Thomas Maurice Britt III of New York City, formerly of Erdenheim, Pennsylvania, Hong Kong and Sag Harbor, died suddenly on November 9.
Mr. Britt graduated from Georgetown University and earned both juris doctor and master in business administration degrees from New York University. He practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell and later became a partner at Rogers & Wells in New York where he was an innovator in the field of cross-border finance, creating legal structures to provide emerging market companies, particularly in Latin America, with access to U.S. and European capital markets. Thereafter, he established Rogers & Wells’ Hong Kong office, expanding the firm’s global presence, and played an important role in the firm’s subsequent merger with the law firm of Clifford Chance. He later joined Debevoise & Plimpton as a partner in Hong Kong, representing private equity clients in structuring Chinese investments, before becoming a China-focused private equity investor himself.
Throughout his career, and particularly in the nearly two decades he spent in Asia, Mr. Britt mentored an entire generation of lawyers who credit him with their professional accomplishments. Most recently, Mr. Britt was focused on private equity investments in Latin America, returning to a region where his legal career had originally flourished. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. As his friends and professional colleagues who gathered in reaction to his unexpected passing noted, Mr. Britt was an exceptionally gifted lawyer, a successful investor and a mentor to many. He is remembered for his sharp intellect, his positivity and his infectious enthusiasm about everything he did.
Out of the office, Mr. Britt enjoyed playing golf and tennis with his family and friends, and he enjoyed exploring and traveling to many foreign countries, especially Bali.
Mr. Britt was the son of the late Thomas M. Jr. and Patricia Britt. He is survived by his children Thomas Maurice (Tiger) Britt IV and Brooke Helen Britt, and their mother Stacey French Britt of Stamford, Connecticut. He is also survived by his sisters Susan McGoldrick (John), Joann Fitzgerald (William, dec’d) and Maryellen Miller (George) and multiple nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara Cronin (Bob, dec’d).
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Genevieve Church, 1225 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, Pennsylvania 19031. Relatives and friends are invited to the church after10 a.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Georgetown University, Gift Processing, Department #0734, Washington, D.C. 20073 or to Saint Genevieve School at the above address.