Thomas Ruland, Finance Expert in Bad Münstereifel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Thomas Ruland

Finance Expert in Bad Münstereifel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Member since January 6, 2021
Thomas is an experienced finance professional with over 15 years of in-depth knowledge in M&A, finance, and business operations. He has executed multiple M&A processes, capital raising deals, and acted as (interim) CFO/COO in startup environments. Thomas has expertise both on the advisory side as well as in operational roles. His work-style follows an analytical management approach in combination with a hands-on mentality.
Thomas is now available for hire

Career Highlights


Software Expertise

  • Office 365

Other Expertise


  • Interim CFO/COO/Head of Finance | Startups | Fundraising Manager | Finance Consultant

    2020 - PRESENT
    • Build a seed funding deck and actively managed the seed fund round for a pre-seed startup. Advised them on operational goals to kick-off process.
    • Assumed interim CFO/COO role with full responsibility on finance tasks. Got financial department up-to-speed within one month.
    • Advised on M&A topics, prepared M&A roadmap, documents, and long-/short-list.
    • Assisted client to form industry expert board with a combined financing round.
    • Consulted on topics in corporate finance, business and finance operations (e.g. budgeting, financial planning & analysis (FP&A), controlling), and investor relations,.
    • Oversaw project management, due diligence, executive briefings, board document preparation, market screening, and financial modeling.
    Focus areas: Financial Controlling, Financial Management, Controlling, Reporting, Corporate Finance, Finance, Interim COO, COO, Virtual CFO, CFO, Interim CFO, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Controller
  • Vice President/Director

    2016 - 2020
    Ludwig & Co. (Award-winning Corporate Finance Boutique)
    • Led multiple M&A transactions across industries (technology, IT, automotive, agri-tec).
    • Raised funding rounds for early stage and growth startups.
    • Managed carve-outs, financial restructuring, and distressed M&A projects.
    • Build and presented Information memorandums, company presentations, and financial models.
    • Led and executed due diligence processes on both the buy and sell side.
    • Recruited one of the best junior M&A teams in the industry.
    Focus areas: Debt Raises, Equity Financing, Financing, Startups, High-tech Startups, Fundraising Consultant, Fundraising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

    2009 - 2016
    cloudControl (PaaS |Coud Technology Startup)
    • Raised multi-million EUR amounts in three funding rounds from business angels and VCs (Seed-Series B).
    • Managed all group financials: German GmbH & US Inc., including financial planning, monthly and annual report preparation, treasury, and investor relations.
    • Executed M&A projects: dotCloud acquisition from Docker, Inc., sale of cloudControl to Exoscale.
    • Set-up internal controlling systems and core KPIs for acquisition funnel, sign-up conversions, cohorts, and marketing effectiveness.
    • Oversaw all legal and data security topics.
    • Coordinated HR, recruitment processes, and employee evaluation.
    • Founded a US-based subsidiary as part of the international expansion strategy.
    Focus areas: Financial Management, Controlling, Finance, Cloud, Startups, VC Fundraising, Seed Fundraising
  • Analyst

    2007 - 2009
    UBS Investment Bank
    • Executed M&A transactions in the technology, real estate, and transportation sectors with EVs in the range of EUR 50-500 million each.
    • Prepared the multi-billion EUR IPO of one of Europe's largest railway operators.
    • Built extensive integrated financial models for both M&A and IPO cases.
    • Executed due diligence projects in digital and physical datarooms.
    • Prepared and presented key transaction documents such as a prospectus, pitches, and company presentations.
    Focus areas: Initial Public Offerings, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)


  • Bachelor's Degree in International Business Economics
    2006 - 2006
    Chengchi University Taipei - Taipei, Taiwan
  • Bachelor's Degree in International Business
    2003 - 2006
    Maastricht University - Maastricht, The Netherlands

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