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Riyaz Lalani – Chief Executive Officer
Riyaz specializes in financial transactions, shareholder actions, crisis communications and media relations. He has extensive experience working with public companies, boards of directors, shareholders and the media and has been involved with over 100 shareholder actions, and dozens of hostile M&A transactions.
At Bayfield, Riyaz has led his team in mounting or defending against shareholder actions in the United States and Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, at over two dozen public companies including: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF: NYSE), InnVest REIT (INN.U: TSX), Altera Corp (ALTR: Nasdaq), Rent-A-Center (RCII: Nasdaq), Hain Celestial (HAIN: Nasdaq), Benchmark Electronics (BHE: NYSE), iRobot Corporation (IRBT: Nasdaq), Progress Software (PRGS: Nasdaq), Rovi Corp (ROVI: Nasdaq), C&C Group Plc (GCC: ISE), Oplink (OPLK: Nasdaq), Genesis Land Development (GDC: TSX), Silicon Image (SIMG: Nasdaq), Central Gold Trust (CGT.U: TSX), Zale Corp (ZLC: NYSE). Riyaz also leads the firm’s representation of investment funds including Engaged Capital, Orange Capital, Polar Securities, TIG Advisors and Waterton Global.
Before founding Bayfield, Riyaz was the Chief Operating Officer of Canada’s largest proxy firm, for three years. He co-led the firm’s efforts to provide confidential strategic and governance advice to over a dozen large cap public companies, to protect against potential or threatened dissident actions. In addition, he co-led the firm’s efforts on several of the most high-profile proxy contests and hostile bids in Canadian history.
Riyaz was also previously employed by an international asset manager for 10 years in New York and Toronto. He worked in a variety of analytical, business development and operational roles, eventually heading up research and operational efforts. Teamed with the Chief Investment Officer, he helped originate, negotiate and structure billions of dollars of direct and secondary market equity investments into small, mid and large cap public companies.
Riyaz is a director of a TSX-V listed company, a director of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, and a past director of three public companies. He is active in Canadian politics.