Michael A. Brown

Partner, Corporate  

San Francisco 415.875.2432


Michael Brown concentrates his practice on strategic counseling to companies, ranging from newly formed startup teams to mature publicly traded corporations, and venture capital firms in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial and follow-on public offerings, debt financings, and corporate reorganizations. In 2014, Michael was named among the top attorneys in the United States under the age of 40 by Law360. Michael was recently recognized as one of the emerging leaders in the legal industry in the Daily Journal’s annual “Top 20 Under 40” ranking. Michael was honored as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

Representative Experience:

  • ​Multiple financings for Uber, including its publicly-announced $3.5B investment by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Series F, Series E and Series D financings
  • Multiple financings for Airbnb, including its publicly-announced $1.5B Series E and $475M Series D
  • Multiple financings for Databricks, including its $250M Series E, $140M Series D and $60M Series C financings
  • Multiple financings for Illumio, including its $125M Series D financing and $1​00M Series C ​financing
  • Multiple financings for Tanium, including its $100M common stock offering and $120M Series G​
  • Multiple financings for Doctor on Demand, including its $74M Series C financing
  • Cepheid sale to Danaher ($4B) 
  • Multiple acquisitions for Cisco Systems, including its $3.2B acquisition of WebEx Communications
  • Data Domain sale to EMC Corporation ($2.4B)
  • Opsware sale to Hewlett-Packard ($1.6B)
  • ArcSight sale to Hewlett-Packard ($1.5B)
  • OpenDNS sale to Cisco Systems ($635M)
  • Coinbase acquisitions of Cipher Browser, Keystone Capital,, Memo.AI and Paradex
  • Alteryx acquisitions of Yhat and Semanta
  • Alteryx initial public offering and follow-on public offering
  • Dermira initial public offering and multiple follow-on public offerings
  • Marin Software initial public offering
  • Silver Spring Networks initial public offering
  • ArcSight initial public offering
  • Glu Mobile follow-on public offering
  • Alteryx, Cepheid, Dermira and Dexcom convertible debt offerings pursuant to Rule 144A
  • Multiple investments representing Agilent Technologies, Andreessen Horowitz, Fidelity Investments, Kleiner Perkins and New Enterprise Associates