Robert Brown advises on compliance with US and international data privacy and security laws and guides clients through the data privacy and security aspects of complex corporate transactions.

Mr. Brown regularly helps clients across all market sectors navigate the business implications of new and evolving data privacy laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and various sector-specific state and federal regulations, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Drawing on previous experience as data privacy counsel for a Fortune 500 energy company and as legal counsel for a Fortune 500 technology company, he takes a risk-based approach to:

  • Assessing data privacy and security risks
  • Designing data privacy compliance programs
  • Negotiating data privacy and security contract terms and data processing agreements
  • Providing data privacy and security support on corporate transactions
  • Responding to requests from data subjects and authorities
  • Preparing for and responding to data breaches
  • Addressing data privacy issues related to digital marketing, employee privacy, and cross-border data transfers 

While working in-house, Mr. Brown developed and managed a global privacy program designed to comply with the GDPR, CCPA, and various other US and international data privacy laws. In this role, he routinely navigated the challenges internal privacy compliance teams face.

Recognized by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Privacy Law Specialist, a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Manager, Mr. Brown often presents on data privacy as a panelist or featured speaker at conferences and forums.

Mr. Brown’s experience includes advising on the data privacy and security aspects of transactions for:

Acquisitions

  • Berkshire Partners in its acquisition of CrossFit*
  • Blackstone in its acquisition of a majority stake in ZO Skin Health*
  • Brook and Whittle, a Snow Phipps Group portfolio company, in its acquisitions of Wizard Labels and substantially all assets of Tri Print and Innovative Labeling Solutions*
  • Charlesbank Capital Partners and its portfolio company Bridges Consumer Healthcare in Bridges’ acquisition of Clarion Brands*
  • Cornell Capital in its acquisition of INW Manufacturing*
  • GI Partners in its acquisition of Vast Broadband*
  • Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in acquiring a significant stake in Zaxby’s*
  • Hologic in its US$159 million acquisition of Diagenode*
  • Lee Equity Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in Simplicity Group Holdings*
  • OMERS Private Equity in its acquisition of TurnPoint Services*
  • Providence Strategic Growth Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in Traliant, as lead investor in a Series B funding round for Sevenrooms, in its strategic investment in Wagepoint, and its acquisition with Blue Star Innovation Partners of PatientNOW*
  • Sanofi in its US$3.7 billion acquisition of Principia Biopharma*
  • SiriusXM in its acquisitions of Simplecast and Stitcher*

Divestitures

  • Cardtronics in its US$2.5 billion sale to NCR*
  • Maxim Integrated Products in its US$21 billion sale to Analog Devices*
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and TA Associates in selling a majority stake in Flexera Software to Thoma Bravo*
  • QuickChek in its US$645 million sale to Murphy USA

Business Combinations

  • Churchill Capital Corp III in its US$5.7 billion merger with MultiPlan*
  • Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. in its US$7.3 billion combination with Alight Solutions*
  • Gores Holdings V in its US$8.5 billion business combination with Ardagh Metal Packaging*

Investments

  • Apax Partners as lead investor in Payfone’s US$100 million Series H funding round*
  •  Blackstone Growth in its investment in ISN Software*
  • TPG Growth as lead investor in MX Technologies’ US$300 million Series C funding round and Prodigy Education’s US$124 million Series B funding round*

*Matter handled prior to joining the firm

Bar Qualification

  • New York
  • Texas

Education

  • JD, University of Texas School of Law, 2012
  • BA in Plan II Honors & History, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
    with honors