Rachel Rigby

Rachel Rigby

Before working at Finbuzz, Rachel spent 12 years at international M&A information provider Mergermarket, most recently as head of special coverage. Her role included liaising with European CEOs and reporting for the Company’s risk arbitrage product dealReporter.
Rachel’s various interests lie in the travel, media, clean energy and healthcare sectors. As a journalist, she has specialised in covering large private equity transactions and M&A deals, including deals executed by the buy-out firms such as 3i, BC Partners, Bain Capital, Blackstone Group and KKR to name a few. Rachel has also worked on numerous high profile deals, including the Kraft takeover of Cadbury, the British Airways merger with Iberia, and the Newscorp stake in BSKYB.She has written articles for Sunday Business, Breaking Views, Media Week, Financial News, and appeared on CNBC.

Rachel is a qualified PADI Dive Master and holds a liberal arts degree in European History from Smith College, Massachusetts.
Rachel Rigby

Naked Wines, the crowdfunding platform for budding winemakers, has not only helped former financier Patricio Gouguenheim put his Argentinian vineyard on the map, but is also changing the lives of those who work for him.

Gouguenheim (ex-porfolio manager at Argentine Equity fund, Shaw Capital) has channelled some of the funding he has received from Naked Wines’ angel investors to set up an educational programme for the children of those that work on his vineyard in the Uco Valley in the foothills of the Andes mountain range, southwest of Mendoza.

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“We started this educational program four years ago and now we have seven kids in the program,” Gouguenheim told Finbuzz at the Brighton leg of this summer’s Naked Tour where thousands of enthusiastic wine tasters got to meet the producers of award-winning Sauvignon Blancs and Pinots and indulge their taste buds.

Among the bottles on display from the Gouguenheim Winery was Melisa Malbec, a gold medal winner at the Decanter Awards in 2013, and named after one of the children whose education was sponsored by the
former Shaw Capital Management M&A specialist and Naked Wines.

Over the past few years, the tale of the City boy giving up the wine bars for the vineyards has become more familiar. But we only tend to hear about the success stories and that could give the wrong impression about how easy it is to make a career from it.

Eamon FitzGerald, managing director of Naked Wines, told Finbuzz:” Many bankers fall in love with winemaking but struggle to make a living out of it. One of our winemakers is a Dutchman called Joost de Villebois. He is the former chairman of the Dutch Stock Exchange.

“He used to holiday in the Loire region of France and fell in love with the local vineyards and so he decided to leave banking and start making wine. He was struggling badly until our Naked Wines Angels came along in 2009, and got his business back on track.”

Gouguenheim, who entered the wine market in 2002 as Argentinia’s economy collapsed and sold more than 120,000 cases last year, cautioned other City folk looking for an alternative lifestyle that the winemaking life is not for the faint hearted and those who don’t want to get their hands dirty.

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“It is a very competitive job and the only way to succeed is to work very hard and to have an excellent wine sense,” Gouguenheim said.

Winemakers from around the world came to the UK for a whirlwind 10 days in June to meet their “angels” and grow their market at the Naked Tasting Tour 2015. It began in Winchester on 19 June and ended in Norwich on 28 June.

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Patricio Gouguenheim

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Photo: Rachel Rigby, Naked Wines

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