Sylvain is a seasoned finance leader with extensive experience helping C-level executives and entrepreneurs on M&A, fundraising, post-merger integrations, and change management. He leverages his problem solving and financial modeling skills to provide analytical tools and strategic insights supporting decision making and driving performance. Sylvain enjoys freelancing to get exposed to a wide range of industries and to reinforce his experience in venture capital, M&A, and change management.
Oversaw the integration into the NEP group with the implementation of a new accounting system, the transfer to a new banking platform across three countries with improvement in treasury management, and the FP&A function's development from scratch.
Grew and developed a team of five whose scope was limited to bookkeeping and statutory filings to nine team members performing monthly reporting, consolidation, FP&A, treasury management, and process improvements.
Reduced the average DSO (days sales outstanding) by 30% in 12 months by setting up a new billing and collection approach in conjunction with the sales and operations team.
Significantly improved finance process efficiency with the setup of automated forex revaluations, GST reports, intercompany balances reconciliation, and project & OPEX dashboards.
Set up an Excel-based consolidation model for six entities across four countries to analyze, review, and report monthly results.
Focus areas: Finance, Three Statement Operating Model, CAPEX, CFO, Capital Investment Appraisals, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), People Development, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Change Management
Corporate Development Director
2011 - 2016
Led an auction process for private equity investors which eventually led to a full exit to a strategic investor—and industry's leader—and achieved a valuation at the top end of the industry multiples upon sale.
Built the 5-year financial projections—a 3-statement operating model—supporting the strategy roadmap and highlighting working capital and CAPEX requirements across the period. These were used to present the business plan to potential investors.
Managed the legal and tax planning to open new operations in India, designed the structure to ensure liquidity and cost optimization in conjunction with tax advisors, and set up and maintained transfer pricing policies in subsequent years.
Revised the pricing mechanism for the submission of a tender to our largest client which allowed us to win a major contract (three years, over $25 million revenue), and subsequent renewal for another five years.
Oversaw contracts from a financial, legal, and tax perspective to manage and mitigate tax (GST, WHT, and PE risks) and default risks for projects across Europe and the Asia Pacific.
Assisted Singapore's largest real estate portal on a strategic review. The consulting project included a valuation analysis based on comparable listed companies and comparable transactions. The conclusion of the report were presented to the board.
Assisted an online travel business operating in South East Asia to raise seed funding and get selected to incubate with a leading corporate VC in Singapore. Drafted the business plan, pitch deck, and built the financial projections supporting them.
Helped an early-stage startup in the OOH media space be selected for a fundraising event to pitch in front of a panel of investors. Drafted the teaser that got selected and subsequently prepared the pitch for the founder.
Advised on acquisitions, disposals, and equity/debt financing for businesses ranging from £10 million to £500 million.
Earned a team value award for project management, financial modeling, and leadership for a sell-side engagement (£60-million deal value).
Advised a mortgage lender on an equity financing (€12 million) and warehouse funding facility (€200 million); built the detailed financial model supporting the business plan to reflect the anticipated financing through warehouse debt and securitization.