Who We Are

CEOs

Stephen Margolis
Chairman & Founding Partner

Stephen founded Taurus Asset Finance, Arie’s parent company, in 2011 as an alternative asset finance boutique with particular focus on opportunities in the real estate, intellectual property and media sectors. Since the firm’s inception, Stephen has been involved in originating, and raising c.£500M for, a wide variety of projects including construction of data centres in the North East of England, the renovation of a city landmark building as an educational facility and the development of next generation haptic and sound technology.

Prior to the setting up Taurus Asset Finance, Stephen founded Future Films (now the media division of Taurus Asset Finance) and has been involved in raising over £2 billion for film and TV production. Stephen has credits as producer, executive producer or financier for more than 30 titles including Cracks, Veronika Decides to Die, Flawless and Ladies in Lavender.

Stephen Margolis is a lawyer with over 35 years’ experience in asset finance.

Simon Tobelem
CEO & Founding Partner

A Globally experienced Investment and Business Development professional. A Strategic advisor to senior Management and Boards using simultaneously strong analytical and financial engineering skills with “big picture” vision. An Entrepreneur, who speaks fluently 5 languages, specialized in designing and implementing schemes and solutions to help grow and transform my clients businesses in International environments

Arie Team

Kevin Nakache
London

Kevin is an Analyst at Arie Capital. He joined our London team in 2016 and focuses on sourcing and modeling of investment opportunities, as well as supporting Arie Capital and its portfolio companies on operational projects and research.

Prior to joining Arie Capital, Kevin spent one year as an analyst for a Family Office and for a M&A firm in Paris. He gained experience in a number of sectors including technology, chemistry and consumer.

Kevin holds a Msc in “Investment Management and Private Equity” from Inseec London Business School. He’s native French and can also speak Spanish.

Tianfu Zhou
London

Tianfu is a digital marketing executive at Arie Capital. He joined our London team in 2016, focusing on developing our social media platforms, as well as managing our digital marketing campaign.

Before joining Arie Capital, Tianfu finished his Master degree in Marketing and International Management from Henley Business School (Reading university), he also holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of Sunderland. He gained international experiences from the study in China, Malaysia and The UK. He is a native Chinese and can also speak English.

Donglai Lou
China

Donglai Lou joined Arie Capital as the VP China in April 2015. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with local investors and partners and building China – specific cross-border investment and M&A expertise and resources.

Before being a part of Arie, Mr. Lou had worked as a freelance translator/or interpreter for more than ten years in addition to his directorship in several boutique businesses. His outstanding performance and achievements in this aspect have been appreciated in the industry, academia and linguist community. He was often invited to make lectures in universities (including Peking University) and industry conferences.

Donglai served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PR. China for 5.5 years after his university placement and was posted in the capacity of vice consul in Perth and Australia. During this period, he won one National Order of Commendation and two Civil Servant of the Year titles for his hard work.

Mr. Lou earned a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from China Foreign Affairs University and a Master of Commerce in Finance degree from University of New South Wales.

Executive Teams

Taurus Asset Finance
Executive Team

Taurus Asset Finance, our sister company, is a UK-based asset financier specialising in alternative asset classes. Taurus has long-standing experience and expertise in working across a number of industries – including real estate, intellectual property and media.

With offices in London and Los Angeles, strong relationships with financiers worldwide and a deal flow that extends across Europe, the Americas and Australia, Taurus Asset Finance has a track record of successfully exploiting asset-based investment opportunities from a global structured finance perspective.

To find out more about Taurus click below.

Taurus Asset Finance

REALIS Investment House
Executive Team

REALIS Investment House is a Corporate Finance Boutique based in London, Paris & Hong-Kong focusing on Cross-Border Strategic and Growth Transactions for Small and Mid-Caps. Our team has global expertise in M&A, Fund Raising, LBO / Financial Engineering & Restructuring and International Business Development.

REALIS has a solid and proven track-record across many industries (TMT, Aeronautics, Automotive, Cleantech, FIG, HealthCare among others) around the World, including fast developing economies in South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

REALIS Investment House