After raising $3 billion to fund acquisitions for blue-chip businesses while at J.P. Morgan, Alexander moved into venture capital, investing in clean technologies. As CFO of an LED technology startup, he raised profitability by 50%, and now, he enjoys helping other businesses grow strategically and sustainably. Working as a freelancer gives him flexibility with location and frees up his time to pursue social and environmental impact projects.
Joined a portfolio company as the CFO and made the acquisition of a Dutch lighting company—raising €10 million and leading the M&A and due diligence process. Completed three funding rounds for €15 million total.
Led deep restructuring efforts to increase gross margin percentage from 23% to over 40%. This included stronger financial controls, a pricing strategy, a revamped product platform, a better supply chain and production, and new, higher margin products.
Led the annual strategy reviews—leading the move into new markets and new product strategy.
Spoke at international conferences; maintained relations with industry players and venture capital funders across the EU, US and Asia; explored partnerships and acquisitions, winning some business along the way.
Developed a rolling 18-month forecast model; trained the finance and sales team to maintain the model and processes; also, built short-term cash flow projections, and detailed output template for monthly board reports. Led the efforts to improve forecasting detail and accuracy.
Oversaw the financial accounting and controlling team; overhauled ERP and accounting system.
Worked on all aspects of the investment process at this $300 million clean technology fund, investing in early-to-late-stage cleantech businesses in Europe and North America.
Evaluated 300 businesses and business plans in clean power, waste and water treatment, clean transport, and bioplastics per year.
Won the investment approval, negotiated the term sheets and legal as well as completed investments in LED lighting, anaerobic digestion, water treatment, solar energy, and smart grid businesses.
Built financial models, performed due diligence, assessed market size, and wrote investment memos to support investments in solar energy, plastics recycling, anaerobic digestion, gasification, waste management, water treatment, and LED lighting.
Researched and presented market reports on solar energy and LED lighting markets.
Supported a portfolio company's project finance rollout. Participated in board meetings for portfolio companies.
Wrote news and feature pieces, primarily for the Financial Times, as a freelance journalist from Mexico City; covered topics such as microcredit, corruption, legal obstacles to investment, and the nascent domestic bond market. Conducted investigative journalism into corporate governance abuses, resulting in international breaking news.
Covered UK politics for Bloomberg News London, reporting on the Blair government as well as writing in-depth features and news stories on climate change, energy, pensions, and other British government policies.
Focus areas: Business Planning, Journalism, Market Research
Associate, Investment Banking
1997 - 2001
Analyzed and structured financing packages for high-risk corporate acquisitions and leveraged buyouts with values in the billions of dollars.
Progressed from financial modeling and due diligence to supervising analysts, drafting terms, developing structures, liaising with client CFOs and presenting to credit committee.
Completed a $2 billion acquisition loan for biotech acquisition by pharmaceutical client Roche; executed and originated a $300 million Eurobond issue for Nestle.
Built financial models, including complex debt structures, to support transactions during French smart card acquisition and oil & gas services merger. Led due diligence efforts and wrote investment memos for credit committee. Helped introduce new structures to optimize credit risk.
Built LBO models and executed due diligence for LBOs in the plant hire industry and capital leasing businesses.
Focus areas: Due Diligence, Financial Modeling, Banking Provision Models, Three Statement Operating Model, M&A Modeling, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Bank Debt Raises, Corporate Finance, Lending, Credit Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
Master's degree in Environmental Technology and Policy
2005 - 2006
Imperial College - London, UK
Master's degree in Financial and Business Economics