President, Chief Executive Officer, Head of Investment Banking
Blayne Creed joined the senior management team of Gravitas Securities, as President & Chief Executive Officer & Head of Investment Banking, at the onset of 2020 to officially kick off and lead the companies 2.0 initiative. Blayne brings a tremendous amount of business experience and expertise to the organization. He holds the Chartered Investment Manager designation (CIM) and is also a registered Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager for Gravitas Securities Inc.
Mr. Creed has diligently advised both private and institutional clients for over a decade. Prior to joining Gravitas Securities in 2016, he spent several years as a Financial Advisor, at a large Canadian investment firm, where he built a sizeable practice. Blayne believes this was only possible by understanding and appreciating his individual client’s objectives, and, as a result, long and prosperous relationships were established and carried forward. Through his life he’s been brought up around business and thinking as a leader and possessing the ability and knowledge to lead others through inspiration and compassion, is certainly nothing new. Blayne comes from an extensive background of successful business women and men throughout his family and vast network. Fair Business ethics and the general topic of proper “corporate governance” was instilled in him since childhood. It has helped Blayne shape the views and morals, which has empowered him and guided his ways of mitigating through many difficult situations, in effort to discover the most positive outcome, while being mindful and considering all internal and external variables.
Blayne’s focus has always been building and maintaining the highest level of satisfaction and producing superior returns. His great affinity for financial markets alongside his proven track record and a history of developing rapport amongst high net worth clients and partners has helped to distinguish Blayne to be well-regarded in the financial services industry today. He is known in the industry for intimately understanding the companies he invests in, specifically so within earlier stage or small cap companies where market values and fundamentals are not yet fully understood by the broader investment community. He leverages the tremendous amount of knowledge and opportunity through his vast network and uses this to his investors’ advantage. This approach promotes the stellar service, advice and performance Blayne’s clients have come to expect over the years.
Senior Managing Director, Investment Banking & Head of Capital Markets Origination
Mr. Besharat has over 15 years of extensive Founder, Private Equity, Investment Banking, and Directorship experience, including as former Managing Director at Ubequity Capital Partners, a leading global merchant and investment bank.
As Senior Managing Director & Head of Capital Markets Origination at Gravitas Securities Inc., Kia leads the advisory, restructuring, corporate finance, and mergers & acquisitions mandates across the firm’s global platform with a recent focus on the following industry groups: consumer/retail, natural resources, internet/new media, technology, and healthcare.
Since joining the firm in 2016, he has played a pivotal role in establishing Gravitas Securities as one of the top boutique investment banks on Bay and Howe Street. At Gravitas Securities, his transactions have totaled in excess of $750 million and in aggregate of more than $3 billion over the span of his career. Kia’s entrepreneurial ability and relationship management skills allow him to work closely with and support earlier stage companies. As such, he has personally invested in and helped grow hundreds of public and private companies.
Throughout his career, Kia has always demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to supporting his community. At Gravitas Securities, Kia has supported numerous charitable organizations such as the Daily Bread Food Bank, Sick Kids Hospital Foundation, Royal Columbian Hospital and many more.
Kia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics with minor in Management) from McGill University as well as a Master of Science (Finance & Investment) from the University of Edinburgh. He was also was one of Canada’s top tennis players, having competed as a professional in tournaments around the world and at the NCAA division 1 level. Kia was also recognized by the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) as a Top 40 Under 40 Award Nominee in 2018.
Nima Besharat (LLB | Hons), LLM)
Director, Investment Banking
Nima Besharat is a Director in the Investment Banking Group at Gravitas Securities. He has over 5 years of extensive Private Equity, Merchant Banking, and Directorship experience.
Nima has UK legal experience in Asset Management, Structured and Asset Finance and Corporate Finance and Private Equity at BNP Paribas, Allen & Overy and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
Prior experience in Wealth Management at Scotiabank and TD Bank. Nima articled with Oxford Properties Group, the real estate investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension plans.
Nima holds a BA in Economics and History from Western University, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from the University of Sheffield, a Master of Laws in International Business Law from King’s College London, University of London (Dr. Peter Dyne Scholar), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Corporate Finance) from the University of Law. He is called to the Ontario Bar.
Raphael Yeung (CFA)
Senior Vice President, Investment Banking
Raphael Yeung is a Vice President in the Investment Banking Group at Gravitas Securities with over 5 years of Capitals Markets experience. He is a passionate supporter of exceptional Canadian growth-stage companies across both private and public markets and has advisory experience ranging from M&A to multiple financing structures across diversified industries that provides unique value-add insights for corporate clients.
Prior to joining Gravitas, Raphael was an Investment Banking Analyst at BMO Capital Markets where he specialised in transactions in the metals & mining, technology, and diversified industries totalling in excess of $2 billion in aggregate closed value.
Mr. Yeung received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance and minor in Economics from the University of British Columbia. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is also on the Executive Team for the Vancouver Chapter of Young Canadians in Finance, a professional network founded by Paul Desmarais III that connects professionals in disciplines ranging from finance, law, accounting, business, and more.