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Associate
4 years experience
  • Target Screening And Assessment
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • Due Diligence
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Irvine, CA, USA Strategy, Venture Capital
Senior
3 years experience
  • Target Screening And Assessment
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Project Management
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Basel, Switzerland Strategy, M&A
Manager
5 years experience
  • Target Screening And Assessment
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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San Francisco, CA, USA Strategy, FinTech
Senior
20 years experience
  • Target Screening And Assessment
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Product Management
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Zürich, Switzerland Strategy, M&A
Manager
5 years experience
  • Target Screening And Assessment
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Rochester Hills, MI, USA Strategy, M&A
Manager
2 years experience
  • Target Screening And Assessment
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  • Business Strategy
  • Business Development
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Lausanne, Switzerland Strategy, M&A
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12 years experience
  • Target Screening And Assessment
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What clients usually engage your Target screening and assessment 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 Target screening and assessment 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 Target screening and assessment professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Target screening and assessment talent and are able to provide clients with Target screening and assessment 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 Target screening and assessment professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Target screening and assessment 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 Target screening and assessment consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Target screening and assessment 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 Target screening and assessment 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 Target screening and assessment 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 Target screening and assessment

A company may choose to enter an M&A environment by identifying a potential target i.e., a company of interest, due to its future prospects of revenue growth, geographical distribution or synergies with the acquiring company.

However, even though a target may seem attractive at first glance, it is imperative that a thorough investigation be conducted before sealing the deal and investing in any business operations with them. This assessment process is what is referred to as Target Screening and Assessment.

How is a target screening and assessment exercise conducted?

Ideally when performing a Target screening and Assessment investigation, three key aspects should be considered:

  • The financial position and growth potential of the target
  • The market position and competitive skill sets available with the target
  • The managerial capability and human capital skills which exist in relation to these requirements.

During the early stages of investigation, details of the target company should be sought on the Internet and on its Annual Report. Using this information, some key points about the target company may be identified. These include:

  • Its location, geographic distribution and customer base
  • The management team that comprise this company
  • The level of investment that has gone into its development
  • The nature of its product ranges
  • The number of employees and potential staff available to support future operations.
    Once a thorough investigation is performed regarding the target company, it will be apparent if a beneficial transaction can be realised from it. This may be due to its financial condition, competitive ability compared to other companies, the possibility of a merger with another company, a takeover attempt by a larger corporation or a potential spin-off from one business segment into another.

It is imperative that the acquiring company identifies what products and services will actually be purchased from the target company within the acquisition process. This will then allow for an evaluation regarding whether or not such services and products will be viable in the short and long term. This is due to the fact that key competitive advantages of the target company may be lost after the acquisition.

It is also important for companies performing an investigation on potential targets to determine if they can actually assimilate these services performed by the target company into their own business model. This is due to external factors that may not be anticipated by either of the two companies. Such factors that may affect the future of any transaction between both parties include:

  • The introduction of substitute products or services by competitors
  • Changes in consumer tastes or preferences
  • Long term technological advances or trends which are likely to affect investment decisions
  • Changes in labour relations, employment agreements and employment laws.

Once these conditions are met, the next stage of the investigation must be to obtain more specific details on the financial position and future prospects of the target company. This will require due diligence about its assets, liabilities, equity and cash flow over a long period. It will also need to identify how it has performed in sales growth, profit maximisation, debt reduction and capital expenditure over this time period. For this reason, it is important for any acquiring company to include a detailed analysis of these factors when making an acquisition decision.

Target screening and assessment in mergers and acquisition (M&A) is the process of investigating companies before making an offer for one. Given that a lot of time and resources can be wasted acquiring companies that are not strategically aligned or which will not achieve the strategic goals of the acquirer, the process of target screening and assessment is critical to the success of a M&A exercise. It is therefore imperative that the process is carried out by someone knowledgeable in the issues concerning the business and adequately trained to carry out such analysis.

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