The Capital Markets Advisory Team

What we do

CFGI’s Capital Markets Advisory team has the experience and expertise to guide your company through a successful initial public offering (IPO), alternative public offering (APO), reverse acquisition or recapitalization, de-SPAC transaction or follow-on offering. CFGI has completed hundreds of capital markets transactions in a wide variety of industries. Our approach takes into account all of the usual elements of a public financing or SEC registration while remaining flexible enough to adapt to any unique challenges that arise.

The CMA team not only brings years of experience to the table, but also works hard to stay current on the latest regulatory developments. Facing scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is one of the most challenging processes public companies experience. With the ability to operate anywhere, CFGI gives you peace of mind knowing that every possible challenge has been addressed with careful attention to detail.

What is the CFGI difference?

Leveraging Big-Four experience, CFGI is able to expertly address every aspect of the IPO process. We don’t just go through the motions. Our team members are subject matter experts who have an informed perspective on the market. When you choose to partner with us, you get:

  • Technical competency.
  • Quality of service.
  • Dedicated team members.
  • Flexibility and scalability.
  • Cost-effective solutions.

Support at every stage of the company lifecycle

Whether you’re just beginning to consider an IPO or you’re already getting close to a deadline, CFGI’s CMA team is here to help. Our clients range from pre-revenue startups to Fortune 100 public companies. We’ve seen it all — and we possess the knowledge and skills to overcome new challenges as they arise.

We can help companies overcome any barriers before, during and after an IPO:

Additionally, our team is prepared to help you with transaction and valuation services, tax services and system implementations. If your company doesn’t yet have a financial team in place, CFGI can also provide interim role support — so you can immediately take advantage of leading-edge technical expertise.

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Meet the team


April Coleman

April Coleman

Partner

April leads CFGI’s capital markets practice. She assists her clients with accounting and SEC reporting matters, enabling them to successfully navigate complex transactions, including IPOs, APOs, reverse acquisitions and recapitalizations, de-SPAC transactions and business combinations. April is a subject matter expert in SEC reporting, with emphasis on financing and M&A transactions, and has extensive experience in other technical accounting areas.

April has over 20 years of experience advising companies on SEC matters and supporting capital markets transactions. Prior to joining CFGI, April worked for PwC and the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, as well as a public software company and a pre-IPO medical device company.

David Horn

David Horn

Partner

David is a Managing Director who has over 25 years of experience in providing accounting and financial reporting advisory services to public and private companies of all sizes. He is a subject matter expert in SEC reporting with extensive experience in complex capital markets transactions, including debt and equity IPOs and mergers. He assists clients with IPO and merger readiness, navigating complex and routine SEC reporting matters, understanding and implementing fast-changing SEC rules and regulations, preparing pre-clearance letters and helping clients respond to comment letters from the SEC.

Prior to joining CFGI, David spent 24 years at Deloitte, serving over 12 years in its Accounting and Reporting Services practice in Stamford, Connecticut, as a subject matter expert in SEC reporting. David was also a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Detroit audit practice for 12 years.

Kelly Provost

Kelly Provost

Partner

As national leader of the life sciences capital markets practice, Kelly brings over 13 years of accounting and advisory experience mainly for clients in the life sciences, biotech and med device industries. Kelly’s expertise in this field has only deepened during her time as CFGI’s life sciences capital markets specialist.

Kelly’s knowledge and experience extend across all stages of the life sciences journey:

  • IPO readiness.
  • SEC reporting.
  • Stock-based compensation.
  • Cheap stock.
  • Technical accounting.
  • Stock splits.
Ray D’Eon

Ray D’Eon

Managing Director

Ray is a Managing Director with CFGI’s capital markets practice. He assists clients with audit and IPO readiness projects, helping to successfully transition his clients into public companies. He has advised clients on accounting and reporting matters related to a variety of transactions, including IPOs, reverse mergers, SPAC transactions, carve-outs and business combinations. He also has experience with fulfilling financial reporting requirements for clients listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange and the Australian Stock Exchange.

Ray has over 15 years of experience as a subject matter expert in SEC reporting, earnings-per-share and stock-based compensation. Prior to joining CFGI, he worked in the audit practice of Ernst & Young, as well as for a publicly traded consulting firm.

Chris Brandes

Chris Brandes

Managing Director

Chris is a Managing Director with CFGI’s capital markets practice, providing complex accounting advisory services to public and private companies of all sizes across various industries. He works closely with his clients to prepare them for the capital markets. This work includes preparing required filings, such as registration statements, as well as assessing and implementing reporting process changes. Chris developed extensive experience in the IPO process by serving in Deloitte’s Emerging Growth Company practice prior to joining CFGI.

He works to guide companies in planning their unique path to an IPO. This includes identifying critical milestones, meeting SEC reporting requirements, addressing SEC comments, performing SOX compliance assessments and conducting business and fraud risk assessments.

Daiva Kazlauskas

Daiva Kazlauskas

Managing Director

Daiva is a Managing Director at CFGI with over 20 years of international consulting and external auditing experience. Daiva is an experienced financial reporting professional recognized for subject matter expertise by providing thorough client services across multiple industries. Her experience includes advising companies on SEC reporting issues and various technical accounting matters under US GAAP and IFRS, including complex accounting areas and a variety of SEC matters, such as initial public offerings and secondary security offerings, including cross-border capital market transactions.

Daiva’s skills include initial public offerings, secondary securities offerings and other SEC reporting; business combinations; divestitures (carve-outs and spin-offs) and discontinued operations; convertible debt and preferred shares; share-based payments; and earnings per share.

Prior to joining CFGI, Daiva served in the following capacities:
PwC Philadelphia, Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services (CMAAS), Director
Deloitte Athens, Greece, Assurance Principal
Deloitte New York, Global IFRS and Offering Services, Senior Manager
Deloitte Atlanta, Audit Manager

Daiva holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania; a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) from Georgia State University; she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Pennsylvania and Georgia; and she is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).