Brendan Murphy, CFA, Finance Expert in London, United Kingdom
Brendan Murphy, CFA

Finance Expert in London, United Kingdom

Member since September 1, 2020
Brendan is a versatile finance specialist—having held both senior corporate finance and investment professional roles—with a deal portfolio exceeding £600 million. During his career, he has worked for the largest bank in Africa as well as private market investors and has accumulated experience in the technology, consumer, and real estate sectors. He freelances to leverage his experience in financial modeling, due diligence, market research, financial analysis, and fundraising.
Brendan is now available for hire

Career Highlights

Education

Select Certifications

  • CFA Institute

Case studies

Industry Expertise

  • Agriculture
  • Accounting Services
  • Finance
  • Investment Banking
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Healthcare Services
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing

Software Expertise

Other Expertise

Employment

  • Consultant

    2020 - PRESENT
    Private
    • Developed a financial model for the vetting of Solar PV projects by a renewable energy construction company that was interested in providing equity financing for its projects.
    • Advised a European direct-to-consumer startup on their £5 million Series A financing.
    • Conducted market research and developed financial models for an investor looking to enter the UK's early-years education sector.
    • Sourced investors for and coordinated the $4.5 million growth equity round for a leading telehealth company based in Australasia.
    • Produced the pitch deck and financial model for the seed raise of a sustainability-focused asset management platform.
    Focus areas: Venture Capital, Technology, Revenue & Expense Projections, Due Diligence, Financial Analysis, Digital Health, Finance Strategy, Healthcare, Capital Raising, Fundraising Consultant, Startup Funding, Startups, Alternative Investments, Business Advisory, Business Analysis, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Financial Advisory, Business Planning, For-profit Education, K-12 Education, Direct to Consumer (D2C), Renewable Energy, Early-stage Venture Capital, Early-stage Funding, Early-stage Startups, Market Research, Financial Modeling, Fundraising, eCommerce, eCommerce Platforms, Product Market Fit, Business Strategy, Agriculture, B2C, Acquisitions, M&A (Buy-side), Financing, Pitch Decks, Business Plan Consultant, Investments, Excel 2016, Tableau, Market Sizing, Strategic Planning, Three Statement Operating Model, Business Models, Cross-border M&A, Pitch Deck Consultant, Financial Analyst, Project Finance, Clean Energy, Investor Presentations, Seed Fundraising, Due Diligence Consultant, Profitability Analysis, Information Technology
  • Senior Investment Analyst

    2019 - 2020
    AltaOne Capital
    • Performed deep-dive market research; engaged with industry experts; screened public companies; and analyzed potential targets.
    • Built detailed financial statement, operating, valuation, and LBO models; conducted management interviews; carried out competitor benchmarking; and verified major contracts and IP documents.
    • Pitched leveraged buyout transactions to co-investors and banks and assisted with seller negotiations and closing process.
    • Led the analysis of the acquisition of Silae, a French Payroll SaaS publisher, acquired with Silver Lake in July 2020.
    • Monitored the investment in Cegid Group, a French cloud-based business management software provider originally acquired for £540 million in 2016.
    Focus areas: Venture Capital, Technology, Revenue & Expense Projections, Asset Management, Due Diligence, Capital Raising, Three Statement Operating Model, Negotiation, M&A (Buy-side), Market Research, Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Valuation, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Leveraged Buyout Modeling, SMB Software, Payroll & Benefits, Tax Software, Accounting Software, Enterprise SaaS, SaaS, Software, Growth Investing, Private Equity, Fashion, Product Market Fit, Business Strategy, Startups, B2C, Acquisitions, Finance Strategy, Financing, Pitch Decks, Business Plan Consultant, Investments, Excel 2016, Tableau, Market Sizing, Strategic Planning, Business Models, Cross-border M&A, Financial Analyst, Investor Presentations, Due Diligence Consultant, Profitability Analysis, Information Technology
  • Investor

    2019 - 2019
    Concentric
    • Evaluated pitches, met with founders, and conducted due diligence on potential investments.
    • Generated unique insights through research deep dives into various technology sectors and verticals.
    • Transaction experience: Wheely (£12 million Series B), Airsorted (£1.3 million Series A), and DueDil (£1 million Series C).
    • Supported portfolio companies with competitor analysis, GTM strategy development, and exit opportunity analysis.
    Focus areas: Technology, Revenue & Expense Projections, Asset Management, Due Diligence, Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Ride-hailing, Startup Accelerators, Series B, Series A, Seed Fundraising, Fintech, Blockchain, Direct to Consumer (D2C), Co-working space, Insurance Technology (Insurtech), Consumer Marketplaces, Marketplaces, Venture Capital, Early-stage Venture Capital, Early-stage Startups, eCommerce, eCommerce Platforms, SaaS, Product Market Fit, Business Strategy, Startups, B2C, Acquisitions, M&A (Buy-side), Finance Strategy, Financing, Pitch Decks, Business Plan Consultant, Investments, Excel 2016, Market Sizing, Strategic Planning, Three Statement Operating Model, Business Models, Cross-border M&A, Financial Analyst, Investor Presentations, Due Diligence Consultant, Profitability Analysis, Information Technology
  • Portfolio Manager

    2017 - 2018
    Standard Bank Group
    • Managed 99 multi-asset portfolios consisting of individual stocks, equity and bond funds, and cash on a discretionary basis for family offices, high-net-worth individuals, and small pension funds.
    • Generated new business growth of 27.2% from February 2017 to February 2018.
    • Delivered equity alpha of 0.8% per annum as a member of the investment committee.
    Focus areas: Technology, Revenue & Expense Projections, Asset Management, Financial Modeling, Healthcare, Capital Raising, Wealth Management, Taxation, Client Management, Pitch Presentations, New Business Development, Bonds, Stock Trading, Stock Analysis, Portfolio Management, Equity Investment, Financial Analysis, eCommerce, Fashion, eCommerce Platforms, SaaS, B2C, Acquisitions, M&A (Buy-side), Finance Strategy, Financing, Investments, Excel 2016, Market Sizing, Three Statement Operating Model, Business Models, Cross-border M&A, Financial Analyst, Investor Presentations, Due Diligence Consultant, Profitability Analysis, Information Technology
  • Research Analyst

    2015 - 2016
    Standard Bank Group
    • Produced stock selection alpha for clients in the following sectors of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange: FMCG, +7.0% p.a.; Telecommunications, +12.3% p.a.; and Industrials, +5.9% p.a.
    • Evaluated investment opportunities using proprietary industry and company analysis, information gathered from meetings with company management, industry experts, sell-side brokers, as well as my own valuations.
    • Built detailed forecast, financial statement, and valuation models (price and value multiples, sum-of-the-parts, and DCF valuation) for the stocks in the above sectors.
    Focus areas: Technology, Revenue & Expense Projections, Asset Management, Due Diligence, Primary Research, Investment Summaries, DCF Valuation, Industrials, Telecommunications, FMCG, Market Research, Company Research, Financial Modeling, Valuation, Stock Analysis, Financial Analysis, Equity Investment, eCommerce, Fashion, eCommerce Platforms, SaaS, Agriculture, B2C, Acquisitions, Finance Strategy, Financing, Investments, Excel 2016, Market Sizing, Three Statement Operating Model, Business Models, Cross-border M&A, Financial Analyst, Investor Presentations, Due Diligence Consultant, Profitability Analysis, Information Technology
  • Interim CFO

    2015 - 2015
    Standard Bank Group
    • Prepared and presented monthly financials, developed and monitored budgets, and submitted tax returns.
    • Drafted balance sheet substantiation policy documents and implemented foreign exchange accounting procedures, which released an $18 million negative reserve.
    • Improved internal processes and conducted training on finance software and general finance topics.
    Focus areas: Revenue & Expense Projections, Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Finance Strategy, Interim CFO, Foreign Exchange (FX) Hedging, Accounting, Training, Training & Training Content Development, Accounting Policy, Taxation, Tax Returns, Budgeting, Management Accounting, Corporate Finance, Business Strategy, Financing, Business Plan Consultant, Excel 2016, Business Models, Investor Presentations, Profitability Analysis
  • Accountant

    2014 - 2015
    Standard Bank Group
    • Controlled daily profit and loss reporting, prepared annual financial statements, and submitted tax returns.
    • Managed the group financial reporting and budgeting processes for operations in DRC, Lesotho, Mauritius, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.
    • Evaluated prospective property finance deals based on company credit evaluations and cash flow serviceability models.
    Focus areas: Revenue & Expense Projections, Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Finance Strategy, Budgeting, Real Estate, Credit Evaluation, Business Intelligence (BI), Management Information, Tax Returns, Financial Statements, Auditing, Taxation, Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financing, Business Plan Consultant, Excel 2016, Business Models, Investor Presentations, Profitability Analysis

Education

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance
    2018 - 2020
    London Business School - London, England
  • Master's Degree in Accounting
    2013 - 2013
    University of Cape Town - Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance
    2009 - 2012
    University of Cape Town - Cape Town, South Africa

Certifications

  • CFA
    AUGUST 2020 - PRESENT
    CFA Institute
  • Chartered Accountant
    DECEMBER 2016 - PRESENT
    South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

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