Simon Touchette, Finance Expert in Montreal, QC, Canada
Simon Touchette

Finance Expert in Montreal, QC, Canada

Member since February 19, 2018
Simon has worked closely with executives and led $100+ million of M&A, debt, and equity transactions across the world. A veteran of public companies like CAE as well as investments banks such as Scotia Capital and Cafa, Simon's expertise ranges from valuation and forecasting to negotiating and closing transactions. As a freelancer, he prioritizes his time working with clients on M&A, corporate finance and capital raising.
Simon is now available for hire

Career Highlights

Education

Select Certifications

Industry Expertise

  • Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM)

Other Expertise

  • Cash Flow Modeling
  • Creative Financing
  • Letters of Intent
  • Leveraged Buyout Model
  • M&A Modeling
  • Share Purchase Agreements
  • Valuation Multiples

Employment

  • Associate – Investment Banking

    2017 - 2017
    Scotia Capital
    • Built complex financial models for LBO and acquisition transactions incorporating various growth scenarios, sensitivity analysis, and cash flow analysis.
    • Completed pitch books, market research, valuation models, comparable and precedent transaction analysis, and transaction structure analysis for North American large-cap companies.
    • Managed projects within tight deadlines by collaborating with business teams and colleagues.
    • Helped onboard and train analysts in the investment banking division.
    Focus areas: Cash Flow Modeling, Leveraged Buyout Model, M&A Modeling, Valuation Modeling, Comparable Company Analysis, Valuation Multiples, Forecasting, Financial Modeling, Transaction Modeling
  • University Lecturer

    2016 - 2017
    McGill University School of Continuing Studies
    • Taught a graduate-level M&A class at McGill University to 25 students with an objective to teach M&A from the point of view of a professional rather than an academic.
    • Built the lecture slides, midterm, final exam and research projects to distill the core tenents of M&A into the curriculum.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Revenue Modeling, M&A Modeling, Financial Modeling, Valuation Modeling, Leveraged Buyout Model, Cash Flow Modeling, Transaction Modeling
  • Partner – M&A, Corporate Finance and Business Advisory

    2013 - 2017
    Cafa Corporate Finance
    • Led the sale of two private companies to Newell Brands and AEA Investors at premium valuations with responsibilities that included managing the process, valuing the company, drafting a teaser and CIM, identifying and contacting 150+ buyers, negotiating the letters of intent, the share and asset purchase agreements, supervising due diligence and driving the transaction to a closing.
    • Completed the cross-border acquisition of Air Energy, a Boston-based mid-market distributor of compressed air products, overseeing the valuation, transaction financing, due diligence, negotiations, drafting of the shareholder agreement and the closing of the transaction.
    • Raised seed capital for Wirk’n, an employment matching mobile application, by preparing the marketing materials, contacting potential investors and assisting in the closing.
    • Acted as an intermediary between lenders and a borrower for the monthly reporting and forecasting needs for a leveraged company helping to restructure the company's debt to enhance cash flow and profitability.
    • Prepared company valuations for capital restructurings, estate planning, and financial planning purposes.
    • Structured M&A transactions, debt and equity financing, capital restructurings, operating models, budgets and project finance models for clients across industries and of differing size.
    Focus areas: M&A (Sell-side), M&A (Buy-side), Cross-border M&A, Corporate Finance, Business Advisory, Equity Financing, Creative Financing, Valuation Analysis, Forecasting, M&A Modeling, Valuation Modeling, Financial Modeling, Transaction Modeling, Leveraged Buyout Model, Cash Flow Modeling
  • Analyst

    2010 - 2011
    CAE, Inc.
    • Structured and executed joint ventures, capital investments and project financing transactions for simulation training centers in the commercial airline, private aviation, mining, and healthcare sectors. The analysis included financial modeling, market research, cost analysis, cash flow forecasting, leverage analysis and ensuring conformity to accounting standards.
    • Participated in the closing due diligence and direct client negotiations with senior management in Asia, Europe, and North America.
    • Worked on multiple projects across business functions including executives, business development teams, accounting and finance departments as well as third-party advisors both locally and internationally.
    Focus areas: M&A Modeling, Project Finance, Project Evaluation, Market Research, Valuation, DCF Valuation, Finance Structures, Valuation Analysis, Forecasting, Financial Modeling, Valuation Modeling, Transaction Modeling, Cash Flow Modeling, Leveraged Buyout Model
  • Analyst

    2009 - 2010
    EDC – Export Development Canada
    • Performed public and private fundamental credit risk analysis and due diligence as a member of the risk assessment and portfolio management team.
    • Managed a portfolio of credit insurance exposure of CAD 1.5 billion in the light manufacturing and information and communication technology industries.
    • Developed a financial model linked to Capital IQ that enhanced productivity for 100+ employees.
    Focus areas: Financial Risk Assessment, Investment Portfolio Management
  • Investment Specialist

    2007 - 2008
    Royal Bank of Canada
    • Delivered mutual fund investment advice and asset allocation for client portfolios.
    • Provided financial advice for various types of clients and their different needs.
    • Reviewed investment policy statements,.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Education

  • Master's degree in Advanced Finance
    2012 - 2012
    IE Business School - Madrid, Spain
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance
    2003 - 2007
    HEC Business School - Montréal, Canada

Certifications

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
    AUGUST 2009 - JULY 2018
    CFA Institute
  • Financial Risk Manager (FRM)
    JULY 2009 - PRESENT
    Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

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