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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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Evan Fisher

Search Fund Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since August 24, 2017

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. His work is responsible for over $2.1 billion invested in SMEs and has sat in every seat at the boardroom table as a director, shareholder, executive, and advisor. Evan enjoys helping businesses plan and refine their strategies, prepare for corporate actions, and hone their capital-raising approach.

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Archil Lursmanashvili (FMVA)

Search Fund Expert

GeorgiaToptal Member Since December 10, 2016

As the deputy CFO of Silk Road Group, Georgia's third-largest private enterprise, Archil works closely with international financial institutions and local banks 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

United KingdomToptal Member Since September 2, 2017

After raising $3 billion to fund acquisitions for blue-chip businesses while at J.P. Morgan, Alexander moved into venture capital, investing in clean technologies. 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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Ken Gordon

Search Fund Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since April 26, 2018

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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Dave Harpur

Search Fund Expert

United KingdomToptal Member Since October 4, 2017

A chartered accountant with more than 15 years of experience, Dave has directly led double-digit EBITDA growth and over £1 billion in debt, equity, and M&A transactions 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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Toby Clarence-Smith

Search Fund Expert

ItalyToptal Member Since August 22, 2016

With over a decade of experience across private equity, venture capital, and banking, Toby founded and successfully sold a venture-backed eCommerce company, giving him a unique skill set that combines the financial/investment perspective with tangible operational expertise. His consulting work focuses on helping clients with diligence investment opportunities, as well as companies looking to raise capital and grow their businesses.

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Jack Barker

Search Fund Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since April 14, 2017

A former McKinsey Partner and Carlyle Group Principal with 30 years of international experience, Jack has served as the president, CFO, and COO of two Carlyle companies and four 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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Steve Sprindis

Search Fund Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since January 4, 2017

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 work. 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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Calvin Clark

Search Fund Expert

United StatesToptal Member Since March 20, 2017

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 investment 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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Erik has been an extremely valuable member of our team who has tremendous breath of experience with start ups in our lifecycle phase. What makes his contribution unique and highly effective is not only his excellent financial modeling skills and knowledge, but also the emotional intelligence with which he manages each relationship at Vault, understands our team dynamics, and helps us tackle start up challenges effectively. It is rare to find a part-time consultant who makes you feel like he/she is genuinely invested in the success of your company.

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Toptal has been an incredible key partner for Sidekick. As an early-stage start-up, we’ve leveraged both design and financial talent. The experience has been incredible, with those professionals bringing creativity, expertise, and advice to ensure Sidekick succeeds. My Toptal financial expert helped steer Sidekick’s business model, which resulted in an initial ROI of 650x! My experience with Toptal has given me great confidence in the future.

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What really sets Toptal apart is the caliber of finance talent available in their network. I had a very specific and pressing need, and Toptal quickly matched me with the perfect person for the job. The expert produced a thoughtful and robust financial analysis that has ultimately allowed us to forecast and prioritize initiatives much more efficiently.

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Naushad Parpia, Founder and CEO

GSD

I was very impressed with the quality of finance talent in Toptal’s network. Our expert's experience was immediately evident through his insightful questions and the speed at which we could move. Toptal stayed on top of the process from making the match through to the successful completion of the project. I've already recommended Toptal Finance to my network.

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How to Hire Search Fund Experts through Toptal

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Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of finance will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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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 match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 100,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You'll work with finance experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs. Start now.

  • Can I hire Search Fund Experts in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Search Fund Expert within 48 hours of signing up. Start now.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal 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. Start now.

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

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