Willi Stappert, Finance Expert in Steinfurt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Willi Stappert

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Finance Expert

Steinfurt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Toptal Member Since
August 12, 2020

With an MSc. in finance and a CFA charterholder, Willi is an entrepreneur and a top-management consultant with over eight years of experience in strategy and corporate finance with a cumulative deal value of €1.5+ billion. Trained at firms like Ernst & Young and Stern Stewart, Willi delivers the highest quality across projects: M&A, joint ventures, alliances, growth strategies, new business lines, and financing. Freelancing allows Willi to help clients to master their challenges efficiently.

Career Highlights

CEO | Owner
Lord of Parts
Ernst & Young

Education Highlights

Master's Degree
European Business School London

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

CEO | Owner

2018 - PRESENT
Lord of Parts
  • Developed a new strategy for the company and refined over the years, while hiring and leading a new management team. This resulted in a 700% revenue increase in 30 months, making the company the fastest growing and in the top five in its sector.
  • Turned the distressed company around until break-even in 2019 by increasing revenues via build-up of capacities and increasing profitability via operational improvements (IT investments and improvement of processes).
  • Won financial partners to back the expansion and strategic partners to implement the digitization strategy in the coming years.
Focus areas: Entrepreneurship

Senior Consultant | Project Manager

2014 - PRESENT
  • Helped close a €700-million corporate debt refinancing deal for a €1 billion media company, by co-creating a sophisticated financial model for the deal, support negotiations with bank consortium as well as preparing presentations for shareholders.
  • Prepared a €500-million joint venture deal in the media industry, including due diligence, integration plan, modeling of a combined firm, simulation of financing, revaluation of assets, synergies as well as preparing presentations for shareholders.
  • Prepared a joint venture between a €120-million automotive supplier and a €2-billion chemistry firm, including a strategic and operational business model, legal and financial structure, business cases as well as presentations for the boards.
  • Developed alternative financing structures for a €100 million printing industry acquisition, including financial models with different building blocks, including a sale and leaseback of real estate and PPE as well as presentations for shareholders.
  • Prepared a €70-million carve-out and sale of a media group’s non-core business unit, including valuation, diligence, carve-out concept, transitional service agreements as well as other M&A tasks, such as data room management and factbook creation.
  • Helped to restructure and stabilize a distressed automotive supplier with €100 million in revenues, including leading the PMO, regular presentations for shareholders and OEMs as well as drastically improving the firm’s order and approval process.
  • Developed a complex pan-EU bottom-up financial model for a €65-million household retailer, that simulates marketing budgets and their effects as well as different business models and their logistic costs.
  • Helped introducing SAP HANA in a €500-million healthcare company, including co-leading the PMO, regular presentations for the board as well as creating and maintaining a very complex and dynamic MS project plan with over 3,000 lines.
  • Conducted a commercial due diligence for a strategic buyer in a €100-million deal in the shipping industry, including validation of target’s business plan, calculation of alternative scenarios for all units, valuation as well as support the bid.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Corporate Finance, Strategy


2012 - 2014
Ernst & Young
  • Helped a biotech company on a sell-side M&A project by writing the information memorandum, creating a buyer list, approaching 30+ buyers in Europe and the US, and facilitating discussions.
  • Helped a client company to refinance its debt into a €220-million promissory note loan by creating the financial model, writing the factbook, and supporting during the bidding process.
  • Analyzed and quantified the potential for improvement in the forecast-to-fulfill process of up to €100 million for one of Europe's largest energy companies.
  • Created a robust standard financial and valuation model for the local Ernst & Young M&A team.
Focus areas: Advisory, Working Capital Management, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
2010 - 2011

Master's Degree in Global Banking and Finance

European Business School London - London, UK

2006 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

University of Muenster - Muenster, Germany


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

CFA Institute