Steven C. Browne

Attorney in Boston, MA
Steven C. Browne is the managing partner of the firm and a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. He concentrates on business and securities law, with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate finance, private equity financing transactions, public offerings, SEC compliance, and technology transfer and licensing.

He is general counsel to public and privately held companies in a variety of industries and at all stages of growth. He represents a range of technology companies, from startup to global public company. He also represents private equity firms in complex structured finance transactions as well as early and later stage financings. Steven is trusted counsel to boards of directors on corporate governance and related matters.

Awards & Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, Venture Capital Law (2007-2014) and Securities Law (2010-2014)

Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A (2005-2014)

Super Lawyers, Massachusetts (2004-2011, 2013)

Lawdragon 3000, Leading Lawyers in America

•BTI Consulting's Client Service All-Star Team (one of 117 lawyers nationwide)

•Past Editor, Cornell Law Review

Events

•Panelist,The Boston Area Legal Market: Opportunities & Risks, Sandpiper Partners, LLC, Boston (June 3, 2014)

•Panelist,Law and Innovation,Cornell Law School Symposium on Law, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, New York (Feb. 8, 2013)

•Panelist,Selling the Privately Held Company, Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Boston (Jan. 15, 2013)

•Panelist,The State of Boston Legal Business 2012, The National Law Journal Boston Managing Partners Breakfast, Boston (June 6, 2012)

•Panelist,Have Traditional Rainmaking Strategies Changed? What Does the New Legal Market Look Like and How Could New Business be Effectively Developed?, Cornell University Law School Program, Boston (Feb. 29, 2012)

•Panelist,Cross Border M&A and Licensing, Association of Corporate Counsel All Day Program - Small World, Big Issues: Your Increasingly International 21st Century Practice, Boston (Nov. 16, 2010)

Publications

•Author, Selling the Privately Held Company, Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education(Jan. 15, 2013)

•Contributor, Boardroom Liabilities: Shining a Spotlight on Risk, Corporate Board Member,2010 Special Supplement (2010)

In the News

Bingham Represents Oracle in Skire Acquisition

July 19, 2012 - Bingham is representing Oracle in its acquisition of Skire, a leading provider of capital program management and facilities management applications. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals, is expected to close in the second half of 2012. The combination of Oracle's and Skire's solutions is expected to help organizations manage their projects and facilities with more predictability and financial control, improving profitability and operational efficiency. Led by partner Steve Browne, the Bingham team includes counsel Dinesh Melwani and associate Ryan Sykora, with assistance from partners Tony Carbone, Russ Isaia, Natascha George and Lou Rodriques; counsel Tom Gray; and associate Carrie French.

Browne Represents Citrix Systems in Acquisition

Boston Herald, May 9, 2012 - Bingham represented Citrix Systems, Inc. in its acquisition of Virtual Computer, Inc., a provider of enterprise-scale management solutions for client-side virtualization. Citrix will combine the newly acquired startup's technology with its own XenClient hypervisor to create the new Citrix XenClient Enterprise edition, which will help enterprise customers manage large fleets of corporate laptops across a distributed enterprise. Partner Steve Browne led the deal with assistance from partner Natascha George.

Bingham Represents Oracle in Vitrue Acquisition

June 29, 2012 - Bingham represented Oracle in its acquisition of Vitrue, a cloud-based social marketing platform designed to allow marketers to manage social marketing campaigns across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ from one place. The team included partner Steve Browne and counsel Gitte Blanchet with assistance from partners Natascha George and Lou Rodriques, and associate Carrie French.

Browne Profiled by Lawdragon Magazine Lawdragon Magazine, April 1, 2012 - In a profile inLawdragon Magazine, Bingham's Boston managing partner Steve Browne discussed what attributes consistently make the firm a FORTUNE 100 Best Place to Work. Bingham has a very strong culture of respect, and that respect applies to each and every person within the organization from top to bottom, he said. When asked about his M&A work with clients like Oracle and Citrix Systems, Browne explained, My job is to provide excellent service to these clients so they continue to use me on their M&A deals. I expect a substantial number of M&A deals in the technology sector in 2012. This is due to a number of factors, including the need of large technology companies to put their cash to work, the need for revenue growth in a challenging economic environment, and the general trend in the technology space for large companies to try to 'own the customer' and provide the broadest possible range of products and services. As for what Bingham looks for when hiring young lawyers, Browne said, Bingham lawyers, by definition, are business-focused, so we look for lawyers who put the needs of the client in the context of their client's business. The type of person we want to attract and who flourishes here is not someone who is internally competitive, but someone who is competitive in looking at the needs of clients and delivering excellent client service.

Browne Discusses Increase of B Corp Trend peHub, Jan. 12, 2012 - A new trend in corporate law involves the classification of companies as benefit corporations or B Corps, which are defined as socially responsible businesses certified by the nonprofit organization B Lab. New legislation has been passed in California, effective in 2012, intended to protect B Corp entrepreneurs from investors interested in profitability alone. Plenty of companies are seizing on the new laws. Among them is privately held clothing brand Patagonia, which is based in Ventura, Calif., and became a B Corp in early January. I suppose B Corps or flexible purpose companies could catch on over time if they become the new thing, said partner Steven Browne, co-leader of Bingham's Corporate Practice Group. But if you look at most companies they [already] do charitable giving. I don't know whether you call that good corporate citizenship. But I'm not aware of any shareholders who've sued a company for being too socially conscious.

Bingham Chairman Jay Zimmerman Passes Daily Leadership Duties to Managing Partner Steve Browne Succession Plan Includes New Generation of Leaders; Zimmerman to Remain Through 2015 to Help Transition After 20 Years as Chairman

BOSTON,May 13, 2014 - Bingham McCutchen LLP announced the next step of its succession plan with longtime Chairman Jay Zimmerman officially handing over daily responsibilities to Managing Partner Steve Browne, effective June 1.

It's been an incredibly rewarding run, said Zimmerman, who has led Bingham since May 1994, transforming the firm from a 175-lawyer regional player to an 850-lawyer global enterprise. The partnership is fortunate to be able to count on Steve and a new generation of leaders to guide Bingham to the next level.

Recognizing the need to identify future leaders, Bingham undertook succession planning more than three years ago. As part of that plan, Bingham announced the new role of managing partner last September, naming Browne to the position. Since then, Browne, who participated in Bingham's Partner Leadership Development Program that was designed to cultivate next-generation leaders, has worked closely with Zimmerman and other firm leaders to assess the firm's leadership structure and identify new leaders for Bingham.

Zimmerman will complete the transition of day-to-day responsibilities to Browne by the end of May and will continue to focus on strategic matters including direct engagement with clients and international markets. Zimmerman, whose current term was slated to expire in September, will remain as chairman through 2015.

It's a dynamic time at Bingham, and a lot of thought went into the transition process, said Browne. I'm excited to lead a firm with such outstanding lawyers.

Since joining Bingham in 2005, Browne has held a successive number of leadership roles, including managing partner of the Boston office, co-chair of Bingham's 350-lawyer Corporate Area, and co-leader of the firm's Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Securities Group.

Bingham Names Steve Browne to New Managing Partner Role Will Work With CEO and Longtime Chairman Jay Zimmerman

BOSTON (Sept. 30, 2013) - Bingham McCutchen LLP has announced the appointment of Corporate Area co-leader Steve Browne as managing partner of the 1,000-lawyer firm.

Browne will work closely with longtime Bingham Chairman Jay Zimmerman, who has led Bingham since 1994. Zimmerman, who will take on the additional title of Chief Executive Officer, will remain responsible for firm finance issues, global strategy, client relations and other strategic initiatives. Browne will direct and supervise the day-to-day operations of the firm.

The new structure is a natural next step for a global enterprise operating at the highest level in a hugely competitive and dynamic world, said Zimmerman, who begins his 20th year in leading the firm in May. True to our long-held strategy of anticipating and embracing change, we are proactive and continually refine our approach to running the firm. The creation of the managing partner role makes great sense, and Steve is a terrific choice.

Browne's engagement in law firm leadership initiatives played an important role in his appointment, said Zimmerman. At every opportunity, Steve demonstrated a keen interest in the direction of the firm and its people, he said.

For Browne, the prospect of advancing Bingham in the marketplace is the most appealing aspect of becoming managing partner.

The opportunity to play an important role in building upon Bingham's strengths across its entire 14-office network isn't one that comes along every day, said Browne. I look forward to working with Jay, all of my partners and the senior administrative staff to drive Bingham forward to an exciting future.

Since joining Bingham in 2005 from Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault, Browne has held a number of leadership roles, including managing partner of the Boston office, co-chair of Bingham's 350-lawyer Corporate Area, and co-leader of the firm's Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Securities Group.

Bingham Lawyers Noted in 2014 Best Lawyers

Aug. 19, 2013 - The 2014 edition of theBest Lawyers in America lists many Bingham lawyers, including eight new additions. The listings in this edition are based entirely on evaluations of lawyers by their peers.

The lawyers listed in the 2014 edition ofBest Lawyers edition include (with practices in parentheses):

Don Abrams (Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Tax Law)

John Adkins (Labor Law - Management)

Jon Albano (First Amendment Law, Litigation - First Amendment, Media Law)

Jonathan Alter (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy)

Frank Appicelli (Real Estate Law)

John Arnholz (Securitization and Structured Finance Law)

Reed Auerbach (Securitization and Structured Finance Law)

David Balabanian (Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Securities)

Dale Barnes (Litigation - Securities)

Chris Berka (Litigation - Environmental, Environmental Law)

Bill Berkowitz (Franchise Law, Litigation - Antitrust)

Michael Braun (Securitization and Structured Finance Law)

James Bridgeman (Tax Law)

Steven Brody (Commercial Litigation)

John Brown (Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Tax Law)

Steve Browne (Securities / Capital Markets Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law, Venture Capital Law)

Laurie Cerveny (Mergers and Acquisitons Law)

Greg Christianson (Litigation - Environmental)

Jean Cogill (Employee Benefits Law)

John Concannon (Venture Capital Law)

Dan Cooperman (Corporate Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Technology Law)

Chris Cox (Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law)

Neal Curtin (Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law)

Josh Dalton (Litigation - Intellectual Property)

Rich de Bodo (Litigation - Patent)

Bart Deamer (Corporate Law)

Carol Dillon (Real Estate Law)

Bob Dombroff (Commercial Litigation)

Jim Dragna (Litigation - Environmental, Water Law)

Jeffrey DuRocher (Tax Law)

Gordon Bud Ehrlich (Banking and Finance Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates)

Rick Eisenbiegler (Banking and Finance Law)

Scott Farmer (Tax Law)

Jason Frank (Litigation - Securities)

Steven Frank (Litigation - Intellectual Property, Patent Law)

Ella Foley Gannon (Environmental Law)

Natascha George (Employee Benefits Law)

Dan Goldberg (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust)

Rich Goldman (Securities/ Capital Markets Law)

Jim Hamilton (Criminal Defense: White Collar)

Tom Harman (Litigation - Securities, Mutual Funds Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation)

Richard Harter (Employee Benefits Law)

Henry Healy (Real Estate Law)

Ted Henneberry (Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust)

Jordan Hershman (Securities Regulation)

Frank Hinman (Antitrust Law)

George Hisert (Banking and Finance Law, Equipment Finance Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law)

Nathan Hochman (Criminal Defense: White Collar)

Hal Horwich (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Insurance Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy)

Janice Howe (Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants)

Laurence Isaacson (Securitization and Structured Finance Law)

Russ Isaia (Employee Benefits Law, Tax Law)

Roger Joseph (Mutual Funds Law)

Frank Kaplan (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law)

Jean Kiddoo (Communications Law)

Bill Kirchick (Trusts and Estates)

Bob Kirschenbaum (Litigation & Controversy - Tax)

Bill Kissinger (Energy Law)

Barbara Klippert (Employee Benefits Law)

Joe Kociubes (Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, Litigation - Securities, Mediation)

Ben Krowicki (Commercial Litigation)

Amy Kyle (Banking and Finance Law, Equipment Finance Law)

Steve Levitan (Securitization and Structured Finance Law)

Andy Lipman (Communications Law)

Jim Loss (Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law)

John Magee (Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Tax Law)

George Mair (Tax Law, Trusts and Estates)

Thurgood Marshall Jr. (Government Relations Practice)

Elaine McChesney (Commercial Litigation)

James McGrath (Franchise Law)

John McGuire (Mutual Funds Law)

Bill McKee (Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Tax Law)

Edward Merrill (Real Estate Law)

Stephen Miklus (Project Finance Law)

Sandra Lee Montgomery (Securitization and Structured Finance Law)

Scott Moriearty (Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management)

Jiro Murase (Banking and Finance Law, International Trade and Finance Law)

Satoru Murase (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law International Trade and Finance Law)

Peter Neger (Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions -Defendants)

Will Nelson (Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Tax Law)

Mark Oland (Real Estate Law)

Dan Papermaster (Banking and Finance Law)

Tom Peckham (Trusts and Estates)

Nancy Persechino (Project Finance Law)

Donn Pickett (Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Intellectual Property)

Michael Pickett (Real Estate Law)

Michael Plishner (Litigation - Construction)

Gerald Rath (Securities Regulation)

Andy Ray (Communications Law)

Marc Reardon (Energy Law, Project Finance Law)

Thomas Reddy (Banking and Finance Law)

John Reese (Appellate)

Michael Reilly (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)

David Robbins (Corporate Law)

Marcia Robinson (Real Estate Law)

Mark Robinson (Criminal Defense: White Collar)

James Rockett (Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law)

Lou Rodriques (Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment)

Stuart Rosen (Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Real Estate)

Barry Rosenthal (Real Estate Law)

Rick Rothman (Litigation - Environmental, Environmental Law)

John Ryan (Tax Law)

Jeff Sabin (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)

David Salmons (Appellate)

Daniel Savrin (Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust)

Ed Saxe (Real Estate Law)

Matt Schnall (Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Tax Law)

Thane Scott (Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust)

Toby Serkin (Mutual Funds Law)

Jim Severson (Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management)

Chuck Shimada (Litigation - Securities, Securities/ Capital Markets Law)

Ron Silverman (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy)

Bruce Silvers (Banking and Finance Law)

Larry Silverstein (Tax Law)

John Skelton (Franchise Law)

Jeff Smith (Banking and Finance Law, Equipment Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law)

Jeffrey Q. Smith (Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Securities)

Ed Smith (Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law, Equipment Finance Law)

Bill Southard (Litigation - Construction)

Edward Strohbehn (Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental)

Richard Taffet (Antitrust Law)

Rich Toelke (Real Estate Law)

John Utzschneider (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law)

Julio Vega (Securities / Capital Markets Law, Venture Capital Law)

Barbara Freedman Wand (Trusts and Estates)

Catherine Wang (Communications Law)

Rick Welch (Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law)

Colin West (Antitrust Law)

Sabin Willett (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy)

Robert Wolf (Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law)

Steve Zovickian (Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Construction)

Browne, Melwani Aid Oracle in GreenBytes Acquisition June 2014 - Bingham represented Oracle in its recently announced acquisition of GreenBytes, a provider of ZFS technology with domain expertise in the areas of deduplication, replication and virtualization. GreenBytes' technology complements Oracle's storage solutions and is expected to enhance Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliances. The transaction has closed. Bingham, led by managing partner Steve Browne, counsel Dinesh Melwani and associate Tasmin Din, represented Oracle in the acquisition. The team was assisted by partners Russ Isaia and Lou Rodriques; counsel Tom Gray; and associate Carrie French.

Browne Leads Bingham in Corente Deal for Oracle Law360, Jan. 7, 2014 - Bingham, led by managing partner Steve Browne, represented Oracle Corp. in its acquisition of Corente Inc., a cloud-based software company. The deal keeps alive Oracle's multibillion-dollar buyout streak that stretches back to 2011 and covers more than a dozen transactions made by the California tech giant. The deal marks the latest effort by Oracle to bolster its cloud-computing offerings and to cash in as companies increasingly turn to web-based data storage rather than data centers and other physical operations. New Jersey-based Corente boasts a technology that allows IT service providers to freely deliver and share applications between multiple public and private cloud data centers and geographies in a process known as virtualization. The Bingham team also included partners Russ Isaia and Lou Rodriques; counsel Gitte Blanchet and Tom Gray; and associates Ryan Sykora and Carrie French. The proposed transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

Browne, Melwani Aid Oracle in Bitzer Mobile Deal Nov. 15, 2013 - Bingham represented Oracle in its acquisition of Bitzer Mobile, a provider of mobile applications management solutions that allow organizations to provide employees access to corporate data and applications from their mobile devices, to address the growing security needs created by the bring-your-own-device movement. Bitzer Mobile augments Oracle's industry-leading portfolio of Fusion Middleware products, and is expected to be a core component to its mobile security strategy. Together, Oracle and Bitzer Mobile are expected to provide organizations with a comprehensive solution to further manage security of enterprise information held on personal and company-owned mobile devices. The transaction has closed. Bingham, led by partner Steve Browne, counsel Dinesh Melwani and associate Ryan Sykora, represented Oracle in the acquisition. The team was assisted by partners Russ Isaia and Lou Rodriques; counsel Tom Gray; and associates Carrie French and Christal Fenton.

Browne, Melwani Aid Oracle in BigMachines Acquisition October 2013 - Bingham represented Oracle in its recent acquisition of BigMachines, a leading cloud-based Configure, Price & Quote (CPQ) solution provider. BigMachines' CPQ Cloud accelerates the conversion of sales opportunities into revenue by automating the sales order process with guided selling, dynamic pricing and an easy-to-use workflow approval process, accessible anywhere, on any device. More than 275 organizations of all sizes across a wide range of industries rely on BigMachines' CPQ Cloud to streamline their sales processes. In combination with Oracle's enterprise-grade cloud solutions, including marketing, sales, social, commerce and service clouds, Oracle and BigMachines will create an end-to-end smarter selling cloud solution so sales personnel are more productive, customers are more satisfied and companies grow revenue faster. The transaction, of which terms were not disclosed, is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals. Bingham, led by managing partner Steve Browne, counsel Dinesh Melwani and associate Tasmin Din, represented Oracle in the acquisition. The team was assisted by partners Russ Isaia and Lou Rodriques; counsel Tom Gray; and associates Carrie French and Christal Fenton.

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Areas of Law

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Public Company Reporting
  • Venture Capital
  • Corporate Governance, Proxy Contest and Activist Investing
  • Corporate Securities Offerings

 

Experience & Credentials

Position

Managing Partner

Admission Details

Admitted in 1988, New York
1994, Massachusetts
England and Wales

Law School Attended

Cornell Law School
Class of 1988
Juris Doctor
cum laude

University Attended

University of Rhode Island
Class of 1985
Bachelor of Arts
cum laude

Associations & Memberships

•American Bar Association

•Boston Bar Association

•New York State Bar Association

•Executive Board, Cornell Law School Alumni Program

Representative Cases

Represented Citrix Systems in numerous acquisitions, including its $470 million acquisition of XenSource Inc., its $320 million acquisition of Netscaler Inc., its $235 million acquisition of Expertcity.com, and its acquisitions of Bytemobile, Virtual Computer, Inc., Podio ApS, EMS-Cortex Ltd., App-DNA Group Ltd., RingCube, ShareFile, Cloud.com, VML... More

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617.345.5069

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Steven C. Browne
Managing Partner
 One Federal Street,
Boston, MA 02110

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