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Mary Rose Brusewitz

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Mary Rose Brusewitz is Member in Charge of Clark Hill’s New York office. She concentrates her practice on international transactions involving Latin America, Africa, Asia, India, Europe and the U.S.

Mary Rose has substantial experience in emerging markets development and finance. Mary Rose is active in impact investing, sustainability, accountability, ESG/SDG compliance and corporate governance. She represents a provider of currency hedging to the impact space, as well as several funds and other clients that are active in investing debt and equity including in financial inclusion, renewable energy, sanitation and housing. Her experience includes structuring, implementing administering and exiting impact debt and equity investments, coordinating groups of investors, including DFIs, privately managed funds, commercial banks, for profits and non-profits, blended capital structures, project and structured financing, private equity, cross border investments, joint ventures, restructurings, workouts, insolvencies, dispute resolution and mediation.

Mary Rose was a compliance panel member and panel chair of the independent accountability mechanism of the Inter-American Development Bank. She is a pro bono supervising attorney at the International Transactions Clinic at NYU Law School.


J.D., University of California, 1982
B.A., University of California, 1979


⁠Ranked in Chambers USA, Impact Investing , Band 2

Named among Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyer 2018, 2019

Named among New York Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (2013, 2014)

Named to The International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers (2009, 2010, 2013)

Recipient of the 2012-2013 UCLA Regents’ Lecturers and Professor Award


American Bar Association, Member

New York State Bar Association, International Committee, Latin America Council Community

New York City Bar Association, Member

International Bar Association, Member

Inter-Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisors, Board Member

Inter-American Development Bank, Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism, Panel Member, former Panel Chair (2010-2015)

Microfinance Club of New York, Board Member

New York University Law School – International Transactions Clinic, Pro Bono Supervising Attorney


Portuguese, Spanish

State Bar Licenses

New York
  • Contributor, “COVID-19 Breifing: Insights for Inclusive Finance,” CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), September 2020
  • Guest Comment, What Can Brazil Expect of Its New Chief Prosecutor? Inter-American Dialogue’s Daily Latin America Advisor (October 2017)
  • Guest Comment, Will Latin America Be Able to Solve its Infrastructure Problem?, Inter-American Dialogue’s Daily Latin America Advisor (October 2014)
  • Guest Comment, How Should Social Conflicts Over Power Projects Be Handled?, Latin American Advisor Energy Edition (April 2014)
  • Guest Comment, How Can the Region’s Energy Infrastructure Needs Be Financed?, Latin American Advisor Energy Edition (February 2014)
  • Guest Comment, Micro Money Matters, Latin Lawyer (May 2012)
  • Should We Samba, Tango, or Mambo? A Primer for Internal Counsel on Getting Started in Latin America, NYSBA Corporate Counsel Section of Inside, (Spring/Summer 2011)
  • Co-author, Cross-border Jurisdiction of US Bankruptcy Law, Global Financial Crisis: Navigating and Understanding the Legal and Regulatory Aspects, Globe Business Publishing Ltd (2009)
  • Moderator, Panel on Impact Investing in Brazil at the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce (December 2017)
  • Panelist, Impact Terms Workshop (November 2017)
  • Moderator, Panel Beyond Traditional fund Models: Structuring Investment Vehicles and Other ways of Aggregating Capital, at the Conference Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing in the US and Beyond (May 2017)
  • Panelist, MFI Structures, 11th Annual Penn Microfinance Conference (March 2017)
  • Moderator, Family Offices: Catalyzing Impact Investing and Microfinance
  • Microfinance Club of New York and Financial Women’s Association (January 2017)
  • Panel Member, Mitigating Foreign Exchange Risk to Promote Climate Financing, World Bank (December 2016)
  • Panelist, Impact Investing in Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Regional Chapter Conference (October 2015)
  • Panelist, Knowing the Territory: Intersections of Law & Anthropology, UCLA, (February 2013)
  • Moderator, Opportunities and Benefits of a Low Carbon Economy – The Case of Mexico, The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Northeast Chapter Meeting (July 2010)
  • Panelist, Nicaragua in Crisis: Lessons Learned for the Microfinance Industry (April 2010)
  • Panelist, A Candid Dialogue Between Lenders and MFIs on New Lending Standards (March 2010)
  • Co-presenter, Climate Change Regulation Risks Opportunities and Mitigation Strategies (January 2010)
  • Presenter, Transforming Risk into Opportunity: Emerging Laws; Basics of Carbon Credits, Nokia Conference (November 2009)
  • Co-presenter, Legal Issues in Carbon Auditing and GHG Mitigation / Offsets (July 2009)
  • Moderator, Panel on Retail Microfinancing, Microfinance Club of New York (April 2009)