with UBS, Chase and Bear Stearns. Mr Hansjee is currently an Advisor to the private equity funds EQT, MCI (Poland) and Creandum (Sweden).
In 2011, Mr. Hansjee received an Honorary Doctorate in Computing for services to IT entrepreneurship from Kingston University where he also was a visiting Professor. He is also an active policy advisor to the British Computer Society and a UK Government "techcity" champion.
Mr. Hoberman is co-founder of PROfounders Capital, which he founded in 2009 with Jonathan Goodwin and Michael Birch and is an early stage fund backed by entrepreneurs for digital entrepreneurs.
Mr Hoberman is currently chairman of mydeco.com, which he founded in 2009 and is the UK’s leading interior design website and has just launched in the US. Mr Hoberman is also currently chairman of made.com, which he founded in 2009 and is a direct from factory consumer homewares retailer based in the UK.
In 1998, Mr. Hoberman co-founded lastminute.com. He was CEO from inception and led the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn. In 2005 lastminute.com was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn.
Mr Hoberman is a Governor of the University of the Arts College, London and a non-executive director of the Guardian Media Group, TalkTalk plc and Time Out Group. He is also a YGL.
In June 2001, Mr. Hornby co-founded Clemmow Hornby Inge, now CHI&Partners, with Simon Clemmow and Charles Inge which has British Gas, Nestle, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lexus, Carphone Warehouse, The Times, Samsung & Britvic on the client list, and has been awarded Agency of the Year at BTAA, been Marketing's Agency of the Year, and is now a top 10 UK agency.
In 2007, WPP took a minority stake in CHI and together with Group M launched MCHI - a new model media company that now has over 120 million in billings.
In 1998, Mr. Hornby moved to TBWA and was responsible for winning and running the campaign that saw Labour to a second landslide victory in 2001.
In 1990, Mr. Hornby began as a trainee at Ogilvy & Mather advertising.
Mr. Hornby is also a Trustee of the English Heritage Foundation, a non-executive director for Mobile Money Network and a Governor of Marlborough College.
Michael is an advisor, investor and director for television and internet businesses in the UK and US, including the independent production company Nutopia, the broadcaster STV plc and the businesses Social Guide and Popdust. Previously he was President of Programming at IAC, Chairman of Universal television Group and President of USA Entertainment. Based in the UK he was CEO of Channel Four and Director of Television at the BBC.
Alex joined Lepe Partners in July 2012 after obtaining a Master in Finance from IE Business School. He previously graduated with a BA in Economics from McGill University in 2011. During his education Alex completed two work placements at Statistics Canada in Ottawa. Alex has also completed an additional work placement in Montreal for Accenture and worked in political fundraising in New York City for a Congressional campaign.
Prior to joining Lepe Partners in 2012, Benjamin was an Associate in the Media & Internet Investment Banking group at Jefferies International, having previously been an Analyst at LongAcre Partners.
At Jefferies, Benjamin completed a number of transactions, including Shine Group’s acquisition of Reveille, VSS’ acquisition of Clarion Events, e-Rewards’ acquisition of ResearchNow and Privalia’s €70m fundraise from General Atlantic and Index Ventures.
Prior to working at LongAcre Partners, Benjamin worked in Risk Management and Internal Audit at Fidelity Investments.
In April 2011, Benjamin left Jefferies to pursue an MBA at IE Business School in Madrid, from where he graduated in May 2012. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in History in 2005.
Furhaan joined Lepe Partners in 2012 from Citigroup where he was in their Investment Banking team in London, covering clients across the Telecoms, Media and Technology space. During his time at Citigroup, he advised on M&A, Leveraged Finance and Capital Market transactions. Prior to working at Citi, he was at KPMG in the Transactions and Restructuring division, where he was involved with a number of complex insolvencies and restructuring mandates. He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and holds a BSc from University College London.
Prior to joining Lepe Partners in 2012 George spent two years working for Nomura International. At Nomura he worked in the Consumer & Retail M&A Investment Banking team covering a broad range of clients. He had a particular focus on the eCommerce market, and was part of the team which advised Bridgepoint on its successful £180m acquisition of Wiggle in 2011.
George holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Oxford University.
Prior to joining Lepe Partners in 2011, Hadrien was an Associate at Putnam Investments, a large US-based mutual fund company. Whilst there, he first supported the Chief Investment Officer and the Director of Operations. Later he joined the Investment Division and the Global Natural Resource team where he covered metals, mining and chemical stocks globally. In this role, he reported directly to the Portfolio Manager of the GNR fund, which has AUM of $400 million.
Prior to working at Putnam Investments, Hadrien worked in China as a Business Analyst for Adaltis Inc., a publicly traded Biotech company. In this role, he supported the newly appointed CEO and was involved in coordinating sales forecasts, raising capital, and working with all departments in the process of transferring activities to China. Hadrien holds a Master of Finance from the McCallum Graduate School of business at Bentley University (Boston, USA)
Hattie joined Lepe Partners in 2011 as PA to Jonathan Goodwin. Hattie has over 7 years’ experience as a PA and EA as well as experience of working in travel and property. Hattie studied History of Art at Oxford Brooks University and is also a qualified milliner.
Inigo is a founding member of the Lepe Partners team. Prior to Lepe Partners he was part of the Media & Internet Investment Banking group at Jefferies International, having previously been at LongAcre Partners, prior to its sale to Jefferies.
During his time spent at Jefferies and LongAcre Partners, Inigo worked on a number of completed transactions across the Media & Internet space including LBi’s merger with bigmouthmedia, the sale of Chrysalis to BMG/KKR, the restructuring of Gallery Media Group’s $175m Senior Secured Notes and the recapitalisation of FastBooking.com.
Most recently, Inigo worked on the Zoopla/DPG merger, the sale of KelkooSelect to Time Out and Wahanda’s £3.5m investment round led by Fidelity.
Inigo is a graduate of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble with a BA in International Business.
James joined Lepe in October 2012 to develop Lepe's US activities. He is based in New York.
Prior to joining Lepe Partners, James was a Vice President at Monument Capital Group LLC, a Washington DC-based buyout group specializing in the technology sector. James began his career at NM Rothschild and Sons in London, working in both the risk management and private banking divisions. He later spent time at JNR UK, an investment banking boutique specialising in emerging markets and corporate finance. Subsequently, Mr. Rothschild joined Hargreave-Hale, a London-based fund manager on the fund management team.
James is a Non-Executive Director of J. Rothschild Capital Management ltd, the management company of RIT Capital Partners plc.
James is a Trustee of Yad Hanadiv (The Rothschild Foundation)
John joined Lepe Partners in 2011 after media experience at OMD in New York, where he analysed emerging technologies’ viability as an advertising medium. John also previously worked in Washington, D.C. as an analyst for the lobbying and communications firm Clark & Weinstock. John holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Boston College in Economics and History and a Masters in International Relations from Queen Mary.
Rebecca joined Lepe Partners earlier this year as Private assistant to Jonathan Goodwin. She previously worked in the sports industry in events and also is a qualified Personal Trainer. Rebecca graduated from the University of Exeter in 2008 with a BSc Hons degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences.
Having worked as PA to Jonathan Goodwin for 4 years at Jefferies, Sarah joined Lepe Partners as assistant to Dominic Ward. Previously, Sarah worked as a PA on the trading floors of Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch, in between travelling the world. Sarah studied French at Reading University, which included a year at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Tara joined Lepe in July 2012. Prior to Lepe, Tara worked for City law firm Macfarlanes LLP. During her four years at Macfarlanes she specialised in corporate law, and advised clients on a broad range of corporate, corporate restructuring and private equity matters.
Tara is a graduate of the London School of Economics holding a BSc in Government. She further trained as a solicitor with Macfarlanes.