About Us

Recognized experts delivering tailored solutions

Too often, consultants and advisors deliver generic solutions to unique problems.  And too often, they leave behind a stack of recommendations while heading off to their next assignment.

Crystalus is different.

We spend time understanding your particular needs and objectives, roll up our sleeves, and work shoulder-to-shoulder to achieve exceptional results.

We don’t need to go away and seek others’ opinions on how to solve your problem – as recognized experts in our field, people seek out our opinions.

And we won’t leave you with a list of recommendations as we head off for our next assignment.  We’ll work with you and your staff to make sure our solutions take root and flourish.

Our Managing Directors and network of senior advisors deliver decades of hands-on, practical experience and technical expertise.

That’s why our clients keep asking us back again and again, helping support their growth and success.

What our clients are saying

Risk Management clients tell us that Crystalus brings great expertise to the table, including credit and risk management, financial management and change management, allowing the entity to grow and deliver its mandate impactfully.

Advisory clients tell us that Crystalus helps establish clear and rapid paths to achieving objectives, by quickly grasping the essential issues at hand.

Learning and Knowledge clients consistently tell us that Crystalus’ workshops provide better training than any they’ve had in their professional lives; all delivered in an engaging and meaningful way.

Deborah Brean

Managing Director

  • Specializing in deal execution, structuring, due diligence and risk mitigation
  • Extensive experience in structured and development finance
  • Broad range of international advisory assignments
  • Formerly held senior positions with EDC, IFC, and FCM

Deborah understands that exceptional results don’t just happen. She helps clients uncover, grasp and articulate the critical aspects of an issue, build awareness and understanding, and move forward with tailored solutions. Deborah delivers three decades of practical, hands-on experience spanning deal execution, management, and advisory.

She has held senior management positions with leading international financial institutions including International Finance Corporation, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Green Municipal Fund. Her expertise spans blended finance, development finance, structured and project finance, catalytic funding, vehicles including trust funds, SPVs and partnerships, private equity, mezzanine finance, brownfield financing, leveraged leasing, asset-based lending, green financing, mid-market lending, second lien structures, and Islamic finance.

Deborah has structured and closed billions of dollars in funding transactions globally in multiple sectors and has advised on over $6 billion in new structured finance initiatives.

Patrick Brean

Managing Director

  • Specializing in strategy, funding landscape, and emerging trends
  • Hands-on experience both providing funding and raising capital
  • Has closed over $2 billion in funding transactions
  • International network of senior funding relationships

Patrick is a big believer in keeping things simple. Helping clients achieve their goals isn’t possible unless everyone has a basic, common understanding of the issues and solutions, and is pulling in the same direction. Patrick helps clients achieve extraordinary results through clarity of purpose, critical insights, and rapid progress toward objectives. He is especially adept at demystifying complex financial issues, and presenting concepts in a concise, compelling way that fosters understanding and achieves results.

Having worked in the public and private sectors for both investors and borrowers, he is uniquely positioned to bring together and facilitate complex financing assignments involving funding initiatives and capital raising. Over the course of his career, he has closed over $2 billion in funding transactions, including private equity, structured lending, and capital markets. Patrick is a recognized thought leader in sustainable finance – his ground-breaking innovations are regularly profiled at international conferences, and in major publications including the Wall Street Journal and World Economic Forum.

Technical Advisors

Various Positions

  • Risk Management
  • Treasury and Capital Markets
  • Legal and Governance
  • Project Finance
  • Change Management

Our extensive network of senior advisors and technical specialists include recognized experts and thought leaders in the above areas.

In each case, we marshal the technical expertise necessary to deal with unique client challenges. These experts help resolve issues and overcome challenges based on decades of practical, hands-on experience. We draw upon their expertise and advice only when needed, helping ensure exceptional results while saving clients time and money.

We Are…

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Dynamic

We take pride in delivering exceptional results quickly and effectively, saving you time, money, and resources.

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Focused

We don’t believe in generic, one-size-fits-all approaches. Your unique challenges deserve tailored solutions.

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Networked

Our extensive international network of relationships and contacts help ensure our solutions are leading the pack, not following it.