Alfred Browne

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About Alfred

Alfred Browne is co-chair of Cooley’s private equity practice group. He  is a member of Cooley’s M&A group and co-chair of the firm’s fintech practice. His clients include private equity funds, their portfolio companies, and strategic buyers and sellers in public and private acquisitions, including leveraged buyouts and take-private transactions.

Al has experience representing a broad range of technology companies, including financial technology, software, healthcare IT, telecommunications and services companies.

Al’s recent transactions include:

  • Newforma, a Battery Ventures portfolio company, in its sale to Ethos Capital
  • The acquisition of NanoView Biosciences by Unchained Labs, a Carlyle portfolio company
  • BlueConic’s sale to Vista Equity Partners
  • The sale of Cambrio, a Battery Ventures portfolio company, to Sandvik
  • Battery Ventures’ acquisitions of Smartling and LI-COR
  • iN2L’s sale to Vista Equity Partners
  • Clubessential Holdings, a Battery Ventures portfolio company, in its leveraged recapitalization with Silver Lake
  • Clubessential Holdings’ acquisition of foreUP
  • SPT LabTech acquisition of Apricot Designs
  • Newforma’s acquisition of Construction Virtuelle et Technologie BIM One
  • SPT Life Sciences’ acquisitions of BioMicroLab, CopyPro and WordTech Systems
  • Archer Aviation’s combination with Atlas Crest Investment, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), for $2.525 billion
  • AgileThought’s combination with LIV Capital Acquisition (a SPAC) for $347 million
  • Rothy’s investment from Alpargatas for up to $475 million
  • Unchained Labs’ sale to The Carlyle Group for $435 million
  • Concurrent Real-Time’s sale to Spectris for $166.7 million
  • OpsGenie’s sale to Atlassian
  • Aquantia’s sale to Marvell for $452 million
  • DraftKings’ proposed business combination with FanDuel
  • DraftKings’ acquisition of Scarcity Labs
  • Brightree’s $800 million sale to ResMed
  • Battery Ventures’ buyout group in various M&A transactions – including leverage buyouts, take-private transactions, and platform and add-on acquisitions – over the course of many years and multiple funds
  • Pamplona Capital’s acquisition of LogicWorks


  • “Growth Equity: A Lawyer’s Perspective,” Venture Capital Review, Issue 27 (2011)
  • “Founder Liquidity Deals Are Offering Alternatives,” Mass High Tech (June 29, 2007)
  • “How to Treat the Seller’s Outstanding Equity Securities,” M&A Deal Strategies (2008)

Boston Magazine has named Al a Massachusetts Super Lawyer each year since 2008, and also recognized him as a Rising Star in its 2006 and 2007 editions. The Legal 500 recognized him as a recommended lawyer for his work in the M&A: large deals ($1-5 billion) category in the 2013 US edition, and in the venture capital and emerging companies category in the 2015 US edition. Chambers USA also has recognized Al as a leader in corporate/M&A law, as well as private equity and venture capital investments.


University of Virginia School of Law
JD, 1994

Tufts University
BS, Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering, magna cum laude, 1991

Rankings & accolades

Chambers USA: Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment – Massachusetts (2018 – 2023)

Chambers USA: Corporate/M&A – Massachusetts (2014 – 2023)

Legal 500: Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts – M&A: Large Deals (2013)

Legal 500: Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015)

Boston Magazine: Massachusetts Super Lawyer

Memberships & affiliations

Boston Bar Association