Cole Shephard is the President and Chief Financial Officer for Lifeafar. Cole leads development and execution of the short and long-term goals with the team while providing strong leadership throughout the organization. He also leads budget management, cost-benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new funding. Cole has a wealth of valuable international experience and has overseen deals exceeding $1B USD.
Cole joined Lifeafar in 2018, arriving from Legacy Group Asset Management (Legacy), of which he still serves as Director. The South American company specializes in the international trade of agricultural products and structuring of private equity investments in the agricultural space with a core focus on Colombian markets.
Prior to forming Legacy in early 2015, Cole was with PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in accounting, advisory and consulting solutions. During eight years with PwC, he was stationed in the U.S., Bermuda, Hong Kong SAR, and Beijing. In first the first of two stops, he focused on accounting and advisory services to clients in a wide-range of industries, including oil extraction and distribution, healthcare, banking and biotechnology. Then, during nearly four years in Asia, he provided advisory and consulting services to clients participating in global mergers and acquisitions. Cole further concentrated on the financial services and real estate sectors, spending a majority of his time advising on cross-border deals in areas of business strategy review, business valuation, buyer and seller due diligence, tax structuring, and business carve-out analyses.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Cole graduated Valedictorian from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. He earned a Master’s degree in accounting the following year and became a licensed United States Certified Public Accountant in 2008.
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