Grad Year: UCalgary 2014, UHLC 2015
Current Position: Senior Associate, Dechert LLP
Location: New York City, NY, USA
Admissions: Texas || New York || Ontario
Barrett is currently a senior associate in the Corporate and Securities Group at Dechert LLP. His practice focuses primarily on representing megafund and upper mid-market private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a wide variety of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions transactions and other corporate matters. While most of his practice is in the acquisition and divestitures / leveraged buyout space, Barrett also represents companies in other types of transactions including joint ventures, corporate restructurings, and in other corporate areas such as corporate governance and management equity. Over the course of his career, Barrett has had the opportunity to represent some of the most well-known PE funds and Wall Street stalwarts including Cerberus Capital Management, CVC Capital Partners, KKR, Blackstone, and One Equity Partners.
Barrett started his career working for the Oil and Gas Transactions group of another large international law firm where he focused on acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas assets, joint ventures, farmouts, and other complex oil and gas M&A activity. After a few years, he wanted to expand his skill set, knowledge base, and experience and deal more with corporate structures and entity level transactions. At the time most of Barrets clients were large private equity sponsors and so it was a fairly natural path to transition from true oil and gas assets into a more typical PE and corporate practice. In the process, Barrett moved from Houston, Texas to Manhattan, New York where he now lives and is able to experience all that such an amazing city has to offer.
In addition to his traditional PE / M&A practice, Barrett also represent individuals, non-profits, and other 501(c)(3) organizations as Pro Bono clients on a variety of corporate and non-corporate matters. Most of his work in this space has focused on helping LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations, including organizations such as Worthy Mentoring, AIDS Connecticut, and individuals with matters such as military discharge upgrades, changes of name and gender, and asylum applications. Barrett am also an active member of the firm’s LGBTQ Affinity Group which provides a number of networking and mentorship opportunities for LGBTQ lawyers and staff throughout the firm.