Valentine Sabulis, Finance Expert in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Valentine Sabulis

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Toptal Member Since
August 24, 2022

Val is a seasoned professional with broad experience working as a CFO and COO across various enterprises in Australia, the US, and the UK. He has held senior roles in finance, operations, technology, and product management in startups and established corporates. Having worked with over 100 newly formed and high-growth ventures, Val is now a full-time independent consultant specializing in startups.

Career Highlights

Virtual CFO
The Martec

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree (Merit)
University of New South Wales

Certification Highlights

Chartered Accountant (CA)
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)

Case Studies

Work Experience

Virtual CFO

2020 - PRESENT
The Martec
  • Developed high-precision cash flow and capital forecasting models.
  • Created a sophisticated employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) for C-level executives.
  • Prepared successful applications for a range of high-value innovation grants.
Focus areas: Business Strategy, Financial Operations & Processes, CFO

Principal Consultant

2011 - PRESENT
Voyager Consulting
  • Provided consulting services to startups and high-growth ventures, including developing pitch decks, business plans, financial models, information memorandums, fundraising support, and transaction support.
  • Co-founded a highly successful startup providing equity market analytics, with over one million free subscribers and over 100 thousand paid subscription accounts.
  • Assisted startups to raise over $50 million in seed and growth capital across various industries and sectors.
Focus areas: Accounting, Startup Consulting, Information Technology, Fundraising, Financial Modeling, Pitch Decks, Seed Fundraising, Pitch Deck Consultant, Due Diligence, M&A Due Diligence (Financial), Fintech, Venture Capital, Revenue & Expense Projections, Microsoft PowerPoint, Business Plan Consulting, Forecasting

CFO | Corporate Adviser

2015 - 2020
XHQ (formerly X-Company)
  • Built the distribution and product development strategy to productize existing service offerings.
  • Developed a group-wide executive compensation and incentivization program.
  • Created consolidated key metrics and reporting across the group of five businesses operating in different markets and geographies.
Focus areas: Corporate, Business Advisory, Advisory, Business Strategy, CFO

Group CFO

2006 - 2011
  • Built the principal commercial finance function with a loan book of $500 million.
  • Implemented and managed a mortgage-backed securitization program to finance the principal commercial finance business.
  • Managed the acquisition of several vertically aligned businesses, including target identification, due diligence, transaction structuring, and post-acquisition integration.
Focus areas: Structured Finance, Asset Securitization, Commercial Mortgage-backed Securities (CMBS), Commercial Finance, Revenue & Expense Projections, CFO

CFO | Head of Structured Finance

2002 - 2006
  • Managed all aspects of structured finance and securitization, including transaction structuring, investor and rating agency materials, roadshows, execution, and post-transaction management like trust distributions, accounting, and investor reporting.
  • Negotiated a structured wholesale warehouse facility with a face value of $500 million.
  • Structured and executed a $10 million private equity capital raise.
Focus areas: Mortgages, Securitization, Structured Finance, Accounting, Fintech, CFO, Investor Relations

CFO | Head of Operations

2000 - 2003
Charles Schwab
  • Sourced and implemented a white label margin lending solution for Schwab Australia stockbroking customers.
  • Conducted acquisition analyses of potential targets in Australia and New Zealand, including online stockbrokers, financial planners, and margin lending providers.
  • Developed and implemented a range of stockbroking complementary banking products, such as deposit accounts, debit cards, and checking accounts, in conjunction with a prominent local bank.
  • Led the project to securitize Schwab's margin loans globally, in conjunction with Credit Suisse First Boston.
Focus areas: Accounting, Operations, New Product Development, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Fintech, Revenue & Expense Projections, CFO
1979 - 1984

Bachelor's Degree (Merit) in Accounting and Information Technology

University of New South Wales - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


ASX Broker Exam

Securities Institute Education


Postgraduate Diploma in Securities

Securities Institute of Australia


Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

EDP Auditors Association


Chartered Accountant (CA)

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)


Accounting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Modeling, Fundraising, Valuation, Seed Fundraising, Due Diligence, Forecasting, CFO, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Advisory, Credit Risk, Commercial Mortgage-backed Securities (CMBS), Commercial Finance

Data & Analysis Software

QuickBooks Online

Industry Expertise

Venture Capital

Output Software

Microsoft PowerPoint


Xero, Equities, Mortgages, Securitization, Business Planning, Pitch Decks, Startups, Information Memoranda, Pitch Deck Consultant, M&A Due Diligence (Financial), Business Plan Consulting, Financial Operations & Processes, Microsoft, Stockbroking, Operations, New Product Development, Structured Finance, Business Strategy, Advisory, Fintech, Corporate, Investor Relations, G Suite, GAAP, Customer Success, Company Building, Transaction Comparables, Market Sizing, Executive Summaries, Asset Securitization, Startup Consulting, Information Technology

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