Sascha Eckert, Finance Expert in London, United Kingdom
Sascha Eckert

Finance Expert in London, United Kingdom

Member since July 24, 2018
Sascha is an investment banker with 15+ years of M&A and financing experience at leading Wall Street banks including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and CITIC Securities. He recently launched his practice and has advised software, healthcare, and commodities firms. An expert in equity and debt financing, Sascha also enjoys helping clients with M&A execution, financial modeling, and restructuring across geographies and industries.
Sascha is now available for hire

Career Highlights

Education

Select Certifications

  • Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

Case studies

Industry Expertise

  • Banking & Finance

Other Expertise

Employment

  • Founder & Managing Director

    2018 - PRESENT
    Plenart & Co. Limited
    • Built a bottoms-up operating and three-statement model for a Dutch software company and worked closely with management to assess the equity or debt funding needs of different growth strategies.
    • Drafted the term sheet and loan agreement, leveraged precedent financings to structure terms, and identified potential funding sources for a ~£20 million debt raise on behalf of a publicly-traded United Kingdom medical technology.
    • Identified potential equity partners and developed a business plan for the possible MBI of a European aesthetics company with an enterprise value of ~€50 million.
    • Developed junior debt financing options, built a detailed financial model, structured critical terms, drafted a term sheet, and identified funding sources for a new African mine.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Restructuring, Debt Restructuring, Acquisitions, Reverse Mergers, Financial Modeling, Modeling, Fundraising, Refinancing, Disposal, Corporate Finance
  • Director

    2015 - 2017
    CITIC CLSA Securities
    • Advised Hytera on a takeover approach to Sepura.
    • Advised GPRO on a proposal to acquire a stake in Kumho Tyre by building a detailed leveraged refinancing and valuation model and analyzing credit metrics and equity return calculations.
    • Performed due diligence and led meetings with target management to assess the business plan (GPRO).
    • Preparing a refinancing proposal for the target company's lenders to extend the maturity profile of borrowings (GPRO).
    • Advised Tempus Global on the buy-side engagement for TUI's Hotel Beds division liaising with sell-side bankers.
    • Conducted a discounted cash flow, leveraged buyout, comparable companies, and precedent deal valuation analysis (Tempus Global).
    • Organized third-party legal, accounting, and commercial advisory team for the due diligence (Tempus Global).
    • Developed a funding structure for the bid on the basis of the leveraged buyout analysis and proposals from financing banks (Tempus Global).
    • Established the European M&A team of China’s largest investment bank together with a senior managing director.
    • Developed critical processes and built the group as well as trained junior team members in financial modeling, valuation and deal execution.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Acquisitions, Financial Modeling, Refinancing, Corporate Finance, Cross-border M&A
  • Director

    2009 - 2012
    Deutsche Bank AG
    • Advised on the sale of Ascometal to leading private equity firm Apollo for €435 million.
    • Performed the initial valuation for the client, contacted potential strategic and financial buyers, organized the due diligence of a complex multinational, and solely led the contract negotiations with the buyer (Ascometal).
    • Advised Xstrata plc on a merger with Glencore valued at ~$48 billion.
    • Supported Xstrata for two years beginning with initial board discussions.
    • Led valuation exercises, including modeling the asset levels and discounted cash flow analysis, and advised on the governance structure of the combined entity (Xstrata).
    • Advised Aperam on its $3.2 billion dual-track divestiture/spin-off from ArcelorMittal.
    • Analyzed several merger options before proceeding with the spin-off (Aperam).
    • Modeled the standalone financials to assist in the credit rating process and to determine optimal debt financing options for the new entity (Aperam).
    • Helped ArcelorMittal with credit rating analysis during the steel market downturn, providing capital structure advice that resulted in the company raising $3.5 billion equity and convertible financing.
    Focus areas: Mining, Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining, Steelmaking, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Disposal, IPO, Debt Financing, Financial Restructuring, Credit Ratings, Acquisitions, Acquisition Analysis, Financial Modeling
  • Vice President

    2004 - 2009
    Goldman Sachs International
    • Advised Mittal Steel on the successful hostile €28 billion takeover of Arcelor.
    • Performed detailed valuation modeling including discounted cash flow, comparable companies, and precedent transaction analysis (Mittal Steel).
    • Assessed the credit rating impact analysis for the $10 billion of acquisition debt (Mittal Steel).
    • Engaged with Arcelor shareholders, drafted offering documents, and participated in offer discussions with the client (Mittal Steel).
    • Advised the private equity firm Candover on its €1.5 billion take-private of Stork NV and concurrent disposal of the food systems division to Marel Food Systems as well as arranging the related senior and mezzanine debt financing.
    • Drafted the offering documentation and created the LBO model used for credit analysis and valuation and participating in the syndication of the mezzanine debt tranche (Candover).
    • Advised Premier Foods on its debt refinancing and equity investment from leading private equity firm Warburg Pincus.
    • Analyzed and modeled debt refinancing options as well as liaising closely with the equity capital markets team to raise fresh equity (Premier Foods).
    • Advised Numico on its €1.2 billion acquisition of EAC’s nutrition business helping with contract negotiations during which we managed to fend off attempted interloper bid for the target company.
    • Advised VNU on the €2.1 billion sale of World Directories to private equity consortium Apax and Cinven—achieving a higher final price compared to initial bid due to a well-executed due diligence process.
    • Was involved in every stage of the process from drafting the information memorandum to organize the sale process and due diligence (VNU).
    • Advised ABB on the acquisition of US-based transformer manufacturer Kuhlmann Electric and spent six weeks at the client's offices to assist in the build of a bottom-up financial model to assess valuation.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Acquisitions, Financial Modeling, Disposal, Corporate Finance, Cross-border M&A, Refinancing
  • Associate

    2000 - 2004
    Lazard
    • Advised Derby Cycle, which was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, on the sale of Royal Gazelle to Gilde Investments for €142.5 million.
    • Prepared an information memorandum on the business in only two weeks and coordinating buyer due diligence (Derby Cycle).
    • Advised the ad-hoc bondholder committee of Versatel Telecom on the company's €1.7 billion debt restructuring via a debt-for-equity swap.
    • Built a complex financial model to analyze the recovery impact on different classes of creditors from various restructuring options and participating in negotiation meetings (Versatel Telecom).
    • Worked on a £307 million equity raise for the European steel company Corus Group plc performing financial analysis and helping prepare the prospectus.
    Focus areas: Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Acquisition, Disposal, Valuation, Valuation Modeling, Financial Modeling, Debt Restructuring, Financial Restructuring

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in International Business
    1996 - 2000
    University of Manchester - Manchester, UK

Certifications

  • CISI Diploma
    DECEMBER 2001 - PRESENT
    Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

To view more profiles

Join Toptal
Share it with others