Nicoleta Bortan, Finance Expert in Cleveland, United States
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Nicoleta Bortan

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Location
Cleveland, United States
Toptal Member Since
November 9, 2020

Nicoleta is an experienced senior finance professional with a diverse background, specializing in capital raising, finance strategy (Carlyle Group portfolio company), risk management (RBS), and turnaround/restructuring situations. Nicoleta possesses strong interpersonal skills to manage multiple processes, synthesize, and relate complex quantitative information to drive results.

Career Highlights

Co-founder
Aero Intellectus, Inc.

Education Highlights

Master's Degree
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Case Studies

Work Experience

Co-founder

2018 - PRESENT
Aero Intellectus, Inc.
  • Co-founded Aero Intellectus, Inc., a company developing revolutionary software that ensures products are delivered with high safety guideline compliance and with system safety from multiple dimensions.
  • Managed all corporate financial, operational, HR, and legal functions for the startup.
  • Created all stakeholder materials including financial models, presentations, and ad-hoc analyses as required.
Focus areas: Startups, SaaS, Technology, Legal Structuring, Operations, Finance, Financial Modeling, Business Models, Scenario Analysis, Forecasting, CFO, Financial Data Analytics, Microsoft Excel, Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Intuit QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, Bookkeeping, P&L Forecasting, Business Plan Consulting, Business Planning, Budgeting, Profit & Loss (P&L), International Finance, P&L Management, Systems & Procedures, Analysis, Management, Taxation, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Growth, Software, Dashboards, Excel Expert, Debt Analysis

Fractional CFO

2017 - PRESENT
FocusCFO Group, LLC.
  • Assessed and evaluated financial performance of clients' organizations with a focus on revenue strategies, profitability enhancement and cash flow, and long-term operational goals, budgets, and forecasts.
  • Identified, developed, and executed analyses of business initiatives, product launches and new service offerings and provided recommendations on potential risks and returns to boards.
  • Created and implemented enhanced financial and accounting systems, processes, tools, controls, and systems across organizations.
  • Maintained banking/financing relationships and strategic alliances with vendors and business partners.
Focus areas: Corporate Finance, Nonprofits, Private Equity, Startups, Financing, Growth Capital Raising, Financial Modeling, Business Models, Scenario Analysis, Forecasting, SaaS, Venture Capital, CFO, Fundraising, Tax Planning, Waterfall Modeling, Financial Data Analytics, Microsoft Excel, Higher Education, Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Intuit QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, Bookkeeping, Loans, P&L Forecasting, Business Plan Consulting, Business Planning, Budgeting, Profit & Loss (P&L), International Finance, P&L Management, Systems & Procedures, Analysis, Management, UK GAAP, Taxation, Financial Restructuring, Restructuring, Retail & Wholesale, Financial Statement Preparation, Private Company Valuation, Payroll & Benefits, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Operations, Growth, Healthcare, Software, Dashboards, Excel Expert, Debt Analysis, Profitability Optimization, Small Business Consultants

Strategic Financial and Turnaround Consultant

2016 - 2017
BAP Finance (Contract)
  • Restructured business to include relationship and credit verticals to enhance growth and improve the overall credit approval process. Established new policies and procedures for credit approvals and cash controls to prevent and minimize fraud.
  • Implemented new product pricing and compensation structures for relationship and portfolio managers to better align incentives within the organization.
  • Developed financial projection models to assist with the centralization of the cash management function. Assisted with the implementation of accrual accounting and provided guidance on IFRS standards to be external audit ready.
  • Created a framework to complement the loan tracking system to assist with marketing and loan appraisals, ongoing client management, inventory, recovery efforts, and the ability to analyze client trends.
Focus areas: Finance Process Improvement, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Turnaround Consultant, Startups, Financial Modeling, Business Models, Scenario Analysis, Forecasting, Fundraising, Financial Data Analytics, Microsoft Excel, Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Bookkeeping, Loans, P&L Forecasting, Business Plan Consulting, Business Planning, Budgeting, Profit & Loss (P&L), International Finance, P&L Management, Systems & Procedures, Analysis, Management, Taxation, Financial Restructuring, Restructuring, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Growth, Dashboards, Excel Expert, Profitability Optimization, Small Business Consultants, Fraud Prevention

Vice President

2013 - 2016
RBS Citizens
  • Managed client relationships with total credit exposure exceeding $1.0 billion across multiple industries.
  • Analyzed, structured, risk graded, approved, and documented credit exposures resulting from loans, derivatives, FX, treasury services, and capital markets products; collaborated across product groups to provide innovative client solutions.
  • Negotiated credit agreement and related documents in conjunction with legal counsel to ensure terms were appropriate and consistent with approval to reflect bank’s risk appetite.
  • Managed distressed credits through the restructuring process and worked closely with the Corporate Workout Group to transition distressed borrowers.
Focus areas: Corporate Finance, Banking & Finance, Debt Financing, Financial Modeling, Business Models, Scenario Analysis, Forecasting, Financial Data Analytics, Microsoft Excel, Higher Education, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Loans, P&L Forecasting, Profit & Loss (P&L), International Finance, Analysis, Management, Growth, Credit Underwriting, Excel Expert, Debt Analysis

Vice President

2010 - 2013
Parkland Financial
  • Focused on business development, deal origination, and execution. Developed and managed new client relationships to originate private placements of debt and credit tenant lease transactions.
  • Delivered extensive origination support, including creating marketing materials, presenting to potential clients, and identifying new opportunities to execute more than $300.0 million in financing transactions.
  • Executed transactions for tenants including Walgreens, Cleveland State University, Clarian Health, The University of Toledo Foundation, and The City of Philadelphia, as well as contract monetization for ABB and Tyco International, Ltd.
Focus areas: Debt Raises, Debt Financing, Private Placements, Commercial Real Estate, Waterfall Modeling, Financial Data Analytics, Microsoft Excel, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Loans, P&L Forecasting, Profit & Loss (P&L), Analysis, Growth, Excel Expert, Debt Analysis, Small Business Consultants

Lead Consultant

2008 - 2010
Training the Street, Inc.
  • Developed curriculum and delivered seminars on public and acquisition comparables, DCF, LBO, credit, and merger consequences models.
  • Distinguished for leading over 150 rigorous, hands-on seminars to groups of 30-100 in seminars lasting from one to ten days with attendees from large banks, investment firms, and educators and students from the top 20 business schools.
  • Demonstrated depth of valuation and financial modeling knowledge through communicating information and assisting attendees through one-on-one attention for case studies. Consistently ranked high in evaluations.
Focus areas: Comparable Company Analysis, Transaction Comparables, M&A Modeling, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Valuation, DCF Modeling, Financial Data Analytics, Microsoft Excel, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Loans, Business Planning, Profit & Loss (P&L), International Finance, Analysis, Private Company Valuation, Growth, Dashboards, Excel Expert

Finance Strategy Manager

2007 - 2008
Veyance Technologies
  • Directed a $1.3 billion global debt portfolio consisting of first and second lien debt and interest rate hedges. Managed credit origination, structuring, negotiation, and ongoing relationships for a private equity portfolio company.
  • Analyzed competing strategic initiatives by building and utilizing liquidity modeling to effectively implement cost-saving strategies across all departments including restructuring activities.
  • Presented quarterly portfolio financial performance and commentary to investors to manage and maintain relationships effectively.
Focus areas: Investor Reporting, Investor Presentations, Risk Management, Private Equity, Forecasting, CFO, Waterfall Modeling, Financial Data Analytics, Microsoft Excel, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Loans, P&L Forecasting, Business Plan Consulting, Business Planning, Budgeting, Profit & Loss (P&L), International Finance, P&L Management, Systems & Procedures, Analysis, Management, Financial Statement Preparation, Private Company Valuation, Growth, Dashboards, Excel Expert, Debt Analysis, Profitability Optimization

Associate

2003 - 2007
KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Participated in a wide range of equity transactions. Drafted SEC documents and created roadshow presentations for multiple clients including First Potomac Realty Trust, Superior Well Services, and Meadowbrook Insurance Group.
  • Supervised a team of seven analysts participating in the Corporate and Investment Banking Rotational Analyst Program.
  • Completed comprehensive rotations with the Real Estate Capital–Income Property Group, Debt Capital Markets, Technology Institutional Banking, and Portfolio Management.
Focus areas: Investment Banking, Equity Capital, Forecasting, Waterfall Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), P&L Forecasting, Business Plan Consulting, Profit & Loss (P&L), Analysis, Private Company Valuation, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Growth, Excel Expert, Debt Analysis
2014 - 2016

Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

University of Chicago Booth School of Business - Chicago, Illinois, USA

1999 - 2003

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Spanish

Ohio University - Athens, Ohio, USA

MARCH 2006 - PRESENT

CPA

Accountancy Board of Ohio

Finance

Valuation, Financial Modeling, 13-week Cash Flow, Revenue & Expense Projections, CFO, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Three-statement Modeling, Loan Origination, Forecasting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Bank Debt Raises, Accounting, Cash Management, Corporate Treasury, Investment Briefs, Investment Summaries, Lending, Credit/Debt, Credit Analysis, Credit Risk, Risk, Controller, P&L Forecasting, Profit & Loss (P&L), Cash Flow, Data Analysis, Financial Consolidation, Investment Return Scenario Analysis, Cash Flow Modeling, Financial Restructuring, Private Company Valuation, Business Intelligence (BI), Credit Underwriting, Debt Analysis, Audit Management, Profitability Optimization, Growth Capital Raising, Private Equity, Corporate Finance, Finance Process Improvement, Debt Raises, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, M&A Modeling, Comparable Company Analysis, Equity Capital, Equity Financing, Working Capital Management, Financial Systems, Internal Financial Reporting, CPA, Fundraising, Financial Reporting, Budgeting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Due Diligence, Capital Raising, Foreign Exchange (FX) Hedging, Hedging, Equity Research, Valuation Modeling, Market Research, Microfinancing, Project Finance, Tax Compliance, Tax Planning, International Finance, UK GAAP, Taxation, Income Tax, Tax Credits, Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), Short-term Investments, Recapitalization, Balance Sheets, Statement of Cash Flows, Annual Tax Returns, Startup Funding

Output Software

Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Excel 2016

Industry Expertise

Financial Services, Real Estate, Financial Institutions, Nonprofits, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Small Business, Consumer Products, Healthcare, Early-stage Startups, Commercial Real Estate, Public Companies, Higher Education, Oil & Gas, Software, Technology, Venture Capital, Health, Health & Wellness, Holistic Wellness, Retail & Wholesale, Telecommunications, Apparel & Accessories, Hospitality

Geographic Expertise

United States

Data & Analysis Software

Intuit QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, NetSuite

Other

Negotiation, Investor Presentations, Budget Modeling, Strategic Initiatives, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Business Models, Interim CFO, Growth, Reporting, Business Loans, Loans, Loans & Lending, Treasury, Treasury Management, Financial Writer, Presentations, Finance Reports, Board Presentations, Financial Forecasting, Risk & Compliance, Business Cases, Excel 365, Bookkeeping, Scenario Analysis, Risk Systems, Credit Modeling, Audits, Financial Data Analytics, Operating Models, P&L Analysis, Spreadsheets, Accounts Receivable, Revenue Recognition, Excel Expert, Underwriting, IRR, Change Management, Financial Transformation, Project Management, Business Plan Consulting, P&L Management, Systems & Procedures, Analysis, Management, Liquidity Events, Financial Statement Preparation, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Business Analysis, Part-time CFO, Virtual CFO, Automation, Small Business Consultants, Strategic Planning, Critical Thinking, Critical Analysis, Creative Problem Solving, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership, Business Strategy, Networking, Startups, Turnaround Consultant, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Debt Financing, Private Placements, DCF Modeling, Transaction Comparables, Risk Management, Investor Reporting, Investment Banking, Cash Flow Analysis, Treasury & Liquidity Management, Manufacturing, CAPEX Budgeting & Inventory Management, Fractional CFO, Pitch Decks, Pitch Presentations, Pitch Deck Consultant, SaaS, Apps, Software as a Service (SaaS), Accounting Principles, US GAAP, Business Modeling, Operational Efficiency Improvement, Service, Financial Analysis, Investments, Investment Modeling, eCommerce, Cash Flow Management, Financials, Financial Ratios, Growth Strategy, Investor Relations, Term Sheet Negotiations, Due Diligence Consultant, Data, Dashboards, Initial Public Offerings, Grants, Business Planning, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Grant Proposals, TMT, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Controlling, Government Contracting, Direct to Consumer (D2C), IT, Waterfall Modeling, Early-stage Venture Capital, Stripe, Federal Contracting, Restructuring, Payroll & Benefits, Strategy, Training Materials, Income Statements, Financing, Finance, Operations, Legal Structuring, Wellness, Platforms, Investor Relations Consultant, Reg A+ Public, Infrastructure, Data Centers, Data Center Infrastructure, Fintech, Fraud Prevention

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