Edelman has added David Ryan, a financial communications pro, to its corporate practice in Toronto.

As senior VP, he will build out the firm's financial communications practice. His capital market savvy includes takeovers, proxy fights, disclosure, restructurings and going-private transactions.

Ryan has worked for Karyo Communications (Vancouver), Colour (Halifax) and Longview Communications (Toronto).

He handled CNOOC Ltd’s Nexen acquisition, Accelero Capital’s bid for Allstream, Maple Leaf Food’s effort to fend off West Face Capital and Placer Dome’s transactions with Barrick Gold.

Scott Thompson heads Edelman's Canadian corporate practice.