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Carl A. de Brito

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Dechert LLP

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Financial Services and Investment Management


Carl A. de Brito is a partner in Dechert’s corporate and securities and financial services practices, as well as former co-chair of the firm’s private fund formation practice and former chair of the New York corporate and securities practice. He advises on private equity and credit fund formation and investments, as well as mergers and acquisitions, and securities and corporate finance transactions.

As counsel to a wide variety of institutional asset managers, including private equity and credit fund sponsors, Mr. de Brito advises on U.S. and overseas private fund formation and investment matters, private offerings of equity and debt securities and portfolio company and credit asset acquisitions and dispositions. In particular, he has represented asset managers and investors in fund formation matters across a broad based asset class, including buyout, mezzanine, distressed debt, high yield, credit opportunities and direct lending, as well as investment and leverage financing activities by those funds.


  • American Bar Association, Business Section and Venture Capital and Private Equity Committee
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Former member of the Private Investment Funds Committee, the Committee on Securities Regulation and the Committee on Minorities in the Profession
  • Active in number of charitable organizations
  • Former Trustee of the Churchill School and Center in New York City
  • Former member of the Friends of Education Committee of the Museum of Modern Art
  • Former director of Associated Black Charities


  • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., 1973
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1977

United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Within: Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Dechert LLP's funds practice is noted for its expertise in handling funds subject to European regulation; for example, New York-based Carl de Brito represented Crescent Capital Group as a sponsor for a group of levered and unlevered direct lending funds organized through an Irish QIAIF structure. David Vaughan in Washington DC and Russel Perkins in New York are key names. Other clients include Waterous Energy Fund, Australis Partners and Bregal Sagemount.

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