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Refining Your Middle-market Merger Strategy: From Acquisition to Integration

The M&A failure rate runs as high as 90%, and middle-market companies tend to fare worse than larger ones due to more limited resources. Here’s how to ensure that your next acquisition succeeds.

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Michael J. McDonald

Michael J. McDonald

Michael is an award-winning journalist who has worked at Bloomberg News and Thomson Financial. He is the Senior Writer for Toptal’s Finance Blog.

An Effective ROI Framework for Developing a Work-From-Anywhere Policy

As workers increasingly prioritize flexible working arrangements, Toptal finance expert John Lee suggests a strategy to help employers balance the potential risks and rewards of offering a WFA option.

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John Lee

John Lee

John Lee is the co-founder of The Work From Anywhere Team. He advises corporations and individuals on how to solve for tax complexity and other regulatory risks in an increasingly geomobile remote working environment. John has worked across EMEA, APAC, and the US, and has been a remote worker himself. He’s a chartered accountant and has held senior roles for global multinationals, including CRH.

Bots for Finance: How to Increase Back-office Efficiency Through Automation

Automating basic financial functions can save your company time and money and free your employees from tedious rote tasks. Toptal finance expert Miklos Lukacs explains how building a simple Python bot can streamline your business.

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Miklos Lukacs, CFA

Miklos Lukacs, CFA

Miklos is highly experienced in finance processes, fintech, and Python programming. In addition to being a Toptal finance expert and software developer, he is the director of the structured finance consulting company Pylink Ltd.

What Is Bitcoin Mining? How It Works and What It Takes to Make It Pay

Bitcoin mining is still strong in North America, sparking new revenue opportunities for companies with access to cheap power, especially renewables. Learn about the risks as well as the rewards.

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Dhruv Tandan

Dhruv Tandan

Dhruv is a veteran finance expert who has worked on fundraising and consulting projects worth more than $1 billion. His work focuses on cryptocurrency, energy, technology, food, and life science projects around the globe.

How to Build a Basic Python Cash Flow Model for a Loan

Python has taken the financial programming world by storm, and demand for finance experts who can use it is soaring. Here, a Toptal finance professional and Python expert shows beginners how to build a loan payment cash flow model with Python.

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Miklos Lukacs, CFA

Miklos Lukacs, CFA

Miklos is an expert in cash flow modeling and Python programming, and has worked for Morgan Stanley and DBRS Morningstar. He is a Toptal finance expert and the director of the structured finance consulting company Pylink Ltd.

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Cash Flow Optimization: How Small and Medium Businesses Can Unlock Value and Manage Risk

Cash flow optimization requires a disciplined approach that anticipates liquidity shocks and allocates windfalls strategically in order to maximize opportunity.

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Emilio Parente

Emilio Parente

Emilio is a former Deloitte consultant and CFO with experience in optimizing finance departments, supporting growth plans, and creating strategic roadmaps for start-ups and small and medium enterprises. He has worked with and advised more than 50 clients around the world, including global corporations such as Swissport International in Switzerland.

Understanding the Cybersecurity Landscape in 2021

More than a year after the onset of COVID-19, organizations must shift from temporary stopgap measures to more robust cybersecurity strategies and technologies. Here’s how to keep your company safe.

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Melissa Lin

Melissa Lin

Melissa has worked at tech startups, as well as in management consulting, advising Fortune 500 companies across multiple sectors.

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Neil Portus | CFA, CMA

Neil is a CFO for growth companies and a former equity analyst at Goldman Sachs in NY where he helped lead numerous transactions including Zipcar's $1.1 billion IPO. He was also an equity analyst at Barclays Capital & Lehman Brothers and began his career at a boutique investment bank (M&A, restructuring, debt financings). He's built his operational skills both as a startup founder and as the CFO of an East Africa-focused impact investment firm.
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