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Gian (John) Brown


9555 Hillwood Drive, 2nd Floor, Las Vegas, NV 89134

With over 20 years of experience – several outside of a law firm environment – counseling clients of different sizes and maturity across a diversity of industries, Gian (John) brings a personal touch to corporate and transactional needs.

His activity spans the entire business lifecycle, including start-up formation and early- and mid-stage financing, commercial contracts and the structuring of strategic agreements, and navigation of exit events such as acquisitions (for buyers) and divestitures (for sellers).

For M&A matters, Gian's advice regularly addresses assessment, valuation, negotiation, due diligence, and integration/disentanglement.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Gian worked in the corporate departments of two international law firms, where he handled mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, strategic investments, joint ventures, and venture capital matters. For several years, he was also in-house counsel and a member of the corporate development team at a publicly-traded Fortune 300 Federal government contractor, expanding his role to deep involvement in acquisitions, divestitures, corporate venture capital, and management of intellectual property assets.


Business, Corporate, and Finance 

Gian has over 20 years of experience counseling clients on a wide range of business transactions, including: 

  • Entry formation and startups
  • Early- and mid-stage financing
  • Commercial contracts
  • Structuring of strategic agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Public offerings
  • Private placements
  • Securities laws compliance
Emerging Growth and Venture Capital 

Gian has extensive experience assisting emerging growth and venture capital clients with drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts and transactions, including:

  • Vendor and supplier agreements
  • Licensing and sale of intellectual property assets
  • Strategic alliances
  • Joint ventures

Client Results

Business, Corporate, and Finance Experience
  • Represented acquirer in first-time acquisition of prominent Las Vegas-based commercial general contractor.

  • Represented early stage technology company in sale to publicly-traded acquirer.

  • Represented Fortune 500 client in first-time acquisition of services business.

  • Represented early stage Las Vegas-based technology company in $10 million private placement to private equity investor.

  • Represented early stage robotics company in $2 million private placement to venture capital investor.

  • Represented government contractor in acquisition of space technology company.

  • Represented seller of services business in distressed sale of assets.


Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • Chambers USA, Corporate/Commercial, 2017-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2018-2020; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2021-2022; Corporate Law, 2021-2022
  • Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2017
  • Nevada Business Magazine, Nevada Legal Elite/Top Rank Attorneys, 2019-2022
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 100 Pro Bono Hours Club, 2019

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member

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