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Rising Star: Fenwick & West's Michael Brown

April 28, 2014

​Law360 profiled Fenwick & West corporate partner Michael Brown as among the top four technology attorneys under the age of 40 in the United States, noting that he's already represented “a number of industry heavyweights" and sealed his "reputation as a deal-maker."

Brown’s recent marquee work includes helping online home-rental phenomenon Airbnb obtain $200 million in Series C financing. He also led an $105 million initial public offering for Marin Software, which provides digital ad management platforms for advertisers and agencies, as well as a $93 million IPO for the energy networking platform Silver Spring Networks.

“Every time you take a company public, it’s a huge milestone in the company’s life cycle and there’s a great sense of achievement in helping a company obtain that step,” Brown told Law360.

In September, he represented Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in leading a $93 million institutional capital investment in software company Telogis Inc., and in January, Brown represented Kareo Inc., a cloud-based medical office software provider, in raising $29.5 million in growth capital.

Describing Brown as “a jack of all trades in the technology sphere,” Law360 cited his additional M&A work on deals including Airbnb’s acquisitions of Localmind Inc. and Nabewise, Kareo’s acquisition of ECCO Health and ServiceNow’s acquisition of Mirror42 Holding BV.

Among the larger deals Brown has worked on was ArcSight’s $1.5 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard in 2010.

“Most large transactions tend to have their own unique challenges – usually something pops up in the deal that was unexpected,” Brown told Law360. “But the challenges, excitement and cutting-edge work are part of why I love what I do.”

The full article is available through the Law360 website (subscription required).