Peter Wells, Finance Expert in New York, NY, United States
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Peter Wells

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
December 19, 2018

Peter began his investment banking career at Moelis & Co., where he completed $10 billion in M&A, restructuring, and financing deals. He recently served as the CFO of a software startup raising $6 million of capital. As a freelancer, he enjoys working on transactions for high-growth companies. Peter has extensive experience working with clients to assess new opportunities and position them with the resources to fuel their growth.

Career Highlights

MIND Media
Financial Analyst
Equity Hedge Fund (Confidential)
Moelis & Company

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
Loyola Marymount University

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

Corporate Development and Financial Advisor

2019 - 2023
Freelance Clients
  • Advised and implemented spin-out strategies to form two new ventures, one in logistics and the second in sustainability, built around the primary fresh produce distribution business.
  • Led the acquisition, financing, and redevelopment of two cold storage warehouse facilities totaling $15 million in asset value.
  • Managed the fundraising process resulting in $22+ million in capital investments while leading internal financial returns analysis of 10+ investment and financing opportunities.
  • Provided guidance and oversaw the implementation of a standalone finance function for the logistics division with $20 million in annual sales, including staffing and ERP system implementation.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Growth Strategy, Partnerships, Debt Raises, Venture Funding, Financing, Manufacturing, Investment Banking, Financial Forecasting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Fund Structure, Deal Flow Origination, Agribusiness, M&A Due Diligence (Financial), Investments, Deal Sourcing, Agrotech, Deal Closure, CIO, Market Intelligence


2018 - 2022
  • Oversaw the fund formation process, including jurisdiction, licensing, drafting operating agreements, and fund offering documents while reducing setup costs by over 50%.
  • Implemented systems for monthly performance reporting and verification, along with investor communication and marketing.
  • Negotiated and implemented agreements for fund administration, compliance, reporting, legal, and third-party marketing to provide services to hedge fund operations.
Focus areas: Fund Formation, Investor Relations


2013 - 2018
MIND Media
  • Built a detailed financial model for internal projections and external fundraising efforts.
  • Structured and managed three fundraising rounds, securing $6 million in outside investment.
  • Led all of the aspects of the fundraising process; managed and developed relationships with investment firms, prepared investor materials, negotiated, and drafted deal documentation.
  • Sourced and structured key supplier and distribution partnerships in North America, Europe, and Asia.
  • Acted as a project manager for successfully rebuilding the software platform and associated tech hardware.
Focus areas: CFO, Investment Memoranda, Startup Funding, Venture Funding, Business Planning, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Fundraising, Financing, Manufacturing, Financial Forecasting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Deal Flow Origination, M&A Due Diligence (Financial), Investments, Deal Sourcing, Deal Closure, CIO, Market Intelligence

Financial Analyst

2013 - 2017
Equity Hedge Fund (Confidential)
  • Built detailed financial models to evaluate investments in publicly traded equities.
  • Reviewed public documents and analyst reports building a multiple-scenario analysis for future revenue and profitability.
  • Worked on a contract basis directly for a portfolio manager with $50 million of equity invested in a long/short emerging market strategy.
Focus areas: Stock Price Analysis, Investment Monitoring, Investment Thesis, Equity Valuation, Valuation Analysis, Five-year Projections, Fundraising, Financing, Financial Forecasting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Fund Structure, Fund Analysis, Deal Flow Origination, Investments, Deal Closure, CIO, Market Intelligence


2007 - 2013
Moelis & Company
  • Joined as the first analyst to start at the firm's inception and earned an early promotion to associate after 2.5 years in the analyst program.
  • Advised clients in the media, gaming, and telecommunications sectors; evaluated principal investment opportunities for Moelis Capital Partners.
  • Led the development of a merger model for Univar's (NYSE:UNVR) $1.2 billion acquisition of Basic Chemical Solutions and drafted investment memorandum for the associated debt financing.
  • Analyzed financial recoveries to key debt and equity stakeholders and viability of restructuring proposals under various operating scenarios as part of Citadel Broadcasting's $2.4 billion Chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Managed the transaction process, drafted investment memorandum, and built a financial model for The Gores Group's $345 million sale of portfolio company Global Tel Link to Veritas Capital and Goldman Sachs.
  • Closed over ten transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $10 billion.
  • Executed numerous transactions in the healthcare industry sector, including facilities, insurance, and IT clients.
Focus areas: Three-statement Modeling, Capital Structuring, M&A (Sell-side), Leveraged Buyout Modeling, M&A (Buy-side), Private Equity, Investment Memoranda, Debt Raises, Equity Financing, Financial Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Fundraising, Financing, Investment Banking, Financial Forecasting, Fund Structure, Fund Analysis, Deal Flow Origination, Agribusiness, M&A Due Diligence (Financial), Investments, Deal Sourcing, Agrotech, Deal Closure, Market Intelligence

Junior Analyst

2006 - 2007
UBS Investment Bank
  • Built financial models to evaluate the credit worthiness of leveraged buyouts and investor returns for private equity funds.
  • Conducted company and market research to support business development and pitch processes.
  • Developed a quarterly review of activist hedge fund activity distributed to all of the global managing directors across the bank.
  • Received an early promotion after one year of a two-year program at the position.
Focus areas: Debt Structuring, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Fundraising, Financing, Investment Banking, Financial Forecasting, Fund Structure, Fund Analysis, Deal Flow Origination, M&A Due Diligence (Financial), Investments, Deal Sourcing, Deal Closure, Market Intelligence

Fund Administration

2005 - 2006
The Gores Group
  • Worked with fund operations team to draft quarterly investor letters to limited partners of the private equity fund.
  • Assisted with fund accounting and capital calls for new investments.
  • Supported the investment team with the valuation of the portfolio for quarterly reporting, including an analysis of public comps and precedent transactions.
  • Maintained the operational accounting systems for general partner and operational improvement groups.
Focus areas: Comparable Company Analysis, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Valuation Analysis, Accounting Systems, Accounting, Capital Raising, Private Company Valuation, Private Equity, Operational Finance, Fundraising, Financing, Financial Forecasting, Fund Structure, Fund Analysis, Deal Flow Origination, M&A Due Diligence (Financial), Investments, Deal Closure, Market Intelligence
2000 - 2004

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles, CA, USA


Series 34

National Futures Exchange


Series 3

National Futures Association

NOVEMBER 2011 - MARCH 2013

Series 63


AUGUST 2011 - MARCH 2013

Series 79


AUGUST 2010 - MARCH 2013

Series 7



Fund Management, Capital Raising, Comparable Company Analysis, Investment Return Scenario Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Three-statement Modeling, Debt Restructuring, Venture Funding, Equity Financing, Creative Financing, Project Finance, Stock Price Analysis, DCF Valuation, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Accounting, Cash Flow Forecasting, CFO, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Fundraising, Revenue & Expense Projections, Deal Analysis, Fund Analysis, Fund Structure, Accounting Systems, Reverse Mergers, Cap Table Formation, Fund Formation, Startup Funding, Investment Memoranda, Financial Restructuring, Debt Raises, M&A (Buy-side), Leveraged Buyout Modeling, M&A (Sell-side), Capital Structuring, Five-year Projections, Valuation Analysis, Equity Valuation, Investment Thesis, Investment Monitoring, Debt Structuring, Operational Finance, Private Company Valuation, Valuation

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote

Data & Analysis Software

Bloomberg, Capital IQ, QuickBooks Online, Salesforce, Factset, Microsoft Access

Industry Expertise

Public Companies, Financial Services, Hospitals, Healthcare, Technology, Health & Wellness, Agrotech, Agribusiness, Venture Capital, New Business Ventures, Digital Currencies

Geographic Expertise

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China


Startups, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Excel Modeling, Corporate Restructuring, Spinoffs, Debt Financing, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Leveraged Finance, Cap Tables, Merger Benefits, Strategic Planning & Execution, Hedge Funds, Media, Experiential Marketing, Stock Market, DCF Modeling, Exit Planning, Hedge Fund Consultant, Quantitative Analysis, Advertising, Financial Forecasting, Pitch Decks, Pitch Presentations, Business Administration, Partnerships, Financing, Investment Banking, Deal Sourcing, Investments, M&A Due Diligence (Financial), Deal Closure, Deal Flow Origination, CIO, Market Intelligence, Manufacturing, HubSpot, Social Media, Standard Operating Procedures Development, Marketing, Slack, Post-merger Integration, Media Purchasing, Project Bidding, Options, Corporate Governance, Entity Selection & Formation, Company Formation, Growth Strategy, Branding, Strategy, Joint Venture Development, Joint Ventures, eCommerce, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Fractional CFO, Business Planning, Funding Presentations, Investor Presentations, Budget Modeling, Stock Analysis, Investment Ideas, Investment Cases, Performance Analysis, Investment Funds, Investment Analysis, Pitch Preparation, Alternative Investments, Investment Performance Reporting, Company Strategy, Brand Positioning, Industry Analysis, Acquisition Analysis, PV Analysis, Acquisitions, Standalone Analysis, Scenario Analysis, Corporate Law, Global Distribution Strategy, Private Placements, Advertising Campaigns, Social Media Marketing (SMM), Investor Relations

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