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Cliff C.

CFA Charterholder. Finance, Accounting, & Related Subjects

Chicago, IL (60654)

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My primary focus is: Accounting and Finance.

My secondary focus is: statistics, venture capital, portfolio management, forensic accounting.

I typically see a 40/60 split between exam prep candidates (CFA/CFP exams) and MBA/college students.

I *only* tutor in locations nearby public transit in (CTA Red/Purple lines and Metra North line). In-person sessions must be at least 1 hour, preferred 1.5-3 hours.


I'm probably one of the strongest tutors you will find in accounting and finance in Chicago (as evidenced by my ratings/feedback, none of which I have solicited).

I have a very strong mix of real world experience, having worked on Wall St. at various hedge funds and venture capital partnerships for 8 years. I also have strong academic knowledge that has been repeatedly commended by many students who have often told me statements like, "I wish you were my professor at Northwestern, etc."


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.


I have eight years' working experience at multiple investment partnerships (hedge funds and venture capital fund). I was a generalist/special situations analyst and venture capitalist primarily focused on the technology sector. I've industry working experience with many leading executives from the former CFO of Intel to CEOs and Chairmen of many small/mid cap companies.

Venture Capital: I’ve dealt with every aspect of venture capital including sourcing deals, due diligence, executing transactions, managing investments, board meetings, and exiting investments. Firms I’ve invested in have been sold to Oracle, Intel and several other well known companies.

Hedge Funds: I’ve invested in all sorts of special situations including accounting frauds/restatements, spin-offs, restructurings, debt/equity recaps, cap structure arbitrage, and other complex situations. Total assets under management of funds I have worked on exceed $5 B USD. I've managed positions as large as $80 M USD. Most of the funds I worked on were based in NYC and managed by ex-Goldman people.

Advisory Work: I've worked on M&A transactions, debt offerings, and other related investment banking work. I've helped several companies fix their operational and financing strategies including dynamic cost forecasting/hedging strategies and other Monte Carlo simulations.


I've tutored people off and on as a personal hobby. It’s expanded more in recent years. I have tutored people from the following organizations:

Wharton, Duke, Creighton, Notre Dame, Northwestern, DePaul, New York University, Columbia, Stanford, Univ of Wisconsin, NIU, Wayne State Univ., Northeastern Illinois, Univ of Chicago, many of the major financial institutions (Chicago Mercantile Exchange, JPMorgan Chase, AXA Financial, Merrill Lynch, etc.), and several others.


- I am *NO LONGER* tutoring for Series 7, 65 exams. I'm too busy with other work. I've cut it out.

- Please DO NOT contact me to install software (QuickBooks, Excel, etc.) on your computer. I am not a computer repair or software installation person, even if it’s accounting or stats software.

- Projects related to work or final exam/coursework projects are OK. I frequently fix people’s financial models or knock out exam preps on a one-off basis.

- If you contact me – PLEASE BE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE. Tell me what you are studying, any textbooks, syllabus and explanation of the subjects (chapters, topics) you need help on. The more detail you provide, the better I can let you know whether or not I can be of assistance.

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Cliff’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel, Statistics
Accounting, Economics, Statistics
Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel


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 (

I'm probably the #1 finance tutor in the greater Chicagoland area.

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Tulane University (Finance)

Tulane University - Accounting (Master's)

CFA Charterholder (Other)

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 ...

— Brian from Chicago, IL on 10/23/11);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$65/hr. Each additional group member is $35 per hour. 1 hour minimum. 24 notice of cancellation required.

Travel policy

Cliff will travel within 40 miles of Chicago, IL 60654.

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