Christopher DeLise, Esq.
Managing Principal, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Chief Investment Officer
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 served as Chairman of the Private Investment Funds practice group at Husch Blackwell LLP, and prior to that 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 Mr. DeLise’s career, he 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 named a 2011 Illinois Super Attorney by his legal peers.
Bryant College, B.S. B.A. (Finance); Boston University, MBA; Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. and L.L.M., with honors (Financial Services Law). Licensed to practice law in Illinois and Florida.