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According to Chambers Global 2012:
Alan Rafte is an exceptionally talented energy lawyer with decades of experience in the projects field. His practice spans almost every aspect of the oil and gas industry, including upstream, midstream and downstream project development and financing. He is also well versed in the power sector, representing utilities and commodity trading businesses. Clients value that he “translates all his experience into sage advice; he truly understands the business side of transactions, which means he is able to distinguish between the important and unimportant.” This past year, he has advised Apache in its USD7 billion acquisition of BP's operations and infrastructure in the Permian Basin and in Egypt's Western Desert.
Thomas Moore leads the firm's offering in the PPP arena. A well-established player in the industry, he has years of experience representing domestic and international participants such as Cintra and Meridiam Infrastructure. He is heavily involved in the North Tarrant Express project on the sponsor side.
Ryan Holcomb has worked extensively in the power projects arena, negotiating numerous acquisitions and divestitures for high-profile industry clients. Commended for his “outstanding draftsmanship,” he has specific expertise in power purchase agreements, tolling agreements and other project documents. He recently represented Entergy as it entered into a short-term and a long-term power supply agreement with a municipality in east Texas.
Nancy Wodka currently serves as managing partner of Bracewell's Washington, D.C. office. She covers the full sweep of work, everything from early-stage development to financing and operational issues. She also has notable capabilities in asset acquisitions and divestitures, and joint venture formation, and has previously advised a client on asset purchases in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, South Korea and Nicaragua.
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According to Chambers USA 2012:
THE FIRM The firm’s sizable projects practice has broad geographical coverage, operating out of its New York, Texas and Washington, DC offices, and a diverse workload encompassing power, oil and gas and PPP matters. The group recently advised Chesapeake Energy on its joint venture with EIG Global Energy Partners, valued at $1.25 billion, and also acted on behalf of NRG EV Services in its development of a network of home and public charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. On the PPP side, the firm wins substantial acclaim for its experience with toll roads, and recently represented Isolux Corsan in procuring and financing a planned extension to the Denver Beltway.
Sources say: “The team is very industry-savvy and delivers with a client-first mentality.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Rafte leads the firm’s business and regulatory practice group. He continues to impress clients with his knowledge of upstream, midstream and downstream project development and financing, based on years of experience in the area. Sources describe him as “results-oriented” and identify him as one of the leaders in oil and gas.
The infrastructure and energy-focused Thomas Moore is admired for his ability to “remain calm in negotiations, and he is able to convey his point clearly and concisely.”
The “very promising” Ryan Holcomb recently advised Entergy on its acquisition of two natural gas-fired energy facilities worth $409 million.
Head of the firm’s renewable energy practice group Walter Keneally has a long-standing relationship with clients such as AEP, undertaking development and financing matters across an array of energy projects.
According to Legal 500 2012:
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP provides “excellent service with valuable advice and good response times,” and is “equal in talent and capabilities to other major law firms, but is more efficient and as a result tends to be more cost effective.” Led by Houston-based Alan Rafte, who is “excellent on complex financial instruments and complex transactions,” the team has a very good record in oil and gas matters, as well as more general energy deals, principally on the sponsor side. Hugely respected attorney Robin Miles acted for La Paloma Generating Company on the refinancing of its existing credit facilities, in the form of a $302m first-lien term-loan credit facility, $65m first-lien working capital facility, $130m second-lien term-loan credit facility and $30m cash-collateralized letter of credit facility. Miles also assisted El Paso Corporation as sponsor on a $1bn investment-grade notes offering, $350m term-loan, $1.4bn construction/term facility and a $25m revolving working capital facility for the Ruby pipeline natural gas project. The team also advised Société Générale as joint lead arranger and administrative and collateral agent on a $2.5m revolving credit facility, $25m initial advance term-loan facility and $50m delayed-draw term-loan facility provided to Cinedigm Digital Funding 2. Jonathan Wry, Heather Brown, Thomas Tomlinson and Ryan Holcomb are all “excellent, knowledgeable, and creative lawyers and talented negotiators.”