Stephen D. Browning

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Offices Houston
Phone 713.588.7008
Fax 713.588.7078
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Steve is the managing partner of the Vorys Houston office and previously served as chair of the firm's finance, energy and real estate group. Steve transitioned his practice from the firm's Columbus office in 2011. 

Steve practices primarily in the areas of finance, derivatives and real estate.  He has extensive experience in the representation of commercial banks and borrowers, both publicly and privately held, in a wide range of financing transactions, including syndicated loans, asset based loans, mezzanine and second tier financings, multicurrency transactions, structured finance, acquisition finance, general secured transactions, supply chain finance, loan restructurings, and intercreditor and subordination agreements.  His practice also includes the purchase and sale of commercial real estate, defeasance transactions, beverage and food related contracts, real estate finance, asset acquisitions and sales.  Steve regularly represents public and private companies in the drafting and negotiation of various types of complex commercial agreements.  On the borrower side, he has worked extensively on retail and restaurant industry transactions.

Steve represents numerous financial institutions and public and private companies in derivatives activities, including advising on Dodd-Frank regulatory requirements and has a broad range of experience in the negotiation of derivative transactions and structured financial products, including transactions under the ISDA Master Agreement and related schedules and annexes, including credit support documentation.

Steve also advises clients in general business transactions, including acquisitions, sales and documentary and standby letters of credit.

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Steve is a frequent speaker on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Steve received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School, where he was executive editor of the Boston College Law Review.  He received his B.A. from Williams College.

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