Abby Brown believes in building strong relationships with her clients and has earned a reputation as a business-minded and efficient advisor who takes an innovative approach to legal matters, often strategizing with companies to provide tailored legal solutions in unique situations that work from a business perspective. Abby handles general corporate, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation matters and corporate governance issues. More generally, she also serves as the relationship partner to more than 50 global clients in a breadth of high-risk regulatory and commercial markets, including financial services, government contracting and pharmaceuticals. Acting as a single point of contact, Abby applies a holistic approach to the global legal needs of each client and participates in executive strategic discussions and board of directors’ dialogues.
Abby is the deputy Corporate Practice Group leader of the firm’s Washington DC office and serves as primary outside securities compliance and governance counsel to various public company clients, including Fortune 500 companies. She previously served as the corporate secretary of several public companies and privately held financial institutions, as well as served as the acting general counsel of a publicly held consulting firm for two years. She has completed more than 100 mergers and acquisitions from both buy- and sell-side, often representing clients in repeat engagements.
These 20 years of experience in various roles across a multitude of public companies uniquely provide Abby with a wide lens of various stakeholders’ perspectives combined with a thorough understanding of the required detail to implement legal strategies and best practices. She leverages this expertise to her clients’ benefit as she advises regarding a gamut of legal considerations spanning from securities disclosures to acquisitions to advising boards regarding sensitive and unusual matters.
Abby is a frequent author and speaker on trending topics related to mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate governance. She actively participates in a number of organizations to which her clients belong, including serving as the firm’s ongoing liaison to, and program coordinator for, the National Capital Region chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC-NCR) for more than a decade. Abby previously served as the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Corporate Governance subcommittee for Investor and Shareholder Engagement (2013-2017).
Mergers and Acquisitions
GC & CLO Roundtable, Association of Corporate Counsel-National Capital Region
Panel Discussion, Association of Corporate Counsel-National Capital Region
Corporate Governance Advisory