Lydia has more than a decade of experience advising clients on high profile shareholder activist campaigns, annual/special meetings, and M&A transactions. Her expertise lies in her in-depth familiarity with institutional investors and their voting guidelines as well as her thorough understanding of the corporate governance landscape.
Prior to joining Kingsdale, Lydia held senior positions at Okapi Partners LLC where she provided strategic advice to companies and investors on all proxy related matters. Select special situation experience includes acting on behalf of Starboard Value in its campaigns against Darden Restaurants and Yahoo!; Elliott Management Corporation in its campaign against Arconic Inc.; venBio in its campaign against Immunomedics Inc; Altimeter Capital in its campaign against United Continental Holdings; GlenView Capital in its campaign against Health Management Associates; Neuberger Berman in its campaign against Ultratech; Ides Capital Management in its campaign against Boingo Wireless, Inc.; Legion Partners in its campaign at Perry Ellis; Raging Capital in its campaign at EZchip; Denny’s Corporation in defense against a dissident group; Superior Industries in its defense against GAMCO; and EXOR S.p.A. in its campaign against the acquisition of PartnerRe Ltd. by Axis Capital Holdings Ltd.
Lydia graduated with a M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University and a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Fairfield University. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Emerging Markets and Country Risk Analysis from Fordham University.