Gateshead Capital Advisors is a private placement agent for leading alternative asset investment managers to institutional investors. Our typical clients are real estate, private equity, venture capital, private debt, hedge funds, as well as other niche and sector fund strategy sponsors. On a selective basis, assignments may include club structures, direct deals, and joint ventures for emerging and established managers. We form collaborative teams to deliver best execution on behalf of our clients.

Forming relationships based on

Focused Execution.

Alternative Asset Placement

What sets us apart is our perspective in understanding a manager's investment process and our ability to convey the manager's value proposition to investors in a concise and impactful manner.

Our typical clients are real estate, private equity, venture capital, private debt, hedge funds, as well as other niche and sector fund strategy sponsors. Additionally, we selectively raise capital for club structures, direct deals, and joint ventures. Our global institutional investor network includes pensions, foundations & endowments, hospital plans, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, funds of funds, multi-family offices, wealth managers, and single family offices.

Organizational Development Consulting
Product Development Consulting
Marketing Material Development
Full Service Capital Raise
Limited Scope Capital Raise
Capital Formation
Strategic Advice
Marketing Strategy
Website Development
Pre-Roadshow Development & Training
Marketing Material Development
Why Gateshead Capital Advisors?

Gateshead is a Private Placement Agent for leading alternative asset investment managers and institutional investors.


Beyond our team’s marketing skills, we have hands-on experience in executing investment strategies and analyzing funds. We use this experience when selecting funds to work with and have a demonstrated ability in helping our clients define and articulate their value proposition.


As CFA charterholders, we have pursued specific technical knowledge. As a result we understand structural complexities inherent to alternative asset product strategies. This helps us in our fund analysis process and gives us the ability to bring practical investment strategy insight to our investors.


As financial intermediaries and experienced project managers, we recognize the importance of project management. We lead our clients through a controlled process that results in effective execution. We form teams to deliver best execution on behalf of our clients.


Our established personal networks are built through leadership roles within the finance and real estate industries. We are also connected through professional associations at the regional and national level. We help our clients build strong partnerships by introducing them to the right investors saving both time and money.

Our Leadership

James H. Elkus, CFA® | Managing Partner

James has been developing, investing in, and raising capital for various alternative asset classes for more than two decades. While his experience includes venture capital, private equity, private debt, and hedge funds, the majority of his career has been focused on real estate value creation of the following asset types: large-scale mixed-use, specialty retail, outlet retail, multifamily, condo conversion, hotel, office & lab, and land.

For six years up to 2013, James lived in Dallas and served as a consultant to developers, land owners, real estate opportunity and income funds, as well as a dedicated hotel fund. Prior to moving to Dallas, James was a development executive and ran the Boston area development activities for Capital Properties, specifically on new multifamily developments, as well as the conversion of use, repositioning, and disposition of existing commercial assets.

During and following business school, he gained venture capital raising and senior level management experience as Senior Director of Finance & Operations with Avero Inc., a hospitality focused, venture-backed, start-up technology company.

James began his real estate career with The Related Companies in NYC as the Assistant Project Manager on one of the most high profile large-scale mixed-use projects in the nation, CityPlace in West Palm Beach, FL, and later, to a more limited extent, the Time Warner Center in NYC. Following college, he was with Barclays Bank PLC in investment banking.

James holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and received a BA in Political Science from Colgate University. He is a CFA charterholder and holds FINRA Series 50, 63, and 79 licenses. James serves as an alumni admissions representative of Phillips Academy (Andover) as well as Columbia Business School. He is a lifelong skier, fly fisherman, and golfer. He lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife and children.

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