George Mathew

George Mathew

Houston, TX, United States
Member since July 14, 2019
George has worked on M&A, IPO, and fixed income transactions with a cumulative deal value of $20+ billion at renowned Wall Street banks including Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley. A Fulbright scholar, George is active in the fintech startup sector and was on the management committee of Houston’s largest independent bank. At Toptal, he enjoys refining business models and optimizing financing structures to maximize flexibility and profitability.
George is now available for hire
Career Highlights
Education
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Financial Services
  • Startups
Other Expertise
  • Business Partnerships
  • Capital Structure Optimization
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Financial Modeling
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Valuation
Employment
  • Co-founder
    2017 - PRESENT
    Financial Balance, LLC
    • Created Our Libra (Ourlibra.com), a data-driven, automated personal finance advisor and consumer lender focused on helping middle-class Americans optimize their savings, investments, and debt.
    • Introduced a monthly subscription model and grew the monthly active user count to 3,000+ users.
    • Created credit risk models designed to underwrite consumer loans based on checking account transaction data without referencing credit reports.
    • Formed partnership with a term life insurance provider to generate leads and negotiated profit-sharing model with credit improvement company.
    • Built financial model to guide internal development priorities and support external fundraising.
    Focus areas: Personal Finance Management, Early-stage Startups, Seed Fundraising, Business Partnerships, Financial Modeling, Digital Marketing
  • Consultant
    2016 - 2017
    Thailand Real Estate Developer
    • Structured institutional financings for $100+ million in condominium and hotel projects.
    • Advised accounting and legal teams on preparations for possible IPO.
    • Built financial models, presenting projections to institutional equity and commercial lenders for prospective transactions.
    • Analyzed and advised on potential partnerships with other real estate developers.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Revenue & Expense Projections, Financial Modeling, Real Estate, Investment Capital Raising, Debt Financing, Commercial Lending, IPO
  • Co-founder | CEO
    2014 - 2015
    Foodie Shares, Inc.
    • Created the "Foodie Shares" iOS app, which became America’s largest marketplace for peer-to-peer homemade food.
    • Managed a highly sophisticated platform, including a peer marketplace, payments, inventory management, messaging, and social tools.
    • Created financial models and investor presentations to support fundraising and growth, successfully raising $250,000+ in seed funding to build out a team of nine employees and drive user acquisition.
    • Recruited chefs and users at large food-related events on a regular basis.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Management, Seed Fundraising, Digital Marketing, Mobile Apps, Electronic Payments, Consumer Marketplaces, Peer-to-peer Networking, Software Development
  • Founder
    2011 - 2014
    Serelyn LLC
    • Created the "Real Estate Investing Analyst," which was the top real estate investing app in the Apple App Store from 2012-2017 and actively participated in San Francisco's financial technology startup scene.
    • Created "Libra: Asset & Debt Manager" for the iPhone, helping users manage their bills and optimize their assets and debt in a manner similar to asset/liability management in banking, learning how to code and build iOS applications.
    • Converted complex Excel-based financial models into consumer-friendly iOS-based apps.
    Focus areas: Financial Technology, Software Development, Personal Finance Management, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Modeling, Revenue & Expense Projections, Digital Marketing
  • Chief Financial Officer
    2009 - 2011
    Manila Mining & Trading Corporation
    • Managed finances and negotiated contracts for 100,000+ tons of nickel to Chinese buyers.
    • Led an IPO process for a listing on the Philippine Stock Exchange, which was granted preliminary approval, building financial models, negotiating with investment banks, and meeting with regulators.
    • Established offshore trading entities to optimize tax liabilities.
    • Negotiated lines of credit with banks in Singapore and mainland China to reinforce contract terms.
    • Built financial models to determine breakeven points of different mining activities based on international commodity prices, shipping costs, and processing expenses.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Business Partnerships, Contract Negotiation, Initial Public Offerings, International Trade, International Taxation, International Finance
  • Vice President
    2007 - 2009
    Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
    • Crafted creative financing structures, built financial models, coordinated due diligence, and helped negotiate a $600 million recapitalization of the largest thrift in Texas that held significant distressed asset holdings as a result of the financial crisis.
    • Built financial models and peer analysis to help advise on the sale of regional broker-dealer to regional bank holding company.
    • Built valuation models, drafted sections of an S-1 prospectus, and worked with regulators to help execute the $42 million initial public offerings ("IPO") of Houston-based Encore Bancshares.
    • Supervised M&A as well as other corporate finance projects for a Southwest US client base while managing a team of associates and analysts in a high-stress environment.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Equity Offerings, Valuation Modeling, Financial Modeling, Debt Financing, Capital Structure Optimization, Investment Banking
  • Associate
    2005 - 2007
    Morgan Stanley
    • Built financial models, coordinated due diligence, managed a team of analysts and represented the firm in Detroit while staffed on the 51% sale of GMAC by General Motors, which the Wall Street Journal called the "most complex transaction in recent memory."
    • Helped build valuations models, structure cross-border financing structures, and negotiate two Texas bank acquisitions by BBVA (Spain) totaling $2.6 billion.
    • Wrote sections of the S-1 prospectus, worked with regulators and participated in the roadshow for the $600 million IPO of AerCap Holdings, one of the world's largest aircraft leasing companies.
    • Covered 14 large financial institutions as a junior banker responsible for supervising and reviewing M&A and other corporate finance proposals and execution for coverage group.
    • Managed and staffed the group’s 11 analysts as well as provided ongoing training.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Equity Offerings, Debt Financing, Valuation Modeling, Financial Modeling, Capital Structure Optimization, Investment Banking
  • Vice President
    2002 - 2005
    Amegy Bank (formerly Southwest Bank of Texas)
    • Led the acquisition of three banks for a total of $278 million without the help of outside advisors, building financial models, creating valuation analyses, proposing financing structures, and presenting to the board of directors.
    • Optimized the bank's capital structure by helping execute three trust preferred and one subordinated debt issuance. These were the first in the bank's history and involved educating bank's senior leaders, the board of directors, and key investors before approval.
    • Helped initiate the company's first dividend and dividend reinvestment program by building financial models, consulting with investment advisors, and presenting the benefits to the bank's board for approval.
    • Served as the youngest member of the bank's management committee and helped analyze the financial viability of all significant internal projects and investments.
    • Made quarterly presentations to the board of directors to provide updates on M&A strategy and capital structure.
    • Helped coordinate merger integration efforts to make sure results were in line with the original projections during the M&A evaluation phase. Made changes to internal models based on what was learned to improve M&A analysis going forward.
    • Worked with bank regulators on a quarterly basis to provide corporate finance and M&A updates.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Equity Offerings, Valuation Modeling, Revenue & Expense Projections, Asset Liabilty Management, Merger Integration, Debt Financing, Dividend Policy, Investor Relations, Capital Structure Optimization, Financial Modeling, Corporate Finance, Regulatory Management, Post-merger Integration
  • Analyst
    1999 - 2001
    Salomon Smith Barney
    • Performed all projections and valuation analyses for $812 million Regions Financial—Morgan Keegan M&A deal.
    • Performed all projections and valuation analyses for $802 million New York Community Bancorp—Richmond County M&A deal.
    • Helped advise on $605 million sale of PNC's mortgage operation, which was the eighth largest in the country.
    • Helped execute $167 million follow-on equity offering for Sovereign Bancorp by modeling potential capital structures and drafting the roadshow presentation.
    • Authored, taught and revised the bank group’s most robust M&A model.
    • Evaluated firm-wide acquisitions, business model changes, and new initiatives as a member of small internal strategy and consulting group.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Equity Offerings, Debt Financing, Capital Structure Optimization, Valuation Modeling, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Investment Banking
  • Analyst
    1998 - 1999
    The Corporate Executive Board
    • Helped research and write quarterly strategic studies using senior bank executive interviews and self-designed Excel models.
    Focus areas: Management Consulting, Company Strategy, IT Strategy
Education
  • Bachelor's degree in International Studies
    1993 - 1997
    Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Graduate diploma in International Studies
    1995 - 1996
    Johns Hopkins SAIS - Bologna, Italy

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