Brent Dial, Finance Expert in New York, NY, United States
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Brent Dial

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Finance Expert

New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
November 5, 2017

Brent's led Anheuser-Busch's craft beer growth strategy serving as the CFO of their $1 billion high-end division and completed over $12 billion in M&A and capital raising transactions as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank. As a freelancer, Brent seeks to help clients build their strategy backed by rigorous analytics, and tell their story. He enjoys working with clients across different industries and levels of maturity.

Career Highlights

Senior Associate
J.P. Morgan
Deutsche Bank

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
United States Military Academy

Case Studies

Work Experience


2017 - PRESENT
Chordata Advisory
  • Serve as advisor to a blockchain marketing services firm reviewing the economics, opportunities and risks of partnerships with cryptocurrency partners.
  • Served as interim CFO marketing technology firm, upgrading their business strategy and leading their $5M Series A equity capital-raise capitalizing on accelerated performance.
  • Advised a new hybrid fractional ownership and shared-seat model for private jet travel, successfully raising $20M for its seed-round equity capital-raise.
Focus areas: Financial Statements, Financial Modeling, Corporate Finance, Due Diligence, Accounting, Investor Presentations, Business Strategy, Fundraising

Divisional Chief Financial Officer

2015 - 2017
  • Led all the facets of financial management of Anheuser-Busch's $1 billion high-end division, including integrations, controllership, and financial reporting.
  • Completed the acquisition, integrations and led the performance management of eight US craft breweries over two and half year period.
  • Scaled the finance team from 3 to 35 professionals responsible for financial planning and analysis (FP&A), controller and analyst functions.
  • Designed the craft beer growth strategy for a portfolio of US high-end imports and craft beer assets including Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Goose Island, Blue Point, and Golden Road breweries.
  • Managed and was responsible for the financial performance of a portfolio of 32 premium retail restaurants across the US.
Focus areas: Due Diligence, Capital Budgeting, Pricing Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Controller, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Senior Associate

2014 - 2015
J.P. Morgan
  • Advised on the acquisition of Acosta Sales & Marketing by Carlyle Group and led the debt funding of the $4.8 billion deal.
  • Analyzed client financial statements to develop insights into improving gross margin performance, cash flow, and working capital as well as identifying potential sources of financial risk.
  • Advised CFOs and corporate treasurers on optimized investor communication strategies, resulting in improved stock price performance and reduced funding costs.
  • Led the refinancing of Coty's $1.7 billion lines of credit and Term Loan B in 2014.
  • Provided financial advisory services such as identifying M&A targets and capital structure improvements to various Fortune 500 companies such as Mars, Coty, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive, Energizer and ScottsMiracle-Gro.
Focus areas: Valuation Analysis, Secured Loans, Private Equity, Term Loans, Debt Raises, Equity Offerings, Equity Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)


2012 - 2014
Deutsche Bank
  • Led the $1.1 billion initial public offering of TriNet Securities, a company dealing with outsourced human resources software-as-a-service, in 2014.
  • Led the first-ever public debt raise of $250 million for Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos, a Brazilian ammunition manufacturer.
  • Led refinancing of $523 million term loan B for Spectrum Brands, Inc.
  • Provided financial advisory services such as identifying M&A targets and capital structure improvements to various Fortune 1000 companies such as Destination XL, Spectrum Brands, Party City, Nu Skin, and Jarden.
Focus areas: Cash Flow Modeling, M&A Modeling, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Valuation Analysis, Private Equity, Equity Financing, Equity Offerings, Debt Raises, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Director, Business Development

2007 - 2010
  • Led international business development efforts for a $100 million company, focusing on Middle East, India, South Korea and Mexico.
  • Managed a $15 million portfolio of engineered products and services concentrated on customers located in the Middle East and Asia.
  • Negotiated over $7 million in additional aerostat and support services business in less than three years, representing a 7% increase in firm revenues.
  • Led cross-functional teams developing client responses to requests-for-proposals and creating marketing materials for new product launches.
  • Proposed and executed pricing and productivity initiatives, generating margin improvements of over $2 million.
Focus areas: Business Planning, Inside Sales Budgeting
2010 - 2012

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Corporate Finance

University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA

1998 - 2002

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering

United States Military Academy - West Point, NY, USA