Brh2 plays a central role in the homologous recombination system of Ustilago maydis, mediating delivery of Rad51 to single-stranded DNA. Here we report that Brh2 can pair the displaced strand of a D loop with a complementary single-stranded DNA to form a duplexed, or double, D loop. The reaction emulates the second-end capture step envisioned in models of DNA double-strand break repair. This second-end capture reaction promoted by Brh2 proceeds efficiently when performed in the presence of Rad51 under conditions that block annealing by Rad52, or when the second single-stranded DNA substrate is replaced by double-stranded DNA. In a coupled reaction that requires extension of the D loop more than 200 nt by DNA synthesis in order to reveal a complementary region, Brh2 was also able to promote second-end capture and thus model a synthesis-dependent strand-annealing mechanism.