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Chambers and Partners USA 2013

According to the 2013 year-end Chambers and Partners USA guide, Bracewell "has a standout reputation for energy work, and in this space the team has both the bench strength and expertise to handle the most complex issues."

On the oil and gas front, the team is particularly noted for its adept handling of regulatory matters for a variety of clients including Kinder Morgan, PetroLogistics Natural Gas Storage and Shell. On the electric side, the group is especially lauded for its litigation strengths, of which a current example is its representation of Powerex before FERC in a litigation matter involving the interpretation of a range of complicated issues arising under various legislation including the Federal Power Act and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

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Bracewell's Energy Practice

Bracewell & Giuliani represents domestic and international energy industry clients in matters related to operations, finance, restructuring, governmental regulation, tax, environment, governance, litigation and strategic communications. We counsel developers, operators and suppliers in the deregulated United States electric energy industry, many of which have a growing focus on renewable energy. We also represent clients engaged in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas business transactions across the U.S., Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the North Sea Region, Latin America, and Canada.

Our clients include many of the best known publicly traded companies in the industry, as well as mid-size and smaller privately owned businesses. These businesses include companies involved in onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production, pipeline companies, refiners and service companies, as well as electricity-generating companies and power marketers.

Bracewell has particular strength in the area of energy finance. We have relationships with a number of major financial institutions that focus on the energy industry. We are also known for our energy regulatory work, in sectors that range from gas and electric power to renewable energy to upstream oil and gas. Bracewell's regulatory attorneys have extensive experience in the development of gas pipeline, power generation and transmission, and petroleum-refining infrastructure projects.

Our energy practice draws upon the firm’s full global resources in all areas of business law. We assist clients in:

  • negotiation of exploration and development agreements
  • acquisition and sale of oil, gas and electricity assets
  • construction and installation of pipelines, refineries, hydrocarbon-processing facilities and electric-generating facilities
  • marketing and distribution of oil, gas, electricity and derivative products
  • preparation of financing arrangements, from traditional debt and equity to asset-based structures secured by production payments, synthetic leases and forward-sales contracts.

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