Ayaz is a Managing Director of Exalt Capital. Previously he was a Managing Director in ePlanet’s Silicon Valley and New Delhi offices. Ayaz focuses principally on the Fund’s expansion and later-stage investments in India and the United States and has represented ePlanet’s investment interests in Clickmarks, Cyanea, Ember, IXI, Karodpati and Techpacific. Prior to joining ePlanet, Ayaz was the Director of M&A at Crosby Financial Holdings in London, where he managed the cross-border corporate finance advisory and investment initiatives of one of the leading Asia-focused specialist investment banks. While at Crosby, Ayaz focused on both M&A and PE investments and worked in London, Singapore and Seoul. Prior, Ayaz was the Associate Director of Corporate Finance at Peregrine Investments, a pan-Asian investment bank, where he was responsible for developing Peregrine’s corporate finance and private equity businesses in the Middle East, and for identifying and evaluating Middle East to Asia investment opportunities. Ayaz was also an associate in the Corporate Finance Group of Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York, where he was responsible for North American and Asian transaction execution. Ayaz is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College, holding a B.A. in Economics.