Dean M. Colucci


  • Dean M. Colucci
  • Phone: +1 973 424 2020

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    One Riverfront Plaza
    1037 Raymond Boulevard, Suite 1800
    Newark, NJ 07102-5429

Dean M. Colucci practices in the area of corporate law with a focus on capital markets, M&A, structured transactions and infrastructure development and finance. Mr. Colucci formerly was president and head of investment banking at MLV & Co in New York. During his five-year tenure at MLV, the bank’s annual revenue grew from just under $5 million to approximately $30 million.

In his experience as both a lawyer and an investment banker, Mr. Colucci has been involved in more than 250 capital markets transactions with an aggregate notional market value of more than $15 billion for companies in such diverse sectors as energy, REITs and real estate, life sciences, financial services, transportation, technology, MLPs, and oil and gas. He was at the forefront of developing several ATM offering products for equity, debt, preferred and convertible securities. He has applied this technology to a variety of dual-listed issuers in Australia, Canada, Europe and Israel. In addition, Mr. Colucci has structured a variety of equity, debt and hybrid security products that have enabled issuers to raise capital more efficiently.

In M&A, Mr. Colucci has advised both public and private companies, financial sponsors and family offices in connection with all types of business combinations, control and non-control investments as well as joint ventures. He has also counseled financial advisors in connection with fairness opinions given in these types of transactions.

Mr. Colucci has extensive experience with various types of asset-based lending facilities, warehouse facilities and ABS structures, as well as the acquisition and financing of receivables-based portfolios. In this area, he has closed on more than $4 billion in financing transactions on behalf of both lender and borrower clients. Mr. Colucci has also represented companies in the development, financing, acquisition and sale of several billion dollars of infrastructure assets across the real estate, energy, renewable energy, telecommunications, water, manufacturing, transportation, entertainment, hospitality and tourism industries.

Mr. Colucci is a 1993 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law. He earned a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University in 1988 and is a 1983 graduate of Cornell University.


Areas of Practice

  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Structured Finance
  • Asset-Based Finance
  • Global Infrastructure Development and Finance


  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, M.I.A., National Security Policy, 1988
  • Cornell University, A.B., 1983


  • LeClair Ryan
    - Shareholder, 2015-2016
  • MLV & Co.
    - President and Head of Investment Banking, 2011-2015
    - Senior Managing Director and General Counsel, 2010
  • DLA Piper
    - Partner, 1999-2010
  • Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
    - Associate, 1997-1999
  • Reid & Priest LLP
    - Associate, 1994-1996
  • Huber, Lawrence & Abel
    - Associate, 1991-1994
  • Defense Group International, Inc.
    - Director, Corporate Development, 1989-1991
  • BDM International, Inc.
    - Systems Analyst, 1987-1989

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Beat the Streets Wrestling, organization working with at-risk children in the New York City area
    - Trustee, Board of Trustees, 2010-present
    - General Counsel, 2005-2010

Selected Publications

  • Quoted, "Stock Swings May Spur At-the-Market Offerings After Record High," Bloomberg Law, February 12, 2018

  • Co-Author, "At the Market Issuance in the Oil & Gas Sector," Oil & Gas Monitor, January 23, 2012
  • "Is Leasing the Key to European Projects," International Financial Law Review, August 1, 1999
  • "Global Trends Favor Increased Use of Leasing Structures in Project Finance Transactions," Project Finance, March 26, 1998

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "Healthy Alternatives: Financing Mechanisms that Sustain Companies," BIO CEO 2012, February 13, 2012
  • Moderator, "At-the-Market Offerings: Legal Considerations for Issuers and Investors," May 12, 2010
  • Co-Presenter, "The Current State of the First and Second Lien Markets: Looking Back to See Forward," Loan Syndication and Trading Association's Annual Conference, October 17, 2007