Jonathan Wesner, CFA, Finance Expert in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Jonathan Wesner, CFA

Finance Expert in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Member since June 26, 2017
Since 2011, Jonathan has been working in M&A, completing 35 investment banking transactions totaling $940 million. He has extensive experience working with founders and C-level executives across a variety of industries, notably software and marketing technology. Freelancing allows him to work for a diverse range of clients and help them tackle complex business and financing strategies.
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Career Highlights

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Employment

  • Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

    2019 - 2020
    Woodbridge International
    • Oversaw the firm’s U.S. and Canadian M&A efforts, and managed the firm’s transaction strategy and overall training and development of staff.
    • Managed all aspects of transactions from pitch through close, and negotiated directly on behalf of clients, specifically regarding enterprise value, control provisions, working capital, and purchase agreements.
    • Led multiple deal teams in marketing, structuring, negotiating, and closing sell-side transactions.
    • Successfully executed LOIs with four companies across consumer, tech, and software industries within the first five months.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Vice President, Investment Banking

    2015 - 2018
    Berkery, Noyes & Co
    • Closed eleven deals, approximately $290 million in transaction value, which included sell-side M&A, leveraged buyouts, equity financings, and fairness opinions; also directly managed teams of associates and analysts.
    • Specialized in software and SaaS business models in marketing services, TMT, and fintech.
    • Managed all aspects of transactions from pitch through close, and negotiated directly on behalf of clients, specifically regarding enterprise value, control provisions, working capital, and purchase agreements.
    • Collaborated directly with management teams to prepare all of the marketing materials.
    • Determined the optimal ways to position opportunities to investors and built financial models to drive maximum valuation and outcomes.
    • Directly advised an LA-based software (SaaS) company with $15 million in revenue, in its growth equity raise. Defined, maintained, and updated key SaaS metrics (ACV, ARPA, CLTV/CAC, net dollar retention, and so on).
    • Worked directly with all clients in an FP&A capacity to analyze historical financial performance, prepare and recommend improvements, prepare and forecast operating performance, and create historical and projected financial statements.
    Focus areas: Software as a Service (SaaS), Capital Budgeting, Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM), Financial Services, Accounting, Cohort Analysis, LBO Modeling, Investment Banking, Private Equity, Three Statement Operating Model, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Capital Structure, Fairness Opinion Reports, Corporate Finance, Valuation, Capital Raising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Vice President, Investment Banking

    2011 - 2015
    Bryant Park Capital
    • Closed 24 deals, approximately $650 million in transaction value, which included sell-side M&A, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity financings, and fairness opinions; also prepared valuation analyses, merger and LBO models, and client presentations.
    • Specialized in fintech/specialty finance (FIG) and advised on numerous engagements, both public and private, in areas such as lending technology, consumer lending, and merchant cash advance.
    • Served as a staffer and mentor for all interns, analysts, and associates.
    • Prepared training materials and provided ongoing support to all junior employees and directly managed teams of associates and analysts.
    • Earned early promotion to the position of vice president in two years due to deal-sourcing and buyer relationships.
    • Directly advised a pre-revenue media technology startup on multiple Series A capital raises with a strategic backed venture fund, totaling $6.5 million.
    • Directly advised US Home Systems (NASDAQ:USHS) in its ~$100 million merger with Home Depot (NYSE:HD).
    Focus areas: Software as a Service (SaaS), Capital Budgeting, Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM), Financial Services, Accounting, Cohort Analysis, LBO Modeling, Investment Banking, Private Equity, Three Statement Operating Model, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Capital Structure, Fairness Opinion Reports, Corporate Finance, Valuation, Capital Raising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Other Experience

  • Valuation Drivers to Consider During the M&A Sale Process (Publication)
    While selling one’s company can seem like a daunting and difficult task, there exists a proven model and framework that drives valuation to maximum levels and leads to deals successfully getting done. This post is a guide for those contemplating a sale, as to what are the primary and secondary valuation drivers in a sale and how the process is conducted.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Corporate Finance and Investment Management
    2008 - 2010
    Penn State Smeal College of Business - University Park, PA, USA
  • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and International Business
    1999 - 2003
    Penn State Smeal College of Business - University Park, PA

Certifications

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
    AUGUST 2018 - PRESENT
    CFA Institute
  • Series 63
    SEPTEMBER 2011 - PRESENT
    Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Series 79
    SEPTEMBER 2011 - PRESENT
    Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

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