Edward May, Finance Expert in Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Edward May

Finance Expert in Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Member since January 25, 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


Industry Expertise

  • Energy, Utilities & Waste
  • Electricity, Oil & Gas
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Financial Modeling
  • Consulting
  • Sports
  • Debt Capital Markets

Software Expertise


  • Managing Partner

    2013 - PRESENT
    Energy Intelligence Partners
    • 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: Consulting, Strategy, Profitability Analysis, Revenue & Expense Projections, Market Research, Business Planning, Budgeting, Fundraising, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling
  • Principal

    2005 - 2012
    US Renewables Group
    • 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: Private Equity, Budgeting, Business Planning, Venture Funding, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Investment Banking Associate

    2001 - 2002
    Lehman Brothers
    • 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: Project Finance, Structured Finance, Debt Capital Markets, Private Placements, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Analyst

    1998 - 2001
    SG Cowen Securities Corp
    • 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: Debt Capital Markets, Private Placements, Transaction Structuring, Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)


  • MEM in Environmental Science
    2002 - 2005
    Duke University - Durham, NC
  • Master's Degree in Business Administration
    2002 - 2005
    Duke University - Durham, NC
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science
    1993 - 1997
    UNC - Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC

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