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Scott Bernstein

Scott Bernstein

Houston, TX, United States
Member since April 5, 2017
Scott is a seasoned CFO who has led over $250 million of transactions in the energy industry with a specific focus on structured credit and asset-backed finance. In 2011, Scott led and developed the first Alaskan Oil & Gas Tax Credit receivable finance facility which served as the model for all subsequent transactions. At Toptal, Scott hopes to impact additional organizations by sharing the expertise he has amassed over a 20-year career.
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Career Highlights
Academic Highlights
Case studies
  • Primera Acquisition Book
  • JBL Woodbine Deal
  • Pro Forma Model
Industry Expertise
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
Other Expertise
  • Capital Structure
  • CFO
  • Debt Financing
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Structuring
  • Corporate Finance Advisor | Contract CFO
    Giant Star Capital LLC
    2012 - PRESENT
    • Closed and structured a $50 million asset-based delayed draw term loan for an ASX-listed E&P company.
    • Advised top-tier, US-based, multi-billion dollar credit fund on Alaskan E&P opportunities.
    • Served as the CFO and managed relationships with private equity/debt sponsors for a Texas-based E&P company.
    • Worked as an outsourced CFO for a suburban, Houston-based real estate development company.
    • Served as the CFO of a private equity-backed, Houston-based E&P company.
    Focus areas: Capital Structure, Corporate Finance, Financial Strategy, Reserve-based Credit, International Finance, Specialty Finance, Equipment Finance, Real Estate Finance, Project Finance, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Risk Assessment, Financial Management, Financial Options, Debt Restructuring, Bank Debt Raises, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Budgeting, Three Statement Operating Model, Transaction Modeling, Valuation Modeling, Credit Risk Analysis, Interest Rate Risk, Private Equity, Private Company Valuation, Equity Financing, Debtor & Creditor Management, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Capital Raising, Revenue Optimization, Return Analysis, Growth Capital Raising, Cash Flow Calculation, Investment Summaries, Financial Overviews, Pitch Deck Financials, Strategic Finance Management, Data Analysis, Debt, Investor Decks, Cash Flow Forecasting, Hedging, Valuation, Asset-Based Finance
  • EVP Corporate Finance
    Buccaneer Energy Ltd.
    2010 - 2012
    • Closed and structured $87.5 million jackup rig acquisition and refurbishment transaction.
    • Closed, originated, structured, and negotiated a $50 million asset-based revolving credit facility for use in exploration and production.
    • Closed, originated, structured, and negotiated a $50 million hybrid receivable revolver/asset-based term loan facility for use in exploration and production.
    • Led the team for all budgeting and vendor payments.
    • Negotiated payment structures and contracts with financial and service-related counterparties.
    • Originated, negotiated, and structured a $23.5 million public-private partnership preferred equity financing.
    • Built all the corporate financial models for the company.
    • Led the effort to partner with a large private equity firm to bid on a $400 million asset purchase.
    Focus areas: Financial Strategy, Capital Raising, Budgeting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Debt Restructuring, Debtor & Creditor Management, Financial Modeling, Equipment Finance, Fundraising, Specialty Finance, Oil and Gas, Upstream , Reserve-Based Credit
  • Managing Director - Head of Energy Banking
    New Oak Capital
    2009 - 2010
    • Structured and raised capital for asset-based lines of credit—including PDP reserve-based senior and mezzanine debt.
    • Supervised the oil and gas team (4 analysts and associates) in the creation of pitch books and models for transactions.
    • Marketed deals to buy side accounts, including banks, hedge funds, family offices, and pension funds.
    • Created complex discounted cash flow models valuing client oil and gas assets.
    • Structured solutions for optimal monetization of client assets.
    • Originated oil and gas exploration and production mandates, including (1) $55 million acquisition debt/equity finance of E&P company in Trinidad; (2) $40 million acquisition debt finance and structuring of E&P company; (3) $50 million royalty monetization of offshore natural gas assets.
    Focus areas: Capital Raising, Capital Structure, Capital Structure Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Credit, Private Equity, Credit Analysis, Private Credit, International Finance, Specialty Finance, Reserve-Based Credit
  • Fixed Income Currency and Commodity Structuring
    Dresdner Kleinwort
    2008 - 2009
    • Covered all of the Americas' clients in product specialist capacity, including both hedgers and speculators.
    • Worked with the investment banking team to provide hedge structuring on the acquisition of a Chilean-based power plant by 2 pension funds.
    • Drove the business in structured commodity and currency space through direct client interaction.
    • Priced and traded exotic options with structures including structured swaps, notes, and forwards.
    • Generated and published trade ideas using relative value and technical concepts.
    • Designed and delivered presentations to clients on structured commodities and currencies.
    • Focused heavily on emerging market solutions, specializing in Latin America.
    Focus areas: Currency Exchange, Hedging, Capital Structure, Capital Structure Analysis, Data Analysis, Financial Modeling, Transaction Modeling, Financial Options
  • Certificate in Valuation
    New York University - New York City, NY, USA
    2011 - 2011
  • Chartered Market Technician in Technical Analysis
    Market Technicians Association - New York City, NY, USA
    2008 - 2009
  • Master's degree in Mathematical Finance
    Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences | New York University - New York City, NY, USA
    2006 - 2008
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering
    Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD, USA
    1993 - 1997
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