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Sowmitra holds an MBA in strategy and finance from HEC Paris and is a seasoned strategy and M&A specialist based out of London, United Kingdom, with nearly 12 years of experience. He has had senior roles working for organizations such as EY-Parthenon and Deloitte, leading and delivering strategic projects for clients in over ten countries. Sowmitra is eager to use his expertise and background via Toptal to help organizations achieve their full strategic potential.
Business Strategy and Product Commercialization
- Assisted a UK-based services business with approximately 1,000 employees in preparing for carve-out activities, including separation blueprinting and planning, TSA preparation, carve-out financials, one-off costs, and dis-synergy estimates.
- Prepared a complete 5-year business plan for a US-based tech startup seeking the next round of funding, including market sizing and revenue (price, volume) projections, headcount modeling, OPEX, CAPEX, and debt modeling.
- Supported integration planning and target operating model design for a UK and US-based manufacturing business, including strategy assessment across people, processes, vendors, and systems for scale and competitive advantage.
Director | M&A and Corporate Development
- Supported the Group CEO in setting long-term vision and core corporate strategy goals across three business units (private clients, corporate, and funds services).
- Led an end-to-end corporate development mandate, including the valuation and financial modeling of around six strategic projects, including investment paper preparation and board presentations.
- Led the core M&A process on key projects, including target due diligence, SPA negotiations, and deal closing.
- Determined key priorities for post-merger integration teams for day one and the first 100 days following the deal completion.
- Oversaw four buy-side/sell-side M&A mandates, including due diligence, for enterprises in the financial services sector.
- Led the strategic carve-out/separation planning and blueprinting exercise for the supply chain, finance, IT, and HR departments, including one-off and running standalone cost assessments of the consumer and car leasing sectors.
- Managed the strategic acquisition mandate, including its planning and execution and the execution of transition service agreements, with a deal value of around £615 million for a client in the financial services/asset management sector.
- Drove four workstreams, including valuations, to deliver the strategic carve-out of eight markets, leading to initial public offerings (IPO) for an FTSE 100 telecom client with a transaction value of around $10 billion.
- Headed the project management office (PMO) to support the transaction close and integration activities on a reverse Morris trust merger in the technology sector with a deal value of around $8 billion.
- Supported an automotive client in developing key strategic priorities and managed six workstreams, including the operational separation as part of the central PMO, to deliver an IPO-readiness project with a deal value of around $7 billion.
- Developed a playbook on integration and separation tools and methodologies, covering people, processes, systems, and assets, and carried out internal training.
- Supported the business plan preparation on nearly five strategic projects, including modeling one-off and recurring project costs and estimating long-term returns.
- Aided post-integration transformation management activities by leading workstream calls, tracking project delivery, handling risk and issue resolution, and mentoring workstreams for a consumer products client with a deal value of around $500 million.
- Supported a pharma client's operational integration with a deal value of around €700 million, facilitating the transition service agreement, SME/cross-functional planning sessions, investment case analysis, day one planning, and integration planning.
- Estimated and validated synergies, including one-off and recurring amounts of around $11 million per annum for a merger in the energy sector with a deal value of about $300 million.
- Delivered several buy and sell-side operational due diligence projects for various industries.
- Prepared a quantified financial benefits report for a three-way merger in the gambling sector with a deal value of about £3 billion.
- Devised a day one strategy/operating model and an end-state integration plan following a merger in the energy sector.
- Supported circa ten strategic growth projects, including market-size estimation, projection of one-off and recurring costs, projection of financial returns, and competitive benchmarking.
Financial Project Manager | Division Margin Improvement Initiative
- Managed a portfolio of around 20 strategic cost optimization and performance improvement initiatives across 14 countries in the Europe-ANZ region, saving approximately $2 million per annum.
- Tracked the progress of the projects and quantified their financial impacts.
- Devised a strategic roadmap for optimizing the use of $13 million in promotion spending.
- Supported the sales and operations planning process with a budget of around $350 million.
Research Scientist and Project Engineer
- Devised product development and commercialization strategies, including competitive analysis, pricing, market sizing, and marketing, for four innovations, streamlining their launch/deployment.
- Conducted research and development analysis projects under contracts from clients such as the Department of Energy (DOE), NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Published six journal papers and conducted over ten presentations at international conferences.
- Performed around $6 million in new business developments and mentored 12 trainees.
- Supported marketing efforts such as organizing booth exhibits and drafting content for around 20 articles, including white papers, brochures, and press releases.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategy and Finance
HEC Paris - Paris, France
Master of Science Degree in Engineering
University of Texas at Austin - Austin, Texas, USA
Bachelor of Technology Degree in Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras - Chennai, India