Edward Nelson advises a full spectrum of sponsors and private equity firms on fund formation, as well as on private investment fund and alternative investment activities.

Drawing on more than 25 years of private fund formation experience, Mr. Nelson develops pragmatic and commercially focused solutions for sponsors. He advises clients on the formation and operation of all types of private investment funds, including:

  • Buyout funds
  • Venture capital funds
  • Infrastructure funds
  • Real estate funds
  • Secondary funds
  • Oil and gas funds
  • Distressed funds
  • International funds

Combining significant leveraged buyout and venture capital experience, and strong mathematical skills, Mr. Nelson helps clients design optimal fund structures and arrangements. He also provides ongoing advice on fund maintenance and operations, as well as co-investments and secondary transactions. In addition to his sponsor-side work, Mr. Nelson represents institutional investors in their private investment fund and other alternative investment activities.

Mr. Nelson also advises clients on a pro bono basis. His work has included representing nonprofit organizations forming social impact investing funds. 

Mr. Nelson serves on the Advisory Board of the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Mr. Nelson’s representative investment fund clients include:

  • Black Bay Energy Capital
  • Edge Natural Resources
  • FJ Labs
  • Graham Partners
  • GreenPoint Partners
  • Guardian Capital Partners
  • Inverness Graham Investments
  • I Squared Capital
  • Meadow Partners
  • Power Sustainable

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • JD, Harvard University, 1994
    cum laude
  • MPP, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Govt, 1994
    cum laude
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 1990
  • BA, Dartmouth College, 1989
    magna cum laude