Philip O. Brandes

Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Financial Services M&A


Phil Brandes represents strategic and financial investors in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity securities offerings, bank financings, joint ventures and restructurings, frequently with a cross-border dimension.  He has particular experience advising private equity sponsors across a wide variety of industries. International Finance and Law Review's Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms recommended Phil as a leading U.S. M&A lawyer, noting his "great responsiveness," "good manner" and "quality advice." Global M&A Network named Phil among the top 20 M&A lawyers in North America.  Phil serves as a trustee of PublicPrep, a leading charter school network in New York City, and has done further pro bono work for the NAACP and U.S. Squash. 

He is fluent in German.


  • Recommended as a leading US M&A lawyer by International Finance and Law Review’s Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Named among the top 20 M&A lawyers in America by the Global M&A Network


  • Fordham University School of Law, JD
  • Amherst College, BA, magna cum laude
  • Freie Universität Berlin


  • New York


  • English
  • German

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Trustee, Public Prepatory Network, Inc.
  • Member, American Council on Germany