Sylvain Deslandes, Finance Expert in Singapore, Singapore
Sylvain Deslandes

Finance Expert in Singapore, Singapore

Member since August 31, 2020
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.
Sylvain is now available for hire

Career Highlights

Education

Case studies

Expertise

Employment

  • Strategic Investment and Funding Advisor

    2018 - PRESENT
    Stark Group (Fintech Incubator)
    • Reviewed and advised on the pitch deck for a pre-seed funding for My Insurer (an insuretech mobile app).
    • Assisted with drafting the financial model for projections supporting valuation discussions for My Insurer (an insuretech mobile app).
    • Reviewed the pitch deck and help rehearse the pitch presentation for No Deposit, an insurance scheme to protect rent deposits and dispute resolution tool for tenants and landlords.
    Focus areas: Angel Investing, Pitch Presentations, Pitch Decks, Startup Consulting, Startup Funding, Due Diligence, M&A (Sell-side), M&A (Buy-side), Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Development, Fundraising
  • CFO

    2016 - 2020
    NEP Broadcast Solutions
    • 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
    Broadcast Solutions
    • 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.
    Focus areas: Finance, Three Statement Operating Model, CAPEX, Consolidation, Internal Control, Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • M&A Manager

    2009 - 2011
    KPMG
    • Built the financial projections model supporting the valuation of a multi-billion healthcare service provider (over S$4 billion) which led to the successful completion of a major equity investment.
    • Developed a client relationship that led to an engagement within three months of joining the firm.
    • Advised a Singapore-based plastic wrap manufacturer on a development capital by a private equity fund (US$5 million).
    Focus areas: Finance, Three Statement Operating Model, Financial Modeling, Valuation, Private Equity, Fundraising, M&A (Buy-side), M&A (Sell-side)
  • Freelance Consultant

    2009 - 2009
    Freelance
    • 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.
    Focus areas: Startup Funding, Early-stage Funding, Financial Modeling, Comparable Company Analysis, Pitch Decks
  • M&A Executive

    2007 - 2008
    EY
    • 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.
    Focus areas: Finance, Three Statement Operating Model, Valuation, Financial Modeling, Distressed Assets, Fundraising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Education

  • Master's degree in Business Administration
    2003 - 2004
    IAE Aix en Provence - Aix-Marseille, France
  • Master's degree in Engineering
    2000 - 2003
    Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers - Paris, France

Certifications

  • Advanced Diploma
    JUNE 2015 - PRESENT
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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