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Natallia Chykina

Natallia Chykina

Moscow, Russia
Member since November 25, 2016
Natallia has extensive experience working on investment projects and M&A deals across a wide range of industries (oil & gas, logistics, consumer & retail, FIG, TMT). As a freelancer, she enjoys helping global clients on financing-related projects, market research, and valuation analysis. Natallia holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and currently works at a private equity fund.
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Career Highlights
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Financial Services
  • Logistics
  • Oil & Gas
Other Expertise
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Market Research
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Private Equity
  • Valuation
  • CEO
    2016 - PRESENT
    NGS Pipeline
    • Built a SaaS platform for bioinformaticians ( to streamline the DNASeq/RNASeq data processing for them.
    • Gained hands-on experience with Mesos, Docker, Marathon, Cook, AWS, OpenCV, Node.js, Angular, and a wide range of bioinformatics software.
    Focus areas: Bioinformatics, IT, Big Data
  • Senior Associate
    2015 - PRESENT
    Aquila Capital Group
    • Participated in the formation of two new branches of the company’s business activities: a $250mm private equity fund and a commodity trading division.
    • Developed a financial model for the €700mm sale of Sibur-Portenergo LPG and oil products terminal to a consortium of investors (1.5 MTPA of LPG and 2.5 MTPA of oil products).
    • Originated roughly $200mm in new deals; mainly in logistics of agricultural commodities (grain, oilseeds).
    • Led a $100mm+ sale of a large oil & gas equipment producer and engineering company to a strategic investor.
    • Raised $10mm in Series B funding for an international O&G tech company.
    • Designed and developed a business intelligence platform for company’s commodity trading business. The platform optimized oil products delivery flows by aggregating real-time data on marine tankers and railcars (200+ GB of raw data per year).
    • Led the purchase of a stake in the largest Russian wine producer; consolidated the financial reports of the holding (7 subsidiaries) and performed the DD process.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Modeling, Logistics, Private Equity, Commodity Trading, Marine Ports & Infrastructure, Due Dilligence, Investor Communications, Oil & Gas
  • Associate
    2014 - 2014
    Credit Suisse London, Financial Institutions Group
    • Advised clients in the banking, financial technology, and asset management sectors.
    • Built a financial model and prepared investment memorandum on a CHF 175m rights issue for a Swiss provider of structured solutions for private banks.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuation, Financial Modeling, Financial Services, Banks, Insurance, Asset Management, FinTech
  • Analyst
    2011 - 2013
    Aquila Capital Group
    • Advised clients across different industries (e.g., TMT, retail, industrials) on a broad range of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic acquisitions, and private placements.
    • Designed the transaction structure and financial model for the merger of 2 large Russian auto retailers.
    • Gave advice directly to the CEO of a food production company about a $20mm debt-restructuring project; was put in charge of the project while being an analyst and successfully closed the deal.
    • Participated in the $8bn merger of 4G provider (Yota) with Top-3 Russian telecom company (Megafon).
    • Advised the leading drugstore chain in Russia on a $30mm private placement transaction.
    • Advised the investors of the leading Russian payroll outsourcing services provider on strategic exit opportunities.
    • Raised $20mm in Series B funding for a fast food restaurants chain.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Modeling, Investment Banking, FMCG, TMT, Investor Communications, Consumer & Retail
  • Analyst
    2010 - 2011
    KPMG, M&A and Valuation
    • Covered primarily the oil & gas sector with a particular focus on upstream segment.
    • Advised a major Russian oil & gas company on the $400mm acquisition of a public company with upstream oil assets in the USA, Venezuela, Oman, Gabon, and Indonesia.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuation, Financial Modeling, Due Dilligence, Oil & Gas
Other Experience
  • Open Source Software - Investable Business Model or Not? (Publication)
    Open-source software is a catalyst for growth and change in the IT industry, and one can’t overestimate its importance to the sector. In recent years, there has been a surge in venture capital dollars pouring into the sector. In this article, we analyse whether recent valuations make sense, and whether the open-source model lends itself to the returns profile that venture capital investors look for.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Business Administration
    2013 - 2015
    University of Chicago Booth School of Business - Chicago, IL, USA
  • Bachelor's degree in Banking & Finance
    2010 - 2013
    London School of Economics and Political Science - London, UK
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Level I and II) in Investment Analysis
    2010 - 2012
    CFA Institute - Moscow, Russia
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