Michael Nikrou, Finance Expert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Michael Nikrou

Verified Expert  in Finance

Management Consulting Expert

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Toptal Member Since
November 17, 2021

Michael has 10+ years of experience in senior private equity and corporate roles in multi-billion dollar companies focused on M&A and transformation projects across China, MENA, and Asia-Pacific. He has worked with high-profile CEOs and investors, leading M&A deals valued from USD 1 million to USD 1 billion under tight timeframes and overseeing the post-deal value creation and transformation programs. Michael joined Toptal to increase his global reach and help more businesses meet their goals.

Career Highlights

Vice President
Rank Group

Case Studies

Work Experience

Financial Controller

2022 - PRESENT
  • Rolled out revised credit policy to reduce exposure in countries with elevated macroeconomic risk.
  • Negotiated and signed large customer agreements resulting in significant increases in EBITDA.
  • Developed and rolled out a credit modeling approach which improved the effectiveness of the credit management team.
Focus areas: Credit Risk, Credit Policy, Credit Analysis, Credit Modeling, Pricing, New Business Development, Taxation, Financial Accounting, Compliance, Cash Management, Cash Flow Modeling, Procure to Pay, Order to Cash (O2C), Legal, Contract Negotiation, Legal Contract Drafting, Cost Efficiency, People Management

General Manager

2021 - 2022
Abano Healthcare
  • Was accountable for acquiring the largest competitor in the market and managed the company post-acquisition until the integration phase was complete.
  • Hired a dedicated SWAT team to extract post-acquisition synergies, significantly improving the EBITDA.
  • Completed integration activities and handed over the entity to the business.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Buyouts, Acquisitions, Leadership, Board Presentations, Operations, Cost Efficiency, Operational Efficiency Improvement, Interim CFO, General Management, Merger Benefits, M&A (Buy-side), Buy-side, Post-merger Integration

Vice President

2018 - 2021
Rank Group
  • Undertook numerous acquisitions with NZD 300+ million in cumulative value targeting the FMCG and retail sectors (FMCG/Retail Roll-Up).
  • Acted as the right hand of the CEO and key advisor to shareholders in driving transformation initiatives to turn around a portfolio of acquired companies with significant EBITDA gains achieved.
  • Led and mentored the finance team through acquisitions and post-acquisition phases.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Post-merger Integration, Rollup, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Profit Optimization, Market Research, Interim CFO, Turnaround Management, Corporate Finance, Three-statement Modeling, Private Equity, Financial Modeling, Project Management, Revenue & Expense Projections, Valuation, Cash Flow, Business to Consumer (B2C), Forecasting, Profit & Loss (P&L), M&A (Sell-side), Valuation Modeling, Term Sheet Advisory

Finance Director

2017 - 2018
  • Set up a strategic joint venture for an FMCG company with local partners in the Middle East region—USD 100 million in revenue.
  • Hired and mentored the local team and developed financial frameworks, systems, and processes for the joint venture.
  • Designed and implemented a sales and distribution model that reached thousands of retailers and on the ground third-party manufacturing partnerships.
  • Drafted and negotiated all joint venture-related legal and commercial agreements with local investors and partners.
  • Developed the strategy and business plans along with the forecasts and budgets, valuation, and funding model.
Focus areas: Joint Ventures, Term Sheet Negotiations, Contract Negotiation, Market Sizing, Market Research, Cross-border Projects, Interim CFO, Three-statement Modeling, Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Project Management, Revenue & Expense Projections, Valuation, Cash Flow, Business to Consumer (B2C), Forecasting, Profit & Loss (P&L), M&A (Sell-side), Valuation Modeling, Term Sheet Advisory

Investment and Strategy Analyst | Program Manager

2015 - 2017
  • Managed numerous large-scale investments, M&A, and Joint Ventures deals across the agriculture, manufacturing, and FMCG sectors in China—USD 1+ billion with an average IRR of 15%.
  • Led the China footprint optimization workstream resulting in CAPEX savings of USD 40 million.
  • Developed a business case for setting up cropping farms in China using dairy farm fertilizer.
  • Presented the business case proposal to the steering committee and subsequently implemented the solution as the project manager—USD 40 million CAPEX; USD 100 million annual revenue; 20% ROI.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Joint Ventures, Funding Process, Sell-side, China, Valuation, Market Sizing, Three-statement Modeling, Financial Modeling, Project Management, Revenue & Expense Projections, Cash Flow, Forecasting, Profit & Loss (P&L), M&A (Sell-side), Valuation Modeling
2010 - 2012

Graduate Diploma in Science with Distinction in Mathematics

Massey University - Palmerston North, New Zealand

2008 - 2011

Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in Finance and Economics

Massey University - Palmerston North, New Zealand


Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Revenue & Expense Projections, Corporate Finance, Budgeting, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Comparable Company Analysis, M&A Modeling, Profitability Analysis, Economic Value Added, Cash Flow, Profit & Loss (P&L), M&A (Sell-side), Valuation Modeling, Private Company Valuation, Credit Control, Income Tax, Accounting, Market Research, DCF Valuation, Three-statement Modeling, Rollup, Rollups, Profitability Optimization, Commercial Finance, Funding Process, Cash Flow Modeling, Value Creation, Pricing, Price Analysis, Cost Efficiency, M&A (Buy-side), Credit Risk, Credit Analysis, Taxation, Financial Accounting, Cash Management, Order to Cash (O2C)

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Geographic Expertise

China, Middle East

Data & Analysis Software

Power Pivot, R, MATLAB, IRI


Cost Modeling, DCF Modeling, FMCG, Business Cases, Business Plan Consulting, Sales Forecasting, Project Management, Marketing Research & Analysis, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Office, Monte Carlo Simulations, Acquisition Analysis, Joint Ventures, Information Memoranda, Term Sheet Negotiations, Negotiation, Program Management, Excel VBA, Power Query M, Turnaround Consultant, Cost Analysis, Cross-border Projects, Value Chain, Business to Consumer (B2C), Term Sheet Advisory, Investments, Investment Analysis, Business Strategy, Small Business Management, Business Models, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Finance, Economics, Economic Analysis, Financial Analysis, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Abstract Mathematics, Differential Equations, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Algebra, Matrix Algebra, Analysis, Modeling, Contract Negotiation, Leadership, Board Presentations, Research, Market Sizing, Business Planning, Post-merger Integration, Merger Benefits, Synergy Cost Project Management, Budget Modeling, Annual Budgets, Profit Optimization, Profit Maximization, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Manufacturing, Interim CFO, People Management, Change Management, Distressed Assets, Distressed/Special Situations, Turnaround, Turnaround Management, Costing, Presentations, Stakeholder Management, Power Query, Integration, Inventory Management, Standard Costing, Sell-side, Sales, Procurement, Sourcing, Price Sensitivity, Stochastic Modeling, Option Pricing, Farms, Buyouts, Acquisitions, Operations, Operational Efficiency Improvement, General Management, Buy-side, Credit Policy, Credit Modeling, New Business Development, Compliance, Procure to Pay, Legal, Legal Contract Drafting

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