Jacob Decter, Finance Expert in Philadelphia, PA, United States
Jacob Decter

Finance Expert in Philadelphia, PA, United States

Member since April 29, 2017
A Wall Street-trained former Fortune 500 M&A and strategy VP, Jacob is pursuing his MBA at Wharton and has led over $2 billion in acquisitions and divestitures. Jacob has worked with both $100+ million companies and small, mid-sized businesses and appreciates the resource constraints they face regularly. As a freelancer, Jacob's goal is to expand your company's finance capabilities and execute financial transactions as painlessly as possible.
Jacob is now available for hire

Career Highlights


Case studies

Industry Expertise

  • Finance
  • Investment Banking
  • Insurance
  • Financial Modeling

Software Expertise

Other Expertise


  • Vice President

    2014 - 2017
    AmTrust Financial Services
    • Executed on 20+ acquisition processes amounting to $2+ billion targeting property and casualty (P&C) insurance and insurance service companies, including carriers, managing general agencies, wholesale agencies, claims administrators, and warranty administrators.
    • Created complex financial models, including three-statement operating models, synergy analysis, and accretion/dilution analysis for both traditional service businesses and insurance companies.
    • Managed diligence teams of as many as 30 senior company employees for both acquisitions and divestitures; summarized due diligence findings that included recommendations affecting key deal terms and integration plans.
    • Created presentations for the board of directors describing, in detail, acquisition considerations including financial overviews, operational overviews, and key opportunities and risks.
    • Successfully led a multibillion-dollar company-wide financial audit by a Big Four accounting firm after having been directly recruited internally by AmTrust's CEO.
    • Executed to close the following select transactions: AmTrust Financial Services' acquisition of Warranty Solutions from Wells Fargo for $152 million, AmTrust Financial Services' acquisition of Republic Group for $233 million and AmTrust Financial Services acquisition of Oryx Insurance Brokerage Inc. for an undisclosed amount.
    Focus areas: Regulatory Reporting, Investor Presentations, Process Management, Board of Directors, Due Diligence, Three-statement Modeling, Valuation, M&A (Buy-side), Management, Audits, Deal Analysis, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Investment Banking Analyst

    2012 - 2014
    Guggenheim Securities
    • Developed comprehensive financial models and performed valuation analyses and due diligence to analyze profitability, cash flows and debt capacity for leveraged buyouts, M&A, and financing transactions.
    • Created client presentations analyzing industry trends, company financials and proforma valuation for companies within the financial services, industrial and media industries.
    • Wrote confidential information memorandums that presented comprehensive financial and operational overviews of the bank's clients and clients' industries.
    • Interfaced with senior professionals at both large and mid-sized companies to develop sell-side materials.
    Focus areas: Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Three-statement Modeling, Valuation Multiples, DCF Valuation, Valuation Analysis, Valuation, Corporate Finance, Return Analysis, Financial Modeling, Equity Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Other Experience

  • Industry Analysis and Porter’s Five Forces: A Deeper Look at Buyer Power (Publication)
    In this article, Toptal Finance Expert Jacob Decter unpacks the concept of buyer power, one of the Five Forces that Michael Porter popularized in his now famous framework, providing useful insights and tips to businesses looking to stay ahead of the game and thrive.


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship
    2017 - 2019
    Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting
    2009 - 2012
    Binghamton University - Binghamton, NY, USA

To view more profiles

Join Toptal
Share it with others