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October 29, 2014
Ruling Comes One Week Before Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is Released LOS ANGELES — Judge William H. Fahey of the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled in favor of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) with respect to its motion to strike former dictator and convicted murderer Manuel Noriega’s frivolous lawsuit against the creators of the popular Call of Duty® franchise. The ruling marked a significant victory for the genre of historical fiction in all types of...
October 28, 2014
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson recognized former federal prosecutor Shamoil T. Shipchandler and his former investigative team at the DHS Secretary's Award Program on October 21, 2014, in Washington D.C. The recognition, in the form of the Secretary's Meritorious Service Award (Silver Medal), represents one of the highest awards for service granted by the Secretary of Homeland Security. The award honors exceptional individual leadership or service that is...
October 22, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had five attorneys recognized by Benchmark Litigation in its 2015 rankings. Texas Local Litigation Star Stephen B. Crain J. Clifford Gunter III District of Columbia Local Litigation Star Paul S. Maco Texas Future Star Bradley J. Benoit Tricia R. DeLeon The results of Benchmark Litigation stem from the culmination of a six-month research period where its researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify leading litigators...
October 20, 2014
Today Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced the launch of its newly restyled website (www.bgllp.com). The new look website projects the firm’s new brand, with the biggest change coming as a result of moving to all color imagery throughout. Clients will also notice that more specific information is available about attorneys so they can more easily locate information about their practices and experience. The home page will spotlight the latest news about the firm, as well as profiling...
October 13, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Robert J. Harker has joined its Dubai office as a partner. Harker focuses his practice on large-scale power and renewables, petrochemical and refinery projects in the Middle East and North Africa, most notably in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar. He has more than 12 years of experience in petrochemicals, refinery and power financings, including large-scale multi-source financings involving international and domestic...
October 10, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had three practices recognized in the 2015 EMEA edition of the IFLR1000. The firm earned a Tier 4 designation in both Bank Lending: Borrower Side and Project Finance, and was recognized as a notable firm in Bank Lending: Lender Side. Bracewell attorneys recognized by IFLR1000 for their work were Partners Olivia Caddy, Jason J. Fox, Tracy C. London, Martin C. Stewart-Smith, and Julian T. Nichol. The IFLR1000 rankings are based on recommendations of in-house counsel...
October 8, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.K. Awards 2014 as Firm (specialism) of the year: Projects, energy and natural resources – Oil and gas. Award winners will be honored at a dinner on November 26, 2014, in London. Bracewell’s London office is solely dedicated to the energy sector, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, finance and project development transactions in the oil, gas and power industries. The Legal 500 United Kingdom Awards...
October 7, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had three partners listed on Houston Business Journal’s 2014 Who’s Who in Energy. This list annually recognizes the key Houston-based players in the energy industry. The list includes people across the energy industry, from law to finance to education to oil and gas to technology. 2014 Who’s Who in Energy Gregory M. Bopp James “J. J.” McAnelly G. Alan Rafte
October 6, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Abraham (Avi) Reshtick has joined the firm as a partner in its New York office. Reshtick represents clients on a wide range of U.S. and international tax matters, with a particular focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private investment fund structures and capital markets transactions. He also advises domestic, foreign and multinational clients on tax considerations relating to cross-border investment structures,...
October 1, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had four practices and eight lawyers recommended in the 2014 editorial released today by Legal 500 United Kingdom. The firm entered the rankings in Power at Tier 3 and increased its ranking to Tier 4 in Oil & Gas. Bracewell was also Tier 4 in Finance – Emerging Markets, while Real Estate – Construction was in Tier 5. Jason J. Fox (Projects, Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas) was recognized as a Leading Individual, the top designation...
Bracewell & Giuliani Partner Constance Gall Rhebergen Named Among Top 250 Women in IP for a Second Straight Year
September 30, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Constance Gall Rhebergen has been named to Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP for a second straight year. The publication spotlights the top female intellectual property attorneys in the nation. The publication details Ms. Rhebergen as a “registered patent attorney focuses on licensing, validity opinions, and trademarks with a global reach.” Research for the Top 250 list covers all 50 states by region. All the attorneys featured in this...
September 19, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Central Bancorp, Inc. (CBI), the parent company of United Central Bank (UCB), in its sale to Hanmi Financial Corporation, the holding company for Hanmi Bank. As part of the acquisition, Hanmi Financial Corporation paid $50,000,000 in cash to the shareholders of CBI and also assumed all of CBI’s liabilities. Following the acquisition on August 31, 2014, Hanmi Bank became the second-largest Korean American Bank in the United States with 50 banking...
September 9, 2014
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Constance Rhebergen has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for outstanding professional achievements and demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Each year one-third of one percent of State Bar members are invited to become Fellows. Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees....
Bracewell Represents Duke Energy in the $2.8 Billion Sale of its Midwest Commercial Generation Business to Dynegy
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 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...
Bracewell Represents Kinder Morgan, Inc. in its Agreement to Purchase KMP, KMR and EPB for Approximately $70 Billion in Transaction Value
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...
Bracewell Partner Evan Flaschen Recognized as “Most Highly Regarded Individual” in the World in Who’s Who Legal’s Insolvency & Restructuring 2014 Rankings
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...
The BTI Consulting Group Inc. Names Bracewell as a Leading Intellectual Property and Complex IP Litigation Firm
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...
Bracewell Represents Allegiance Bancshares Inc. in Acquisition of Farmers & Merchants Bancshares Inc.
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,...
Bracewell & Giuliani Earns Best USA Law Firm: Growth Strategy at the 2014 International Law Firm Awards
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...
IFLR1000’s Energy and Infrastructure Guide 2014 Recognizes Bracewell for Work in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa
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...