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August 22, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the U.S., with the sale of its competitive Midwest generation business to Dynegy for $2.8 billion in cash. This transaction includes ownership interests in 11 power plants, principally fueled by coal or natural gas, and Duke Energy Retail Sales, the company’s competitive electric and gas retail business. The closing of this transaction is expected within the next three to six months....
August 12, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP advised Impact Oil and Gas Limited (“Impact”), the Africa focused specialist upstream explorer on the negotiation and award of three deepwater offshore oil contracts in Gabon. Gabon's oil ministry signed a total of seven oil contracts with six companies as part of an offshore licensing round expected to attract at least $1.1 billion in investment to the sector. The Central African country hopes that this tender, its tenth, will help it reverse a...
August 11, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) in connection with its agreement to acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR), and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB) for approximately $70 billion in total transaction value. Kinder Morgan attorneys involved in this transaction include: David R. DeVeau (Vice President and General Counsel), Adam S. Forman (Vice...
August 11, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented the underwriters in Green Bancorp, Inc.'s initial public offering of 4,687,500 shares of common stock at $15 per share. Sander O'Neil Partners, Jefferies LLC, J.P. Morgan, RBC Capital Markets and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, facilitated the common stock offering. Bracewell attorneys involved in the transaction include: Partners: William S. Anderson, Sanford M. Brown and Jason M. Jean Counsel: Alexander W. Jones Associates: Jessica A. Edwards and...
July 31, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP partner Evan Flaschen has been recognized by London-based Who’s Who Legal’s “Most Highly Regarded Individual” in the World for Insolvency & Restructuring in 2014, based on a survey of industry clients and peers worldwide. More than 400 lawyers across 42 countries were identified for their expertise in insolvency and restructuring. Who’s Who Legal ranked Flaschen as the #1 practitioner, regarding him as “’simply the best...
July 31, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has been recognized by The BTI Consulting Group, Inc. as one of the best firms in six areas of IP, including complex IP litigation, out of the 520 law firms offering IP services. This ranking is part of BTI Consulting’s Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation. BTI’s analysis draws on candid feedback from more than 175 corporate counsel  for this in-depth report that provides analysis of market...
July 29, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Houston-based Allegiance Bancshares Inc. in the proposed acquisition of Farmers & Merchants Bancshares and its wholly owned banking subsidiary, Enterprise Bank. The deal has been approved by both boards of directors and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014 subject to customary regulatory approvals and other closing condition. Bracewell attorneys working on this transaction include: Partners: Jason M. Jean, James D. Reardon,...
July 23, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today it has updated the ShalePlay app to serve Android users as well as international oil and gas companies and other professionals involved in shale plays. Powered by the firm’s international energy law and environmental law attorneys and government relations professionals, the ShalePlay app is the first of its kind, global resource on news and information related to international shale gas and hydraulic fracturing, including the latest oil...
July 21, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Michael E. Niebruegge has joined the firm as a partner in its Houston, Texas office. Niebruegge focuses his law practice on corporate, finance, bankruptcy and workout matters, primarily in the mining and energy industries. His wide-ranging experience includes the representation of the leading global credit providers and financial advisors to oil and gas producers, refiners, midstream business, oil field service providers, and businesses and...
July 1, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Christopher R. Williams was recently listed in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in the United Arab Emirates for Corporate Law in Dubai. Best Lawyers peer-reviewed listings are now published in almost 70 countries around the world.
June 27, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Robert A. Jacobson has joined the firm as a tax partner in its Houston office.  Jacobson focuses his practice on a wide range of tax matters, particularly the structuring of federal income tax effects on partnerships, corporations and individuals involved in complex domestic and international business transactions. He has experience in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and capital markets transactions, with a focus on transactions...
June 25, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had 21 practices recognized and 62 of the firm’s attorneys recommended in the 2014 rankings released by Legal 500 USA. Partners Sanford M. Brown (Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts – Middle Market: $500-999 million), Evan D. Flaschen (Corporate Restructuring: Including Bankruptcy) and G. Alan Rafte (Energy: Transactions) were all recognized as Leading Lawyers, the top designation awarded by Legal 500. Overall, the firm’s capital markets,...
June 19, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP was the gold award winner for the Best USA Law Firm: Growth Strategy and was a silver award winner in the Best USA Law Firm: Energy category at the 2014 International Law Firm Awards. Bracewell’s recognition for best growth strategy comes on the heels of the firm’s recent expansion of its energy platform in both London and Dubai, including eight new partners in London and one in Dubai. The firm’s London office is a unique offering in that...
June 12, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ranked second among the top three law firms with the highest value of Texas energy deals in Mergermarket’s league table rankings. From the second quarter of 2013 through the first quarter of 2014, the firm worked on 15 deals totaling $30 billion. Bracewell also came in third among the top 10 law firms with the highest value of Texas deals, with 31 deals totaling $36.06 billion. Additionally, the firm ranked second among the top three law firms with the highest...
June 10, 2014
Bracewell Partner Marcy E. Kurtz and Associate Kate Champion were recognized as “Heroes of the Month” in June by Children at Risk, a Texas-based non-profit organization that strives to influence change for children through research, education and influencing public policy. Kurtz and Champion both work extensively with Children at Risk. As the firm’s pro bono coordinator, Kurtz approved Children at Risk as a pro bono client of the firm. Champion joined Children at Risk’s...
June 10, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP was recognized for its efforts in energy and infrastructure in the 2014 edition of IFLR1000’s Energy and Infrastructure Guide. Bracewell earned a Tier 3 designation in each of the following three practice areas in Latin America: Energy and Infrastructure-Corporate, Energy and Infrastructure-Finance, and Energy and Infrastructure-Disputes. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Bracewell garnered a Tier 4 ranking in Energy and Infrastructure-Finance and a Tier 5 classification...
June 4, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has received recognition for its intellectual property practice by IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2014. Bracewell’s Texas IP practice was recommended for transactions, prosecution and litigation. The IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2014 identifies the top patent practitioners and practices in key jurisdictions around the globe. In addition to recognizing the firm, IAM Patent 1000 also recognized...
May 23, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had 25 practices and 55 of the firm’s attorneys recognized in Chambers USA 2014: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm's Texas Banking & Finance maintained its top position as a Band 1 practice, standing as the only practice in Texas to receive a Band 1 ranking. Bracewell also features six Band 1 attorneys in the 2014 rankings. The following is a complete list of the firm’s practices and attorneys that were recognize by Chambers...
May 12, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has been recognized in BTI Consulting Group’s Brand Elite 2014 rankings. The ranking highlights law firms with the biggest impact on corporate counsel in nine brand-defining differentiators, including: Recommendations Short-list Premium values Bet-the-Company Survivors Movers & Shakers Tech-Savvy  Value Leaders Client Service Strategists Corporate counsel at more than 300 companies worldwide surveyed 650 law...
April 30, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Shamoil T. Shipchandler, former Deputy Criminal Chief for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, has joined the firm as a partner in its Dallas office. Prior to joining the firm, Shipchandler served for almost more than 10 years as an Assistant United States Attorney, where his district-wide leadership responsibilities included serving as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Plano office and as the Asset...
April 25, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ranked #6 in the nation for municipal transactions in which the firm served as underwriter counsel in Thomson Reuters league tables for the first quarter of 2014. Bracewell also ranked #10 for bond counsel in negotiated offerings. This year’s top ten rankings exemplify the firm’s increased strength in the public finance space, with 2013’s rankings falling in the top 20. Thomson Reuters is a global leader in investment banking transaction data...
April 22, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP restructuring attorney Jason G. Cohen has been named among the “2014 Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” by Turnarounds & Workouts magazine. Cohen was one of only 12 lawyers nationwide chosen for the honor. Cohen's practice focuses on corporate financial restructuring, debtor representation and creditors' rights. He was recognized for his role in representing PPL Corp., the largest unsecured creditor in the bankruptcy filing of...
April 17, 2014
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ranked  #1 for total deal value in SNL Financial’s first quarter league tables for mergers and acquisitions in the category of banking and thrift financial industries. So far in 2014, the firm has advised on transactions totaling $377.9 million. Bracewell also came in first in SNL’s league tables based on number of deals. SNL Financial is the premier provider of breaking news, financial data and expert analysis on the...
April 17, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented BOH Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, Bank of Houston, in an agreement to sell its operations to Independent Bank Group, Inc., the holding company for Independent Bank, for $243 million. The merger consideration consisted of $34 million in cash and 3,636,060 shares of Independent Bank Group common stock. BOH Holdings, through Bank of Houston, operated six full service banking locations throughout the Houston area. With the acquisition of BOH Holdings,...
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 14, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP attorney Glenwood F. Hill II has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Dallas Bar Foundation. Dallas Bar Foundation (DBF) Fellows are Dallas attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal careers and in their civic contributions and are nominated by current Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows. Fellowships are awarded only to Dallas Bar Association members who embody DBF virtues. Election to the Fellows is evidence of professional distinction and...
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...