Santiago Correa Cardona, CFA, Finance Expert in Medellín - Antioquia, Colombia
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Santiago Correa Cardona, CFA

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Medellín - Antioquia, Colombia
Toptal Member Since
May 14, 2020

Santiago has been a finance professional since 2017. He is a CFA and excels in financial modeling and real estate finance. His areas of expertise include investments, financial modeling, and capital markets. As an added benefit for international companies, Santiago speaks fluently in English, Spanish, and French.

Career Highlights

Business Analyst
Hipercept (now RealPage)

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
Pontifical Bolivarian University

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

Acquisitions and Development Associate

2019 - PRESENT
  • Structured the company's two largest new developments in Colombia, each for approximately $10 million.
  • Developed a financial model to value existing projects and evaluate and propose exit alternatives to investors.
  • Supported the creation of a new lifestyle residence concept to attract investors to the development projects and guests for the short-term rentals business.
Focus areas: Real Estate Development

Investment Analyst

2019 - 2019
  • Developed a financial statement projections model to reflect the nature of the factoring business in Chile and Colombia, forecasted company cash flow, and performed an internal valuation of the company.
  • Created a data model to understand the company's existing and potential client base. The output of the model was the basis for recurrent marketing campaigns that considerably broadened the company's client scope.
  • Performed due diligence analysis on three prospect companies for M&A purposes, especially to identify strategic and financial issues for each potential deal.
Focus areas: Data Analysis, Fintech Consultant, Valuation Modeling

Business Analyst

2017 - 2019
Hipercept (now RealPage)
  • Built complex financial models for Hipercept’s clients (mainly asset managers in the US and Canada), allowing them to evaluate real estate investment structures, return projections, waterfall compensations, debt schedules, and sensitivity scenarios.
  • Performed quarterly valuations of over 100 real estate properties, using the discounted cash flow method.
  • Structured data integration processes of the real estate modeling software into Hipercept's data warehouse service, using Microsoft SQL Server. The integrated data included financials, valuations, and return projections for each property.
Focus areas: Commercial Real Estate
2012 - 2016

Bachelor's Degree in International Business Administration

Pontifical Bolivarian University - Medellín, Colombia


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

CFA Institute


Financial Modeling, Pro Forma Financial Statements, Valuation, DCF Valuation, Due Diligence, Valuation Modeling, Data Analysis, Asset Valuation, Private Equity, Integrated Financial Statements, Corporate Finance

Industry Expertise

Real Estate, Real Estate Development, Commercial Real Estate

Output Software

Microsoft Excel

Data & Analysis Software

SQL, Tableau, Bloomberg


Microsoft Power BI, Argus Enterprise, DCF Modeling, Fintech Consultant, Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Revenue Analysis, Data Visualization, Financial Analysis, International Commerce, Derivatives, Fintech

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