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About Paul Pignataro
Entrepreneur specializing in Finance Education. Paul has built and successfully run several start-ups in the Education, Consumer Products and Technology industries.
Paul is managing partner of Caterson Consulting, a Merger, Acquisition, and Private Equity consulting firm.
He founded New York School of Finance, which provides finance education to banks, firms, and universities throughout the world.
Paul is also the author of the "Investment Banking and Private Equity in Practice" series of books published by Wiley Finance.
Since its publication, "Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity", the first book in the series, has been ranked #1 on Amazon.com in Finance Hot New Releases and #1 in Valuation Bestsellers.
His books are in 613 libraries and universities worldwide including, United Kingdom, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Malta, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Namibia, Kenya, Taiwan, South Africa, Hong Kong, Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia and has been translated into simplified Chinese.
Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Mr. Pignataro worked at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a $1 billion private equity firm affiliated with buyout giant Thomas H. Lee Partners. Before that, he was at Morgan Stanley, where he worked on various transactions in the technology, energy, transportation, and business services industries. Some of the transactions included the $33.3 billion merger of BP Amoco and ARCO, the $7.6 billion sale of American Water Works to RWE (a German water company), the sale of two subsidiaries of Citizens Communications (a $3.0 billion communications company), and the sale of a $100 million propane distribution subsidiary of a $3 billion electric utility.
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Paul Pignataro reveals the secrets behind growth through M&Ain his new book, Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures, and OtherRestructurings + Website. Through market shifts and regulatorychanges, M&A has served as a solid approach to growth. Creatingvalue through mergers and acquisitions is a highly covetedstrategy, and Wall Street has long sought a clear technicalunderstanding of the components of M&A as a key driver ofgrowth. In this book, the author provides that understanding,covering all essential aspects of accounting and modeling for theM&A process.
With over a decade of experience aiding billion-dollarrestructuring deals, Paul Pignataro is in an excellent position tobreak down M&A from a finance standpoint. Mergers,Acquisitions, Divestitures, and Other Restructurings covers thefinancial accounting and modeling behind several M&Astructures. Using the merger of Office Depot and Office Max, Mr.Pignataro fully addresses the entire integration, explains EBITDA,and other crucial performance measures. This text is for financepractitioners who want to explore every corner of the M&Aprocess.
- Learn accounting for asset acquisitions, asset divestitures,and corporate mergers
- Explore modeling methods including mini-merger modeling andfully consolidated merger modeling
- Read case studies demonstrating the practical success oftheoretical models
- Understand EBITDA, cash flow, capital structure, and theirimpact on M&A success and value creation
This new text from the CEO and founder of the New York School ofFinance is key for understanding how restructuring leads to growthand value creation. The importance of M&A shows no signs ofslowing, meaning that finance professionals need to be able toaccurately analyze the prospects and impacts of restructuringmoves. Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures, and OtherRestructurings + Website is the authoritative resource fordoing just that.
The fully revised new edition of the best-selling guide to using financial models to determine if a stock is over or undervalued
Written by the founder and CEO of the world-renowned New York School of Finance, Financial Modeling and Valuation provides clear and systematic guidance on accurately evaluating the soundness of a stock investment. This invaluable handbook equips investors with the tools necessary for understanding the underlying fundamentals of a rational investment and for making smarter investment decisions in any market environment.
Built around an in-depth case study of global retail leader Amazon, this fully updated Second Edition shows you how to analyze the financial standing of a company using the methods of Wall Street professionals. Step-by-step, you will learn to build the core three statements—income statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheet—as well as the three major supporting schedules required for complete company valuation and analysis. All line items are explained in clear language and include real-world tips and techniques for using them as tools for valuing and managing a business. This must-have guide:
- Features new and in-depth case studies based on Amazon that simulate real-world modelling and valuation
- Explains valuation techniques such as illustrative comparable company analysis, precedent transactions analysis, and discounted cash flow analysis
- Covers all essential applications of a model, including pricing a stock, raising debt, and raising equity
- Includes an introductory section describing the recent and dramatic shift of the entire retail industry
- Provides end-of-chapter questions, downloadable practice models, additional case studies, and common interview questions via a companion website
Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity, Second Edition is essential reading for finance professionals, venture capitalists, individual investors, and students in investment banking and related degree programs in finance.
The private equity industry has grown dramatically over the past twenty years. Such investing requires a strong technical know-how in order to turn private investments into successful enterprises. That is why Paul Pignataro has created Leveraged Buyouts + Website: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity.
Engaging and informative, this book skillfully shows how to identify a private company, takes you through the analysis behind bringing such an investment to profitability—and further create high returns for the private equity funds. It includes an informative leveraged buyout overview, touching on everything from LBO modeling, accounting, and value creation theory to leveraged buyout concepts and mechanics.
- Provides an in-depth analysis of how to identify a private company, bring such an investment to profitability, and create high returns for the private equity funds
- Includes an informative LBO model and case study as well as private company valuation
- Written by Paul Pignataro, founder and CEO of the New York School of Finance
If you're looking for the best way to hone your skills in this field, look no further than this book.
The Complete, Technical Interview Guide to Investment Banking is the aspiring investment banker's guide to acing the interview and beginning your journey to the top. By merging a 'study guide' to the field with a forecast of the interview, this book helps you prepare for both content and structure; you'll brush up on important topics while getting a preview of the questions your interviewers are likely to ask. Covering financial statements, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts, the discussion provides the answers to common technical questions while refreshing your understanding of the core technical analyses behind core models and analyses. Each chapter includes a list of the questions you will almost certainly be asked—along with the answers that interviewers want to hear—from the basic Q&A to the advanced technical analyses and case studies. This guide will reinforce your knowledge and give you the confidence to handle anything they can throw at you.
You will receive an expert synopsis of the major points you need to know, to ensure your understanding and ability to handle the multitude of questions in each area.
- Double-check your conceptual grasp of core finance topics
- Plan your responses to common technical and analysis questions
- Understand how to analyze and solve technical analyses and cases
- Gain insight into what interviewers want to hear from potential hires
- Become the candidate they can't turn away
You've positioned yourself as a competitive candidate, and the right job right now can chart your entire career's trajectory. Now you just have to win the recruiting race. The Complete, Technical Interview Guide to Investment Banking is the ultimate preparation guide to getting the job you want.