Christopher D. Barnstable-Brown


Christopher D. Barnstable-Brown


Chris Barnstable-Brown's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance transactions. He has extensive experience advising public and private companies and private equity sponsors in a wide variety of complex corporate matters, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, asset sales, and matters related to hedge fund activism. He also has experience advising issuers, borrowers, underwriters, administrative agents, and lenders in domestic and international financing transactions, including public and private offerings of debt and equity securities and syndicated lending transactions. Mr. Barnstable-Brown also advises emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles, including with respect to corporate organization and governance matters, venture and mezzanine financings and sales transactions.

Mr. Barnstable-Brown was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to joining WilmerHale in 2014, Mr. Barnstable-Brown was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Previously, he was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Mr. Barnstable-Brown was named a 2015, 2016 and 2017 "Rising Star" by New York Super Lawyers.


Recent Highlights

Mr. Barnstable-Brown’s recent transactions include representing:

  • The underwriters in connection with the initial public offering of MaxPoint Interactive, Inc.
  • Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc., in connection with its initial public offering 
  • Durata Therapeutics, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed pharmaceutical company, in connection with its sale to Actavis plc for $675 million in cash plus contingent value rights representing potential cash payments of up to an additional $155 million 
  • Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in connection with public offerings of over $825 million of its common stock
  • Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac) in connection with public offerings of $150 million of its preferred stock
  • PAE, a portfolio company of private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg, in its acquisition of the Applied Technology Division of Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company in connection with its recommended $3.5 billion offer to acquire GrainCorp Ltd. of Australia, which followed ADM taking a 19.8% equity stake in GrainCorp
  • The initial purchasers in connection with the $250 million 144A/Reg S high-yield senior debt offering of Brightstar Corp.
  • The underwriters in connection with the $450 million registered offering of senior notes of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., the proceeds of which were used to finance the acquisition of American Italian Pasta Company
  • The underwriters in connection with offerings of $5 billion of senior notes of Hewlett-Packard Company, including senior notes issued to finance the acquisition of 3PAR, Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., as administrative agent, in connection with the $4 billion credit facility of Hess Corporation
  • Credit Suisse AG, as administrative agent, in connection with credit facilities entered into to finance the acquisition of Taylor Morrison Homes by a consortium of private equity sponsors led by TPG and Oaktree Capital Management
  • The underwriters in connection with a public offering of common stock of Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Super Lawyers as a New York Rising Star for his mergers and acquisitions practice

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  • Education

    • JD, Boston University School of Law, 2008

      magna cum laude Editor-in-Chief, Review of Banking and Financial Law
    • BS, Management, Purdue University, 2005

  • Admissions

    • New York

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr., US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2008 - 2009