Greg Barasia, CFA, Finance Expert in New York, NY, United States
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Greg Barasia, CFA

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
September 16, 2019

Greg has executed over $20 billion of transactions from seed-stage venture investments to large corporate buyouts. His experience spans the capital structure and includes time at Lazard Frères and some of the top private investment firms on Wall Street. He has worked as as a fractional CFO, M&A and financing advisor, and board member. Greg enjoys freelancing as it allows him to work with a wider variety of clients and company maturities.

Career Highlights

Vice President
GKM Advisors
Analyst | Associate
Lazard Frères & Co.

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
New York University

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

Director, Private Investment Strategies

2017 - PRESENT
New Vernon Capital
  • Institutionalized a private investment platform for two family offices—managing ~$1.5 billion through direct investment in venture, growth and private equity along with co-investments and LP positions.
  • Sourced, conducted due diligence, negotiated, and structured the acquisition and subsequent consolidation of a ~$15 million online retail platform and consumer electronics brand.
  • Performed due diligence and structured co-investments in an $825 million private airline, a $160 million consumer packaged goods (CPG) company, and a $15 million business services company.
  • Built three-statement models and operating projections for internal and external uses for companies in industries including transportation, eCommerce and financial services, among others.
  • Constructed valuation models, LBO analyses, and investor materials to facilitate capital investment for companies in industries including energy, food & beverage, and construction services, among others.
Focus areas: eCommerce, Investments, Valuation, Finance, Growth Equity, Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Capital Structure Optimization, Venture Capital, Private Equity

Vice President

2015 - 2017
GKM Advisors
  • Led business development efforts including direct investment, capital structure advisory, and growth consulting.
  • Served as the interim CFO of a $40 million, venture-backed SaaS CRM company as it successfully navigated a $10 million equity raise.
  • Conducted due diligence on, structured, and arranged the financing for buyouts including $650 million hotel acquisition and $120 million oil and gas asset purchase.
  • Identified lower-middle market investment opportunities, including a $4 million mobile development platform, a $5 million industry and trade publication, a $20 million water purification company, and a $50 million data services company.
  • Developed three-statement models and operating projections for internal and external uses for companies in industries including SaaS, consumer retail, and cleantech among others.
  • Created valuation models, LBO analyses, and investor materials to facilitate capital investment for companies in industries including real estate, consumer packaged goods, and SaaS, among others.
Focus areas: Investments, M&A (Sell-side), Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Finance, Investment Banking, Management Consulting, Business Development, Venture Capital, Investment Capital Raising, Capital Structure Optimization, Private Equity, Growth Equity

Analyst | Associate

2012 - 2014
Lazard Frères & Co.
  • Completed over $20 billion of transaction advisory including working as the sole buy-side advisor to Burger King in its $15 billion acquisition of Tim Hortons and the sole sell-side advisor to Holiday Retirement in its Canadian real estate portfolio sale to Ventas.
  • Evaluated strategic alternatives, including acquisitions, divestitures, and capital structure allocation, on behalf of numerous public and private companies.
  • Assessed macroeconomic and industry trends as related to clients' positioning to qualitatively identify avenues for accretive growth.
  • Developed long-term, three-statement financial models to determine cash flow and capital structure trends.
  • Created full valuation analyses including trading comparables, precedent transactions, dividend discounts, sum of the parts, max pay, and discounted cash flow analyses.
  • Analyzed capital allocation implications of client subsidiary companies to determine the ultimate leverage and earnings profile.
  • Constructed multiple merger and leverage buyout models to determine the feasibility of transactions based on targeted financial thresholds, including relative earnings, realized returns, and value accretion.
  • Identified and valued optimal corporate modification strategies including subsidiary sales and business separations.
  • Prepared and delivered presentations to client senior management to review qualitative and quantitative ramifications of alternatives analyses.
  • Conducted diligence efforts to evaluate long-term viability of client and target company operating projections.
  • Interfaced directly with client senior management and potential investors to coordinate transaction processes.
Focus areas: Investments, Private Equity, Valuation, Finance, Investment Banking, Financial Modeling, Corporate Finance, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), M&A (Buy-side), M&A (Sell-side), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
2009 - 2011

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Finance

Cornell University - Ithaca, NY, USA

2006 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree in Business Management

New York University - New York, NY, USA


Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)

CAIA Association


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

CFA Institute


Capital Structure Optimization, M&A (Sell-side), M&A (Buy-side), Corporate Finance, Equity Financing, Asset Valuation, Angel/Seed Funding, Forecasting, Startup Funding, Fundraising, Seed Fundraising, Revenue & Expense Projections, Three-statement Modeling, Series A, Equity Research, Due Diligence, Market Research, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Pricing, Financial Reporting, Cash Flow Modeling, Return Analysis, M&A Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Recapitalization, Valuation, Valuation Modeling, Capital, Capital Raising, Growth Equity, Growth Capital Raising, Private Equity, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, CFO, Financial Modeling

Output Software

Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Data & Analysis Software

Bloomberg, Capital IQ

Industry Expertise

Early-stage Startups, Technology, Apparel & Accessories, Institutional Investors, US Venture Funds, Real Estate, Entertainment & Leisure, Fashion, Sports, Venture Capital, Capital Markets, Financial Services, Retail & Wholesale

Geographic Expertise

United States, North America


Business Development, Investment Capital Raising, Management Consulting, Debt Financing, Sensitivity Analysis, Investment Cases, Acquisitions, Post-merger Integration, Startups, Angel Investing, Pitch Decks, Pitch Deck Consultant, B2C, Investments, eCommerce, SaaS, Due Diligence Consultant, Business Models, Business Planning, Financing, Media, Early-stage Venture Capital, Investor Relations, Payment Processing, Software as a Service (SaaS), Data Centers, Marketplaces, FPA, Excel Modeling, Fintech, Financial Writer, Investor Presentations, Presentations, TMT, Shopify, Business Strategy, Business Consulting, Investment Banking, Private Capital Markets, Budget Modeling, Interim CFO, eCommerce Platforms, Business Plan Consulting, Sports & Athletics, Finance, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Leveraged Finance

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