Our Team

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  • Chairs Velocity’s Investment Committee
  • Owner of Crystal Palace F.C.
  • Former CIO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment
  • Founded Apollo European Principal Finance Funds
  • Former Credit Suisse Head of the Specialty Finance Investment business and the Co-Head of the Global Distressed Sales and Trading Group
  • Former Co-Owner of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA-affiliate of the New York Yankees)
  • Former controlling owner of Keemotion/Synergy Sports

David Abrams

Founding Partner

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  • Investment Committee Member
  • Former U.S. CEO of Sportradar Group (NASDAQ: SRAD; $3B Mkt. Cap.)
  • Former Partner at MSP Sports Capital
  • Former COO at RSE Ventures
  • Former Partner at Vayner/RSE
  • Former VP of International Business Development & Digital VP Assistant to the President of ESPN
  • Former Head of Strategy & Business Development for UEFA
  • Honorary Chairman of Bundesliga America League

Arne Rees

Founding Partner

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  • Assists with Velocity’s firmwide initiatives
  • Senior Vice President of Intersport
  • Advisory for sports marketing agencies, leagues (Overtime Elite, Premiere Lacrosse League), NBA players, and college coaches
  • Led negotiations with NASCAR, ESPN, ABC, and Disney
  • On the Board of Directors for NorthShore Edwards-Elmhurst Health, a $5BN organization

Touré S. Claiborne

Operating Partner

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  • Analyzes and sources investment opportunities for Velocity
  • Former Evolution Media Capital, the Merchant Banking Platform of Creative Artists Agency
  • Former Rothschild & Co. TMT group

Dylan Zane

Senior Associate

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  • Analyzes and sources investment opportunities for Velocity
  • Former Blue Point Capital Partners
  • Former Teneo Capital

Nishant Jain

Senior Associate

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  • Collaborates across firm initiatives, including Velocity’s social media strategy
  • Former Executive Assistant for Earl Investments’ President

Grace Gillis

Social Media Director and Executive Assistant

Our Culture

Velocity is a complementary union of professionals with various perspectives, backgrounds, and international life experiences. We mindfully build our team so that we reflect the global companies we partner with as well as the diverse people that invest in us.