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Düsseldorf, Germany Strategy, M&A
Senior
20 years experience
  • Strategic Advisory
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +7
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New Delhi, Delhi, India Strategy, M&A
Senior
11 years experience
  • Strategic Advisory
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +6
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Madrid, Spain M&A
Analyst
1 years experience
  • Strategic Advisory
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • +3
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Hamburg, Germany Strategy, M&A
Manager
14 years experience
  • Strategic Advisory
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +7
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Amsterdam, Netherlands Strategy, M&A
Manager
10 years experience
  • Strategic Advisory
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +10
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Portland, ME, USA Strategy, M&A
Senior
20 years experience
  • Strategic Advisory
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +8
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Madrid, España Strategy, M&A
Manager
6 years experience
  • Strategic Advisory
  • Strategy
  • Financial Modeling
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • +4
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Milano, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy Strategy, M&A
Senior
21 years experience
  • Strategic Advisory
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
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Frequently asked questions

What clients usually engage your Strategic Advisory 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 Strategic Advisory 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 Strategic Advisory professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Strategic Advisory talent and are able to provide clients with Strategic Advisory 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 Strategic Advisory professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Strategic Advisory 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 Strategic Advisory consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Strategic Advisory 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 Strategic Advisory 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 Strategic Advisory 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.

We are a community-based M&A staffing platform.

With our platform, you can fill full-time M&A roles, or staff your team with a Strategic Advisory expert when you need an extra hand.

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Everything you need to know about Strategic Advisory

What is Strategic Advisory?

Strategic advisory is an advisory service offered by banks, financial institutions or other organisations providing consulting services to their clients. Strategic advisers offer operational support, risk management, strategic insight and other strategic services that are needed to ensure the continued success of the organisation. Advisers help clients with decision-making across multiple initiatives and processes. They may also provide financial valuation of companies for mergers/acquisitions or other reasons.

A strategic advisory firm can be called upon to provide advice on how to improve mergers and acquisitions (M&A) during the process. The most common position that strategic advisory firms take in this process is to be your board of directors for this project. They are the most common player in M&A because most companies believe that they know how to run their own company better than anyone else. These boards are there to help set strategy, make tough decisions, negotiate transactions and oversee all other aspects during the project. Most strategic advisory firms are generalists, meaning that they do not focus on one practice area (e.g. finance). Many of these firms are hiring people with MBAs to run this project, while some firms are large enough to bring in specialized M&A consultants from expert marketplaces such as Fintalent on an as-needed basis.

The second most common position that advisory firms take is to act as your financial advisors (e.g. accountants, lawyers and bankers). Their primary goal is to make sure that you strike the right deal while helping you navigate your way through M&A. The companies they deal with either need growth capital, guidance on how to improve cash flow, or want to raise capital in the public markets.

Another position that strategic advisory firms take is to act as your investment counselors. The companies they deal with need a merger and acquisition strategy in order to grow after a life cycle event.

The last position that a strategic advisory firm can take is to help you achieve the right merger and acquisition results for any specific goal or focus area. This can be one of the most effective ways for a company to merge or acquire without hiring their own M&A team. This involves “outsourcing” the top professionals from different functional areas such as accounting, Risk management, cyber security, data analytics and more. This can be a “Multi-Source” M&A. This usually requires a collaborative effort because each company needs specialized assistance from different professionals within their firm. Since this project is a complex undertaking, the firms that provide assistance will need to work together for several months before being able to complete the transaction.

The size of a strategic advisory firm will have an impact on how comfortable you will feel working with them as your advisor throughout the project. In general, larger firms tend to take more care in choosing a team as they see themselves as connecting strategic leaders from different functional areas to work together towards one common goal – successfully integrating companies for growth and success. In contrast, the charges for a larger firm are usually higher than a smaller firm. This is because most larger firms have a top-heavy budget that requires a lot of leverage to efficiently function. Often times the value that you receive from a smaller firm is just as good, if not better, than its larger counterparts. This is because small companies tend to run leaner and have less bureaucracy when compared with their larger counterparts. Their effective cost structure means more profits for their shareholders.

In order to select the right strategic advisory firm for your specific needs, it is essential to know what you expect from this process in advance so that they can be clear about it from day one. Whatever your needs and requirements are, Fintalent’s Freelance Consultants can meet all of your strategic advisory needs. Fintalent’s pool of tier-1 Strategy consultants will bring in their wealth of experience to bear on your business endeavour and help you attain all of your business goals.

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As a founder CEO, I’ve been evaluating our exit readiness and other options. Fintalent.io provided me with an expert who helped me to understand the value of our business. He took a closer look at our internal KPI and structures, to make sure we’re set up in the most professional way possible.

Bernd Bube
Bernd Bube
Founder & CEO, Advendio

»Inorganic growth is a big part of our strategy. We were looking for a global partner to help us with our buy-side M&A projects, and found Fintalent. From first contact to project start took less than 2 weeks. The quality of talent is exceptional. Now, we’re already talking to potential targets.«

Bart van Acker
Bart van Acker
CEO, QbD Group

»I’ve experienced the struggle to staff talent with real industry expertise firsthand. Fintalent solves that gap with super fast staffing for M&A projects, and offers a sustainable project pipeline for professionals as well.«

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Valentín Rivas Vera
Strategy Director at Lyntia​