Thorsten is a corporate finance and investment professional with an international career in investment banking (Lehman Brothers, Banco Santander) and the experience of launching his own startup. A trusted advisor to SME executives in the TMT, consumer and business services sectors, he freelances to help businesses solve strategic and financial challenges—including improving operational performance, increasing profitability, and maximizing value.
Created an investor pitch and helped to secure USD $3 million in Series B funding for a tech startup.
Improved the business plan, incorporated new product verticals, and designed a management information and reporting system for a logistics services business.
Designed the strategic vision and organizational structure for a London-based healthcare startup.
Researched market and competitors, created a business plan, and developed a market entry strategy for a US-based motorcycle company.
Focus areas: Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Financial Management, Financial Strategy, Strategic Finance Management, CFO, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Business Plan Development, Business Intelligence
Founder | CEO
2013 - 2016
Created the business idea, analyzed the markets and competitors, developed the product offering, pricing structure, and led the product development.
Built the business plan and financial plan—including liquidity scenarios, forecasts, and KPIs.
Wrote investor pitch, organized the roadshow, and presented it to venture capitalists and private investors.
Managed a team of external developers, designers, marketers, lawyers, and advisers to develop a social networking application.
Built a financial model for a subscription and transaction-based revenue model.
Focus areas: Company director, Strategic Finance Management, Financial Strategy, Financial Management, CFO, General Management, Market Research
2011 - 2013
Banco Santander S.A.
Expanded the domestic business into international markets, (e.g., Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, Scandinavia, and Poland).
Created and initiated new client-focused research publications—including investment ideas, volatility analysis, trading workshops, and educational product guides.
Analyzed European stock markets, volatility, and wrote analyst research reports to evaluate the investments and create new investment solutions.
Partnered with institutional clients to hedge strategic risks—created structured investment solutions and issued a senior note linked to equities.
Led internal joint ventures with other product heads to improve client services—achieved top 15 buy-side ranking in 2 years, up from the low 60s.
Focus areas: Budgeting, Business Development, Geographic Expansion, Investment Summaries, Market Research, Relationship Management, Capital Markets
2005 - 2010
Lehman Brothers, Inc. | Nomura plc.
Analyzed the European and American publicly listed companies, financials, share performances, volatility markets, and compiled investment and trading ideas for the institutional client base.
Executed book building and directed legal documentation process for more than 30 public offerings and private placements.
Wrote investment recommendations for professional investment managers (long-only, long/short, hedge funds). Created product ideas to enable investments in different asset classes (e.g., equities, derivatives, indices, real estate, commodities, foreign exchange, and rates).
Dealt in listed and OTC equity derivatives, publicly traded shares and risk-managed complex financial products (e.g. swaps, correlation, and volatility).
Managed relationships with large European financial institutions; hired and developed a successful team that covered the German-speaking markets in Europe.