kirkland.com: Binta Brown is a Partner in the corporate practice of the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. During her ten year legal career, Ms. Brown has represented corporate clients in connection with over $66.5 billion of merger and acquisition transactions (including the then largest oil & gas merger in US history), public and private debt and equity offerings, and secured debt financings. She was named as one of the 2011 “40 Under 40” professionals in Crain’s New York Business. She was also selected as a “Young Global Leader” for 2012 by the World Economic Forum.
Ms. Brown has also advised general counsel and other senior management officials of Fortune 100 companies with respect to corporate governance matters and other special situations, in addition to providing general corporate advice to early stage businesses.
Ms. Brown’s pro bono practice has included involvement with economic development initiatives assisting women in war-torn regions, advocacy on behalf of human trafficking victims, representation of immigrant women in connection with Violence Against Women Act petitions, advising a group of NGOs with respect to submitting a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee regarding the ongoing exclusion of indigenous people from the constitutional drafting process in Nepal, drafting a shadow report on the treatment of women in Cambodia in connection with CEDAW requirements, and work with the New York City public schools.
Ms. Brown was an informal national security advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, where she focused in particular on human rights and international institutions, and has advised several other senior elected officials and their staffs on transportation policy and foreign economic policy. Ms. Brown also has experience with US trade policy, particularly as concerns Latin America.
In 2005, the U.S. Army and Fifth Division, Iraqi Army honored Ms. Brown for outstanding pro bono support of a military operation that resulted in securing emergency medical care in the U.S. for a young Iraqi civilian. In 2006, Ms. Brown served as a member of Governor Eliot Spitzer’s Transition Team as a member of his Transportation Policy Advisory Committee. In 2010, Ms. Brown served as a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Transition Team, again as a member of his Transportation Policy Advisory Committee.