Michael D. Nelson
Michael Nelson is a periodic advisor to Westwood Capital, LLC with over 18 years of investment banking, legal, management and investing experience. Prior to joining Westwood, Mr. Nelson founded Thea Capital Management, LLC, a healthcare advisory and special situation investment management firm.
Mr. Nelson has been involved as an advisor or investor with mergers and acquisitions, initial and subsequent public offerings of common stock, preferred stock, contingent value rights, and senior and subordinated debt. He has represented and advised both debtors and creditors of a number of distressed companies, both inside and outside of bankruptcy. Mr. Nelson has extensive healthcare experience, having at various times been the Chief Executive Officer of early stage healthcare companies and the Chief Financial Officer & General Counsel of a genetic testing and analysis company.
Mr. Nelson was an associate director at Barclays Capital, where he helped manage a $2 billion proprietary portfolio focused on special situations, including risk arbitrage, and the healthcare sector. Mr. Nelson was also Vice President at ING Capital LLC, where he helped manage a $400 million portfolio.
Mr. Nelson was an investment banker in the health care investment banking group at CIBC World Markets, where he specialized in health care services and information and pharmaceutical technology for private and public offerings and M&A. In this role he managed the execution of such transactions and raised a combined total in excess of $325 million for several companies in the healthcare sector.
Mr. Nelson began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in the Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization department specializing in debtor and creditor representation and structured finance counseling in the securitization and structured finance area. Mr. Nelson also practiced law as a senior associate with Dewey Ballantine.
Mr. Nelson received a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York and lives and works in Manhattan.