Jacob Wright, Finance Expert in Spartanburg, SC, United States
Jacob Wright

Finance Expert in Spartanburg, SC, United States

Member since January 11, 2018
Jake has participated in M&A transactions exceeding $500 million and performed valuations for companies of all maturities. A Vanderbilt graduate and CFA charterholder, Jake has extensive experience working with founders and senior executives of professional services and manufacturing companies to unlock the true value of their company. As a freelancer, Jake enjoys advising clients on complex issues of valuation, M&A, and financial strategy.
Jacob is now available for hire

Career Highlights


Case studies

Industry Expertise

  • Business Services
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Modeling

Software Expertise

  • Capital IQ

Other Expertise


  • Corporate Strategist

    2016 - PRESENT
    • Worked with the executive team to develop corporate strategy and built the corresponding financial model to double company revenues in three years, from $500 million to $1 billion.
    • Built a detailed acquisition model to better assess the overall impact of future company acquisitions.
    • Served as the financial lead on plant consolidation, which included financial modeling, budgeting, and cost control.
    • Built a financial model for the successful divestiture of a $150 million European business unit that was presented to the Board of Directors.
    • Created a 13-week cash flow forecast for the company to better assess working capital and capital expenditure needs.
    Focus areas: Controller, Budgeting, Cash Flow Modeling, 13-week Cash Flow, Cash Flow Forecasting, Finance Strategy, Pitch Decks, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), M&A Modeling
  • Investment Banking Consultant

    2014 - 2016
    Hourly Nerd
    • Developed models for trading, transaction, discounted cash flow analysis, dividend discounting, and leveraged buyouts to assess the financial viability of small-cap Chinese listed manufacturing and technology firms.
    • Developed a pitch deck for a private equity firm with $1 billion in assets, considering an equity investment or potential buyout of Tinder, an online dating app.
    • Prepared valuation, three statement operating model, and pitch deck for an early stage, venture composite manufacturer in the southeast US seeking $10 million in Series A capital.
    • Developed valuation models for a hedge fund to assess the feasibility of a management buyout by a client company to determine whether hedge fund shareholders would benefit more from the management buyout or the going concern of the client company.
    • Prepared initiating coverage equity research reports for small and micro-cap public companies in the oil and gas and apparel sectors.
    Focus areas: Three-statement Modeling, Investor Presentations, Equity Valuation, Private Equity Valuation, Valuation Analysis, Valuation Multiples, Valuation Modeling, Purchase Price Allocation, Pitch Decks, Investment Memoranda, Investment Portfolio Management, Portfolio Analysis, M&A Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Financial Analyst

    2011 - 2013
    Advance America
    • Developed financial models such as sensitivity analysis, cash flow, and valuation to the executive team for expanding the company’s product portfolio from short-term loans to prepaid cards, wire transfer, and longer-term installment loans.
    • Led the financial team in a successful $100 million divestiture of the UK subsidiary. Developed discounted cash flow, comparable transactions, and comparable company valuation models to determine the sale price.
    • Established reporting procedures for regional and divisional management to provide up-to-date results for all products.
    • Assisted the management in the review and update of loan disclosures for compliance with regulatory requirements.
    • Audited the fixed asset processes and provided alternatives to improve lease smoothing and inventory monitoring systems.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Cash Flow Forecasting, Financial Model Auditing, Financial Modeling, Valuation Analysis, Valuation Modeling, Pro Forma Financial Statements, Integrated Financial Statements, Financial Statements, Strategy, Financial Regulations

Other Experience

  • Corporate Tax Reform and the Future of Valuation – Part II (Publication)
    In his first article on the effects of the new US corporate tax reform bill, Toptal Finance Expert Jacob Wright assessed one of the most important impacts of the reform: the changes to interest deductibility. In this follow-up article, he runs through some further thoughts related to the effects on capital expenditures, in addition to a more high-level assessment of what the optimal capital structure of the future will look like given these changes.
  • In December 2017, Congress’ tax reform bill, amongst many sweeping changes, reduced the marginal tax rate to 21% from 35% for corporations, and limited their use of interest expense as a tax shield. This article explores the implications of these changes for traditional methods of valuation, including the discounted cash flow (DCF) method and the EBITDA multiple method for the corporate manager and finance professional.


  • Master's Degree in Business Valuation and Accounting
    2013 - 2014
    Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN, USA
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in Investment Analysis
    2011 - 2013
    CFA Institute - Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Bachelor's Degree in Corporate Finance
    2007 - 2011
    Clemson University - Clemson, SC, USA

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