Olov Rydsater, Finance Expert in Stockholm, Sweden
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Olov Rydsater

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Location
Stockholm, Sweden
Toptal Member Since
April 26, 2018

Over his 16+ years as a professional, Olov has conducted 34 M&A engagements for corporate investors and 36 M&A engagements for financial investors, including private equity, investment companies, venture capital, and hedge funds. Olov has experience in M&A strategy, acquisitions, divestitures, fundraising, joint ventures, and M&A training. He has worked across many verticals in Europe, the US, and Asia.

Case Studies

Work Experience

Independent M&A and Corporate Finance Advisor

2014 - PRESENT
Tiermes AB
  • Established an M&A strategy based on the screening of 100+ acquisition targets. Evaluated and performed commercial due diligence of the market, product offering, customers, and suppliers for four shortlisted targets in Europe.
  • Led the fundraising process and secured a successful $10+ million first close for a private equity fund. Responsibilities included defining and communicating the offering to investors, developing investor materials, and supporting negotiations.
  • Valued a food processing company using the comparable company and discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation methodologies, achieving a significant net debt adjustment that reduced the purchase price paid by the client.
  • Performed commercial due diligence of a chemical company, identifying key risks as well as profit enhancement opportunities, including price increases, expense rationalization, and inorganic growth initiatives.
  • Identified and led a working capital reduction of 20%+ for a Nordic services company by renegotiating customer agreements, establishing non-recourse factoring, and improving invoicing procedures.
  • Supported one of the largest companies in Sweden, active in the telecom space, with 15 acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures across Europe and the US.
  • Supported one of the largest companies in Sweden, active in consumer goods, to develop their M&A capability, define M&A strategies, and execute on M&A transactions.
  • Developed P&L and cash flow forecasts and conducted a valuation of a discretionary consumer goods company as part of their fundraising. Supported investor reach-out and negotiation and helped secure a multi-million dollar fundraising round.
Focus areas: M&A (Buy-side), M&A Modeling, M&A (Sell-side), Due Diligence, Private Company Valuation, Fundraising, Cash Flow Calculation, Price Analysis, Cost Benchmarking, Working Capital Management, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Acquisition Analysis, Acquisitions, Analysis, Carve-out Planning, Cross-border M&A, DCF Modeling, DCF Valuation, Free Cash Flow (FCF), NPV, Pricing, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Investment Return Scenario Analysis, IRR, Cash Flow Modeling, Investments, ROI, Business Planning, Board Presentations, eCommerce, Business Models, Business Plan Consulting, Pitch Decks, Private Equity, Automotive, Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Banking & Finance, Microsoft PowerPoint, EMEA, Norway, Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), Excel 2010, Retail & Wholesale, Finland, United States, Asia, Estonia, Latvia, Software, Telecommunications

Corporate Finance Engagement Manager

2014 - 2016
Ericsson
  • Supported management in the evaluation of a potential M&A transaction with one of the world's largest companies. Responsibilities included screening potential targets, quantifying the synergy opportunity, and creating the valuation summary.
  • Prepared a large software and services business unit for divestment from its corporate parent. Defined the standalone operational plan outside of the corporate parent for sales, finance, and research and development.
  • Established sourcing and make/buy strategy, identifying a multimillion-dollar savings opportunity in one of Ericsson's largest procurement categories. Key methods in the analysis included should-cost modeling and value engineering.
  • Performed commercial due diligence and valuation of a large professional services company for a potential acquisition, including forecasting market development, interviewing customers, and identifying critical staffing and retention risks.
  • Developed a 5-year strategy for one of Ericsson's largest software units, including an M&A consolidation roadmap. Screened acquisition targets, recommended an acquisition plan, and used war game workshops to identify risks to future acquisitions.
  • Prepared the divestiture of a blockchain technology-based offering.
Focus areas: Strategy, M&A Modeling, M&A (Buy-side), M&A (Sell-side), Valuation, Due Diligence, Carve-out Planning, Reverse Mergers, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Modeling, Revenue & Expense Projections, Cash Flow Modeling, Control & Cost Analysis, Gross Profit Margin Growth, Cost Efficiency, Business Planning, Blockchain, Board Presentations, Business Models, Business Plan Consulting, Pitch Decks, Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Microsoft PowerPoint, EMEA, Excel 2010, United States, Asia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Software, Telecommunications

M&A Manager, Private Equity Team Lead

2007 - 2014
BearingPoint
  • Led the divestment of an automotive supplier and executed a cross-border sale to an industrial buyer, exceeding the owner's valuation expectations. Was in charge of planning, managing the BoD, developing materials, buyer reach-out, and negotiating.
  • Delivered pricing enhancements for a Nordic services firm and secured significant short-term and long-term improvements, including a 30% price increase via controlling discounting and re-bundling offerings.
  • Assessed organic growth and M&A opportunities for a leading retailer contemplating entry into the Swedish market. Assessed the M&A scenarios, while the organic growth scenarios included detailing retail locations, costs, and product offerings.
  • Identified 20%+ in working capital improvements for a Nordic production company and delivered 8% in short-term gains. Improvements included divesting low-consumption inventory, sale-leaseback deals for fixed assets, and debt agreement renegotiation.
  • Developed a business plan and investor prospectus, including strategy, market assessment, operational setup, and creating a P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow forecast. Successfully raised a multimillion-dollar round with venture capital backers.
Focus areas: M&A (Sell-side), Due Diligence, Post-merger Integration, Working Capital Management, Fundraising, Pricing Strategy, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Cash Flow Modeling, Control & Cost Analysis, Gross Profit Margin Growth, Cost Efficiency, Revenue & Expense Projections, Investment Return Scenario Analysis, IRR, Forecasting, Investments, ROI, Business Planning, Board Presentations, eCommerce, Business Models, Business Plan Consulting, Private Equity, Automotive, Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Microsoft PowerPoint, EMEA, Norway, Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), Excel 2010, Retail & Wholesale, Finland, United States, Asia, Software
2018 - 2018

Coursework in Corporate Finance

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

2001 - 2007

Master's Degree in Computer Science

LTU - Luleå, Sweden

2001 - 2007

Bachelor's Degree in Finance

LTU - Luleå, Sweden

DECEMBER 2018 - PRESENT

Financial Management Certificate

University of Illinois

Finance

Fundraising, Valuation Modeling, Pricing, M&A (Buy-side), DCF Valuation, Corporate Finance, Valuation, Working Capital Management, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Pricing Strategy, Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), P&L Forecasting, Financial Modeling, Revenue & Expense Projections, Cash Flow Modeling, Cost Efficiency, Forecasting, Investment Return Scenario Analysis, ROI, Reverse Mergers, M&A (Sell-side), M&A Modeling, Due Diligence, Cost Benchmarking, Price Analysis, Cash Flow Calculation, Private Company Valuation, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Cross-border M&A, Free Cash Flow (FCF), Blockchain, Financial Management

Output Software

Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel 2010, Microsoft Excel

Industry Expertise

Retail & Wholesale, Software, Automotive, Telecommunications, Banking & Finance, Consumer Products

Geographic Expertise

EMEA, United Kingdom, United States, Asia, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Data & Analysis Software

Power Pivot

Other

Analysis, Acquisitions, Sourcing, Control & Cost Analysis, Gross Profit Margin Growth, IRR, Investments, Business Planning, Board Presentations, Business Models, Business Plan Consulting, Pitch Decks, CleanTech, eCommerce, Post-merger Integration, Carve-out Planning, Strategy, DCF Modeling, Transaction Comparables, Peer Comparison, Expansion Strategy, International Expansion, Growth Strategy, Emerging Growth Companies, Acquisition Analysis, Computer Science, Finance, NPV

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