Sam Pouyan

M&A / Growth equity / Corporate strategy

Paris, France


My background includes tech investment banking, hands-on start-up / scale-up experiences, and personal investments primarily in early to mid-stage opportunities. I have an entrepreneurial mindset and enjoy collaborating with founders.

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 7 years

Seniority Level: Associate

Sector Experience: 

Automobiles and Components Food and Staples Retailing Health Care Equipment and Services Retailing Software and Services


Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Target Sourcing, Venture and minority investments, Commercial Due Diligence, Financial Due Diligence, Vendor Due Diligence, Private Equity & Growth Capital, Sell-side M&A, Corporate Development

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

Languages: English, French

Work Experience

GovSide, SAS

Interim Finance Lead



- 1/1/2024

• Collaborated in the launching of a political app powered by AI, dedicated to delivering unbiased information and fostering user engagement, empowerment, and actionable involvement • Built a comprehensive financial forecast model and managing the cap table, resulting in a successful pre-seed investments and additional safe notes issuances, with ongoing involvement in pitch drafting, as well as outreached for securing future funding • Introduced three pricing and monetization strategies to diversify revenue streams, amplifying the app's financial sustainability and growth prospects

Flip GmbH

Growth & Expansion



- 1/8/2023

• Implemented and lead a new pricing & monetization strategy centered around meeting end-users needs, resulting in c. 25% increase in closing rates • Conducted in-depth research and analysis to identify distinct buyer personas and decision makers in each stage of the sales cycle, resulting in a comprehensive understanding of our target audience and their specific pain points • Developed a comprehensive playbook outlining key considerations and strategies for entering new geographies, including market entry methods, legal and regulatory requirements, cultural considerations, and risk mitigation strategies

Six Degrees Group

Corporate Development & M&A associate



- 1/6/2021

• Worked directly with the CEO and CFO to develop accretion/dilution model, determine value drivers in merger model, and display pro forma impact of acquisitions in board and investor presentations • Assessed the potential acquisition of tuck-in opportunities to further enhance the company’s public cloud and cyber security capabilities – sourced and led dialogues with potential targets • Implemented and worked with the commercial partnerships team on a framework to grow the company’s ISV landscape, targeting primarily, the construction, EHS&Q and healthcare sectors

William Blair International

Tech Investment Banking Senior Analyst



- 1/6/2020

• Drafted key marketing materials including teaser, executive summary, information memorandum, management presentation, lender presentation and additional bid summary decks • Coordinated and led due diligence process with management, prepared materials with company CFO, and managed a virtual dataroom – Conducted detailed due diligence sessions for business, financial, and accounting areas of target companies • Built operating and financials models – created revenue build, revenue recognition waterfall and forecast, and performed supplementary retention and cohort analysis • Performed financial valuation analysis through the use of discounted cash flow, trading & precedent transaction comparables, and leveraged buyout methodologies Transaction Experience: • Potential sale of project LEONARD, a cloud-native platform enabling users to seamlessly collaborate across any video, audio and web conferencing platform or device (Company decided to IPO, >€500m) • Potential sale of project SAVIOUR, a med-tech company providing life-saving products and solutions for the storage, transportation, treatment and management of temperature-sensitive products (Cancelled process, €200-500m) • Potential sale of project RIVER, a global provider of mission-critical fluid power solutions and services for high pressure mobile hydraulic power, refrigeration and oil & marine applications (Cancelled process, >€500m) • Sale of the French IT distribution operations of Systemax (NYSE: SYX) to Bechtle AG (FWB: BC8) (Aug-18, > €210m)

Duff & Phelps

Valuation Analyst



- 1/12/2017

• Created financial models for various equity and debt products, such as majority / minority stakes, high-yield bonds and mezzanine loans, used in buy-side financing transactions • Performed valuation analysis for funds to assess the ownership stake in the event of liquidation • Completed extensive sum of the parts valuation on various mining assets undergoing restructuring and liquidation


Imperial College London




- 1/7/2016

The University of Texas, at Austin

Finance / Economics



- 1/5/2015

Licenses / Certificates