Irem Mertol, Finance Expert in San Francisco, CA, United States

Irem Mertol

Finance Expert

San Francisco, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
January 17, 2017

Irem is an experienced finance professional who's passionate about investing. Her work experience runs across the full spectrum of companies from angel-investing through private equity buyouts at companies such as Andreessen Horowitz and MDP. As a freelancer, she enjoys helping companies across venture and growth stages with fundraising as well as expanding products and go-to-market strategies particularly in healthcare.

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Career Highlights

Investment Professional
Andreessen Horowitz
Madison Dearborn Partners

Industry Expertise

Advertising & MarketingFinanceVenture Capital & Private EquityHealthcare ServicesFinancial Modeling

Software Expertise

Capital IQMicrosoft Excel

Other Expertise

Business ModelsFundraisingValuation

Work Experience

2015 - 2017

Director of Client Services & Partnerships

Burd Health
  • Managed the largest 2 clients with over 60,000 members to implement $6M of healthcare savings initiatives.
  • Initiated diligence and contracting for over 20 potential business development partnerships.
  • Developed new product ideas around a narrow network strategy and claims negotiations.
  • Built a financial model and implemented budgeting to track quarterly performance.
Focus areas: Sales, Partnerships, Strategy, Business Planning
2014 - 2015

Investment Professional

Andreessen Horowitz
  • Built an investment thesis around digital health landscape.
  • Developed commercialization and business development strategy for a healthcare portfolio company.
  • Performed financial analysis and research in the due diligence phase of investing.
  • Prepared investment memos around growth drivers, key risks, and ways to improve go-to-market strategies for potential investments.
  • Sourced companies and routinely met with C-level executives and entrepreneurs to discuss their business drivers and financial projections.
Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Due Diligence, Data Analysis, Valuation
2011 - 2013

Founding Team, Finance & Business Development

  • Led the recruiting and marketing efforts, advised on fundraising process, and initiated a partnership with the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center to receive a discount on co-working office space.
  • Developed a financial model, did expense tracking, and built a budgeting system to reduce cash-burn rate and extend the funding runway 6 months before completion of the Series A round in July 2013.
Focus areas: Product Strategy, Marketing, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Fundraising
2011 - 2013


Madison Dearborn Partners
  • Evaluated leveraged buyout and growth equity investment opportunities through business and industry diligence alongside management teams, industry experts, and external advisers.
  • Collaborated with management teams to evaluate strategic plans, operational performance, potential acquisition targets, exit opportunities, development budgets, and participated in board meetings.
  • Executed the management buyout of a medical products manufacturing company; was the sole investor in the transaction valuing company at +$1B.
  • Performed modeling, diligence, and investment process for a LBO of a specialty retailer; acted as the sole investor in a transaction valuing company at $295M.
Focus areas: Valuation, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling
2009 - 2011


Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Constructed detailed financing, company valuation, and transaction models to analyze potential deals.
  • Covered M&A and financing advisory for 50+ accounts ranging from pre-revenue to $40 billion companies across medical technology, healthcare services, and life sciences.
  • Completed most deals in 2009 analyst class (>$10 billion through 5 M&A, 8 debt, 2 equity transactions).
Focus areas: Valuation, Financial Modeling, Fundraising, Debt, Initial Public Offerings, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)


2013 - 2015

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management

Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA, USA

2005 - 2009

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Biomedical Engineering, Economics

Duke University - Durham, NC, USA