James Premkumar, Finance Expert in Vancouver, BC, Canada
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James Premkumar

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Toptal Member Since
July 6, 2020

As a private equity professional, James led $2+ billion in investments in numerous early and late-stage energy and energy technology companies. Subsequently, he served as the VP of Finance for a multi-billion dollar LNG project development, raising more than $200 million of seed capital. As a freelancer, James develops projects and companies from concept to monetization events and helps to formulate financing strategies.

Career Highlights

Finance Consultant
Monolith Materials
Senior Associate
Azimuth Capital Management

Education Highlights

Master's Degree
Harvard University
Bachelor's Degree
University of Calgary

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

Finance Consultant

2020 - PRESENT
Monolith Materials
  • Led the financing process for a $1.2 billion technology-based manufacturing facility in both the debt and equity capital markets.
  • Developed a US GAAP-compliant financial model as well as the accompanying assumptions data book and oversaw the development of all financing collateral.
  • Managed interactions with external legal, technical, and market consultants towards the development of term sheets and due diligence materials.
  • Advised and supported on interactions with shareholders, including providing relevant analysis and being responsive to board requests.
Focus areas: Leveraged Finance, Finance Strategy, Project Finance, Financial Modeling, Fundraising

Vice President of Finance

2015 - 2019
Steelhead LNG
  • Led and executed a capital raising process for $200+ million of pre-revenue equity capital and arranged a $50 million working capital facility.
  • Formulated the strategy and led the fundraising efforts for the $10+ billion project financing for a liquified natural gas export facility located on the west coast of Canada.
  • Led the budgeting and financial forecasting process for the company and managed the FP&A function.
  • Advised and supported investor relations with equity shareholders and communicated financing matters; coordinated investment banking and lender relationships for the company.
Focus areas: Management Reporting, Budgeting, Financial Forecasting, Financial Modeling, Fundraising

Senior Associate

2009 - 2015
Azimuth Capital Management
  • Led or assisted in over 17 closed transactions and due diligence process for over fifty potential investment opportunities for an aggregate investment value of $2+ billion.
  • Developed a wide range of engineering-driven and financing models in evaluating portfolio companies.
  • Led the economic and business evaluation of opportunities, recommending management incentives and deal structure, presenting opportunities to the investment committee as well as co-investors, and overseeing investment through the sale of the asset.
Focus areas: Financial Analysis, Technology, Energy, Investment Analysis


2008 - 2009
RBC Capital Markets
  • Supported $3.5+ billion of equity, debt, takeover defense, and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
  • Gained deep expertise in the financing of energy and energy-related companies to supplement previous engineering experience.
  • Developed strong analytical and client management skills to assist in the evaluation and execution of financing and acquisition transactions.
Focus areas: Modeling, Financial Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
2019 - 2020

Master's Degree in Management (In Progress)

Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

2003 - 2008

Bachelor's Degree in Finance and Chemical Engineering

University of Calgary - Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Professional Engineer

Alberta Association of Professional Engineers


Certified Financial Analyst (CFA)

CFA Institute


Financial Modeling, Fundraising, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Equity Valuation, Private Equity, Budgeting, Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Finance Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Asset Valuation, Debt Raises

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Oracle Crystal Ball

Industry Expertise

Early-stage Startups, Venture Capital, Energy, Technology


Cross-functional, Communication, Commercial Strategy, Startups, Early-stage Funding, Pitch Decks, Investments, Commercialization, Innovation, Commodities, Investment Banking, Leveraged Finance, Financial Forecasting, Management Reporting, Investment Analysis, Financial Analysis, Modeling, Petroleum Engineering, Pitch Presentations, Teasers

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