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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,...
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...
April 14, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (Housing Authority) as bond counsel in Phase I of the country’s largest rental assistance rehabilitation project, which includes the rehabilitation of approximately 1,600 public housing units with approximately $250 million initial public/private investment, and could potentially expand to a $1 billion project over the next five years to rehabilitate the remaining public housing stock of the Housing...
April 14, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP took first place in two separate categories at the Legal Marketing Association’s 2015 Your Honor Awards. Bracewell was awarded first place in the Identity – Projects Totaling More Than $20,000 category for its 2014 brand refresh. The firm also finished first in the Social/Interactive Media category for the 2014 Policy Resolution Group Post-Election Campaign. The LMA announced this year’s winners during its 2015 Annual...
April 10, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Three Rivers Natural Resource Holdings III LLC (Three Rivers III) in an equity commitment of up to $500 million from funds managed by energy private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC (Riverstone), and additional commitments from Three Rivers III’s management team. The Riverstone commitment comprises up to $333 million from Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund VI, and up to $167 million from Riverstone Energy Limited. Three Rivers III is a...
April 8, 2015
DUBAI – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s energy and corporate practices have been recognized in The Legal 500’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2015 listings. Bracewell was ranked in Tier 3 of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Energy & Infrastructure category and Tier 5 of the UAE Corporate and M&A category. In addition, Bracewell had three attorneys recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA 2015. Partners Christopher R. Williams and...
April 2, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Bluescape Resources Company LLC in a services and investment agreement with EXCO Resources, Inc. Bluescape will purchase $10 million in EXCO’s common stock from EXCO and an additional $40 million in common stock in the open market within one year from closing; and Bluescape will receive a cash retainer and a warrant package designed to reward outstanding relative value outperformance by EXCO’s common stock. The services under the...
April 2, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Vision Bank- Texas in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Texas Bank and Trust Company. Vision Bank- Texas, a Richardson, Texas-based bank with reported total assets of $179.5 million, total loans of $131.9 million and total deposits of $160.9 million, as of December 31, 2014. The transaction, which has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both organizations, is subject to certain conditions, including approval by Vision Bank - Texas...
April 2, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP provided legal advice to Venoco, Inc. in a series of strategic transactions, including $250 million of new financings consisting of a private issuance of $175 million of new 12 percent first lien senior secured notes and $75 million of cash secured senior term loans. A portion of the proceeds were applied towards the full repayment of the borrowings under Venoco’s existing revolving credit facility, which was subsequently terminated. Simultaneously, $194...
April 1, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has provided a $10,000 special grant to American Jobs for American Heroes (AJAH), a national military hiring campaign aimed at encouraging employers to register, post jobs and hire National Guard members, veterans and spouses. “The men and women who protect and defend this country represent the best of America with their dedication, training, and honor,” said Rudolph W. Giuliani, Bracewell & Giuliani partner and former New York City Mayor....
April 1, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP served as legal counsel AmeriBancshares, Inc. the parent holding company of American National Bank & Trust (American National), in a definitive agreement to acquire Northern Bancshares Inc. and its wholly owned banking subsidiary, First National Bank of Chillicothe (FNB of Chillicothe). FNB of Chillicothe operates banking facilities in Chillicothe and Quanah, both in Hardeman County, Texas, and reported total assets of $48.73 million, total loans of $18.23...
March 31, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as administrative agent in $250 million senior secured revolving credit facility to Marlin Midstream Partners, LP. The financing pertains to Marlin’s acquisition of the Legacy gathering system from Azure Midstream Energy, LLC for $162.5 million in cash. Bracewell attorneys involved include: Partners: Mark D. Holmes and Robin J. Miles Associates: William H. Ebert, Oren M. Henry, J. Eric Holland, Anna K. Miller, Jennifer R....
March 30, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Gregory M. Bopp was named a 2015 Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer, in the Complex M&A category, for his role in a transaction on behalf of Kinder Morgan Inc. Bopp was Bracewell’s lead lawyer in representing Kinder Morgan, Inc. in the acquisition of the outstanding public equity of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., Kinder Morgan Management, LLC, and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. for approximately $76 billion in...
March 27, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has been ranked fourth in The Bond Buyer’s 2014 rankings of bond counsel in the Southwest region with $5.1 billion of deal volume. This is Bracewell’s third consecutive year to be recognized as one of the top performing bond counsels in the region. The Southwest region had the strongest growth for 2014 of all the regions, with Texas accounting for nearly two-thirds of the Southwest’s issuance. Texas issued $41 billion and was ranked second...
March 16, 2015
HOUSTON – Société Générale’s secured borrowing base revolving credit facility for Mercuria Energy Trading and Caracal Energy’s reserved based financing were both named Deals of the Year 2014 by Trade Finance. The Société Générale/Mercuria transaction was honored in the Americas region (North America), while Caracal was a Middle East and Africa winner. Bracewell & Giuliani represented Société Gén...
March 12, 2015
HOUSTON — Twelve attorneys and eight practice areas at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP have been recognized by Chambers & Partners in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. The firm was recognized for its U.S. energy and projects practices, receiving rankings for Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), Energy: Electricity (Transactional), Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) (Band 3), Projects: Oil & Gas, Projects: Power...
March 6, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had 16 attorneys recognized as Thomson Reuters, 2015 Texas Rising Stars. Texas Rising Stars, an affiliate of Super Lawyers and published by Thomson Reuters, determines honorees through peer nominations and third-party research. Candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Bracewell attorneys selected as 2015 Texas Rising Stars are: Austin Jeffrey J. Bates Patrick A. Caballero Casey Low Dallas Brian C. Mitchell...
March 3, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ranked atop the 2014 year-end SNL Financial League Tables for energy legal advisers. Bracewell ranked 1st overall in total transaction value with $82,914.7 million. The firm also stood 4th in number of transactions with 15 during 2014. Bracewell ranked 6th in number of transactions in 2013 and finished 12th overall in total transaction value in 2013. SNL Financial collects, standardizes and disseminates all relevant corporate,...
March 2, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP employees across the country participated in the fourth annual Day of Service, sponsored by the firm’s Associate Inclusion Committee. Each U.S. office gave 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 below. Austin...
February 24, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Justice Dale Wainwright has been named managing partner of the firm’s Austin office. “I am so pleased to have Dale take the reins of our Austin office,” said firm Managing Partner Mark C. Evans. “He has been a tremendous asset to our appellate practice, and we are excited to have him take on this leadership role.” Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Wainwright served on the Texas Supreme Court for 10 years....
February 24, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is pleased to announce the election of six attorneys to the partnership. The new partners are Rebecca L. Baker, Brad Y. Chin, Emily E. Leitch, Blair R. Loocke, Michael  W. Tankersley and Herman “Trevor” H. Wommack. “I’m pleased to have these six outstanding attorneys join our partnership,” said Bracewell Managing Partner Mark C. Evans. “Each of them offers valuable knowledge and experience that will continue the growth and...
February 20, 2015
LONDON – The Lake Turkana Wind Power project was awarded another African Renewables Deal of the Year 2014 at the IJGlobal Awards 2014 Europe & Africa last night in London. The project was also named the African Renewables Deal of the Year 2014 by Project Finance International earlier this month. The IJGlobal Europe & Africa Awards are a celebration of the best in class deals in energy and infrastructure over the past year. Reading from the feedback of the judging panel of the...
February 13, 2015
LONDON – The 310 MW Lake Turkana Wind Power project was awarded African Renewables Deal of the Year 2014 by Project Finance International. Bracewell & Giuliani’s London-based energy team was involved in the project on behalf of Vestas Eastern Africa Limited, who will supply and install the 365 Vestas V52-850 kW wind turbines and provide long-term maintenance of the wind turbines in contract with Lake Turkana Wind Power Limited. The Lake Turkana Wind Power projectaims to...
February 12, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has announced that Houston Partners Gregory M. Bopp and Amy Karff Halevy have been elected to serve a three-year term on Bracewell’s firm wide management committee. Bopp serves as co-chair of the firm's Business and Regulatory Section. His practice focuses on tax structuring, joint ventures, M&A and capital markets transactions for midstream and upstream energy clients, including master limited partnerships (MLPs). Bopp is recognized as one of the...
February 4, 2015
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Gavin E. Hill has joined the firm as a litigation partner in its Dallas office. Hill advises energy, technology, telecommunications, and other companies, about risks and liabilities associated with a wide range of issues, including contract interpretation and breach, incident investigation, business-related torts and associated regulatory regimes. He also represents companies in complex commercial litigation, including multi-district litigation...
January 29, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has been recognized by The BTI Consulting Group, Inc. as an industry leader in client service. Bracewell was listed in The BTI Client Service A-Team 2015: The Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance, which is limited solely to law firms considered by clients to deliver the absolute best levels of client service. The report is based on in-depth interviews with more than 300 corporate counsels, with the ranking constructed wholly from...