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April 15, 2014
LONDON — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP advised Caracal Energy Inc., a Canadian based international oil exploration and development company (LSE:CRCL), on the first reserve based lending (RBL) in Chad. Caracal closed a S$140 million Reserve Based Senior Secured Facility with a syndicate of 5 lenders led by Natixis and Société Generale Corporate & Investment Banking as Initial Mandated Lead Arrangers.  The Facility is supported by two of the Company's...
April 14, 2014
HOUSTON — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Michael De Voe Piazza has been recognized by Law360 as a 2014 “Energy Rising Star.” Piazza was one of eight attorneys recognized in the energy category. This is the second consecutive year Piazza has appeared on Law360’s Rising Star list. Piazza’s practice focuses on a variety of transactions in the financial, oil and gas, and electric power industries. Among the most noteworthy energy clients he has represented...
April 10, 2014
DUBAI – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) practice has been recognized in Legal 500’s 2014 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) United Arab Emirates listings. Partner Chris Williams was also recognized for his work leading the International Corporate practice, based in Bracewell’s Dubai office. Legal 500 EMEA commended Bracewell for having “embraced the region” and noted that the firm “understands...
April 2, 2014
TechnoLawyer highlights Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s ShalePlay App as the top app in its “Five Best New Large Law Firm Mobile Apps” list. TechnoLawyer’s Matt Gross said, “Bracewell & Giuliani has combined a sharp graphical look with deep knowledge about the gas shale industry. By focusing on a niche area, they delivered a differentiated app that could prove very useful.” The total number of apps produced by large law firms is up 62 percent year over...
April 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2014) – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP energy Partner Mark K. Lewis has been selected as a 2014 International Law Office Client Choice Award recipient. Recognized for his dedication and excellent client service, Lewis is one of 251 individual winners nationwide. ILO’s Client Choice Awards are awarded based on each law firms and individual partners’ abilities to add value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market. More than...
March 31, 2014
DALLAS (March 31, 2014) — It is with profound sadness that Bracewell & Giuliani LLP confirms the passing of our friend and partner Ray Hutchison on March 30, 2014. For more than 50 years Hutchison served as counsel to state and local governments and was regarded as a leading bond lawyer in the state of Texas, who worked on many of the most significant development projects in North Texas during this period. “Ray was involved in virtually every major government development project...
March 26, 2014
Syntrix Biosystems, Inc., for which Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented in a federal jury patent suit, has been listed among the “Top 100 Verdicts of 2013,” ranking 20th in terms of jury awards by National Law Journal. Bracewell won a federal jury verdict in a patent suit on behalf of Syntrix against Illumina in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington before U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle. Syntrix first filed the suit in November 2010, alleging...
March 19, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented CBFH, Inc., the holding company of CommunityBank of Texas, in the acquisition of MC Bancshares, Inc., the holding company of Memorial City Bank. The all-cash transaction combines the roughly $2.8 billion combined assets of the banks to make CBFH one of the largest privately held banks in Texas, with the majority of its loans and deposits in the Houston marketplace. Bracewell attorneys working on the transaction include: Partners: Jason M. Jean,...
March 14, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Don DeGabrielle was recently selected by Crime Stoppers of Greater Houston to serve as chairman-elect to the board of directors.In this role, DeGabrielle will work alongside the chairman and executive committee to provide guidance on the best the tools, programs and technologies to prevent crime before it occurs. Crime Stoppers of Houston is a leading public safety non-profit organization that offers crime prevention resources to the Greater Houston area....
March 13, 2014
Eleven attorneys and seven practice areas at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP have been recognized by Chambers & Partners in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global. The firm was recognized for its U.S. energy and projects practices, receiving rankings for Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), Projects: Oil & Gas, Projects: Power, and Projects: PPP. The firm was also recognized in the United...
March 11, 2014
Twenty-three Bracewell & Giuliani LLP lawyers have been recognized in the 2014 edition of Texas Rising Stars. Austin Jeff J. Bates Patrick A. Caballero Conor Civins Andrew J. Gajkowski Dallas Matthew R. Baker Jonathan C. Leatherberry Morgan D. Meyer Brian C. Mitchell Houston Becky L. Baker Harrison F. Bolling Christopher L. Dodson Jonathan K. Frels Jeffrey H. Gilbert Christopher D. Heard Mark D. Holmes Emily E. Leitch Evan J. McCord Michael De Voe Piazza Christopher A....
March 10, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Bank of America, as administrative agent and arranger, in a $1 billion unsecured revolving credit facility for EnLink Midstream Partners LP, a new midstream master limited partnership. The new MLP combines the midstream assets of Devon Energy and Crosstex Energy. Bracewell also closed a $250 million secured revolving credit facility for EnLink Midstream, LLC, which holds the general partner interests in the MLP. Both entities are publicly traded on...
March 4, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ranked third in The Bond Buyer's 2013 rankings for bond counsel in the Southwest region with $5.17 billion in deals. Seven of the top ten issuers in the Southwest region came from Texas, including Grand Parkway Transportation Corp. and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, for which Bracewell served as co-bond counsel. In November, The Bond Buyer awarded DFW's $2.7 billion issuance of refunding bonds, including $1.5 billion of new money debt that was used...
March 2, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Clint Steyn has joined its Dubai office as a partner, focusing his practice on international energy projects. Steyn has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of power transactions including bids, acquisitions and disposals throughout the Middle East and Africa. Steyn joins the firm from Chadbourne & Parke LLC and previously served in-house as Regional General Counsel for International Power plc, a major...
February 21, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is pleased to announce the election of ten attorneys to the partnership. The new partners are David J. Ball, Michael W. Brooks, Christopher L. Dodson, Jason M. Jean, Clark Stockton Lord, Laura S. Martone, Brian C. Mitchell, David W. Morris, Michael De Voe Piazza, and Christopher A. Shield. Dallas Mitchell focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. He counsels both plaintiffs and defendants on issues and disputes in commercial banking/mortgage lending,...
February 18, 2014
SNL Financial’s 2013 league tables for the Banking and Thrift Financial industries ranked Bracewell & Giuliani LLP #3 in the nation for number of banking and mergers and acquisitions transactions, with 11 deals. Bracewell also ranked #6 nationally for deals based on value, with transactions totaling $1.27 billion. Bracewell attorneys led some of the year’s biggest deals, including Prosperity Bank Inc.’s $375 million acquisition of FVNB Corp. and First Victoria...
February 12, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has announced that Houston Partners Stephen B. Crain and W. Cleland Dade, have been elected to each serve three-year terms on the firm’s management committee. Crain, who heads Bracewell's energy litigation group, is a trial lawyer and former management committee member. His practice focuses predominantly on matters arising in the energy industry (including representing power developers and producers, power traders, and suppliers to the energy industry),...
February 11, 2014
[video] Bracewell & Giuliani LLP held its third annual Day of Service sponsored by the firm’s Associate Inclusion Committee. Bracewell employees and their families were invited to participate in giving back to their respective communities by lending support, resources and services to charitable organizations. The firm-wide events were held throughout the month of January in support of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The itinerary for each office’s Day of Service is...
February 11, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Edward A. Cavazos has assumed the role of managing partner of its Austin office. In addition to his role as managing partner of the Austin office, Cavazos heads the firm’s technology transactions practice group and counsels clients in both transactional and litigation matters involving technology.He represents clients in the Internet, software, hardware, and various other industries. “We are excited to have Ed assuming the role of...
February 3, 2014
HOUSTON — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s trademark practice has been recognized by World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2014. The firm’s Texas and Washington trademark groups were ranked in the Bronze category. Individually, Austin-based Partner Ed Cavazos was ranked as an individual in the Texas Bronze category; Seattle-based Partner Erin Hennessy was recognized in the Washington rankings; and New York-based Partner Mark Mutterperl...
January 28, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani (UK) LLP represented Impact Oil & Gas, an independent exploration and production company based in the UK, in the acquisition of Black Star Petroleum Plc., an African focused oil exploration company. Black Star’s assets include an exploration license offshore of Guinea Bissau and a signed purchase and sale agreement to acquire another exploration license in West Africa. Impact Oil & Gas currently has three offshore assets in South Africa, where the company...
January 27, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that R. Casey Low has joined its Austin office as a trial and appellate partner. Low focuses on complex commercial litigation, including antitrust claims, tortious interference with contracts and prospective business relations, defamation and business disparagement, False Claims Act claims, securities claims, and white collar matters. He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in all stages of litigation proceedings, including in trial and...
January 23, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has been honored as a member of two winning deal teams recognized by The M&A Advisor. The firm received Turnaround Awards in two categories: Restructuring Deal of the Year (over $500 mm to $1 bn) for its role in the reorganization of Ahern Rentals and Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (under $100 mm) for its role in the reorganization of KIT Digital, Inc. The 8th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards recognize the leading distressed transactions,...
January 23, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ranked #10 as bond counsel for all types of issuances in The Bond Buyer’s 2013 rankings for Top Bond Counsel. Bracewell served as bond counsel for transactions aggregating $7,188.3 million with 126 issuances, according to data from Thomson Reuters, which The Bond Buyer used to compile its rankings. The ranking emphasizes Bracewell’s enhanced strength in the public finance sector. Currently, Bracewell’s public finance practice is one of the largest...
January 22, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Carrin F. Patman has been selected as a 2014 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow. Patman was chosen as one of 38 professionals for the 2014 Advanced Leadership Initiative cohort, which includes senior leaders from across the world in the legal, banking, government, technology, and education sectors. Each fellow must have a track record of at least 20-25 years of achievement in their primary career and go through a selection process that includes visits...
January 15, 2014
App serves as comprehensive resource for oil and gas companies in shale plays HOUSTON (January 15, 2014) — In response to the shale energy boom taking place in the United States and around the world, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today it has launched the ShalePlay app. Powered by the firm’s energy law and environmental law attorneys and government relations professionals, the ShalePlay app is the first of its kind, offering a comprehensive resource on news and information...
January 2, 2014
HOUSTON — For the third consecutive year, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s energy practice has been named one of five Energy Groups of the Year by Law360. Winners were selected based on a number of factors, including significance of litigation wins or deals worked on; size and complexity of litigation wins or deals worked on; and number of significant, large or complex deals the group worked on or lawsuits won. Bracewell was selected in part for its depth and wide-ranging...
December 17, 2013
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Spectra Energy with liability management and the financing elements of the company’s MLP drop-down transactions, a deal recently named “Deal of the Year” by the Houston Business Journal in the energy category. The deal closed on November 1, 2013, making one of the largest pipeline and storage MLPs in the U.S. The corporation will receive 172 million limited partner units of the partnership, about 3.5 million general partner units to...
December 17, 2013
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP served as primary legal counsel to Prosperity Bank Inc. in connection with its $375 million acquisition of FVNB Corp. and First Victoria National Bank for, a deal recently named “Deal of the Year” by The Houston Business Journal in the banking category. The deal closed on November 1, 2013, making it the second-largest deal in Prosperity’s history. This deal will bring a $540 million-asset trust business to Prosperity. Bracewell attorneys working on...
December 10, 2013
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Roxanne T. Almaraz has joined the firm as a partner in its Houston office. A well-regarded corporate attorney, Almaraz counsels clients in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions, and assists clients with project development and general corporate matters. She has experience in transactional matters that span the energy industry, having represented clients in the power/utilities,...