Samir Chaibi, Finance Expert in Singapore, Singapore
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Samir Chaibi

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Singapore, Singapore
Toptal Member Since
March 7, 2017

Samir has extensive investment banking, private equity, and venture capital experience working for top-tier IB and SWF players. He co-founded and has been part of the management team of several startups. As a freelancer, Samir enjoys working with both large corporate clients as well as startups at different stages of development, in different industries, and in multiple geographies (US, Europe, Asia, Middle East).

Career Highlights

Venture Investor
GREE Ventures
DocEx Legal

Education Highlights

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree
Harvard University, JFK School of Government
Master of Science Degree
Audencia Business School

Case Studies

Work Experience

Venture Investor

2017 - PRESENT
GREE Ventures
  • Managed the fund's startup portfolio in Southeast Asia.
  • Handled and was responsible for the investment activities in Indonesia—the largest tech market in Southeast Asia.
Focus areas: Software, Technology, Startups, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Venture Funding

VP Finance, Strategy, and Business Development

2014 - 2017
  • Advised the CEO on product/market strategy, development roadmap, market segmentation, and go-to-market actions.
  • Created the initial marketing campaigns and led the business development for non-US corporate clients.
  • Raised a $1.5 million+ seed round through a US VC/angel roadshow and prepared a $10 million+ Series A fundraising.
  • Developed the first quarterly, full-year, and five-year financial plans including sales forecasts and hardware production plans and managed the initial implementation of accounting, finance, and production ERP systems.
Focus areas: Marketing, Market Research, Operations Analytics, Business Planning, Venture Funding, Fundraising


2012 - 2014
DocEx Legal
  • Created the initial business model, product offerings, launch strategy, and operations/sales processes.
  • Sourced and managed 130+ client relationships and closed 14 long-term contracts with corporate clients.
  • Hired and trained 12 legal professionals in India, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Egypt to support the company’s growth.
  • Negotiated seed funding from local angel investors and oversaw company’s front and back office operations.
Focus areas: Sales, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Marketing, Operations Analytics, Human Capital Management, Strategy, Fundraising

Associate, Strategic Investments

2012 - 2014
Al Rayan Investment (Qatar Investment Authority)
  • Created the full valuation and leveraged buyout (LBO) model for a TMT asset acquisition in Southeast Asia.
  • Was hand-picked to lead the structuring team for a $1 billion Asian real estate private equity (PE) fund in Southeast Asia and China.
  • Led the buy-side due diligence for a global hospitality portfolio with assets located in Asia, Europe, and the Americas—a total value of $1.5 billion.
Focus areas: TMT, Telecommunications, Media, Technology, FIG, Financial Institutions, M&A (Buy-side), Cross-border M&A, Due Diligence, Financial Modeling, Real Estate, Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs), Valuation Modeling, Private Equity

Analyst, M&A & Corporate Advisory

2010 - 2012
Al Rayan Investment (Qatar Investment Authority)
  • Developed single-handedly the valuation, financing, and the merger model for a turnaround acquisition of a UK banking target.
  • Led the due diligence process on multiple buy-side and sell-side mandates for large MENA corporations.
  • Developed the portfolio valuation model for the initial public offering of a multi-billion asset management vehicle on the Middle Eastern Stock Exchange.
  • Built a valuation model and an asset-level financing model for multiple real estate investment trust initial public offerings (REIT IPOs) in Southeast Asia.
Focus areas: FIG, Real Estate, TMT, Financial Modeling, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Comparable Company Analysis, Valuation Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Due Diligence

Corporate Finance and Business Development Analyst

2009 - 2010
JC Decaux
  • Developed a five-year business plan highlighting the detailed product and industry-based growth opportunities.
  • Implemented the sales, budget, and operations reporting for regional and global management.
  • Built, implemented, and maintained a sales commission model.
Focus areas: Business Planning, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Reporting

Summer Analyst

2008 - 2008
  • Conducted transaction multiples and premium analysis based on 40 selected deals for a hospitality client on a $6 billion equity carve-out. The analysis was used to determine the carved-out company valuation and to pitch private equity buyers for a minority stake.
  • Provided a business overview with key metrics on trading and stock performance momentum for a TMT client on a €300 million debt restructuring. Provided materials regarding straight-equity and equity-linked potential issuances including financial requirements and a timeline.
Focus areas: Capital Markets

Summer Analyst

2007 - 2007
  • Outlined the capital structure, asset portfolio, NAV and P/E of 20 European real estate companies over 15 years to show favorable trends despite 2007 real estate backdrop for a real estate client concerning a €1.4 billion asset restructuring. This was used by senior bankers for discussion purposes with real estate specialized funds and led to two funds’ eventual investment of €133 million.
  • Researched the biotechnology market and prepared materials including product development schedule, projected sales and FCF margins for a biotech client for a $300 million initial public offering (IPO). It was used to discuss the IPO timeline and preliminary valuation with the client’s management.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
2014 - 2017

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School - Philadelphia, PA, USA

2014 - 2017

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree in Innovation and Technology Policy

Harvard University, JFK School of Government - Cambridge, MA, USA

2005 - 2009

Master of Science Degree in Management

Audencia Business School - Nantes, France


Venture Funding, Private Equity, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, DCF Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation Modeling, Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs), Financial Modeling, Due Diligence, Cross-border M&A, M&A (Buy-side), FIG, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Fundraising, Market Research, Comparable Company Analysis, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)

Output Software

Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel

Data & Analysis Software

Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Factset, Thomson Reuters

Industry Expertise

High-tech Startups, Venture Capital, Banking & Finance, US Venture Funds, Financial Services, Healthcare, Real Estate, Financial Institutions, Technology, Telecommunications, Capital Markets, Software

Geographic Expertise

United States, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, France, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia


Early-stage Funding, Business Models, Investment Banking, Leveraged Finance, Business Modeling, Biotechnology, Media, TMT, Business Planning, Operations Analytics, Marketing, Strategy, Human Capital Management, Sales, Startups, Investment Ideas

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