Denis Ivanov, Finance Expert in San Diego, CA, United States
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Denis Ivanov

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

San Diego, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
September 20, 2017

Denis has analyzed hundreds of investments totaling over $50 billion in value and worked for a private equity firm to bring Formula 1 racing to Las Vegas. He's worked with companies in various industries and stages of growth: pre-revenue businesses, publicly traded corporations, and large private equity firms such as Blackstone. He enjoys freelancing and helping entrepreneurs with complex business valuations, financial modeling, and transactions.

Career Highlights

Senior Associate
Vantage Point Advisors
Altus Group (former PricewaterhouseCoopers Valuations)

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
San Diego State University

Certification Highlights

Blockchain Specialization
University at Buffalo and the State University of New York
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA)

Work Experience

Senior Associate

2016 - 2020
Vantage Point Advisors
  • Built dynamic financial models in Excel that combined multiple input scenarios for companies in various industries and stages of growth, from pre-revenue to public companies.
  • Evaluated privately held common (IRC 409A) and preferred stock by using Black-Scholes option pricing model.
  • Analyzed convertible notes, warrants, preferred stock and their liquidation, conversion, participation, and dividend rights.
  • Performed purchase price allocation projects (ASC 805) including intellectual property, assembled workforce, non-compete agreements, trade names, trademarks, trade secrets, and customer relationships valuations.
  • Became proficient in excess earnings, weighted average return on assets (“WARA”), with and without, replacement cost, and relief from royalty methods.
  • Produced business valuation reports containing general economic conditions, industry reports, and financial and valuation analysis.
Focus areas: Tax Planning, Purchase Price Allocation, Transaction Modeling, Cash Flow Modeling, Revenue Modeling, Financial Modeling, M&A Modeling, Private Company Valuation, Financial Reporting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Liability Valuations, Asset Valuation, Equity Valuation, Valuation Multiples, DCF Valuation, Certified Valuation Analyst, 409A Valuation, Valuation Modeling, Valuation Analysis, Valuation


2014 - 2016
Altus Group (former PricewaterhouseCoopers Valuations)
  • Performed over $2 billion worth of commercial real estate valuations for institutional clients on a monthly basis.
  • Conducted complex debt valuations for institutional clients on 100+ investments using the fundamental (DCF) valuation approach (average size of $10 million).
  • Performed M&A due diligence on a $23 billion real estate acquisition involving Blackstone and GE Capital. The research focused on lessees' credit ratings and their default probabilities.
  • Optimized the monthly reporting by building dynamic Excel valuation models. This lowered the amount of time to refresh the models and doubled the monthly valuation volume.
  • Estimated operating and capital budgets based on historical expenses and market comparables.
Focus areas: Valuation Modeling, Valuation Analysis, Valuation, REITs, Financial Advisory, Finance, Real Estate

Associate, Private Equity Acquisitions

2014 - 2014
RH Capital Partners
  • Developed comprehensive private equity valuation models in Excel.
  • Performed acquisitions analyses for over $500 million in potential opportunities in real estate, entertainment, and technology sectors.
  • Created company's pitch books which helped to attract new equity partners.
  • Participated in investor interviews and presented research to the investment committee, adding over $100 million worth of acquisitions.
  • Identified three potential investment opportunities in excess of $30 million each by performing thorough market research including analyzing macroeconomic trends, evaluating business plans and legal documents, and analyzing debt and equity.
  • Worked on bringing Formula 1 to the Las Vegas Strip; built original financial return models for the project.
Focus areas: Private Equity
2010 - 2014

Bachelor's Degree in Finance with a minor in Marketing

San Diego State University - San Diego, CA, USA


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Blockchain Specialization

University at Buffalo and the State University of New York


Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)

National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA)