Raj Kankaria

Strategic Finance | Business Development | Commercial Strategy

Houston, United States


I began my academic journey at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where I not only gained a solid foundation in civil engineering but also cultivated essential leadership qualities and a strong work ethic. Following my graduation, I served as an Army engineer officer for five years, where I acquired invaluable skills in strategic planning, teamwork, and adaptability. Eager to expand my horizons, I pursued an MBA from Rice University, a pivotal step that refined my analytical thinking and business acumen. Subsequently, I ventured into the world of investment banking, where I spent two years refining my financial expertise and gaining insights into complex financial transactions. This experience was further enriched by a transition to an LNG development company, where I delved into corporate development and commercial strategy, deepening my understanding of the energy sector. What sets me apart is my entrepreneurial spirit. Together with a partner, I co-founded a financial services consulting firm, LegacyBridge Partners, that capitalizes on our combined backgrounds, with a specific focus on delivering comprehensive financial solutions. My partner's decade-long experience in investment banking and my diverse background form a synergistic foundation that enables us to offer a multifaceted approach to financial challenges.

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 8 years

Seniority Level: Manager

Sector Experience: 



Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Project Management Office (PMO), Divestitures, Target Sourcing, Venture and minority investments, Acquihire, Joint Venture, Due Diligence, Portfolio Services & Add-on M&A, Private Equity & Growth Capital, Sell-side M&A, Corporate Development, Buy-Side M&A

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

Languages: Spanish, English

Work Experience

Mexico Pacific Limited LLC

Senior Manager, Finance and Corporate Development



- 1/8/2023

• Led ongoing development and implementation of company’s short and long-term commercial strategy, resulting in execution of LNG SPA Contracts worth ~$15 billion in revenue over 20-years • Member of $21 billion project financing deal team; collaborated with executive and functional teams to develop accurate corporate financial model and draft Confidential Information Memorandum • Managed cross-functional team responsible for evaluating and executing new business opportunities; performed market analysis, due diligence and oversaw negotiation of terms with potential key partners

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Investment Banking Senior Associate, Global Energy Group



- 1/8/2022

Selected Transaction Experience o $661 mm acquisition of 80% stake in GNL Quintero S.A. by EIG and Fluxys S.A. - Sole buyside advisor to EIG and Fluxys; worked with LatAm group and company management teams to perform returns analyses for a jointly acquired 80% stake in the largest LNG regas terminal in Chile - Conducted 50+ diligence calls with company management teams, legal teams, engineers, and auditors to develop an accurate target valuation thesis based on DCF and public comparables analysis o $1,725 mm convertible private preferred equity and senior secured debt offering for a PE-backed LNG portfolio company - Collaborated with company management and product groups to develop an accurate financial model to raise capital in support of a pre-FID LNG liquefaction, storage, and export facility - Scheduled and conducted due diligence with company management and PE sponsor to validate the business and financial model; drafted the investor presentation to market private offering o $1,500 mm High Yield Bond Issuance for Continental Resources Inc. o $445 mm Securitized Financing (PDP Securitization, ESG Linked) for Diversified Energy Corp. o $665 mm Secondary Public Offering for Energy Transfer LP o $1,000 mm Acquisition of Archaea Energy and Aria Energy by Rice Acquisition Corporation o $403 mm Initial Public Offering of Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corp II ("DCRN")

74th Multi-Role Bridge Company

Company Executive Officer



- 1/8/2018

• Served as second-in-command and responded to critical daily issues faced in a 183-person Company by directing logistical support and closely monitoring the training, operations and administration of the unit • Reduced supply shortages by $1.4M through audit and reconciliation of Company supply books • Rated as top Lieutenant in Company and #3 of 20 Lieutenants in Battalion

74th Multi-Role Bridge Company

Platoon Leader



- 1/5/2016

• Led the construction of 143-meter float bridge in a resource-constrained environment against tight deadline across Imjin River, assuring mobility of US and Korean armored forces across DMZ in case of invasion • Developed an Excel-based automated tracking system for non-mission capable vehicles that monitored vehicle service dates and unscheduled maintenance


Rice University

Finance, Energy



- 1/5/2020

United States Military Academy - West Point

Civil Engineering



- 1/5/2013

Licenses / Certificates


Series 79




Series 63



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