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Craig McDonald

Freelance M&A professional | Specialist in Financial Due Diligence

Helsinki, Finland

$1,500/day

Finance professional with extensive M&A experience | Freelance CFO | Hospitality entrepreneur.

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 10 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Communication Services Consumer Discretionary Consumer Staples Energy Financials FinTech Health Care Industrials Information Technology Materials Real Estate Utilities

Skills

Skilled in: Corporate Development, Due Diligence, Legal, Portfolio Services & Add-on M&A, Private Equity & Growth Capital, Sell-side M&A

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office

Languages: English, Norwegian

Work Experience

Nokken

Chief Financial Officer (Fractional)

1/10/2023

 

- Now

Implementing a finance function and strategy that allows Nokken to scale globally.

Hilltop Forest

Co-Founder

1/6/2021

 

- Now

Co-Founder Hospitality entrepreneur on mission to provide the most unique and beautiful hospitality experiences for our guests. We've built Hilltop Forest where there was only forest before. Resort, brand, strategy and operations, I've been involved in every aspect of the project.

PwC Norway

Director | Deals (FDD)

1/7/2019

 

- 30/9/2022

Leading teams of different sizes and often cross boarder to execute Financial Due Diligence for M&A transactions. My clients were mainly private equity which I represented both on the buyside or supported during exit. I've worked across a number of sectors, but my industry skills focused on SaaS models and more generally TMT industry.

PwC Norway

Senior Manager | Deals (FDD)

1/1/2018

 

- 30/6/2019

Financial due diligence across multiple industries.

PwC Norway

Manager | Deals

1/1/2017

 

- 31/12/2017

Skills: Budgeting · Project Management

PwC UK

Manager - Transaction Services

1/1/2016

 

- 31/1/2017

Specialised in Financial Due Diligence in the TMT sector. Clients were predominantly Private Equity, performing buy and sell side work

PwC Norway

Senior Associate

1/8/2012

 

- 30/9/2014

Capital Markets and Deals Involved in an annual capital markets project for an audit client Member of a due diligence team, mainly reponsible for balance sheet analysis Assurance Industries include: Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Industrial products and Retail Reporting mainly under IFRS, but some experience with NGAAP

PwC UK

Senior Associate - Transaction Services

1/10/2014

 

- 31/12/2015

PwC Gibraltar

Associate

1/8/2010

 

- 31/8/2012

Assurance Industries include: Banking, Insurance, Funds/Investment Managers and Gaming

Education

Maastricht University

1/1/2009

 

- 31/12/2011

Thesis: Understanding Alpha: Mutual performance and the disposition effect Courses included: Corporate Governance and Restructuring, Business and Venture Finance, Institutional Investors, Financial Risk Management, Behavioural Finance and Financial Research Methods

Lancaster University

1/1/2005

 

- 31/12/2008

Licenses / Certificates

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) - Fellow

1/8/2010

 

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