Raphael Rottgen, CFA FRM, Finance Expert in Zürich, Switzerland
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Raphael Rottgen, CFA FRM

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Finance Expert

Zürich, Switzerland
Toptal Member Since
August 25, 2017

Raphael was the co-founder of a fintech company which he grew to 50 employees and merged with a competitor after four years. He's co-founded two investment firms, including a blockchain one, and worked for 15 years as a global investor and an M&A banker at Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan. He also holds a master's in AI and is a graduate of the International Space University. As a consultant, he's passionate about helping innovative businesses grow.

Career Highlights

Investment Analyst
Gandhara Capital

Education Highlights

Space Studies Program
International Space University
Master's Degree
PUC | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Bachelor's Degree
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Certification Highlights

Chartered Financial Risk Manager (FRM)
Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

Case Studies

Work Experience

Managing Director

2019 - PRESENT
  • Served as a financial and investment advisor to space companies.
  • Advised space startup companies on topics such as fundraising.
  • Consulted with institutional shareholders of space companies.
  • Counseled government clients with respect to space.
  • Investing in space companies (from proprietary capital and raising a fund).
Focus areas: Financial Advisory, Investments, Aerospace & Defense


2017 - 2019
Final Frontier Holding
  • Co-led the development and structuring of regulated blockchain/cryptocurrency investment funds targeted at institutional investors.
  • Assisted in obtaining a regulatory sandbox license for a cryptocurrency exchange.
  • Developed automated web-based tools to analyze cryptocurrencies, including both technical and fundamental factors.
Focus areas: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Structuring of Funds, Fundraising

Freelance Financial Analyst to Evaluate SpaceX

2017 - 2017
Investment Fund (via Toptal)
  • Built a financial model for the business based on public information.
  • Assisted in marketing to potential investors.
Focus areas: Valuation, Financial Modeling

Chief Investment Officer

2015 - 2017
SVM Capital
  • Designed an investment process that augments human investment judgment with machine intelligence, for use in concentrated, fundamental long-short equity investment.
  • Developed and maintained a suite of investment algorithms using machine learning techniques.
  • Invested successfully in a current universe of over 1,300 stocks across all industries.
Focus areas: Valuation, Private Equity, Equity Valuation, Equity Research

Seed Investor | Chairman

2008 - 2013
Financiar Casa S/A
  • Co-founded one of Brazil's first nationwide online mortgage brokerages, pioneering the concept in the local market wherein we were one of the first two companies.
  • Developed some of the first-ever mortgage distribution partnerships with major banks (e.g., HSBC, Citibank, Santander, Itaú) and real estate developers.
  • Specified and developed (with external IT support) a custom IT platform—including the public web portal—for mortgage marketing and processing.
  • Successfully led two fundraising rounds—including fundraising meetings, negotiation, and closing documentation—with local and international investors.
  • Recruited and managed up to 50 employees, in addition to outsourced service providers, across all of the company's functions, including sales, IT, finance, and HR.
  • Conceived and negotiated the merger of the company with one of its competitors.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Strategy

Investment Analyst

2005 - 2007
Gandhara Capital
  • Generated and analyzed equity investment ideas globally and across sectors as a senior investment professional, helping the fund generate annual net returns in the mid-teens.
  • Oversaw up to US$750 million gross exposure (i.e., long and short), monitoring investment positions on a real-time basis.
  • Conducted all the necessary primary and secondary research (including senior management meetings), financial modeling and other due diligence in order to develop conviction on investment ideas.
  • Regularly updated fund's investors on investment positions via written reports and one-on-one meetings.
  • Co-founded the firm with a team that had left Deutsche Bank where I had acted as a director of proprietary trading in essentially the same functional role.
Focus areas: Valuation, Equity Valuation, Equity Research

Director of Proprietary Trading

2002 - 2005
Deutsche Bank
  • Joined a newly-formed proprietary investment team as a founding member focused on fundamental investment in global equities (based in Tokyo and London).
  • Generated and analyzed equity investment ideas globally and across sectors as a senior investment professional, helping the team achieve investment returns in the mid-teens.
  • Oversaw investment positions on a real-time basis, interacting with sell-side trading desks.
Focus areas: Valuation, Equity Valuation, Equity Research


1998 - 2002
Greenhill & Co.
  • Served as the lead associate on the distressed restructuring of Marconi plc, advising the bondholders.
  • Managed substantial parts of the local day-to-day processes during the sale of Optus (the second-largest Australian telecom at the time) to Singapore Telecom; it was one of the largest M&A transactions in Australia.
  • Served as the associate on the team advising C&W on the sale of Hong Kong Telecom to PCCW which was the largest ever non-Japan Asia M&A transaction at the time; I performed tasks such as financial modeling and due diligence.
  • Participated in tens of billions of dollars in deal value of other transactions globally.
Focus areas: Financial Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Financial Analyst

1997 - 1998
JP Morgan
  • Served on various advisory assignments for industrial and defense clients in the Americas.
  • Performed in-depth financial modeling, including forecasts, valuations, and pro forma merger analyses.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
2019 - 2019

Space Studies Program in Space

International Space University - Strasbourg, France

2013 - 2015

Master's Degree in Computer Science

PUC | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1993 - 1997

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA

1993 - 1997

Bachelor's Degree in Finance

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

CFA Institute


Chartered Financial Risk Manager (FRM)

Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)


Equity Research Analysis, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Equity Valuation, Investment Thesis, Equity Research, Corporate Finance, Financial Modeling, Valuation, Budgeting, Blockchain, Asset Valuation, Fundraising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Private Equity, Structuring of Funds, Financial Advisory, Finance Strategy, Due Diligence, Financial Restructuring, Entrepreneurial Finance, Venture Funding

Data & Analysis Software

R, Bloomberg

Industry Expertise

Asset Management, Aerospace & Defense, Financial Markets, Capital Markets, Financial Services, Venture Capital

Geographic Expertise

Brazil, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Germany


Data Science, Equity, Investments, Investment Ideas, Investment Strategy, Investment Research, Investment Consulting, Investment Cases, Equity Investment, Investment Modeling, Cryptocurrency, Biotechnology, Machine Learning, Startups, Business Strategy, Company Strategy, Strategy Planning, Strategy, Startup Growth Strategy Development, Entrepreneurship, Investment Funds, Hedge Funds, Python, Corporate Development, Emerging Markets, Microsoft 365, Data Visualization, Big Data, RStudio Shiny, Financial Risk Management

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