Craig Irvine, Finance Expert in Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Craig Irvine

Finance Expert in Salt Lake City, UT, United States

Member since January 3, 2017
Craig has won many prestigious awards for his timely and insightful investment advice for institutional investors in public equities. He also drove a very successful expansion of the Asian research for Daiwa, doubling revenues and market share during the 2008 financial crisis. More recently, he has led investment analysis for Sentry Financial, exploring investments in many growth companies. Craig now freelances to help companies reach fundability and to help investors to make smart investments.
Craig is now available for hire

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Expertise

Employment

  • Interim CFO

    2021 - PRESENT
    Midstream Enterprises
    • Built a comprehensive financial model for mining Bitcoin across multiple locations, eventually leading to a merger with a listed natural gas company.
    • Advised CEO on fundraising, asset deployment, and capital spending strategies.
    • Maintained the integrity and accuracy of the financial statements.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Fundraising, M&A (Sell-side), Financial Analysis, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Billing, Forecasting, Cash Management, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling
  • Founder

    2013 - PRESENT
    ActPoint Capital
    • Consulted on tax equity structuring and financial benefits of solar investment projects for school districts, governments, and nonprofit organizations.
    • Advised on the launch of branding for international property agents and established a key digital presence.
    • Developed financial planning platform and conducted a strategic review for a fast-growing pharmaceutical startup.
    • Conducted exploratory research and preliminary business development for potential US market entry for an Indian investment research platform.
    Focus areas: Valuation Modeling, M&A (Buy-side), Interim CFO, Finance Strategy, CFO, Financial Services, Private Capital Markets, Controller, Pricing, Renewables, Venture Capital, Part-time CFO, Real Estate, Project Finance, Investment Analysis, Private Equity, Valuation, Fundraising, Growth, Strategy, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financials, Accounting, US GAAP, Financial Reporting, SEC Filing, Research Analysis, Research Reports, Equity Research Analysis, Fundraising Consultant, M&A (Sell-side), Financial Analysis, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Billing, Forecasting, Cash Management, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling
  • VP of Finance

    2021 - 2021
    Versured
    • Built comprehensive financial model for organic growth, driven by an insurtech platform and agency rollup via acquisition and partnership.
    • Created a dynamic financing strategy to meet short and long-term objectives, including an optimized debt and equity mix.
    • Led financial discussions with potential investors in the equity and lenders for the debt.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Fundraising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), M&A (Sell-side), Financial Analysis, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Billing, Forecasting, Cash Management, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling
  • Head of Underwriting and Analysis

    2016 - 2021
    Sentry Financial
    • Provided strategic analysis, deal structuring, and financial analysis of dozens of investment opportunities across blockchain and crypto, sustainable investments, telecoms, real estate, and other growth companies.
    • Built detailed financial models of companies and projects, including return analysis, sensitivity analysis, risk assessment, and valuation.
    • Developed slide decks and deal analysis reports to pitch potential syndicate co-investors.
    • Conducted due diligence of accounts, operations, and legal, including detailed management interviews.
    • Sourced new investment opportunities, and structured finance transactions and funding partners through current contacts and new relationships.
    Focus areas: Valuation Modeling, M&A (Buy-side), Finance Strategy, CFO, Financial Services, Private Capital Markets, Pricing, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Renewables, Strategic Planning & Execution, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Real Estate, Investment Analysis, Sustainable Investment, Private Equity, Valuation, Fundraising, Pitch Decks, Financial Modeling, Credit Analysis, Impact Investing, Energy Storage, Water, Biofuels, Solar, Alternative Energy, Venture Capital, Capital, Growth, Project Finance, Investments, Sustainability, Accounting, Cryptocurrency, US GAAP, Financial Reporting, SEC Filing, Research Analysis, Research Reports, Equity Research Analysis, Fundraising Consultant, M&A (Sell side), M&A (Sell-side), Financial Analysis, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Forecasting, Cash Management, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling, Reports
  • Head of Project Finance and Treasury

    2019 - 2020
    Sazmining
    • Created a fund-raising package for a Series A equity raise for a startup Bitcoin mining project developer.
    • Built the project financing structure and strategy for 300MW of Bitcoin mining joint ventures currently under development.
    • Developed a comprehensive treasury and asset management platform for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
    Focus areas: Valuation Modeling, Interim CFO, Finance Strategy, CFO, Private Capital Markets, Strategic Planning & Execution, Venture Capital, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Private Equity, Valuation, Pitch Decks, Financial Modeling, Fundraising, Asset Management, Treasury, Project Finance, Accounting, Cryptocurrency, US GAAP, Financial Reporting, SEC Filing, Research Reports, Equity Research Analysis, Fundraising Consultant, Fintech, M&A (Sell-side), Financial Analysis, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Forecasting, Cash Management, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling, Reports
  • Chief Regional Strategist

    2011 - 2015
    DMG Partners - OSK Group
    • Designed and launched the firm’s first regional strategy product to support OSK’s planned evolution from a local broker to a regional investment bank.
    • Developed a proprietary risk analysis methodology to help clients assess the impact of major macro risk events on valuations.
    • Built new firm relationships with global institutional investors.
    Focus areas: China, Valuation Modeling, Financial Services, Investment Analysis, Equity Research, Investment Strategy, M&A (Sell-side), Financial Analysis, Reports
  • Managing Director, Co-head of Research, Asia (Ex-Japan)

    2008 - 2011
    Daiwa Capital Markets
    • Headed the research department of more than 50 analysts and supported staff across seven countries.
    • Played a key role as the primary architect of a major expansion of an equity research product in Asia. Drove the opening of a new equity research office in India.
    • Instituted reforms that improved the firm’s institutional investor ranking by 35% (from 23rd place to 15th place) within the first year.
    • Implemented a complete research product revamp and instituted a new talent acquisition program that doubled revenues within three years, despite the 2008 global financial crisis.
    • Redesigned a global research report template to improve user experience and data presentation and drive increased receptivity to the research product. Oversaw the deployment of a new database infrastructure for the Asia equity research product.
    • Acted as a member of a 7-person steering committee that oversaw the implementation of a $1 billion multiproduct regional expansion in Asia.
    Focus areas: China, Valuation Modeling, Initial Public Offerings, Finance Strategy, Financial Services, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Strategic Planning & Execution, Investment Analysis, Valuation, Pitch Decks, Financial Modeling, Financial Analysis, Stock Market, Capital Markets, Investment Banking, Equity Research, Accounting, US GAAP, Financial Reporting, SEC Filing, Research Analysis, Research Reports, Equity Research Analysis, Fintech, M&A (Sell-side), Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling, Reports
  • Founder | Investor

    2005 - 2008
    SoluNet Global
    • Co-founded and invested in a pioneering cloud-based SaaS business targeted at regional SMEs in Asia operating a time-based business.
    • Led the design and product development team of eight developers.
    • Managed ongoing technical support and server maintenance to continue supporting customers for three additional years.
    Focus areas: Finance Strategy, CFO, Private Capital Markets, Controller, Pricing, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Software as a Service (SaaS), Venture Capital, Fundraising, Pitch Decks, Financial Modeling, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Software Development, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling
  • Managing Director, Head of Asian Telecom Research

    2003 - 2005
    Macquarie Securities
    • Led a regional team of eight analysts (plus support staff) across ten countries covering all listed telecom stocks in Asia, excluding Japan.
    • Co-ordinated closely with the equity research sales team on the release of new research reports and analytical updates for investors in the event of a major company or macro events affecting valuation and stock prices.
    • Acted as the research lead in deal teams for major telecom IPOs and other equity offerings.
    • Managed the investor marketing schedule for the research team and communicated with investors electronically and in person regarding stock investment ideas regularly.
    Focus areas: China, Valuation Modeling, Initial Public Offerings, Finance Strategy, Financial Services, Investment Analysis, Valuation, Fundraising, Pitch Decks, Capital Markets, Investment Banking, Telecommunications, Equity Research, Accounting, Financial Reporting, SEC Filing, Research Analysis, Research Reports, Equity Research Analysis, M&A (Sell side), Fintech, M&A (Sell-side), Financial Analysis, Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling, Reports
  • Managing Director, Head of Asia Telecom Research

    2002 - 2003
    Citigroup
    • Relaunched a telecom research product, producing a successful turnaround of team rankings.
    • Spearheaded the research involvement in all Asian telecom equity offerings, including the major national privatizations of China Telecom and China Netcom.
    • Led a regional team of five analysts covering telecom stocks in nine countries in Asia, excluding Japan.
    Focus areas: China, Valuation Modeling, Initial Public Offerings, Finance Strategy, Financial Services, Investment Analysis, Valuation, Fundraising, Pitch Decks, Financial Analysis, Investment Banking, Capital Markets, Equity Research, Telecommunications, Accounting, Financial Reporting, SEC Filing, Research Analysis, Research Reports, Equity Research Analysis, M&A (Sell side), Fintech, M&A (Sell-side), Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling, Reports
  • First Vice President

    1994 - 2001
    Merrill Lynch
    • Was voted by clients as the number one ranked telecom analyst in Asia.
    • Launched and led Merrill Lynch's first global telecom research effort, including path-breaking studies of telecom valuations during the TMT boom and global telecom CAPEX.
    • Led the research involvement in major equity offerings across Asia, including IPOs for China Mobile (the world's largest mobile operator).
    • Was recognized repeatedly as a leading investment analyst in Asia by Reuters, Institutional Investor, and Asia Money.
    Focus areas: China, Valuation Modeling, Initial Public Offerings, Finance Strategy, Financial Services, Investment Analysis, Valuation, Fundraising, Pitch Decks, Banking & Finance, Investment Banking, Capital Markets, Equity Research, Telecommunications, Accounting, Financial Reporting, SEC Filing, Research Analysis, Research Reports, Equity Research Analysis, M&A (Sell side), Fintech, M&A (Sell-side), Financial Analysis, Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Modeling, Reports

Education

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance
    1991 - 1993
    Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Certificate in Chinese Language and History (One year, non-degree program) in Chinese Studies
    1990 - 1991
    Johns Hopkins University - Nanjing University - Nanjing, China
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA - East Asian Studies) in East Asian Studies
    1985 - 1989
    Yale University - New Haven, CT, USA

Certifications

  • Series 7
    MAY 1995 - PRESENT
    FINRA

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