Christopher DeLise

Christopher was formerly an Equity Partner at K&L Gates LLP, where his practice focused on representing investment funds, financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, institutional, and individual investors. He worked on fund formation, governance, compliance, cross-border M&A,  strategic, and financing transactions, as well as all facets of starting, operating, and selling technology companies. Chris previously served as Chairman of the Private Investment Funds practice group at Husch Blackwell LLP. Prior to that he was an attorney in the private equity practice group of DLA Piper LLP.

Mr. DeLise has been involved in every aspect of conceptualizing, forming, operating, financing, managing, and advising private investment funds. He served as outside and in-house general counsel to venture capital, private equity, hedge, and real estate funds.

Christopher was one of only 86 attorneys in the United States to be named to the 2008 BTI M&A Transactional All-Star Team based on a survey of Fortune 1000 companies. He was also named a 2011 Illinois Super Attorney by his legal peers.

In addition, Christopher has served as outside general counsel, and in-house senior counsel, to several public and private technology, software  services companies. This included 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.


  • JD and LLM, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • MBA, Boston University
  • BSBA, Bryant College

Areas of Expertise

  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • Tax Mitigation Strategies
  • Comprehensive Financial Plans
  • Investment Management

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