Christopher DeLise, Esq.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Chief Investment Officer
Christopher DeLise is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Chief Investment Officer. Since 2011, he has overseen and guided all aspects of the company’s affairs and has diligently grown Delta from a personal investment firm into a fund-based enterprise. Mr. DeLise also serves alongside the CFO as co-chief investment officer where he is responsible for evaluating the merits of all Delta investments.
Formerly an Equity Partner at K&L Gates LLP, where Mr. DeLise’s practice focused on representing investment funds, financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and institutional and individual investors in matters ranging from fund formation and governance to compliance, and from cross-border M&A and strategic and financing transactions to all facets of starting, operating and selling technology companies. Previously, Mr. DeLise served as Chairman of the Private Investment Funds practice group at Husch Blackwell LLP, and prior to that Mr. DeLise was an attorney in the private equity practice group of DLA Piper LLP.
During his career, Mr. DeLise has been involved in virtually every aspect of conceptualizing, forming, operating, financing, managing and advising private investment funds having served as principal as well as outside and in-house general counsel to venture capital, private equity, hedge and real estate funds. Mr. DeLise has served as outside general counsel, as well as in-house senior counsel, to several public and private technology, software and related services companies, including a $7 billion corporation where he played a key role in global corporate development, investigations and legal services. Throughout his career, Mr. DeLise has worked closely with and supervised litigators, asset recovery specialists, investigators, and intelligence experts when assisting his clients with litigation, arbitrations, asset recoveries, and enforcement actions worldwide.
Mr. DeLise was one of only 86 attorneys in the U.S. named to the 2008 BTI M&A Transactional All-Star Team based on a survey of Fortune 1000 companies. Mr. DeLise was also named a 2011 Illinois Super Lawyer by his legal peers.
Christopher DeLise holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from Bryant University, an MBA from Boston University and a JD and LLM (Financial Services Law) from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. Mr. DeLise has also received several awards recognizing his legal contributions.