Rupert Ashe

Rupert Ashe, financier and entrepreneur

Rupert Ashe ACA,
Director, D5 Capital

Rupert Ashe is a serial entrepreneur who has started and sold four
businesses as well as advising on approximately eighty capital
transactions.

Rupert qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte before working in
their corporate finance department. He entered the media industry
in the 1990s with the co-founding of Focus Communications, a financial
public relations and investor relations consultancy. At Focus, he advised
on over fifty IPOs and M&A transactions, including the de-mutualisation
and flotation of Alliance & Leicester plc, the de-merger of Schroders plc,
as well as a number of flotations on AIM and the Full List of the London
Stock Exchange. He subsequently sold the agency to Grey Global Group in
1998.

Between 2001 and 2011 he ran Wall House Consulting, a corporate finance
boutique based in London which advised on over 30 mergers & acquisitions
and funding rounds, largely in the media & marketing services sectors.
Wall House Consulting also helped to create Build-A-Bear Workshop (UK),
the award-winning entertainment retailer which was sold in 2006 as part of
a $41m transaction, and Videojug Corporation Limited, the pioneering
video-on-demand learning channel. In both companies, Rupert was a founder
investor and CFO. Notable M&A transactions at Wall House Consulting
included the sale of medical communications agency Red Door to Creston
plc; the sale of technology communications agency Axicom to WPP plc; and
the sale of mobile advertising agency Inside Mobile to M&C Saatchi plc.
Wall House Consulting was acquired by D5 Capital in 2011.

Rupert has in-depth experience of financial services, marketing services,
digital publishing and high energy, rapid growth start-ups.