Chris Brown is a business lawyer focused on the representation of growth companies and their investors, with a particular concentration on the issues facing technology companies, especially companies in electronic payments and financial services technology.
From 2007 to June 2011, Chris served as General Counsel and Secretary of NetSpend Holdings, Inc., a leading prepaid debit card program manager and processor, counseling NetSpend on its 2010 IPO and a variety of related strategic transactions, corporate, regulatory and commercial matters. Chris worked with NetSpend as an outside lawyer beginning in 2001, and has continued to serve NetSpend as Counsel Emeritus through February 2013 and now outside counsel.
Prior to joining NetSpend, Chris was a partner in the Austin office of Baker Botts L.L.P., where he headed the corporate practice, representing a wide variety of public and private companies and institutional investors in corporate and securities matters, including venture financings, mergers & acquisitions, IPOs, technology transactions, and general corporate matters.
From 1994 to 1998, Chris was the general counsel and secretary of Microware Systems Corporation, a provider of embedded operating systems software, which he counseled through its 1996 IPO and a variety of related strategic transactions, technology licensing matters, and other commercial and corporate matters.
Chris began his legal career from 1991 to 1994 as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary in Washington.
Chris received his law degree with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law (1991), and a bachelors degree in political economy from Tulane University (magna cum laude with departmental honors, 1987).
Chris is also an author whose work has been shortlisted for major awards.