Brett A. Nelson is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gabriel Horn Capital, LLC, an alternative investment placement firm dedicated to raising capital for funds and direct deals. He has more than 23 years of alternative investment experience, including global fundraising sales, serving on advisory boards and investing more than $8 billion in 190 funds, secondaries and co-investments.
Previously, Brett was Co-Founder of Bright Harbor Advisors – a global placement advisory firm -that provided fund raising, origination, due diligence, positioning, and transaction negotiation advisory services for private equity funds including buyouts, venture capital, growth, secondary, credit, distressed, real assets, royalty, clean-tech and fund-of-funds. He also advised on the secondary sale and restructuring of client’s fund investments.
Prior to that he was a Principal and Head of Global Private Equity for Aon Hewitt, a $2 trillion AUM consulting firm providing customized discretionary and non-discretionary alternative asset advisory services. In this capacity he was responsible for portfolio design, investment selection, and asset allocation to global institutional clients. In addition, he created and served as President & CEO of the firm’s Secondary Market Services, assisting clients with the liquidity of private market partnerships. He was also a Member of Infrastructure and Real Estate Investment Committees.
Previously, he was a Principal of INVESCO Private Capital investing in private equity partnerships and secondaries. He was a member of the investment team for INVESCO Global Fund III and the Millennium Fund II – Fund-of-Funds focused on buyout, venture capital and special situations. He was also responsible for identifying investments, providing alternative asset advisory services and maintaining client relationships for large public pension plans.
He began his finance career with Price Waterhouse Coopers LLC specializing in corporate finance.
He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and a MBA from the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University and completed continuing education course work in Management at The University of Pennsylvania. He holds the Series 7, 63, 65 & 39 licenses.