Tobias Buck, Finance Expert in London, United Kingdom
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Tobias Buck

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Finance Expert

London, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
April 7, 2020

Tobias is a private equity investor and board advisor who has invested, raised, and refinanced more than $4 billion throughout his career across the entire company life cycle from seed round start-ups to late-stage buyouts across Europe/US, and various industries. He combines highly analytical thinking with a very structured work approach and a passion for the creative fields. He connects easily with people valuing high IQ/EQ environments.

Career Highlights

Investment Principal
Novalpina Capital (Private Equity Team)
Investment Associate
Goldman Sachs (Private Equity Team)

Education Highlights

Master's Degree
École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe)
Exchange Program
London School of Economics and Political Science
Bachelor's Degree
WU - The Vienna University of Economics and Business

Case Studies

Work Experience

Member of the Supervisory Board and Senior Advisor

2020 - PRESENT
Deutsche Entertainment AG
  • Worked with Deutsche Entertainment AG, a leading publicly-listed live entertainment company in Europe with approximately €200 million sales and 220 employees, which produces and promotes a broad range of events, mostly across rock/pop, arts, and exhibitions as well as online ticketing.
  • Attended supervisory and executive management board meetings of a public company.
  • Supervised the executive management team of a €200 million sales/€15 million EBITDA company, listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange (Germany).
  • Evaluated various add-on acquisitions and respective financing options.
  • Provided CFO support in regard to equity and debt financing options.
  • Developed investor presentation for meetings with public investors, e.g., hedge funds, pension, funds, and long-only funds.
  • Attended investor and capital markets meetings.
Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Investor Presentations, Capital Raising, Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Supervisory

Early Stage Investor

2015 - PRESENT
B72 Ventures
  • Founded B72 Ventures to consolidate my activities as an early-stage investor and consultant.
  • Invested into multiple early-stage start-ups, including biotech, fintech, casual dining, media and fashion brands.
  • Exited one portfolio company to a trade buyer at multiple of money.
  • Consulted a smaller mid-cap private equity firm on an investment into the technology space.
  • Assisted several start-ups in my portfolio on subsequent funding rounds to raise additional capital from new 3rd-party investors.
Focus areas: Startups, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Early-stage Funding, Early-stage Startups, Series A, Seed Fundraising, Venture Capital

Investment Principal

2017 - 2019
Novalpina Capital (Private Equity Team)
  • Worked with Novalpina Capital, a special situations private equity firm focusing on control equity or control debt-for-equity investments in the European mid-market.
  • Supported the founding partners in starting a new investment firms across all aspects - from supporting the fundraising efforts, hiring the team, establishing the company's operations and working on new investments.
  • Raised a credit facility of >$250 million from multiple investment banks.
  • Conducted and led the due diligence on dozens of potential investments and business models across various industries, including consumer goods, media, technology, telecommunications, and business services.
  • Evaluated numerous investment opportunities across various investment strategies including, besides others, control equity, LBO, minority equity, growth equity, buy-and-build, loan-to-own, litigation investing, junior debt, and distressed debt.
  • Steered and managed external consultants (commercial, finance, and tax advisors) during dozens of due diligence processes.
  • Trained and supervised multiple investment associates and analysts.
  • Built dozens of highly detailed financial models, including flexible forecast scenarios depending on numerous inputs, including P&L, cash flow,and balance sheet.
  • Valued numerous private and public companies applying multiple valuation methods, including transaction and trading multiples, and DCF, to name a few.
Focus areas: Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Financing, Due Diligence, Legal Structuring, Capital Raising, Valuation, Board Presentations, Board of Directors, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Private Equity

Investment Associate

2011 - 2017
Goldman Sachs (Private Equity Team)
  • Worked with the Goldman Sachs' private equity team, specifically the merchant banking division, which is the banks' internal and proprietary investment team focusing on private equity-style investments across leveraged buy-outs, minority and growth equity as well as (distressed/performing) debt-typically in the mid-to large-cap space across all industries.
  • Invested more than $3 billion in equity and debt across c.7 transaction across minority equity, control equity, LBO, senior and junior debt, and distressed debt.
  • Invested across industries, including consumer products, industrials, business services, eCommerce, energy, and entertainment.
  • Valued numerous private and public companies applying multiple valuation methods, including transaction and trading multiples, DCF, etc.
  • Listed three companies via IPO in Germany (2x) and Denmark (1x).
  • Acted as board observer at more than four companies.
  • Built more than 100-200+ highly detailed financial models, including flexible forecast scenarios depending on numerous inputs, including P&L, cash flow, and balance sheet as well as sensitivity/acquisition analysis.
  • Trained and supervised multiple investment associates and analysts.
  • Ran fundraising activities for Goldman Sachs' private equity investments, including direct communication with respective deal and fund LPs and preparation of LP information.
  • Collaborated with portfolio companies (especially CEO/CFO) on the annual budgeting process, industry best practices, and implemented new processes around financial controls and reporting.
  • Assessed multiple acquisition/bolt-on targets for investee portfolio companies and appropriate equity/debt financing options and instruments.
  • Worked mostly in Goldman Sachs' London office and later transferred to its headquarter in New York.
Focus areas: Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Financial Modeling, DCF Modeling, Initial Public Offerings, Refinancing, Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Valuation, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Portfolio Management, Private Equity

Investment Analyst

2010 - 2010
JP Morgan
  • Evaluated multiple investment opportunities in the distressed asset space.
Focus areas: Investing, Investments, Distressed Assets


2010 - 2010
The Boston Consulting Group
  • Developed the roll-out strategy for a a new telecommunications offering.
Focus areas: Telecommunications, Strategy, Consulting


2006 - 2007
Pyromaniac Clothing
  • Started a streetwear apparel brand together with a creative CEO as design director.
Focus areas: Apparel & Accessories, Supplier/Vendor Selection, Sales, Product Development, General Management

Sales & Project Manager

2005 - 2007
Montana Cans
  • Acted as sales manager for two European countries.
  • Developed and launched a new spray can brand.
  • Managed the global artist team representing the brand.
Focus areas: Art, Graffiti, Artist Management, Product Launch, Project Management, Product Development, Exports, Sales
2009 - 2011

Master's Degree in Finance

École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe) - Paris, France

2009 - 2009

Exchange Program in Business Management

London School of Economics and Political Science - London, England

2007 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree in International Business

WU - The Vienna University of Economics and Business - Vienna, Austria


Private Equity, Valuation, Financial Modeling, Due Diligence, Valuation Multiples, M&A Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), M&A (Buy-side), Corporate Finance, Free Cash Flow (FCF), Equity Valuation, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Profit & Loss (P&L), Private Equity Valuation, Private Company Valuation, Refinancing, Capital Gains, Capital Structuring, Capital Structure Analysis, Deal Advisory, DCF Valuation, Value Investing, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Capital Raising, Equity Financing, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Return Analysis, Investment Memoranda, Venture Funding, 13-week Cash Flow, Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow Forecasting, Projected Cash Flow, Equity Offerings, Growth Equity, Equity Raises, Stock Price Analysis, Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), Credit Analysis, Management Buyout Finance, Seed Fundraising, Junior Capital, Senior Secured Debt, Financial Advisory, Business Advisory, Minority Investments, Investment Thesis, Financial Reporting, Debt, Equity Capital, Series A, Series B, Three-statement Modeling, Capital, CFO, Private Equity Secondaries, Funds Flow, Investment Briefs, Credit Investing, Angel/Seed Funding, Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), Credit Risk, Credit/Debt, Debt Raises, Bank Debt Raises, Bank Covenants, Term Loans, Revenue & Expense Projections, Reverse Mergers, Valuation Modeling, Fundraising, Startup Funding, Forecasting, P&L Forecasting, Budgeting, Fund Formation, Fund Management, Fund Structure

Industry Expertise

Financial Services, Entertainment & Leisure, Technology, Venture Capital, Corporate Structure, Music, Fashion, Non-performing Loans (NPL), Telecommunications, Exports, Energy, Apparel & Accessories, Banking & Finance, Merchant Banking, Financial Markets, Early-stage Startups, Consumer Products

Geographic Expertise

Germany, United Kingdom, Europe, Western Europe, Serbia, United States, Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Austria, Switzerland

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook

Data & Analysis Software

Capital IQ, Bloomberg


Corporate Documents, Investing, Financial Forecasting, Investment Analysis, Cash Flow Analysis, Equity Investment, Acquisitions, Exit Strategy, Leveraged Finance, Boards, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Model Validation, Models, Finance, Advisory, Investment Committee Advisory, Capital Advisory, Share Purchase Agreements, Investment Banking, Modeling, Leveraged Buyout (LBO) Analysis, Fast-moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Transactions, Investments, DCF Modeling, Discounted Cash Flow Analysis, EBITDA, Financials, Business Models, Business Modeling, Acquisition Analysis, Financing, Budget Modeling, Business Analysis, Media, FMCG, Board Presentations, Board Decks, Board of Directors, Debt Financing, Bonds, Management Incentive Packages, Interim CFO, Supervisory, Board Reporting, Business Development, Distressed Assets, Distressed/Special Situations, Asset Acquisition, Investor Presentations, Investor Agreements, Shareholder Value, Shareholder Return, Stock Exchange, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC), SPACs, Disposal, Profit Maximization, Leverage Analysis, Margin Optimization, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Early-stage Venture Capital, Deal Structuring, Senior Executive Management, Transaction Advisory, Term Sheet Advisory, Term Sheets, Term Sheet Negotiations, Shareholders, Investment Funds, Investment Cases, Shareholder Activism, Controls, Interim Management, Business Consulting, Live Entertainment, Music Streaming, Mergermarket, Stock Market, Investment Ideas, Angel Investing, Equity, Value Analysis, Pitch Decks, Pitch Presentations, Fractional CFO, Virtual CFO, Financial Ratios, Interim Reporting, Interim Financial Controller, Loans, Merger Benefits, Liquidation Valuation, Early-stage Funding, Fundraising Consultant, Key Performance Metrics, Alternative Investments, IFRS Financial Reporting, Equities, US GAAP, Business Planning, Business Plan Consulting, Markets, Portfolio Management, Initial Public Offerings, Legal Structuring, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Sales, Product Development, Project Management, Product Launch, Artist Management, Graffiti, Art, General Management, Supplier/Vendor Selection, Management Consulting, Conserved Domain Database (CDD), Financial Analysis, Financial Statements, Analysis, Legal, Legal Documentation, Sourcing, Contract Negotiation, Buy-side, Slack, Hedge Funds, Emerging Markets, Interim Finance Director, Consulting, Intrapreneurship, Impact Investing, Leveraged Credit, Stock Analysis, Fintech, EBIT, Startups, Startup Consulting, eCommerce

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