Terry D. Nelson: Lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP

Terry D. Nelson

Madison,  WI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Investment Funds & Investment Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Securities, Commodities & Exchange Regulation
  • Transactional & Securities
University University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, B.S., cum laude
Law SchoolUniversity of Wisconsin, J.D., 1997
Admitted1998, Wisconsin

Terry D. Nelson is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His primary practice includes hedge fund organization and operational compliance, other private fund offerings, broker-dealer and investment adviser registration and compliance issues, and litigation/enforcement matters involving state and federal securities laws and regulations. Mr. Nelson is a member of the firm's Securities, Commodities & Exchange Regulation, Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Transactional & Securities Practices.

In relation to Mr. Nelson's hedge and other private fund practice, he has represented clients in all aspects of the organization, funding, and operations of U.S. domestic and non-U.S. funds. As part of this work, Mr. Nelson has worked with fund sponsors, advisers, distributors, investors, custodians, administrators, prime brokers and other private fund service providers.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Nelson served as chief examiner of the Colorado Securities Division and as licensing and regulation examiner with the Office of the Wisconsin Commissioner of Securities.


Mr. Nelson currently serves as the Wisconsin liaison for the American Bar Associations Committee on State Regulation of Securities. His professional activities include past memberships on the Qualifications Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (now FINRA) and the Broker-Dealer Examination and Uniform Securities Act Revision Committees of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc.


Mr. Nelson graduated, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and his J.D. degree was conferred in 1997 by the University of Wisconsin.

Community Engagement

Mr. Nelson serves as the pro bono counsel and president of the advisory council for the South Central Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

Professional Memberships

Mr. Nelson is a member of the American Bar Association and the Dane County Bar Association.


Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Wisconsin State Bar Association

Securities Enforcement: Counseling and Defense, Winer & Winer

•Editor of the Foley & Lardner monthly Investment Management Newsletter


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Investment Advisers’ Affiliation Leads to Violation of Investment Adviser Registration Requirements
Peter D. Fetzer,Terry D. Nelson, July 8, 2014
In a recent enforcement action, the SEC found that an investment adviser was in violation of the investment adviser registration requirements under Section 203(a) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (In the Matter of Penn Mezzanine Partners Management, L.P., Release No. IA-3858). The adviser and...

Know Your Affiliates
Peter D. Fetzer,Terry D. Nelson, July 8, 2014
One aim of the Investment Company Act is to protect against fund insiders, or affiliated persons, using fund assets for their own purposes to the detriment of the fund and its shareholders. For example, Section 17 of the Act prohibits or restricts a wide range of affiliated transactions, and...

Order Issued for Retaliation Against Dodd-Frank Whistleblower
Peter D. Fetzer,Terry D. Nelson, July 8, 2014
Now that the SEC’s whistleblower program is in full operation, the enforcement action highlighted here may become more of a common occurrence. This enforcement action against Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (“Paradigm”), an SEC registered investment adviser, and its principal...

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Terry D. Nelson

150 East Gilman Street
MadisonWI 53703-1482


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