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London M&A, Private Equity
Senior
15 years experience
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +56
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Paris, France Strategy, Private Equity
Manager
15 years experience
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +9
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Tutzing, Germany Strategy, M&A
Senior
23 years experience
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • +4
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Switzerland Strategy, M&A
Senior
17 years experience
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • +9
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Portland, OR, USA M&A, Private Equity
Senior
7 years experience
  • Financial Risk Management
  • M&A
  • Due Diligence
  • Property & Casualty Insurance
  • +3
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London, England, United Kingdom Strategy, M&A
Associate
3 years experience
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +5
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Aachen, Germany Strategy, Private Equity
Manager
8 years experience
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Analysis
  • Due Diligence
  • +4
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Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia Strategy, M&A
Associate
5 years experience
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
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Our financial risk management consultants help clients reduce business risks or uncertainties as a result of financial planning by identifying, evaluating, and mitigating potential risks ahead of time.

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What clients usually engage your Financial Risk Management 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 Financial Risk Management 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 Financial Risk Management professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Financial Risk Management talent and are able to provide clients with Financial Risk Management 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 Financial Risk Management professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Financial Risk Management 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 Financial Risk Management consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Financial Risk Management 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 Financial Risk Management 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 Financial Risk Management 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 Financial Risk Management

What is Financial Risk Management?

Financial risk management is the reduction of business risks or uncertainties as a result of financial planning. It is the identification, evaluation, and mitigation of potential risks in order to achieve the desired objectives.

According to Fintalent’s financial risk management consultants, the primary goal in business finance is to efficiently manage a company’s risk exposure so that it can survive and thrive while minimizing risks and protecting the value of its assets. There are several different tools that allow managers to assess their firm’s financial position including budgets, forecasts, profit-and-loss statements as well as calculation methods such as return on investment (ROI) analysis.

Best practices include having an accurate understanding of risk factors which includes identifying key events and trends (e.g. a sharp rise in the cost of labor, the conversion of a product from generic to a more expensive brand) and common sources of financial risk (e.g. fluctuations in commodity prices, competition, changes in legislation).

Financial risk management consists of three distinct processes:
The first step is cost identifying, as one does not know what the true costs are for certain factors such as a new product, or changing packaging styles. The second step is assessing the likelihood of them occurring. The third step is determining whether additional actions are needed to increase or decrease their likelihood (e.g. purchasing additional insurance against an unexpected catastrophe). Exercising control over these risks will allow companies to achieve the goals they set out with their business plan.

Protecting the company from unforeseen risks and ensuring its future in the long-term are key elements of financial risk management, but these actions cannot be done without careful monitoring of key financial indicators.

Financial risk management is an overarching term that encompasses many different methods of identifying and controlling various business risks. It is about taking control over a firm’s future, thus allowing it to grow, rather than just simply surviving on a day-to-day basis.

There are many different tools that can be used to analyze financial data including budgets, forecasts, cost-benefit analysis and cash flow projection. These tools, however, are only as good at predicting risk as the person using them.

The first step in risk identification is to determine the magnitude of potential risks faced by a company and their potential negative impacts on financial performance. These could include an unforeseen rise in the cost of raw materials and labor (e.g. if a new product requires substantial labor hours or costlier chemicals, it may affect a company’s profitability).

Once risks have been identified they must be evaluated to determine how likely or unlikely each one is. This is done using different techniques based on their characteristics and the type of company being assessed (e.g. if a company’s product is popular with teenagers and the market changes, its financial risk may increase).

Once the risks have been fully evaluated, the probabilities can be expressed as a numerical value or as a probability curve.
This can then be used to calculate potential losses or benefits that could be realized from taking certain actions. For example, if a company is considering purchasing new equipment to process a product that it has recently changed its packaging for, increasing production costs could be considered one of many possibilities. Instead of purchasing more expensive equipment, companies might also consider whether they should hire new employees or take other actions to reduce costs.

The third step in risk management is to determine if additional steps should be taken to either increase or decrease the likelihood of that risk occurring. This can be done by taking measures such as increasing reserves, reducing debt levels (e.g. not increasing inventory), getting additional insurance, avoiding certain contracts and partnerships, etc.

These three steps allow companies to effectively manage their financial risks and ensure the safety of their business and its future success in the long term.

Once risks have been identified, assessed and determined to be either inevitable or avoidable, the company must then plan on how to deal with them.

Planning can be done in many different ways depending on the company’s financial situation. For smaller companies that are just starting out, a cash flow projection will allow firms to project future cash flows which can then be used to analyze the impact of potential risks (e.g. a $25,000 loss if raw materials prices rise). This helps companies identify those kinds of risks that are most likely and thus allows managers time to take further steps to offset their negative impacts.

For businesses that have been around for a while, cash flow projections may not be as helpful. In these cases estimates of potential losses or benefits can be made by using a three-step process (cost-benefit analysis). First, companies can assess the costs that would be incurred from the risk occurring (e.g. increased labor hours, higher raw material costs etc.) and the amount of additional capital that would be required to offset those expenses or risks. Second, managers can use their company’s profit margin information to estimate how much profit would be generated if those risks do not occur (e.g. higher profits if not producing a new product). Finally, managers can assess whether it is likely that these risks will occur (e.g. the probability of a product not selling well and not generating the anticipated profits).

Using these three steps, firms can estimate what potential effects any given risk may have on their company and then determine whether it has positive or negative impacts on their business. If even one of these steps is left out, the accuracy of predictions will be decreased substantially. Many successful companies are those that have been able to predict market changes and can take measures to reduce the risks from them.

There are many factors that determine a firm’s financial health including macroeconomic indicators (e.g. GDP growth), microeconomic insights (e.g. competition) and industry specific risks (e.g. natural disasters).

Firms must know what macroeconomic indicators can affect their business, which ones they have control over and the factors that may impact their firm’s performance. This includes knowing the key economic indicators in their industry and those of the companies they compete with. Also important is understanding how things such as inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, tax changes etc. will impact a company’s business since this information allows firms to make more accurate predictions about future performance relative to competitors.

To effectively manage financial risk a company should know what market forces are affecting its industry and thus allowing it to predict any potential negative implications of those trends on its own business.

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