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Christopher Brown
Partner
 
900 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 
 
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Based in our Washington, D.C. office, Chris Brown concentrates his practice on banking and finance. He has represented private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as public and private companies, in a wide variety of secured lending and other financing transactions. In addition, he has worked for many clients on matters involving general secured finance issues, debt restructurings and related corporate issues. Recently, Chris’s clients have included AEA Investors, Allegion, Best Buy, Blackstone, Carlyle, Charterhouse Capital Partners, EQT Partners Inc., Fieldwood Energy, Francisco Partners, Global Payments, Hershey, Ingersoll Rand, J.G. Wentworth, JLL Partners, KSL Capital Partners, MDC Partners, Microsoft, Patheon, Peabody Energy, Primavera Capital Partners, Riverstone, Town Sports International, Vestar Capital Partners and Vista Equity Partners.

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Work Highlights
  • KSL Capital Partners in connection with the financing supporting the acquisition of Mammoth Resorts and Deer Valley Resort by a joint venture formed by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC and Aspen Skiing Company, L.L.C. 

  • Vista Equity Partners in connection with the financing supporting its $6.5 billion acquisition of Solera Holdings Inc.
  • Global Payments Inc. in the financing supporting its acquisition of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $4.3 billion
  • Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Invitation Homes in various financings aggregate commitments in excess of $5 billion, which have been used to capitalize the purchase of distressed single-family rental homes throughout the United States
  • Charterhouse Capital Partners in connection with the financing supporting its acquisition of Skillsoft Limited, a pioneer in the field of technology-delivered learning with a worldwide customer base that ranges from global enterprises, government and education to mid-sized and small business
  • Fieldwood Energy, a portfolio company of Riverstone, in the financings related to its $3.75 billion acquisition of Apache Corporation's Gulf of Mexico Shelf business and its follow-on $1.12 billion acquisition of SandRidge Energy Inc.'s Gulf of Mexico properties
  • Ingersoll-Rand in the $1.3 billion senior secured financing related to its spin-off of Allegion
  • JLL Partners in the $1.85 billion financing supporting its take-private purchase of Patheon, and Patheon’s related combination with Royal DSM’s Pharmaceutical Products business
  • Microsoft Corporation in its $5 billion revolving credit facility
Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, 2001 J.D.
  • Princeton University, 1998 A.B.
Admissions
  • District of Columbia 2005
  • New York 2002

Christopher Brown is a Partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s Corporate Department. Chris’s practice focuses on banking and finance. He has represented private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies, and public and private companies in a broad range of secured lending and other financing transactions. In addition, he has worked for a variety of clients on matters involving general secured finance issues, debt restructurings and related corporate issues. Recently, Chris has advised, among others, AEA Investors L.P., Allegion plc, Best Buy Co., Inc., Blackstone Real Estate Partners, The Carlyle Group, Charterhouse Capital Partners, EQT Partners Inc., Fieldwood Energy, LLC, Francisco Partners, Global Payments Inc., The Hershey Company, Ingersoll Rand, J.G. Wentworth, LLC, JLL Partners, Inc., KSL Capital Partners, LLC, MDC Partners, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Patheon Inc., Peabody Energy Corporation, Primavera Capital Partners, Riverstone Holdings LLC, Town Sports International Holdings, Inc., Vestar Capital Partners and Vista Equity Partners.

Recent representations include:

  • KSL Capital Partners in connection with the financing supporting the acquisition of Mammoth Resorts and Deer Valley Resort by a joint venture formed by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC and Aspen Skiing Company, L.L.C.

  • Vista Equity Partners in connection with the financing supporting its $6.5 billion acquisition of Solera Holdings Inc.

  • Global Payments Inc. in the financing supporting its acquisition of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $4.3 billion

  • The representation of Best Buy Co., Inc., in connection with its senior secured credit facilities with aggregate commitments of $2 billion

  • The representation of Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Invitation Homes, in various financings involving commitments in excess of $5 billion, which have been used to capitalize the purchase of distressed single-family rental homes throughout the United States

  • The representation of Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP in connection with the financing supporting its acquisition of Skillsoft Limited, a pioneer in the field of technology-delivered learning with a worldwide customer base that ranges from global enterprises, government and education to mid-sized and small business

  • The representation of The Carlyle Group in connection with the financing supporting its acquisition of The TCW Group, Inc., from Société Générale

  • The representation of Fieldwood Energy, a portfolio company of Riverstone, in the financings related to its $3.75 billion acquisition of Apache Corporation's Gulf of Mexico Shelf business and its follow-on $1.12 billion acquisition of SandRidge Energy Inc.’s Gulf of Mexico properties

  • The representation of The Hershey Company in its $1.1 billion revolving credit facility

  • The representation of Ingersoll-Rand in the $1.3 billion senior secured financing related to its spin-off of Allegion plc

  • The representation of JLL Partners in the $1.85 billion financing supporting its take-private purchase of Patheon, and Patheon’s related combination with Royal DSM’s Pharmaceutical Products business

  • The representation of Microsoft Corporation, in its $5 billion revolving credit facility

  • The representation of Riverstone in connection with the financing supporting its acquisition of Utex Industries, Inc., from Rhône Capital L.L.C. 

Chris received his J.D. in 2001 from University of Virginia School of Law. He received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1998. Chris is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York.

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