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November 19, 2014
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Marc L. Mukasey has been named by Law360 as an MVP of the Year in the White Collar category for a second year in a row (2013-2014). Mukasey was one of only six white collar defense lawyers in the country to be honored. Mukasey has defended clients in some of the most prominent criminal cases and investigations in the country over the past year. Among the matters he has brought to successful resolution for his clients are the largest criminal...
November 3, 2014
DALLAS — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s Dallas office has received the Gold Award for pro bono work from the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) for the third consecutive year. The Gold Award is the highest honor given to a law firm office with 50 lawyers or less that accepted and closed the most pro bono cases in 2014. The firm’s Dallas attorneys and paralegals collectively completed 2,612.03 hours of pro bono service between June 1, 2013, and May 31, 2014, with nearly...
November 3, 2014
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP earned rankings in 23 national and 81 metro categories of the 2015 U.S. News and Best Lawyers Best Law Firms rankings. A total of 13 of the national rankings placed Bracewell in the top tier. The firm also earned awards for its work in Austin, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, New York City, San Antonio, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The following is a full list of Bracewell’s 2015 Best Law Firms rankings: National Tier 1 Banking and Finance Law...
October 31, 2014
HOUSTON/LONDON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP (UK) Senior Partner Jason J. Fox was recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers UK in Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas (Band 2) and Projects (Band 3). Chambers UK editorial notes that “Jason Fox of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is an energy finance lawyer who is viewed as a leading practitioner of reserve-based lending.” They also note that “Jason Fox of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is recognised for his oil and...
October 31, 2014
LONDON – The London-based energy team of Bracewell & Giuliani was recognized as Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year at The African Legal Awards 2014. This award mark’s the firm’s first recognition at The African Legal Awards. The African Legal Awards seek to recognise exceptional achievement at a time when Africa’s legal sector is going through a period of rapid change. Over the last year, there was £16bn worth of M&A deals in sub-Saharan...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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,...