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Christopher Cadarsi

Strategy and M&A Consultant (Manager level)

Paris, France

$1,500/day

Christopher has accumulated over 7,5 years of experience in top tier Strategy Consulting and midmarket M&A, currently holding a Manager/Project Leader position. His expertise encompasses midmarket M&A, Commercial Due Diligence, Digital/Tech Due Diligence, Corporate Strategy, and Business Plans. Although sector-agnostic, Christopher boasts extensive experience in Software, Digital & E-commerce, Physical Retail, and Consumer Goods. His client portfolio includes mid-market Private Equity funds, companies under LBO, partner strategy consulting firms, and tech startups. Christopher is used to managing teams of junior consultants on his various projects. He is based in Paris with ability to travel across Europe and US (East Side).

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 8 years

Seniority Level: Manager

Sector Experience: 

Beverages Consumer Durables and Apparel Food and Staples Retailing Food Products Hotel and Resort REITs Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure Household and Personal Products Life and Health Insurance Non-Prescription Drugs Retailing Software

Skills

Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Target Sourcing, Venture and minority investments, Acquihire, Joint Venture, Commercial Due Diligence, Vendor Due Diligence, Bolt-on acquisitions, Buy-and-Build, Value Creation & Enhancement, Fundraising strategy, Sell-side M&A, Corporate Development, Buy-Side M&A

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Bloomberg, Microsoft Office, Capital IQ

Languages: Spanish, English, French

Work Experience

Freelance

Strategy and M&A Consultant (Manager level)

1/9/2022

 

- Now

Freelance consulting services, providing strategic and business support to mid-market PE funds and companies across every phase of the dealmaking journey: 1. Buy Side M&A Advisory (Market Study, Screening & Sourcing, Pre-DD, CDD & Tech DD) 2. Sell-side (VDD, Fundraising, IM preparation) 3. Value creation for assets under LBO (Strategic Plan, Business Plan, Build-up, etc.) 4. Corporate M&A Interim (Right-Hand Man to CEO / CFO / Chief of staff with M&A projects) Main industries: Software & Technology, Digital & Ecommerce, Physical Retail, Consumer Goods Main clients: mid-market PE funds, companies under LBO, strategy consulting firms, tech startups ■ 10+ projects as a Manager / Project Leader: > 8 CDD for PE funds (4x B2B Softwares, 1x Luxury, 1x Pharma, 1x Luxury Camping, 1x B2B services) > 1 Topline Reforecasting and Upsides Assessment for a Luxury Fashion player under LBO > 1 Strategic Plan and Pre-DD for a top player in Private Banking Ex of PE clients: Isatis Capital, NewAlpha Verto, BPI MidCap Equity, Infravia Capital, etc. Ex of partner strategy consulting firms: Kéa, Cepton (Vintura), Courcelles, Roland Berger, etc.

BRANDED

Corporate M&A Manager

1/7/2021

 

- 1/8/2022

Key assignments as a Corporate M&A Manager (Mid-market, US/EU Markets): Typical target: Digital Native company among the leaders in the target segment ; EV of $5-40m > M&A strategy: category and geographic priorities, target typology, sourcing strategy, etc. > Deal Sourcing: through Brokers, Referrals, Direct Contacts, inbound and "Mass Lead Generation" > Deal Analysis & Financial Modelling: BP, FCF, valuation, deal structuration, synergies est. > Transaction support: execution of deals from A to Z, from the first discussion to the closing > Due diligence: supervision of all internal and external experts (Finance, Legal, Regulatory, Ops, etc.) Results: hundreds of M&A opportunities sourced in all geographies ; dozens of targets analyzed and presented to the investment committee each week ; ~20 deals in phase 1 (LOI extended) ; ~5 deals in phase 2 (LOI signed and due diligence realized). With 3% success rate from "qualified lead" to "closed deal". N.B. BRANDED is a Tech / ecommerce Scale-up building a next-generation FMCG company that transforms online businesses into massive global brands. Fueled by proprietary tech and the international operational expertise of leaders from Amazon, Lazada, Alibaba, L'Oréal, SoftBank, Goldman Sachs, etc. - BRANDED acquires, grows and launches differentiated Digital Native brands in 3 core categories: Beauty & Personal Care, Health & Wellness, Home & Kitchen. External growth is a key lever in BRANDED's strategy.

Kea & Partners

Strategy Consultant (Manager / Project Lead level)

1/6/2017

 

- 31/7/2021

Consumer, Retail and Luxury practice ■ Key assignments - Strategy, small/midcap M&A advisory (2-4 months projects) > For PE investors in retail: securing synergies during the 100 days following closing > For PE investors in retail: buyer due diligence > For PE investors in the marketing software industry market: buyer due-diligence > For the M&A department of a main player in fashion and footwear: VDD & 5Y business plan > For the M&A department of a real estate developer: study of diversification opportunities > For a grocery retailer: development of strategic alliances across the entire value chain > For a technology consulting firm: strategic repositioning (industry/offer/client) incl. M&A > For a major cosmetics player: post-merger integration (focus on the HR Direction) ■ Key assignments - Organic growth, Organization, Operations (2-4 months projects) > For a producer of packaged consumer foods: multichannel growth plan for 4 main brands > For a specialist leader in organic retail: design of a new organization for the Offer direction > For a grocery retailer: improved innovation and time-to-market using agile methods > For a manufacturer of plastic packaging solutions: recovery of a distressed industrial site ■ Side studies - Digital, technologies > Market analysis and start-ups screening in “retailtech”, “foodtech”, “greentech”, etc. > Development of commercial offers around artificial intelligence and data

LVMH

Category Manager (Intern)

1/1/2016

 

- 30/6/2016

Category management within the Customer Marketing Direction of Moët Hennessy Diageo (brands portfolio: LVMH luxury champagnes & spirits / DIAGEO premium spirits)

L'Oréal

Key Account Manager (Intern)

1/7/2015

 

- 31/12/2015

Key Account Management within the Sales Direction of the Consumer Product Division (brands portfolio: Garnier, Maybelline New York, Essie / key account: Carrefour, 1st client of L'Oréal CPD)

Education

EDHEC Business School: 3rd Best Business School in France (2022 Challenge Ranking); 5th best Masters in Finance worldwide (2022 FT Ranking)

Corporate Finance and Strategy

1/9/2013

 

- 1/6/2017

- Main courses: Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, M&A, Private Equity & Venture Capita - Master thesis (2017): M&A in French Grocery, a value creation strategy?l - Elective courses: Due Diligence (with Accuracy); Digital Transformation (with Capgemini) - Activities and societies: Course Croisière EDHEC: biggest Student Sports event in Europe

Licenses / Certificates

Google

Cyber Security: "Defense against the Dark Age"

1/2/2023

 

Palo Alto Networks

Cloud Security Fundamentals

1/3/2023