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WHAT I DO:
I tutor MBA/undergrads, corporate executives, and CFA candidates. I cover finance, accounting, the CFA exam material, business statistics and other related areas.
WHY YOU SHOULD CONTACT ME:
I'm probably the best accounting/finance tutor in Chicago. On a referral basis, I have worked with individuals as far away as Europe (Turkey, Germany, etc.) and Asia (India, Australia, etc.).
I have a very strong mix of real world and academic experience experience. I focus on taking people beyond basic formulas or academic exercises to understanding contextually why certain analysis matter and how they relate to real world scenarios.
MY EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
I've a masters degree in accounting and a bachelors degree in finance from Tulane University. I am a CFA Charterholder. I passed every exam on the first attempt.
MY WORK EXPERIENCE BACKGROUND:
I have eight years working experience at multiple investment partnerships (hedge fund and venture capital). I was a generalist/special situations analyst and venture capitalist primarily focused on the technology sector.
In private/venture capital, I have significant boardroom experience and worked on situations ranging from distressed restructurings to start-ups with nothing more than IP and a powerpoint slidedeck. Firms I’ve invested in and worked with have been sold to Oracle, Intel and several other well known companies. I've funded companies with well known C-level executives like the former CFO of Intel and the co-founders of Qualcomm and Broadcomm.
In public company/hedge fund work, I've worked on various accounting frauds/restatements, special situations (spin-offs, etc.) and other equity generalist situations. I am more of an equity person than a debt person. However, I have done a bit of distressed debt work.
MY TUTORING EXPERIENCE:
I've tutored people off and on as a personal hobby. It’s expanded more in recent years, largely through referrals. I have tutored people from many organizations including:
Wharton, Duke, Creighton, Notre Dame, Northwestern, DePaul, New York University, Columbia, Stanford, Univ of Wisconsin, and Univ of Chicago. I have worked with executives from major companies such as Chicago Mercantile Exchange, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, Medtronic, Takeda, Northern Trust, and other well known institutions.
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I have a masters degree in accounting and have seen at least 8 different accounting textbooks at all different levels. I explain accounting in a unique, easy-to-remember way that makes all transactions understandable (debits/credits). I've experience working with people from basic financial accounting 101 through complicated IFRS/GAAP merger and acquisition analysis. I can cover any accounting material except tax. I do not tutor for the CPA exam, only for college-level coursework and the CFA exam.
I've experience in all areas of finance including: basic college/MBA finance coursework, all major standardized tests (CFP, Series 7/65, CFA, CAIA), most derivatives, executing venture capital transactions, modeling LBOs/debt/equity recapitalizations, corporate finance scenarios (build/buy analysis), long/short hedge fund, and cap structure arbitrage.
In venture capital, companies I have funded have been sold to Intel, Oracle, Mtekvision, and taken public (Opentable.com).
I'm probably the #1 finance tutor in the greater Chicagoland area.
Simply put. Worth it. — If corporate finance or accounting is troubling you then Cliff is your man. Correlating case study examples with theory, I found his explanations very easy to follow. Now I don't consider myself a person that is exceptionally capable of swiftly grasping concepts, but if you ever feel like he's going too fast then just tell him to slow down (and trust me, he WILL slow down and make sure you underst ...
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