Brandi L. Brown

Partner

Brandi Brown is well versed in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private securities offerings, leveraged buy-outs, and general corporate counseling of public and private companies. She represents a diverse group of clients, including private equity funds, privately held companies, individual investors, and international public companies, in a wide range of complex transactions. Brandi is the head of the firm's wine industry group.

Brandi has particular expertise in guiding brands and advertising companies through the latest issues impacting the advertising industry, such as promotions and interactive advertising campaigns, sponsorship agreements, social media and mobile advertising challenges and privacy issues, as well as advertising in regulated industries. She serves as outside general corporate counsel to a diverse group of clients including Manual LLC (design) and The Hatch Agency (public relations). She also advises E. & J. Gallo Winery (alcohol beverage products) and Numi Organic Tea (beverage products).

Brandi spent one year as an exchange attorney in Tokyo at the Japanese law firm of Atsumi & Sakai (formerly Atsumi & Partners) where she focused on cross-border commercial transactions. This experience gives her particular insight into the differences in business cultures, and she brings that valuable perspective to her practice.

Professional Activities

Brandi externed for the Honorable Sheri Bluebond, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California (Summer 2001). She provides ongoing pro bono services to entrepreneurs and small business owners, including conducting presentations for the Small Business Administration in conjunction with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area on Business Law Basics.

Education

Brandi graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law where she was Chief Articles Editor for UCLA Entertainment Law Review, and she received her B.A. magna cum laude in communications with a minor in government from California State University, Sacramento.

Honors & Awards

Brandi is continuously named by Super Lawyers as a "Northern California Rising Star" in the Business/Corporate category, including most recently 2013-2016, and has been named a “Southern California Rising Star” in Corporate Securities.

Case Studies

AgJunction

AgJunction Inc. provides innovative hardware and software applications for precision agriculture worldwide. The company is headquartered in Hiawatha, Kansas, with facilities in Silicon Valley; Scottsdale, Arizona; Calgary; Winnipeg; and Queensland, Australia. AgJunction was referred to us by our...

Ascentia Wine Estates

Coblentz represented Ascentia Wine Estates, a high-end wine company in Healdsburg, CA, in several high-profile matters over the years: the sale of its brands Gary Farrell Winery to Vincraft Group (2011) and Buena Vista Carneros to Wheeler Winter (Boisser Family Estate) (2011); the sale of Geyser...

Family-Held Vineyards

Coblentz lawyers of various specialties have worked with a number of family-owned vineyards, setting up vineyard leases, vineyard management agreements, custom crush agreements and the like. Such situations provide special estate planning opportunities.

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Federated Media Publishing, Inc.

Coblentz represented online advertising company Federated Media Publishing, Inc., in its $19.5 million acquisition of Foodbuzz, Inc., a network of 4,400 independent food bloggers, which reports reaching more than 14 million users per month. San Francisco-based Federated Media sells advertising...

Numi Organic Tea

Coblentz represented Numi, Inc. in its Series C Preferred Stock Financing, in which J.M. Smucker Co. acquired all of the Series C Preferred Stock of Numi, Inc. and entered into a long-term licensing agreement that allows J.M. Smucker Co. to produce and market a line of Numi-branded ready-to-...