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Edward May

Edward May

Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Member since January 18, 2017
Edward is a PE and investment banking principal with seventeen years of experience in investing and corporate finance as well as developing, financing, and operating energy and tech companies from early stage to maturity. Transaction experience includes serving as CFO for seed stage companies as well as structuring and financing an $800M purchase financing. Toptal allows him to pursue a number of interests and work with a variety of companies.
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Career Highlights
Academic Highlights
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Energy
  • Venture Capital
Software Expertise
  • Microsoft Excel
Other Expertise
  • Financial Modeling
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Private Equity
  • Three Statement Operating Model
  • Valuations
  • Managing Partner
    Energy Intelligence Partners
    2013 - PRESENT
    • Served as CFO for four different startups supported by my firm.
    • Led the spin-out from major R&D institution, funding, and operations of a distributed energy startup.
    • Performed valuation analysis for an emerging technology company debating sell vs. build strategy.
    • Built comprehensive, fully functioning financial models for a number of different clients.
    • Performed techno-economic analysis for a potential investor in waste to an energy technology company.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Fundraising, Budgeting, Business Plan Development, Market Research, Revenue & Expense Projections, Profitability Analysis, Strategy Consulting
  • Principal
    US Renewables Group
    2005 - 2012
    • Served as interim CEO of a large biomass-fired power plant.
    • Founded a biomass development company.
    • Served on the board of a small-scale hydro power development company.
    • Served on the board of a wind power development company.
    • Led financing efforts for the largest biodiesel company in the US.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Funding, Business Plan Development, Budgeting, Private Equity
  • Investment Banking Associate
    Lehman Brothers
    2001 - 2002
    • Helped lead the debt and equity financing for Wayne Gretzky's purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes.
    • Worked with product groups to structure and pitch financial products to client base.
    • Built comprehensive financial models for a variety of debt and equity transactions.
    • Authored a research paper exploring a new business sector.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Placements, Debt, Structured Finance, Project Finance
  • Analyst
    SG Cowen Securities Corp
    1998 - 2001
    • Co-founded the Sports Advisory Group.
    • Led the analysis of the then-largest transaction in sports history: Sale of the Washington Redskins.
    • Analyzed the first Debtor-in-possession financing of a major US sports team.
    • Performed financial modeling on a number of high profile, highly confidential transactions in the sports industry.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Modeling, Transaction Structuring , Private Placements , Debt
  • MEM in Environmental Science
    Duke University - Durham, NC
    2002 - 2005
  • Master's degree in Business Administration
    Duke University - Durham, NC
    2002 - 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science
    UNC - Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC
    1993 - 1997
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