W. Aaron Bowlds

Managing Director

Mr. Bowlds joined Thoroughbred as a board member in 2015 and has served as managing director since 2016. He has significant experience in M&A, restructuring, and public and private financing transactions.

Prior to joining Thoroughbred, Mr. Bowlds served in executive roles, most recently as general counsel and head of corporate development for an international advertising technology company backed by Blackstone’s GSO Capital. He has completed transactions with Fortune 100 companies, private equity-backed portfolio companies and venture-backed startups. He has led numerous distressed acquisitions, including working with a private equity group to successfully restructure $1.8 billion in aggregate liabilities through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Mr. Bowlds began his career at the global law firm K&L Gates, where he focused on M&A and corporate finance. 

Mr. Bowlds serves as an independent board member in multiple industries. He is also an active real estate developer and private investor.

Mr. Bowlds holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law.