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Mary Rose Brusewitz


New York

830 Third Avenue
Suite 200
New York, NY 10022
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J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1982
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1979
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Mary Rose Brusewitz


Mary Rose Brusewitz is the Member in Charge of the firm's New York office. She concentrates her legal practice on international transactions with an emphasis on working with Latin American companies as well as U.S., European, and Asian entities doing business in Latin America and elsewhere. A transactional attorney for over 30 years, Mary Rose has developed proficiency in many areas, including

  • evaluating legal and regulatory systems,
  • understanding business and legal practices from cross-border and multicultural perspectives,
  • adapting transaction structures and documentation to the realities of many countries and
  • understanding the impact of legal and financial systems on risk analysis and structuring.

Mary Rose has substantial experience in emerging markets development finance (in areas including infrastructure, water, power, oil and gas, renewable energy, mining and roads), project and structured financing, private equity, cross border investments and joint ventures, restructurings, workouts, insolvencies, dispute resolution, mediation and other areas. She is very active in impact investing, sustainability, accountability and corporate governance, and works a great deal with the microfinance industry on matters relating to climate change and carbon trading. Mary Rose has a vibrant impact investing practice for clients as well as regularly contributing substantial time and experience on a pro bono basis in the impact investing and microfinance sectors.

Mary Rose uses her anthropology and legal training to serve as a guide and "interpreter" for clients and counterparties. As such, she is instrumental in helping them gain a deeper understanding of how business realities differ from country to country, and how behavioral and linguistic nuances may impact relationships. She assists clients and counterparties in reaching their goals, and supports them as they navigate a variety of customs, laws, and cultural and social norms.

Mary Rose frequently teaches and speaks on topics relating to her areas of proficiency.


  • Participated in project financing, acquisition and disposition and restructuring transactions, including offshore oil field development and gas and oil pipeline deals and owner projects, including thermal, hydro and wind projects and advising on proposed energy policy legislation
  • Participated in securitization of numerous asset types, including tax revenues, trade receivables, consumer automobile loans, supplier credits and other financial assets. She has contributed to structured financing projects, such as U.S. commercial paper programs and cross-border lease financings of large assets, such as offshore oil rigs and platforms
  • Represented funds and incubators investing in start-up Internet, technology, and media-related ventures and mature companies in various sectors. She has also represented funds, incubators, and start-up ventures in various Latin American countries in connection with receiving investments from foreign and local investors
  • Represented lenders, underwriters, issuers and borrowers in international capital markets offerings, private placements, syndicated bank financings and trade financings
  • Represented lenders, bondholders, equity investors and entities in reorganization in restructuring transactions involving publicly-held and privately-placed bonds and securitization securities, secure and unsecured bank financings and project financings


  • 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 at NYU School of Law's Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship. (May 2017)
  • Panelist. MFI Structures, 11th Annual Penn Microfinance Conference (March 2017)
  • Moderator. Family Offices: Catalyzing Impact Investing and Microfinance. Sponsors 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)


  • Contributor, "COVID-19 Breifing: Insights for Inclusive Finance," CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), September 2020. 
  • 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)


  • 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)
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