Ian Jelsma is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group, working out of the Houston office. He represents U.S. and non-U.S. fund sponsors on private fund formations, raising billions in committed capital across a wide variety of strategies, including leveraged buyout, growth equity, infrastructure, energy and credit. Ian also advises private fund sponsors and their principals in connection with a broad range of other matters, including co-investments, structuring considerations, continuation fund transactions, conflict resolution, succession planning, key person events and internal sponsor operations. Ian has extensive experience working with smaller sponsors, including middle-market strategies and first-time funds, as well as larger multi-strategy sponsors.



Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2017–2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012Texas


  • New York University School of LawLL.M., Taxation2019
  • University of Houston Law CenterJ.D.magna cum laude2012

    Order of the Coif

    Order of the Barons

    Winner, State Bar of Texas Tax Section Annual Writing Competition Scholarship, 2012

    Winner, Lorance & Thompson Negotiation Competition Scholarship, 2011

  • University of HoustonB.S., Political Science2008