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Aneliya S. Crawford

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Honors

  • Aneliya was named for inclusion to the New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service for lawyers under 40, since 2014.

Education

J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2008

  • Deans Scholar

B.A., American University in Bulgaria, 2002

  • AUBG Merit Scholarship

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York, 2009
  • American Bar Association: Business Section
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Aneliya S. Crawford represents corporate clients in matters concerning shareholder activism, proxy contests, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. 

Aneliya advises hedge funds and other large investors in connection with shareholder activism, mergers & acquisitions and hostile takeovers. Aneliya has experience providing strategic guidance to investors on activist strategies, including proxy contests, settlement negotiations, consent solicitations, letter-writing campaigns and hostile takeovers. Aneliya has represented activist investors in connection with over a hundred major shareholder activism campaigns. Aneliya provides counsel to clients on their equity investments in public companies and represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and asset purchase and stock purchase transactions.

Aneliya also represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and asset purchase and stock purchase transactions. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

100 Women in Hedge Funds

2020 Women on Boards

Hostile Merger & Acquisition Deals and Shareholder Activism

Engaged Capital

  • MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp.: Represented Engaged Capital  in its settlement agreement reached for two board seats.
  • Benchmark Electronics Inc.: Represented Engaged Capital in a successful proxy contest for two board seats.
  • Outerwall Inc.: Represented Engaged Capital in its settlement agreement for three board seats.
  • HeartWare International, Inc.: Represented Engaged Capital in reaching agreement with HeartWare International, Inc. following HeartWare’s termination of its proposed acquisition of Valtech Cardio, and jointly select an additional independent director to be appointed for board representation at HeartWare.
  • Rovi Corporation: Represented Engaged Capital in a proxy contest for two board seats and ousting chairman of Rovi Corporation.
  • Medifast: Represented Engaged Capital in reaching agreement with Medifast, Inc. regarding the structure and composition of Medifast’s Board of Directors, appointing five new directors to the Board, including three Engaged Capital designees and two additional independent directors.
  • TriMas Corporation: Represented Engaged Capital in settlement agreement for board representation at TriMas.
  • Jamba Juice: Represented Engaged Capital and JCP Investment Management in settlement agreement for board representation at Jamba Juice.
  • AeroVironment : Represented Engaged Capital in connection with its activist campaign at AeroVironment.
  • Rentech: Represented Engaged Capital and Lone Star Value in connection with their negotiation of a settlement for board representation at Rentech.

Land and Buildings

  • FelCor Lodging Trust: Representing Land and Buildings in connection with its activist campaign at FelCor Lodging Trust.
  • New York REIT Inc.: Representing Land and Buildings in connection with its activist campaign at New York REIT Inc.
  • MGM Resorts: Representing Land and Buildings in connection with its investment and activist campaign at MGM Resorts.

GAMCO Asset Management Inc.

  • Myers Industries: Represented GAMCO in connection with its successful proxy contest at Myers Industries for three board seats and in settlement agreement for one additional board seat.
  • The Pep Boys: Represented GAMCO in reaching settlement for three board seats.
  • Griffin Land & Nurseries: Represented GAMCO in a proxy contest for two board seats.

  • Materion Corporation: Advised GAMCO in reaching settlement for one board seat.
  • Telephone & Data Systems: Represented GAMCO in a proxy contest for two board seats.
  • Superior Industries: Represented GAMCO in a proxy contest for one board seat.
  • Myers Industries: Represented GAMCO in obtaining board representation.

Lone Star Value

  • Rentech, Inc.: Represented Lone Star Value in its settlement agreement for one board seat.
  • Harris & Harris Group: Represented Lone Star Value in its settlement agreement for one board seat.
  • Edgewater Technology: Represented Lone Star Value in its settlement agreement reached for expansion of board of directors and two seats
  • Callon Petroleum Company: Represented Lone Star Value in its settlement agreement for one board seat.
  • Novation Companies: Represented Lone Star Value in its settlement agreement for two of their director representatives on the Board of Novation.
  • Edgewater Technology: Represented Lone Star Value and AMERI Holdings in connection with its activist investment in Edgewater Technology seeking to remove and replace all five non-executive members of Edgewater’s Board and launching a consent solicitation process.
  • Hudson Global: Represented Lone Star Value in a landslide proxy contest victory by 95% of the votes cast to elect all three of its nominees on the board of Hudson Global
  • SWS: Representing Lone Star Value in connection with a campaign in opposition to the announced merger of SWS with Hilltop Holdings following an unsolicited bid by Hilltop Holdings for all SWS stock and its nomination of nine director candidates to replace the majority of the current Board
  • Antares: Represented Lone Star Value in connection with a high-profile activist campaign in Australia seeking the calling of an extraordinary general meeting of the stockholders to replace a majority of the Board of Antares
  • Ciber: Represented Lone Star Value in connection with its successful settlement negotiation to obtain Board representation at Ciber, a leading global information technology company.  
  • Dakota Plains: Represented Lone Star Value in obtaining Board representation.

JCP Investment Management

  • CST Brands: Represented JCP Investment Management in settlement agreement for one board seat and initiated strategic alternatives review.
  • Viad Corp: Represented the investor group led by JCP Investment Management in connection with the negotiation of their agreement with Viad gaining board representation.
  • Pantry: Represented an activist group led by JCP Investment Management in a successful campaign for the election of all three of their nominees by 6 to 1 and 4 to 1 margins.
  • AmREIT: Representing a dissident group led by JCP Investment Management in its campaign in opposition to the announced merger of AmREIT with Regency Centers.
  • Morgan Foods: Advised JCP Investment Management in obtaining board seat at Morgan Foods.

Baker Street

  • Walter Investment Management: Represented Baker Street in its negotiation of a settlement agreement for one board seat at Walter Investment Management and permit Baker Street to acquire up to 25% of Walter’s outstanding shares.
  • USA Truck: Represented Baker Street in connection with its investment-related filings with the SEC, the negotiation of the cooperation agreement and the secondary offering at USA Truck.
  • USA Truck: Represented Baker Street and Stone House Capital in the negotiation of a settlement for two Board seats at USA Truck
  • Swift Energy: Represented Baker Street in connection with its activist investment in Swift Energy.
  • Xyratex: Represented Baker Street in its negotiation of a settlement agreement for two board seats at Xyratex, a Bermuda company.

RDG Capital

  • Representing RDG Capital in connection with its activist investment in Rosetta Stone.
  • Representing RDG Capital in connection with its activist investment in Internap Corp.

Starboard Value LP

  • Office Depot: Represented Starboard in a consent solicitation seeking to remove and replace up to four Office Depot directors and a successful settlement negotiation that resulted in placing three directors on the Board of Office Depot and a guarantee to place two of such directors on any combined board should a merger with OfficeMax be consummated.
  • AOL: Represented Starboard in 2012 proxy contest.
  • Quantum Corporation: Represented Starboard in the negotiation of a settlement that placed three Starboard directors on the Board.
  • Progress Software: Represented Starboard in its 2012 proxy contest.
  • Wasau Paper: Represented Starboard in negotiating two consecutive settlements for total of four board seats.
  • Regis Corporation: Represented Starboard in successful proxy contest for three board seats at 2011 annual meeting.
  • MIPS Technologies, Inc.: Represented Starboard in negotiation of two board seats.
  • Openwave Systems Inc.: Represented Starboard in obtaining two board seats.
  • Zoran Corporation: Represented Starboard in a successful consent solicitation, which replaced three board members.
  • Immersion Corporation: Represented Starboard in connection with the nomination of two directors at the 2011 annual meeting.
  • SeaChange International, Inc.: Advised Starboard in obtaining one board seat.
  • SurModics, Inc.: Advised Starboard in obtaining two board seats.
  • Extreme Networks: Represented Starboard in connection with its obtaining board representation.
Other Activist and Hostile Merger & Acquisition Matters
  • Represented Privet Fund Management in settlement agreement with Frequency Electronics, Inc. for two board seats.
  • Represented William J. Pulte in settlement agreement with PulteGroup, Inc. for one board seat.
  • Represented Stilwell Group in settlement agreement with Anchor Bancorp for one board seat.
  • Represented Nokomis Capital in settlement agreement with Telenav for one board seat and a second seat for a mutually agreed upon candidate.
  • Represented VIEX Capital Advisors in its successful proxy contest for five board seats at Support.com.
  • Represented Bradley Radoff, Joshua Schechter and Oliver Press Investors, LLC in its settlement agreement with Altisource Residential Corporation to add two new independent directors and purchase an additional $65 million of common stock.
  • Represented Potrero Capital Research LLC in its successful withhold campaign and settlement agreement reached for one board seat with Datawatch Corporation.
  • Represented Lion Point Capital in agreement with ALLY Financial Inc. to consult in appointment of one director and drive value creation.
  • Represented Group 42 and Bradley Radoff in settlement agreement with Vaalco Energy to gain representation on its Board of Directors, including the replacement of two incumbent Vaalco directors and a third mutually-agreed upon director candidate.  The agreement followed a decision by the Delaware Chancery Court ruling that Vaalco’s charter provision was invalid therefore confirming the validity of Group 42-BLR Group’s consent solicitation to remove directors without cause.
  • Represented a dissident group of Miller Energy shareholders led by Bristol Capital in their activist campaign and settlement for Board representation.
  • Fidelity National Financial: Represented Corvex Management in connection with its activist investment in Fidelity National Financial.
  • Represented Archer Capital in connection with its investment in Lumos Networks where Lumos Networks Corp., a fiber-based service provider of data, reconstituted its Board by appointing two new directors recommended by Archer Capital following its engagement and constructive dialogue with Archer Capital.
  • Represented Broadfin Capital in reaching settlement agreement gaining majority representation for Board representation at Cardica.
  • Represented Nokomis Capital in settlement agreement with Telenav for one board seat and a second seat for a mutually agreed upon candidate.
  • Represented FrontFour in settlement agreement with OM Group for board representation.
  • Represented Marcato Capital in connection with its activist investment at Bank of New York–Mellon.
  • Represented Steel Partners in settlement agreement with Aviat Networks, Inc. for four board seats.
  • Represented TIG Advisors in connection with its campaign in opposition to the merger between Zale Corporation and Signet Jewelers the two largest jewelry companies in the US.
  • Represented Quinpario and a group of four other finds in seeking to remove and replace Zoltek Company’s entire board of directors.
  • Representing Coppersmith Capital, teamed up with Scopia Management, in connection with its nomination of three candidates to the Board of Directors of Alere.
  • Represented Mining Investors for Shareholder Value (MISV), a dissident group, in the negotiation of two board seats at MAG Silver, a Canadian company.
  • Represented Columbia Pacific Advisors in placing four directors recommended by them on the board of directors Red Lions Hotels.
Merger & Acquisition Deals
  • Represented Ramius LLC in its unsolicited tender offer and acquisition of Cypress Bioscience, Inc.
  • Advised Seneca Capital, L.P. in opposition to tender offer by Icahn for Dynegy Inc.
  • Represented GlobalOptions Group in the sale of all the stock of Bode Technology, Inc.’s Forensic DNA Solutions and Products subsidiary, to SolutionPoint International, Inc.
  • Represented GlobalOptions Group in the sale of its Fraud and Special Investigation Unit to GlobalOptions Services, Inc.
  • Represented GlobalOptions Group in the sale of all the assets of its Preparedness Services Unit to Witt Group Holdings, LLC.
  • Represented GlobalOptions Group in the sale of SafirRosetti, the security consulting and design services unit of its Security Consulting and Investigations segment, to Guidepost Solutions, LLC.
Corporate/Securities
  • Represented Steel Partners Holdings in its filing of a registration statement on Form 10 with the SEC registering Steel’s common units pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
  • Represented Micronet Enertec Technologies, Inc. in its $9.3 million public offering of 1,620,000 shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase 931,500 shares of common stock and listing to The NASDAQ Capital Market.
  • Represented FirstService Corporation in connection with its agreement with a syndicate of underwriters for the sale of $70 million principal amount of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures.

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