About Us

About Us

Ruffena Capital is a leading mid-market boutique corporate finance house advising and raising growth and transitional capital for exceptional, privately held enterprises.

Our firm is owned and run by our Partners, who have all had extensive experience in a diverse range of industries as well as private equity and private lending transactions.

Ruffena Investment Group Ltd, trading as Ruffena Capital is an Appointed Representative of Ashberg Limited. Ashberg provides all regulatory functions on behalf of Ruffena Investment Group Ltd. Ashberg Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

In a Nutshell

The Team

Our team has over 200 years experience between them in corporate finance, commercial strategy and running and growing businesses of all sizes and stages.

We have internal teams dedicated to these industries:

The Board

Robin Rowland Hill

CEO, Founder

After his first degree, Robin went to Cranfield School of Management before starting in business, where he led growth in a number of businesses at a senior level, principally in technology and media including two he founded. He is today a highly versatile, commercially experienced strategy and investment professional with international experience. His clarity as founding entrepreneur, investor and professional advisor is invaluable in advising others and was instrumental in founding Ruffena Capital.

Simon Heywood

Director, Head of Human Capital

Alex Stemler

Director, Head of Origination

Partners

Maarten van den Belt

Head of European Office

Xavier Pullen

Senior Adviser

Shelley Bays

USA Consulting Partner

Shelley’s corporate experience spans management consulting, food and beverage, and paper manufacturing. Following a corporate career, she founded the Paris/London chapters of Keiretsu Forum, a global business angel/PE group. Shelley has held Director positions on the Boards of the Boston and Pacific Stock Exchanges in the US, as well as advisory roles on pan-European financial services initiatives. She has an MSc in biochemical engineering from UCL and an MBA in finance from Fordham University.

Dwight Makins

Senior Adviser

Jonathan Hill

Head of Investor Relations

Associates

Marilyn Stemler

Associate

The Board

Robin Rowland Hill

CEO, Founder

After his first degree, Robin went to Cranfield School of Management before starting in business, where he led growth in a number of businesses at a senior level, principally in technology and media including two he founded. He is today a highly versatile, commercially experienced strategy and investment professional with international experience. His clarity as founding entrepreneur, investor and professional advisor is invaluable in advising others and was instrumental in founding Ruffena Capital.

Simon Heywood

Head of Human Capital

Alex Stemler

Director, Head of Origination

Partners

Maarten van den Belt

Head of European Office

Shelley Bays

Associate

Shelley’s corporate experience spans management consulting, food and beverage, and paper manufacturing. Following a corporate career, she founded the Paris/London chapters of Keiretsu Forum, a global business angel/PE group. Shelley has held Director positions on the Boards of the Boston and Pacific Stock Exchanges in the US, as well as advisory roles on pan-European financial services initiatives. She has an MSc in biochemical engineering from UCL and an MBA in finance from Fordham University.

Dwight Makins

Senior Advisor

Xavier Pullen

Senior Advisor

Jonathan Hill

Head of Investor Relations

Associates

Marilyn Stemler

Associate

Ezgi Senturk Associate

Associate

Ezgi joined Ruffena in late 2018. She previously worked as an equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs, Dubai, covering Turkish non-financial equities in consumer cyclical, industrial and retail sectors and also worked as an investment analyst at Athene Capital, London with a special focus on consumer-tech businesses.

The Board

Robin Rowland Hill

CEO, Founder

After his first degree, Robin went to Cranfield School of Management before starting in business, where he led growth in a number of businesses at a senior level, principally in technology and media including two he founded. He is today a highly versatile, commercially experienced strategy and investment professional with international experience. His clarity as founding entrepreneur, investor and professional advisor is invaluable in advising others and was instrumental in founding Ruffena Capital.

Simon Heywood

Director, Head of Human Capital

Alex Stemler

Director, Head of Origination

Partners

Maarten van den Belt

Head of European Office

Shelley Bays

USA Consulting Partner

Shelley’s corporate experience spans management consulting, food and beverage, and paper manufacturing. Following a corporate career, she founded the Paris/London chapters of Keiretsu Forum, a global business angel/PE group. Shelley has held Director positions on the Boards of the Boston and Pacific Stock Exchanges in the US, as well as advisory roles on pan-European financial services initiatives. She has an MSc in biochemical engineering from UCL and an MBA in finance from Fordham University.

Dwight Makins

Senior Adviser

Xavier Pullen

Senior Adviser

Jonathan Hill

Head of Investor Relations

Associates

marilyn stemler

Marilyn Stemler

Associate

Ezgi Senturk Associate

Ezgi Senturk Associate

Associate

Ezgi joined Ruffena in late 2018. She previously worked as an equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs, Dubai, covering Turkish non-financial equities in consumer cyclical, industrial and retail sectors and also worked as an investment analyst at Athene Capital, London with a special focus on consumer-tech businesses.

Integrity and Purpose

Experience, professionalism and rigour in every transaction