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 Association's 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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Misusing Client Assets Results in Sanctions Against a Registered Investment Adviser
Peter D. Fetzer,Terry D. Nelson, August 4, 2014
The owner of a Washington state-based investment advisory firm was recently sanctioned by the SEC for multiple violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, including the fraudulent use of client assets for his own personal use.

Mutual Funds and Advisers Should Evaluate Oversight of Proxy Advisory Firms
Peter D. Fetzer,Terry D. Nelson, August 4, 2014
The SEC has issued guidance regarding proxy advisory firms, in the form of 13 Questions and Answers, published in Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (“SLB 20”). The Staff’s guidance addresses, among other things, investment advisers’ responsibilities in voting client proxies and...

OCIE Director Repeats Concerns About Compliance Issues Found During Private Equity Adviser Exams
Peter D. Fetzer,Terry D. Nelson, August 4, 2014
Andrew J. Bowden, Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) once again in a recent speech to industry representatives, described various areas of concern found by OCIE examiners during examinations of private equity advisers.

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Terry D. Nelson

150 East Gilman Street
MadisonWI 53703-1482


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