Stephen B. Brown

Stephen B. Brown

Consultant

Stephen Brown is a practising English barrister. Before being called to the Bar, he was an international law firm partner for 15 years, ranked by all of the major directories as a leader in Commercial Litigation.

Stephen focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes, usually with an international dimension. Stephen has experience across many areas of law including competition law, contractual construction, fraud, pensions law, private international law, professional negligence, directors’ duties, restitution, and shareholders’ rights. Stephen has represented some of the world’s largest corporations.

Stephen’s industry sector experience includes: automotive, chemicals, information technology, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.

Stephen has appeared regularly in various divisions of the High Court, including the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division, the Queen’s Bench Division and the Competition Appeal Tribunal and in the Court of Appeal.

Stephen has appeared in arbitrations both ad hoc and under the rules of various institutions and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the LCIA. Stephen is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and has appeared for clients in dozens of mediations.

Concentrations

  • Commercial litigation
  • Competition law
  • Corporate governance
  • Pensions law
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Capabilities

Experiencia

  • Arising out of a dispute between the shareholders in a global luxury resort hotel chain, including bringing and resisting claims for injunctive relief and the compulsory acquisition of shares
  • Acting for a multinational corporation claiming damages in a dispute concerning the exchange rate applicable under a supply contract
  • Acting for a major telecoms provider in an outsourcing dispute with a leading IT provider concerning benchmarking
  • Acting for an oil and gas company concerning the meaning of retention clauses in relation to warranty claims on the sale of a business
  • Acting for a major chemical company concerning the interpretation of long term supply contracts
  • Acting for major chemical company in a dispute arising out of a joint development agreement
  • Acting for a well-known luxury yacht builder in a dispute with a licensee
  • Acting for a brokerage defending allegations of breach of restrictive covenant
  • Acting for a software house in claims arising out of alleged failure to meet specification
  • Acting for an international hotel chain in claims concerning breaches of a franchise agreement
  • Acting for an asset manager regarding claims for repudiation of an asset management agreement
  • Defending a national bus service franchisee in claims alleging breach of an IT support contract
  • Acting for defendants accused of a £120 million fraud against a Cayman Island fund, including defending World Wide Freezing injunctions
  • Acting for a buyer in proceedings to recover cash fraudulently withdrawn from bank accounts immediately prior to acquisition, including obtaining a freezing order
  • Acting for the owner of property misappropriated by a fraudster, including obtaining a freezing order
  • Acting for the majority shareholder in a company defending claims by a shareholder who had obtained his shares by fraudulent misrepresentation
  • Acting for an investment fund in claims against an Australian mining company in relation to a fraudulent rights issue
  • Acting for an English IT provider in a AAA arbitration with a leading Japanese hardware manufacturer
  • Acting for an Indian power company in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of two power stations
  • Acting for a Japanese car manufacturer in a motor racing dispute subject to ICC Arbitration Rules
  • Acting in an ad hoc arbitration for a broker in a dispute with its telecoms provider
  • Acting for the US manufacturer of turbines in an arbitral dispute with its customer in Turkey
  • Representing an arbitrator accused of bias
  • Hardy & Another v. Griffiths & Another [2014] EWHC 3947 (Ch):Concerning the enforceability of an obligation to pay a deposit where resale of a mansion had resulted in no loss to the sellers
  • The Procter & Gamble Company v. Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, SCA, [2012] EWCA Civ 1413: Concerning the exchange rate applicable under an international sale of goods contract
  • The Procter & Gamble Company v. Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, SCA, [2012] EWHC 1257 (Ch): Concerning the effects of TUPE on early retirement benefits in an occupational pension scheme
  • BCL Old Co Limited; BASF SE [2008] CAT 24: A follow-on damages claim arising out of the Commission’s decision in the vitamins cartel case and, in particular, whether the claimants were time barred from bringing their claim
  • Devenish Nutrition Ltd. V. Sanofi-Aventis SA (France), [2008] EWCA 1086: A follow-on damages claim arising out of the Commission’s decision in the vitamins cartel case and, in particular, the types of remedies available to the claimants
  • Inquam Telecom (Holding) Ltd v. Primus Telecommunications Ltd., [2007] EWCA Civ 1033: Contractual interpretation
  • Powell v. General Electric Company, [2005] EWHC 644 (Ch): Concerning the operation of a retention account in relation to certain warranty claims

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Brown prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a consultant.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Winning Team, “Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Small Cap)” for the sale of Nighthawk Energy, Global M&A Network’s Americas M&A Atlas Awards, 2018
  • Trustee, LawWorks 2013-Present

Credentials

Educación
  • J.D., College of Law, 1989
  • B.A., University College London, 1986
Admitida para practicar como abogado en
  • England and Wales
Languages