Carl A. de Brito
Senior Counsel | New York
Carl A. de Brito

Carl A. de Brito is senior counsel and a retired 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.

Mr. de Brito has been recognized as a top lawyer in the United States and internationally for private equity fund formation by Chambers USA and Chambers Global, where he is regarded for his “client-oriented attitude and reassuring presence, which ensures that the whole process runs smoothly.” The Legal 500 has also listed Mr. de Brito as a top lawyer for private equity fund formation and for his role in leading an “outstanding” and top ranked private equity fund formation group. In addition, Mr. de Brito is also named a "Highly Regarded" lawyer by IFLR1000 for investment funds in the United States and New York, and has been recognized as a leading private funds lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds.

As counsel to a wide variety of firms and other financial institutions, 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.

Mr. de Brito has represented numerous leading asset management firms and other financial institutions in the formation of their private funds and related matters, including Barings LLC and Barings (U.K.) Limited, Bradford Equities Funds, Bregal, Crescent Capital Group and Crescent Credit Europe, CVC Credit Partners, DoubleLine Capital, PNC Financial Services and The TCW Group.

  • Private Equity Fundraising — Chicago Private Equity Network's Traditional and Alternative Fundraising Strategies in the Current Market, New York, NY (July 14, 2009)
  • Beyond the Headlines: Determining the Costs and Benefits of Registering Your Fund in Today's Regulatory Climate, and the Effect of IPOs on Every Firm in the Market — IRR's Private Equity Fund Formation & Management Conference, Boston, MA (November 30, 2007)
  • Fund Structures: Accommodating Investor Concerns — The 2006 Private Equity Strategic Financial Management Conference, New York, NY (July 18, 2006)
  • Current Issues in Fund Formation — Strategic Research Institute 5th Annual Private Equity Roundup 2003, Scottsdale, AZ (January 26, 2003)
  • Current Issues in Fund Formation — 2002 Private Equity Roundup East Sponsored by the Strategic Research Institute, New York, NY (July 15, 2002)
    • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., 1973
    • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1977
    • New York
  • Mr. de Brito is a current or former member of:
    • American Bar Association, Business Section and Venture Capital and Private Equity Committee
    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Private Investment Funds Committee, Committee on Securities Regulation and Committee on Minorities in the Profession
    • Board of Trustees of the Churchill School and Center in New York City
    • Friends of Education Committee of the Museum of Modern Art
    • Board of Directors of Associated Black Charities
    • Active in a number of charitable organizations