Rizwan Velji

Rizwan Velji

Managing Director, Biopharma

About Mr. Velji

Rizwan Velji is a managing director based in William Blair’s New York office. He joined the firm's investment banking team in 2021. Prior to William Blair, he worked for Citigroup and Lazard.

Notable Transactions

  • Karuna Therapeutics - initial public offering and follow on offerings
  • PTC Therapeutics - follow on and convertible offerings
  • Loxo Oncology - follow on offerings
  • Apellis - initial public offering
  • Gelesis - de-SPAC and PIPE financing
  • Everest Medicines - initial public offering
  • Sun Pharma - acqusition of Ranbaxy Holdings
  • CRISPR Therapeutics - initial public offering
  • Bristol Myers - acquisition of Amylin and Inhibitex

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Biopharma

The rapid and cost-effective development of innovative therapeutics and treatments is critical not just to public health, but to the functioning of society and economic activity. Leading drug developers, as well as their partners across the research, development, and manufacturing value chain, count on William Blair’s deep expertise in biopharma’s capital-raising and deal-making landscape.

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About William Blair

William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We provide advisory services, strategies, and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs. As an independent and employee-owned firm, together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices worldwide.*

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Year William Blair was founded

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+1,800

Employees worldwide

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+136 billion

Client assets

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86 Years

Independent and employee-owned

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20+

Offices worldwide

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~700

Companies Under Coverage

As of September 30, 2021
*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets.

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