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New York, NY, USA Strategy, M&A
Manager
10 years experience
  • Credit
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • +20
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Berlin, Germany Strategy, M&A
Manager
9 years experience
  • Credit
  • Financial Modeling
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Analysis
  • +7
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New York City Metropolitan Area Strategy, M&A
Associate
6 years experience
  • Credit
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +27
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Utrecht, Netherlands Strategy
Senior
15 years experience
  • Credit
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Analysis
  • Capital Markets
  • +8
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Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain M&A, Investment Management
Associate
1 years experience
  • Credit
  • Financial Modeling
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Analysis
  • +8
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New York, New York, United States Strategy, M&A
Manager
5 years experience
  • Credit
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • +8
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Croatia Strategy, M&A
Senior
6 years experience
  • Credit
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +23
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London, UK Strategy, M&A
Associate
5 years experience
  • Credit
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +19
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Our credit risk consultants help clients decide on the most appropriate form of credit to undertake and will help with credit structuring that will ensure the risk of default is minimal.

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Frequently asked questions

What clients usually engage your Credit Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Credit talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Credit professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Credit talent and are able to provide clients with Credit professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Credit professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Credit consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Credit consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Credit talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Credit talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Credit consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Credit

What is Credit?

Credit is a monetary structure which holds a borrower liable for the repayment of the loan, known as debt. It gives creditors rights to charge higher rates and allows them to avoid default.
Fintalent’s credit consultants agree that an understanding of credit allows an investor to predict what could happen in future because when companies owe money they need to pay it back with interest. Interest payments strip a company of its cash flow, thus affecting financial commitments and future business plans. Investors need to make certain their investments are funded by loans that have less risk of not getting repaid or having problems paying bills on time, for example shareholder loans or corporate bonds can be advantageous in those cases.

Types of Credit

There are two main types of credit; Corporate bonds and Commercial loans. Investors can choose to either buy or sell these securities. A company usually borrows from a bank and creates debt by promising to repay the loan with interest over a certain period of time, usually several years. In most cases, the security for borrowing is a corporate asset. If borrowers are unable to repay what they owe, they have to sell assets that belong to the company in order to pay off their debts.

Since corporations earn money from the goods and services they provide, the debt is initially repaid with money that has been earned. If companies do not make their payments on time, there is a risk for investors to lose money. When credit ratings are used, there are companies which have lower ratings than others. The debt rating indicates on how many years the company plans to repay its debts with interest over a period of time as well as how profitable it will be in that period. It may also include factors such as its ability to generate future cash flows (business plan), solvency of management, business unit’s cash flows and market strength.

Many companies have loan agreements with banks. The purpose of these agreements are to reduce exposure to risk by funding the lending institution with security in the form of assets owned by the company. It is also designed to increase exposure by borrowing from a lender, which can be done on better terms than from an investor or other party unrelated to the company. In some cases, these agreements may include a provision for a change of control. This will allow for shareholders to buy back shares if the impaired company defaults on its debts and are paid for at par value with interest deducted from liquidated proceeds. In situations like these, the borrower and lender will put conditions in place to force the borrower’s shares to be sold so that they can be repaid.

Since these are credit-related instruments, investors will want to know what constitutes a healthy company. It is hard to determine a single measure of credit quality since it depends on various factors such as principles of economics, market trends and even what type of industry the company is in. Having knowledge about all of this will allow an investor determine whether their investment is paying off and how their stock is performing. When figuring out what they should do with an investment they purchased, they could refer back to the loan documents from their lender. This can serve as a way to figure out what is happening to the company and how it is performing whether from a financial point of view or from a business standpoint. This information can be used to make future investments and potentially get better returns on their investments.

As credit risk increases, the cost of funding rises. The price of an instrument goes up because more funding is required. The yields are lower, meaning the amount investors earn per dollar invested decreases. Credit risk provides a factor when making financial forecasts and determining investment strategies. In the real world, risks are measured in terms of statistical technics such as bonds and stocks. There are three types of risks, known as systematic risk, market risk and credit risk.

How to Identify Credit

The first way to identify credit is by calculating the total amount of potential losses that a company could face over time (i.e., default). The product is called Credit Default Swap (CDS). It is a financial instrument that allows investors to buy protection from an obligation (typically for $100). The CDS provider, who in turn has made a promise to make payments that equal the face value of an underlying credit event which will have no relationship with the performance of the underlying asset. This can be done by estimating what the price of that instrument would be when the credit event occurs. Investors will want to keep an eye on these instruments to see how they perform.

The second way is to measure how much financing a company has in terms of debt or equity. This is known as leverage and can be calculated with debt-to-equity ratio. The ratio is helpful because it allows investors to see how much funding a company has and what their ability is to repay it from the money they are making. A high credit risk typically has a lower percentage of debt and thus the less risk for that company’s stock price.

The third way is to find the price of a bond that an investor can buy or sell. Credit risk is compared to interest rates and other credit-related instruments.

Since much of the risks associated with lending money in general come from the possibility that a borrower might not be able to repay their debts, investors will want to make certain their investments are funded by loans that have less risk of not getting repaid or having problems paying bills on time.

How to Calculate Credit Risk

There are two ways to calculate the credit risk. The first is to look at the company’s balance sheet and figure out how much money they owe to other companies and how much they owe to their shareholders. Companies that have less debt are usually a lower credit risk than those with high debt, because those with less debt will not have as much of a problem repaying all the money that is owed. Also, if a company has more of its money lent by shareholders in the form of retained earnings rather than outside sources such as banks and other investors, then it is unlikely that these companies will experience problems paying back their debts.

The second way to determine credit risk presents information regarding a company in terms of ratio analysis. These ratios are used to determine how leveraged a company is and how much debt it has as compared to its assets and equity. For example, looking at the debt-to-equity ratio will give an idea of whether a company is highly leveraged. If a firm is highly leveraged, then they are more likely to have problems repaying their debts.

The third way to determine credit risk is through covenant analysis. This can be done by look at the bond indentures of an investment, which talk about the specific agreements between bondholders and the company’s credit or loan documents with other lenders. The benefit of looking at these documents is that it gives an idea about whether there are any hidden risks for investors or not.

The risk of default is measured by a credit default swap (CDS). The CDS markets are more mature and liquid. They are based on the spread in credit spreads of bonds. A credit spread is calculated by subtracting the bonds rate from the AAA government bond rate. The higher the spread, the higher is the risk of default.

Credit default swaps (CDS) allow investors to speculate and hedge with premiums from default in specific companies or countries. In most cases, this happens after borrowers have already gone into bankruptcy or some other problem has already occurred with their company’s finances. This means that there is already a high probability that these companies will have problems repaying their debts as scheduled.

The credit risk of an issuer is the possibility that a company may not be able to pay back its loans on time. This can result in a loss of principal, which can be seen if an amount of debt goes unpaid for more than what is owed on it. Investors should seek companies with higher leverage and lower risk ratings, because these are usually associated with low interest rates and being able to repay their debts on time. It also helps if the company’s earnings are growing as well as their assets. Additionally, investors should make sure that hedges against default do not decrease when the value of other assets increase, because this will cause them to lose money on their invested funds.

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