Roelof Brand, Finance Expert in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Toptal Member Since
June 22, 2018

Roelof was voted South Africa's top technology equity research analyst from 2014 to 2017. He has advised on capital raises, management buyouts, and M&A transactions for a range of publicly-traded and private companies. After graduating with an honors degree in finance, he worked at KPMG, Old Mutual, and consulting firms and now leverages this experience as an M&A, modeling, and corporate strategy expert to add value for Toptal clients.

Career Highlights

CapitalX Partners
Equity Analyst
Avior Capital Markets
Financial Accountant
Old Mutual Investment Group

Education Highlights

Honors Degree
Stellenbosch University
Bachelor's Degree
Stellenbosch University

Certification Highlights

Chartered Accountant
South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

Case Studies

Work Experience


2018 - PRESENT
CapitalX Partners
  • Worked with entrepreneur-led startups to prepare business plans and financial models for investor presentations and facilitated meetings with potential venture capitalists.
  • Advised on the business feasibility and profitability for a shared workspace startup, assisting with the subsequent execution and launch of the project.
  • Performed due diligence on behalf of clients, assisting in the deal structuring and sourcing the financing used to fund the transaction.
  • Created multiple pitch decks to present to investors for financing rounds ranging from $300,000 to $20 million.
  • Worked with private equity and venture capital investors to source deal flow for transactions that had an average deal size $10 million.
  • Created and implemented a growth strategy for an internet startup, adding new revenue streams and decreasing costs, enabling the business to achieve breakeven quicker than forecast.
Focus areas: M&A Modeling, Investor Presentations, Valuation, DCF Valuation, Capital Structuring, Private Equity, Equity Research Analysis, Equity Financing, Equity Research, Market Research, Venture Funding, Early-stage Funding, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Pitch Decks, Business Advisory, Valuation Modeling, Due Diligence, Startup Funding, Early-stage Venture Capital, Capital Raising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Equity Analyst

2014 - 2017
Avior Capital Markets
  • Voted as the top technology analyst by institutional clients and received a top three ranking in the Financial Mail Young Analyst Awards.
  • Led in-depth industry analysis and financial modeling, authored research reports, provided investment recommendations and maintained a dialogue with executive management, clients, and competitors for 15 companies under coverage in the telecommunication, information technology, and construction sectors.
  • Led the development of company-specific financial models and applied comparable company, precedent transaction, discounted cash flow and sum-of-the-parts valuation techniques.
  • Created investor presentations that highlighted proprietary research and recommendations, presenting the information to institutional clients.
  • Advised clients on optimizing the capital structure, share repurchases, and equity raises for transactions totaling $200 million.
Focus areas: Valuation Multiples, DCF Valuation, Financial Modeling, Cash Flow Modeling, Revenue Modeling, Equity Research Analysis, Equity Financing, Equity Valuation, Investment Thesis, Valuation, Investment Briefs, Investor Presentations, Market Research, Valuation Modeling, Equity Research

Financial Accountant

2013 - 2014
Old Mutual Investment Group
  • Reviewed trial balance, general ledger and supporting calculations for various companies and trusts, preparing financial statements in accordance with IFRS for hedge funds and portfolio companies with total assets under management of $1+ billion.
  • Managed the audit process for portfolio companies, ensuring projects were completed on time and on budget.
  • Assisted with the preparation and review of the group's zero-based cost budget and annual forecast. Consulted with the heads of the business units to establish an implementation plan for achieving the budgeted cost savings across the group.
  • Formulated business and financial processes for newly acquired companies in the group's property portfolio.
  • Created financial models and valuation analysis for new projects in the group's renewable energy and property portfolios with transaction values ranging from $10 to $150 million.
  • Developed internal controls and managed internal audit functions that enabled the improvement of back and middle-office reporting for portfolio companies.
Focus areas: Internal Financial Reporting, Accounting, Financial Management, Financial Modeling, Financial Reporting, Cash Flow Modeling, Budget Controls, Management, Audits, Internal Audits, Business Planning, Project Evaluation, DCF Valuation, IFRS Audit Planning, Taxation, Zero-based Budgeting

Audit Supervisor

2010 - 2012
  • Led statutory year-end audits of publicly-traded and private companies in the financial services industry.
  • Reviewed and finalized annual financial statements in accordance with IFRS for South African asset managers and hedge funds.
  • Managed staff utilization and optimized costs to ensure $20+ million projects were completed on budget.
  • Performed, reviewed and signed off on valuations and tax calculations on assurance engagements with a total value of $2.5+ billion.
  • Developed and implemented internal controls and systems for clients to manage and control assets worth $500+ million.
Focus areas: IFRS Audit Planning, Big 4 Accounting, Accounting, Budget Controls, Budgeting, Cost Management, Management, Audits, Hedge Funds, Pension Funds, Asset Management, Insurance, Private Equity
2009 - 2009

Honors Degree in Finance

Stellenbosch University - Stellenbosch, South Africa

2006 - 2008

Bachelor's Degree in Finance

Stellenbosch University - Stellenbosch, South Africa


Chartered Accountant

South African Institute of Chartered Accountants


Revenue & Expense Projections, Revenue Modeling, Profit & Loss (P&L), Profit Ratio Statements, Profitability Analysis, Equity Capital, Equity Raises, Equity Valuation, Private Equity Valuation, Budgeting, Zero-based Budgeting, Capital Budgeting, Investment Thesis, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Transaction Modeling, Valuation Analysis, Valuation Modeling, Accounting, Big 4 Accounting, Capital Structure Analysis, Financial Modeling, Three-statement Modeling, Valuation, DCF Valuation, Valuation Multiples, Asset Valuation, Equity Research, Audit Management, Cost Management, Cost Benchmarking, Financial Accounting, Comparable Company Analysis, Financial Benchmarking, Growth Equity, Market Research, Working Capital Management, Expense Reduction, Profitability Optimization, Equity Financing, Private Equity, Operating Expenses (OPEX), Venture Funding, Due Diligence, Angel/Seed Funding, Transaction Structuring, Startup Funding, Revenue Optimization, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Budget Controls, IFRS Audit Planning, Taxation, Project Evaluation, Internal Audits, Cash Flow Modeling, Financial Reporting, Financial Management, Internal Financial Reporting, Investment Briefs, Equity Research Analysis, Capital Raising, Business Advisory, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Capital Structuring, M&A Modeling, Forecasting, Growth Capital Raising

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint

Industry Expertise

Capital Markets, Banking & Finance, Financial Services, Technology, Telecommunications, Financial Markets, Venture Capital, Early-stage Startups, Electronics, Construction, Insurance, Asset Management

Geographic Expertise

South Africa, Africa

Data & Analysis Software

Bloomberg, Xero Accounting, Intuit QuickBooks


Investment Research, Investment Ideas, Growth Analysis, Equity, Equity Investment, Pitch Decks, Operating Models, Investment Analysis, IFRS Financial Reporting, Cost Accounting, DCF Modeling, Strategic Planning & Execution, Audits, Information Technology, Internal Control, Transaction Comparables, Revenue Strategy, Revenue Analysis, Expenditure Analysis, Peer Comparison, Peer Group Analysis, Gross Profit Margin Growth, P&L Management, Business Research, Business Planning, Early-stage Funding, CAPEX Budgeting & Inventory Management, Profit Optimization, Growth Strategy, Emerging Growth Companies, Startup Growth Strategy Development, Operating Analysis, Operating & Service Model Improvement, Budget Modeling, TMT, Transaction Advisory, Project Consultation, Corporate Restructuring, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Pension Funds, Hedge Funds, Management, Investor Presentations, Early-stage Venture Capital, Modeling, CAPEX, Company Analysis, Strategy, Sales Growth, Sage Online, Pastel

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