Jeffrey Haroldson is the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Bridgeton Holdings. Mr. Haroldson is responsible for all legal matters, including those related to investments, transaction structure, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Haroldson is also responsible for various other operational and administrative responsibilities.
Mr. Haroldson has over 30 years of experience as a CEO, COO, fund manager, investment banker and lawyer originating and overseeing complex major international businesses and transactions. Mr. Haroldson’s substantial experience in commercial lending transactions, public and private debt and equity offerings, and investment management includes experience in acting as attorney, banker, manager, investor, and borrower.
Mr. Haroldson’s legal career began at the international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy where he was a member of the Banking Department specializing in banking and securities regulation and transactions. In 1994, the global banking group HSBC recruited Mr. Haroldson to serve as General Counsel of the Corporate, Investment Banking and Markets (“CIBM”) businesses for North America responsible for legal and compliance matters for a wide variety of financial services businesses, including Treasury, Fixed Income, Equities, Investment and Merchant Banking, and Wholesale Banking.
In 1998, Mr. Haroldson was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for CIBM at HSBC directly managing and coordinating the support functions for CIBM in the US, such as finance, operations, IT, HR, credit, and risk management. In 2000, Mr. Haroldson became the head of two front office divisions at HSBC: Investment Banking and Merchant Banking. In that capacity, Mr. Haroldson had responsibility for ten businesses, including Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Private Placements, Loan Syndications and Private Equity. Mr. Haroldson also successfully launched a number of new business initiatives, including Mezzanine Finance, Real Estate Investment Banking and Islamic Finance. Islamic Finance notably included the development and launch of a global open-ended Shariah-compliant real estate fund in partnership with HDG Mansur Capital Group, a US real estate development and advisory company.
In 2003, Mr. Haroldson was recruited by HDG Mansur to become CEO of its fund and asset management businesses. Mr. Haroldson grew those businesses from approximately $250 million in assets under management to a peak of $3.5 billion representing over 8 million square feet of commercial real estate assets.
Mr. Haroldson graduated from the University of Michigan in 1978 (BA with Honors in English; lacrosse team); and graduated from Cornell Law School in 1981 (JD; Editor of the Law Review).