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July 22, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is proud to welcome Leslie M. Hansen to the firm as counsel in the energy practice. With more than 15 years of experience as an energy commodity trading attorney, Hansen has handled all aspects of structuring, documenting and negotiating various financial derivative and physically settled products, with an emphasis on energy commodities. She has experience in developing and negotiating industry standard and bespoke trading documentation, as well as...
July 21, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Talen Energy Corporation in an agreement to acquire MACH Gen, LLC, which owns more than 2,500 megawatts of combined-cycle, natural gas-fired generating capacity, for $1.175 billion inclusive of any assumed debt, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. The acquisition will increase Talen Energy’s total generating capacity to 17,600 megawatts, before the required sale of about 1,300 megawatts to meet a Federal...
Bracewell Represents Alinda Capital Partners and GE Energy Financial Services in $1.89 Billion Sale of SourceGas Holdings LLC
July 13, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Alinda Capital Partners and GE Energy Financial Services in a definitive agreement to sell SourceGas Holdings LLC to Black Hills Corp. for $1.89 billion. SourceGas operates four regulated natural gas utilities serving approximately 425,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming and a 512-mile regulated intrastate natural gas transmission pipeline in Colorado. The agreement is for total consideration of $1.89 billion,...
Bracewell Represents Conflicts Committee in VTTI Energy Partners LP’s $75 Million Acquisition of Interest in VTTI MLP B.V.
July 2, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of VTTI Energy Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of VTTI Energy Partners LP, in VTTI Energy Partners’ acquisition of a 6.6 percent interest in VTTI MLP B.V. for $75 million. For more information, please click here. Bracewell attorneys working on the transaction included: Partners: William S. Anderson, Darren Spalding, Gregory M. Bopp and Jason B. Hutt Associates: Robert W.C....
July 2, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Veritex Holdings, Inc., the parent holding company of Veritex Community Bank, in its acquisition of IBT Bancorp, Inc. The transaction was announced in March and closed on July 1, 2015. IBT was the parent holding company of Independent Bank of Texas, a state chartered full service commercial bank with total assets of $121 million, total loans of $99 million, and total deposits of $104 million at March 31, 2015. Veritex issued approximately...
Bracewell Represents Evercore in Shell Midstream Partners, L.P.’s Acquisition of Interest in Poseidon Oil Pipeline
July 1, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Evercore, financial advisor to the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Shell Midstream GP LLC, the general partner of Shell Midstream Partners, L.P., regarding the acquisition of a 36 percent interest in Poseidon Oil Pipeline Company L.L.C. from Shell Oil Products U.S. for $350 million. For more information, please click here. Bracewell attorneys working on the transaction included: Partners: William S. Anderson Associates:...
June 23, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Marcy E. Kurtz was the recipient of the 2015 State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Pro Bono Award. The award was presented on May 28, 2015 at the State Bar of Texas 11th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference. Kurtz leads Bracewell’s pro bono efforts, helping to increase the firm’s focus on pro bono work and diversifying the cases handled. Her work has led Bracewell to represent several clients, including the Nationals Veterans Legal...
June 17, 2015
HOUSTON (June 17, 2015) – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP advised Venoco, Inc. in a new $75 million term loan facility with Deutsche Bank AG. The facility was fully drawn at closing and matures in December 2017, but is subject to acceleration in certain circumstances. Venoco used the proceeds from the new facility to repay all amounts outstanding under its prior term loan facility entered into in April 2015, and the prior facility was then terminated. Bracewell also advised Venoco in...
June 15, 2015
HOUSTON (June 15, 2015) – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States decided in favor of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s client, ASARCO LLC, in Baker Botts LLP, et al. v. ASARCO LLC, No. 14-103. In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court held that Section 330(a) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not authorize bankruptcy professionals to recover fees they incur in litigating over their underlying fee requests. The decision denies the attempt to obtain more than $7 million in such...
June 12, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s Washington D.C. office raised $15,810, which translates into 39,597 meals, for the Capital Area Food Bank during the Food From the Bar campaign. Bracewell was the overall winner among medium-sized firms and was honored as the “Best All-Around” campaign. Food From the Bar is a month-long campaign lasting from May 1-29 that challenges the legal community to donate the most food and funds to Capital Area Food Bank. This year was the most successful...
June 11, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), its second fund, Global Infrastructure Partners II, and affiliated funds, in a strategic joint venture with Hess Corporation (Hess; NYSE: HES). GIP will acquire 50% interest in Hess Infrastructure Partners (Hess Infrastructure), the owner of Hess’s midstream crude oil and natural gas infrastructure assets in the Bakken Shale. The purchase price for the transaction is $2.675 billion and is expected to be...
June 5, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Associate Amanda K. Edwards was selected winner of the Future Leader (Private Practice) award at the 2015 Chambers Women in Law Awards, USA, which took place on June 2 at The Harvard Club in New York City. Edwards was chosen from a prestigious list of eight nominees that were shortlisted in this category. Nominations came from both peers and the research of the Chambers Global Diversity Editor. Every category was closely competed on with an...
June 3, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had 23 practices recognized and 55 of the firm’s attorneys recommended in the 2015 rankings released today by Legal 500 USA. Partners Evan D. Flaschen (Corporate Restructuring: Including Bankruptcy) and G. Alan Rafte (Energy: Transactions) were both recognized as Leading Lawyers, the top designation awarded by Legal 500. The firm was highlighted in the following categories: Bank Lending (including other sources of financing) (Tier 4)...
Alan Albright Brings His IP Litigation Practice Back To Bracewell As Firm Adds Strength To Its National Trial Practice
June 1, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Alan D Albright has re-joined the firm’s Austin office as a partner. Albright, who is a highly respected IP litigator, returns after a year at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Albright, a former United States Magistrate Judge in Austin, adds senior trial experience to Bracewell’s national IP litigation practice. “I’m glad to be coming home to Bracewell and its Austin office,” said Alan D Albright. Albright has...
June 1, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Community Bancorporation of New Mexico, Inc., the parent company of Community Bank, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a definitive merger agreement with Heartland Financial USA, Inc. According to the agreement Heartland will acquire Community Bancorporation in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $11.3 million. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Community Bank will be merged into Heartland’s New Mexico Bank & Trust subsidiary....
May 26, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Douglas I. Koff has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in their broker-dealer practice. Koff joins the firm from the New York office of Paul Hastings LLP. Koff strengthens an already robust broker-dealer practice headed by Julian Rainero (regulatory and compliance) and Craig Warkol (enforcement). Although many New York firms have one or two attorneys that focus on broker-dealer regulatory matters, only a...
Bracewell Represents Arabia Trading & Consulting Company in Arabia One Solar Power Plant Transaction
May 22, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Arabia Trading & Consulting Company in the project development and financing of the Arabia One project, one of seven solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Jordan called the “Seven Sisters” which are located in Ma’an and which are collectively financed by International Finance Corporation (IFC), amongst other lenders. The project is part of Round 1 of the Government of Jordan’s Renewable Energy Program that aims to increase...
May 20, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented ConocoPhillips in a $2.5 billion public offering of senior notes. The offering consisted of two series of floating rate notes and three series of fixed rate notes, ranging in maturity from 3 to 10 years. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC acted as joint book-running managers in the offering. Bracewell attorneys involved in this...
May 19, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had 23 practices and 56 attorneys recognized by Chambers & Partners in their Chambers USA 2015 guide released today. The firm featured six Band 1 attorneys and three Band 1 practices – Texas Banking & Finance, Nationwide Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) and Texas Outsourcing. Bracewell’s finance practice is the only one to receive a Band 1 designation in the Texas Banking & Finance table. The following...
May 18, 2015
[video] The Association of Rice Alumni recognized Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Financial Institutions Senior Partner Robert L. Clarke with the Gold Medal, the association’s highest award. Clarke was honored for his service to Rice University at this year’s annual ARA Laureates Dinner held May 16. Clarke, a 1963 economics graduate, served on the Rice Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010. He was also a member of the ARA Board of Directors and the ARA president on his class reunion...
May 14, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP served as one of the outside counsels to Noble Energy, Inc. in its acquisition of Rosetta Resources Inc. Noble Energy will acquire all of the common stock of Rosetta in an all-stock transaction valued at $2.1 billion. Noble Energy will assume Rosetta’s debt of $1.8 billion, as of March 31, 2015. Noble Energy is an independent energy company with core operations onshore in the United States, primarily in the DJ Basin and Marcellus Shale, Gulf of Mexico,...
May 14, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Barclays Bank PLC, as administrative agent, in a $150 million senior secured revolving credit facility to Tallgrass Equity, LLC in connection with the initial public offering of Tallgrass Energy GP, LP (NYSE: TEGP), the year’s largest initial public offering. After the offering, TEGP owns membership interests in Tallgrass Equity, LLC, which owns a 100 percent membership interest in Tallgrass MLP GP, LLC (TEP GP) and 20 million common...
May 11, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP served as legal counsel for Park Cities Financial Group in its acquisition of Dallas-based CU Bank Shares Inc., the parent company of Town North Bank NA, which was consummated on April 30, 2015. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bracewell attorneys involved in this transaction include: Partners: Justin M. Long and Scott C. Sanders Counsel: Alexander W. Jones Associates: Joshua T. McNulty and Lauren B. Chase
Mark Lewis Appointed Vice Chairman of Dean’s Advisory Board at University of Maryland Business School
May 7, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s Washington D.C. Office Managing Partner Mark K. Lewis has been appointed vice chairman for the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His term will begin on July 1, 2015 and run for one year, after which it is expected that Lewis will become the chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board for a one year term. “Mark is a tremendous asset to the Smith School’s Advisory Board. We...
May 5, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec which has partnered with GE Energy Financial Services to jointly acquire Southern Star Central Corporation from Morgan Stanley Infrastructure. Southern Star Central Corp has full ownership of Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc., which operates a FERC-regulated natural gas transmission and storage network that extends over more than 5,800 miles across eight states, serving mainly the Kansas...
April 30, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP acted as lead transaction counsel for Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA), an oil and gas exploration and production company, in the sale of its participating interests in the Scott and Telford oil fields in the UK Central North Sea to Edison. The transaction was completed on April 30, 2015. Bracewell has recently acted on a number of transactions for Apache, including the $1.4 billion sale of oil and gas assets in southern Louisiana and in the Anadarko Basin,...
Flaschen Named 2015 Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards Ceremony
April 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Evan Flaschen was honored with the 2015 Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year Award by Law Business Research Ltd.’s Who’s Who Legal, which was announced at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2015 held last night in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Flaschen was also singled out by Who’s Who Legal as one of the 10 “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in the...
April 23, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Senior Counsel and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has been elected to the 2015 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy is one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, as well as a leading center for independent policy research. Each year since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected “thinkers and doers” from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts. Members...
April 23, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Derrick M. Mitchell has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbot to Texas Southern University’s Board of Regents. His term, which is subject to Senate confirmation, will run until February 1, 2021. The nine-member board plus one student regent, who is appointed annually, govern TSU. Mitchell is a partner in the public finance practice of Bracewell’s Houston office, with a primary focus of serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and...
April 21, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Sean Gorman has joined the firm as a litigation partner in its Houston office. Gorman focuses on aggressive advocacy for high-risk and high-value U.S. and international business disputes. He has handled complex business litigation and arbitration matters, including oil and gas, contract, fraud, antitrust, force majeure, copyright, products liability, business disparagement, and real estate matters, for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has...