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.
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.
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.
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.
Corporate Tax Reform and the Future of Valuation (Publication)
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