Nathan Cole, Finance Expert in Denver, CO, United States
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Nathan Cole

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Denver, CO, United States
Toptal Member Since
September 9, 2020

Nathan's approach to consulting is to help clients solve complex problems in simple but applicable ways. Having worked with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, Nathan understands the different challenges and opportunities faced at each stage. He is also well versed in public policy and international relations and their impact on business. Nathan freelances because he enjoys helping clients tackle pressing challenges while broadening his industry exposure and skillset.

Career Highlights

Wells Fargo
Financial Analyst
Sempra Energy

Education Highlights

Master's Degree
Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor's Degree
University of San Diego

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience


2018 - PRESENT
  • Managed investor, executive management, and customer due diligence processes for a capital raise in the healthcare analytics industry.
  • Built financial models for raising over $70 million in early/growth stage capital.
  • Financed the recapitalization of a growth stage logistics tech company.
  • Selected to participate in an offsite internal strategy session with the CEO of our firm.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Debt Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Venture Capital

Space Intelligence Officer

2015 - PRESENT
United States Army Reserve
  • Selected to join the joint-services intelligence unit supporting US Space Command and the new US Space Force with research reports on global strategic threats as the youngest officer in any of the military branches.
  • Led a platoon of 48 soldiers and was chief of staff for a company of 119 soldiers where we increased our deployment readiness and professional proficiency metrics by over 50% each over a three-year span.
  • Commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate (top 20% of 6,100 person cohort).
Focus areas: Military Intelligence, International Affairs


2017 - 2018
Wells Fargo
  • Acted as the lead associate on deals primarily in renewable energy where we invested over $500 million.
  • Built a financial model in support of our client acquiring a portfolio of projects in Iceland, the US, and Peru.
  • Served as our team's chief public policy analyst, publishing white papers and client briefs on a quarterly basis.
  • Led the underwriting, due diligence, and closing of financing supporting BlackRock Infrastructure’s convertible equity financing of a 1.4 GW wind portfolio.
  • Led a joint debt-tax equity facility for the largest solar project in the Southeast US where Wells Fargo was the coordinating lead arranger on the debt financing and sole tax equity investor.
Focus areas: Debt Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Infrastructure, Renewables, Project Finance

Financial Analyst

2015 - 2017
Sempra Energy
  • Prepared $1 billion bid valuation for a privately-held LNG company using public company comparables and a DCF model.
  • Persuaded management to forgo the deal, despite pro forma EPS accretion, based on competitive landscape analysis and in consultation with the CEO of our LNG subsidiary.
  • Built a tax model during the 2016 presidential election demonstrating the impact on Sempra of three different proposed tax structures, which was adopted by the chief of corporate strategy for ongoing political analysis.
Focus areas: Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
2019 - 2022

Master's Degree in Economics

Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, Maryland

2011 - 2015

Bachelor's Degree in Finance

University of San Diego - San Diego, California


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

CFA Society

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