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

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Toptal 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.

Career Highlights

Managing Partner
Energy Intelligence Partners
US Renewables Group

Education Highlights

Duke University
Master's Degree
Duke University
Bachelor of Arts Degree
UNC - Chapel Hill

Case Studies

Work Experience

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


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)


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)
2002 - 2005

MEM in Environmental Science

Duke University - Durham, NC

2002 - 2005

Master's Degree in Business Administration

Duke University - Durham, NC

1993 - 1997

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science

UNC - Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC

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