Brian Laegeler



Brian Laegeler joined Touchdown Ventures in the Fall of 2018 to source and execute corporate venture capital investments.  He is currently focused on the food sector.  Brian brings over 15 years of investment and corporate advisory experience across multiple industries, geographies, and stages.

Prior to Touchdown, Brian most recently served as vice president of mergers & acquisitions for Loop Capital Markets, where he led transaction execution across sectors such as consumer/retail, software, VR gaming, biotech, industrials, utilities and infrastructure.  Prior to Loop, Brian was an equity analyst for Morningstar where he covered generic and specialty pharmaceuticals.  His successful recommendations led to the creation of his own hedge fund, Shimpaku Capital, L.P., which significantly outperformed the S&P 500.  Brian also provided bespoke equity research services for large hedge funds and family offices based on his expertise in forensic accounting and Asia.

Earlier in his career, Brian was an associate with RoundTable Healthcare Partners and a senior financial analyst in the mergers & acquisitions group at Bear Stearns.

Brian resides in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter.  He supports the local food movement via his small-scale farm.


Brian received a BS in Business Administration, with distinction, from Indiana University with majors in accounting, finance, operations management, and mathematics.

Brian earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a CPA.


Favorite Athlete: Edwin Najmi

Favorite Teams: Valko BJJ, 10thPlanet BJJ, Alliance BJJ

Favorite Moment: Royce Gracie UFC 1