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Toptal is a network of top industry experts and consultants with experience in low-middle market M&A. Searchers and investors hire consultants from Toptal for their technical and commercial due diligence projects as well as ad-hoc requests.

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Jack Barker

Search Fund Expert

Jack is a former McKinsey Partner and Carlyle Group Principal with 30 years of international experience. He has been President, CFO, or COO of 2 Carlyle com...panies and 4 others. He is a finance, strategy, and operations expert with deep experience in telecom, financial services, data centers, and manufacturing. Jack enjoys freelancing because it allows him to work on a wide-variety of issues for companies of all sizes and many industries. 

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Evan Fisher

Search Fund Expert

Evan is a former investment bank VP offering a simple value prop: better-than-Wall-Street quality documents and advice at a fraction of the price. He’s sat... in every seat at the boardroom table as a director, shareholder, executive, and advisor and has raised $75 million and led IPOs, acquisitions, and divestments. He enjoys helping businesses plan and refine their strategy, prepare for corporate actions, and hone their capital-raising approach. 

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Archil Lursmanashvili

Search Fund Expert

As the Deputy CFO of Silk Road Group, a USD 400 million private investment group, Archil works closely with international financial institutions and local b...anks and is actively involved in every step of the financing process, including financial modeling, negotiations, contracting and ensuring compliance with the covenants required by lenders. Archil joined Toptal to help SMEs develop flexible financial models as a tool for raising financing. 

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Alexander Hanrath

Search Fund Expert

After raising $3 billion to fund acquisitions for blue-chip businesses while at J.P. Morgan, Alexander moved into venture capital, investing in clean techno...logies. As CFO of an LED technology startup, he raised profitability by 50%, and now, he enjoys helping other businesses grow strategically and sustainably. Working as a freelancer gives him flexibility with location and frees up his time to pursue social and environmental impact projects. 

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Steve Sprindis

Search Fund Expert

Steve is an experienced financial executive and consultant with a broad range of experience ranging from deep dive financial analysis to M&A and valuation w...ork. He has experience as a CFO, private equity investor, and investment banker. Steve has worked with over fifty companies on preparing business plans and offering memorandums and financial models, and has helped finance early and late stage companies, real estate, and other assets. 

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Dave Harpur

Search Fund Expert

A chartered accountant with more than 15 years' experience, Dave has directly led double-digit EBITDA growth and over £1 billion in debt, equity, and M&A tr...ansactions while at leading private equity and consultancy firms (Global Infrastructure Partners, Octopus, IFM, and Deloitte). As a freelancer, he enjoys advising clients on strategy execution, debt and equity capital fundraising, corporate finance, and complex financial transactions. 

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Ken Gordon

Search Fund Expert

Ken is a finance expert with 25+ years of leadership experience at startups and Fortune 100 companies. He has supported a $2.5 billion Raytheon division and... advised CEOs, private equity investors, Members of Congress, and senior DoD officials on finance and operating strategy. Ken enjoys freelancing as he seeks to leverage his decades of finance and advisory experience on new and exciting challenges. 

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Calvin Clark

Search Fund Expert

Calvin has helped raise a total of over $300 million in capital for dozens of VC-backed startups, PE-backed middle market companies, public companies and in...vestment funds. He has run several buy and sell-side M&A processes. As a freelancer, he enjoys exploring strategic opportunities with companies undergoing significant change and growth. He has extensive experience in mobile technology, financial services, edtech, and transaction processing. 

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Toby Clarence-Smith

Search Fund Expert

Toby is the founder of Petsy, one of Mexico's leading eCommerce companies, backed by the region's top VC funds. As he transitions out of day-to-day operatio...ns from his company, Toby likes to freelance on projects where he can add significant value, such as financing related projects, market research, and valuation analysis. Toby has worked extensively with senior executives at VC- and PE-backed high growth companies in Europe and Latin America. 

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Hire Search Fund Experts Seamlessly with Toptal

1
Talk to One of Our Industry Experts
A Toptal director of finance will work you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
2
Work With Hand-Selected Talent
Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Search Fund Expert for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed
Work with your new Search Fund Expert for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Search Fund Experts different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Search Fund Experts to ensure we only supply experts of the highest caliber. Of the more than 100,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, we accept fewer than 3%. You'll work with finance experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expertly-matched talent from our network, hand-selected to fit your business needs.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Search Fund Experts?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Search Fund Expert begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you're completely satisfied with the results, we'll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you'd like. If you're not completely satisfied, you won't be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

  • How fast can I hire Search Fund Experts through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start your no-risk trial with a Search Fund Expert within 48 hours of signing up. Most of our engagements start within 2 weeks of discussing your project with us.

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  • Trusted Experts Only

    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire in under 2 weeks and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

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    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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