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Bracewell LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 5

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP has an excellent reputation for acting on behalf of energy sector clients, but its merger control work also extends to healthcare, financial services and technology, among other areas. In 2017, New York-based Daniel Hemli and Washington DC-based counsel Jacqueline Java advised Pembina Pipeline on the US antitrust aspects of it’s circa C$9.7bn acquisition of Veresen. The firm’s other energy sector clients include Chevron, Holly Energy Partners and Hydro One. Outside of energy, another highlight involved assisting Delta Card Services, as the holding company of Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions (MCPS), with the antitrust aspects of MCPS’ sale to Paysafe Group for $470m.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s team handles appeals in areas ranging from energy to contracting and tort in public procurement. Warren Harris and Yvonne Ho represented KBR at the Ninth Circuit challenge to the summary judgment in a case involving allegations of exposure to sodium dichromate at an Iraqi water treatment facility, filed by 170 national guardsmen. At the Fifth Circuit, Harris acted for respondents in Janvey v Libyan Investment Authority et al, concerning claims under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Weatherford International, Carlton Energy Group and BP Products North America are clients. Jeffrey Oldham is another name to note.

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 5

Bracewell LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

At Bracewell LLP, the well-regarded Paul Shechtman (who is based in New York) is defending former Morgan Stanley broker Michael Siva in an insider trading case relating to secret tips on M&A activity leaked by a Bank of America consultant; Shechtman is also acting for Norman Seabrook, former head of the New York City Correctional Officers Benevolent Association (COBA), in a federal court case concerning charges of accepting kickbacks in exchange for the investment of COBA funds. On the corporate front, Seattle’s Philip Bezanson represented Optimal Economics Capital Partners in connection with an SEC investigation into unlicensed offerings of securities and potential securities fraud. Also recommended are New York’s Thomas Kokalas and Barbara Jones, and Houston’s Jeffery Vaden. Glen Kopp departed the firm in January 2018 to join Mayer Brown’s New York office, and Brandon McCarthy joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in May 2018.

Leading lawyers

Paul Shechtman - Bracewell LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP is notable for its prowess in energy-sector litigation, though its commercial dispute capabilities extend to various industries. 2017 was another steady year for the practice; highlights among its substantial case list include its representation of BMC Software in a case against IBM concerning highly sophisticated software products; Sean Gorman and Christopher Dodson are leading the case, which is ongoing. In an illustration of the firm’s strength and reputation in Texas, Gorman was retained by the City of Houston in a breach of contract and fraudulent inducement case against Genuine Parts Company. Andrew Zeve is also recommended. Stephen Crain is the firm’s litigation chair. All named attorneys are based in Houston.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 5

Bracewell LLP

Stephen Benesh at Bracewell LLP in Austin has ‘exceptional foresight, a focus on the details and a strong strategic view’. He represented Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company and Sandridge Mississippian Trusts in a securities class action alleging misrepresentation of the productive capacity of oil and gas fields. Stephen Crain and Bradley Benoit in Houston acted for Pier 1 Imports in a securities fraud class action filed in Texas and saw all claims dismissed.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Houston-headquartered Bracewell LLP leverages its signature oil and gas practice to shine in energy-related offerings ¬¬¬- mainly for issuers, such as Apache, Energy & Exploration Partners and Kinder Morgan. William Anderson co-heads the practice and acted with key partner Troy Harder to advise Phillips 66 on a $600m private notes offering. Outside of the energy sector, group co-chair Charles Still assisted the food giant Sysco with its $750m offering of senior notes. In 2017, the group was bolstered by the arrival of energy capital markets specialist Timothy Langenkamp from Sidley Austin LLP.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s issuer-focused practice is well known for its expertise in the energy sphere but it also frequently assists its extensive roster of financial services clients with equity offerings. William Anderson co-chairs the Houston-based department and advised Holly Energy Partners on its issuance of common units in exchange for incentive distribution rights held by HEP Logistics Holdings in a deal worth $1.2bn. Timothy Langenkamp recently joined the team from Sidley Austin LLP and assisted Global Infrastructure Partners Capital Solutions Fund with a $250m equity investment in Caprock Midstream. Other key names include Troy Harder and group co-chair Charles Still. Emily Leitch left to join Jones Day.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 5

Bracewell LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Based mainly in Houston and New York, Bracewell LLP is especially recommended for its excellent advice to borrowers and lenders in the downstream, mid-stream and upstream energy industry. On the lender side, the firm has a good relationship with Wells Fargo Bank, which it advised on a $3bn unsecured revolving credit facility to National Oilwell Varco. Another highlight was advising JPMorgan Chase on a $1bn facility to Caerus Operating. On the borrower front it advised Enterprise Products Operating on two separate revolving facilities with a combined value of $5.5bn. Beyond the energy sector, the firm also advised the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs on a $200m financing. Dewey Gonsoulin heads the highly rated team, which boasts key individuals, including Robin Miles, Rebecca Keep and the recently promoted Jeris Brunette. In Houston, Stephanie Song, Kate Day, Heather Brown, Dale Smith, and Mark Holmes are all recommended.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 3

Bracewell LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 3

Bracewell LLP

Energy is a key practice area for Bracewell LLP and the team continued to be active for sponsors and lenders on a variety of projects across the US. High-value mandates included New York-based Ron Erlichman advising Advanced Power Energy Holdings on the financing of the $1.3bn South Field Energy facility in Ohio, and New York-based Jeris Brunette assisting Kinder Morgan with the back-leverage financing of a 49% interest in Elba Liquefaction Company. In another major deal, Houston-based Thomas Tomlinson and Robin Miles acted for Yuhuang Chemical on a $800m loan facility for the construction of a methanol plant in Louisiana. The practice is led from Houston by Alan Rafte and Jessica Adkins; Adkins focuses on the renewable energy sector, where her work included acting (with Erlichman) for lenders to a wind project being developed by Macquarie Capital in Texas, and assisting a hedge provider with a hedging agreement with Goldwind Americas for the 160MW Rattlesnake wind power project in Texas. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of New York-based duo Nicolai Sarad and Fernando Rodriguez Marin in March 2018 from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 5

Bracewell LLP

Fielding a strong Houston practice, Bracewell LLP has been particularly active in the energy E&P sector: on the debtor-side the group advised Linc Energy and Venoco on the companies’ Chapter 11 cases and William Wood III alongside Jason Cohen and James McAnelly III (all based in Houston) advised ENI Petroleum as joint venture partner of Quicksilver Resources in Quicksilver’s $1bn Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In addition, New York-based Jennifer Feldsher and Robert Burns assisted Eastern Outfitters with Chapter proceedings and a 363 sale of all assets to SportsDirect. In the restructuring of Puerto Rico, Kurt Mayr, who splits his time between the New York and Connecticut offices, leads representation of QTCB Noteholder Group. Also on the creditor-side, the team acted for Wells Fargo as administrative agent to the first lien bank group in Triangle USA Petroleum’s Chapter 11 case, and in EXCO’s $1.4bn restructuring the group advised the chairman of the board and large shareholder and creditor. Mayr chairs the department, alongside Feldsher and Burns in New York and Wood and Cohen in Houston. Even Flaschen recently retired

Next generation lawyers

Jason Cohen - Bracewell LLP

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United States: Government

Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 3

Bracewell LLP

Scott Segal and Dee Martin co-chair Bracewell LLP’s ‘forward-thinking and impactful’ government relations group, which attracts praise for its ‘very good understanding of the Washington ecosystem’. Energy policy is a core strength for the team; for example, it is assisting Valero Energy with advocating for reform of the Renewable Fuels Standard, which currently requires that a set amount of renewable fuels be blended into transportation fuels every year. The firm is acting for Air Liquide in advocating for consistent legislative and regulatory control of hydrogen and helium. The group also represents the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council in policy debates pertaining to electricity, energy and environmental regulation. The team regularly advocates on behalf of the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) before Congress, the White House and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) itself; it successfully advocated on the FBIAA’s behalf for seven FBI agents, who died as a result of health conditions related to the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, to be officially recognised as losing their lives in the performance of their duties. In another matter, the group assists the FBIAA with lobbying Congress to craft statutory language to strengthen legislation on domestic terrorism. Joshua Zive is also recommended.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: conventional power
Energy litigation: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s ‘very good’ practice is well versed in commercial disputes in the conventional power arena and handles a steady flow of FERC proceedings for a broad client roster, including Hydro One, Powerex and GDF SUEZ Energy North America (ENGIE). Houston-based Bryan Dumesnil and Bradley Benoit are defending Southern Copper and its directors against damages claims brought by a putative class of shareholders; the case is related to the ownership transfer of a subsidiary with two power plants, the execution of a power purchase agreement and the restructuring of a line credit for the power plants‘ construction. In other work, David Perlman represented Shell Energy North America in a FERC settlement regarding refunds for short-term energy sales during the 2000-2001 California energy crisis and Jeffrey Holmstead acted for member-owned electric cooperative Tri-State in a contentious proceeding challenging two EPA rules that would have prevented the construction of two coal-fired plants. Stephen Crain heads the team, which recently welcomed David Super from Baker Botts L.L.P. and Paul Wight from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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Energy litigation: oil and gas
Energy litigation: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Bracewell LLP

Praised for its ‘wide-array of experience on energy litigation matters’ and its ‘willingness to jump quickly on questions’, Bracewell LLP advises clients across the oil and gas spectrum, including exploration and production companies, suppliers, pipeline and gathering companies as well as investors. Bradley Benoit is defending HPS Investment Partners and Kingfisher Midstream against claims of tortious inference, civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment brought by Mustang Gas Products, while Sean Gorman is representing Manti Equity Partners in an arbitration related to reserved interest payment obligations. The department is led by Stephen Crain; other names to note are Andrew Zeve, who is ‘one of the smartest and most practical litigators’, and Christopher Dodson who ‘has a wide array of experience’. David Super arrived from Baker Botts L.L.P..

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Zeve - Bracewell LLP

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Energy regulatory: conventional power
Energy regulatory: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Bracewell LLP

Obtaining rate approvals, assuring regulatory compliance, advising on transactional regulatory matters and defence against regulatory enforcement measures are cornerstones for Bracewell LLP’s practice. The team is led by Catherine McCarthy and regularly acts before the FERC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Department of Energy (DOE), thereby ‘offering tremendous value’ for a broad client roster, including Hydro One Limited, Engie North America and Avangrid. High-profile cases included assisting Great Plains Energy with the obtainment of the FERC approval for its stock-for-stock merger with Westar Energy and advising Powerex on a framework for cross-border participation in the California Independent System Operator’s western energy imbalance market. The group was bolstered by the arrival of Paul Wight from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Michael Brooks is recommended.

Leading lawyers

Paul Wight - Bracewell LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Brooks - Bracewell LLP

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Bracewell LLP

Described as ‘one of the best firms’, Bracewell LLPoffers tremendous value’ to its broad client roster that includes key industry players such as Kinder Morgan and Shell. The team, led by Mark Lewis, regularly assists with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DOE), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other federal and state energy regulatory agencies proceedings and is particularly experienced in the regulatory aspects of project developments, such as pipelines, power plants and petrochemical facilities. Lewis and ‘stellar attorneyKirk Morgan are advising Venice Gathering System, a Targa Resources Partners owned interstate pipeline company, on a proposed raise of its FERC-regulated rates and assisted Apache with the regulatory approvals regarding the development of a new oil and gas midstream infrastructure. Another highlight was advising Energy Transfer Partners on the development of a crude oil pipeline project that connects production areas in North Dakota to Patoka. The recommended Michael Brooks and David Perlman are representing various natural oil and gas trading companies in FERC and CFTC inquiries. George Fatula made partner.

Leading lawyers

Mark Lewis - Bracewell LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Brooks - Bracewell LLP

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy: transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s deep New York offering is led by highly regarded co-chair John Klauberg, who is advising on a number of the largest M&A deals in the market; he, Frederick Lark and the ‘very responsive’ Elena Rubinov are assisting Hydro One with its $3.4bn acquisition of Avista. Also in New York, Ron Erlichman wins plaudits for his finance work. In Houston, key figures include co-chair Jessica Adkins, who specializes in hedging transactions, and ‘excellent negotiatorRyan Holcomb, who regularly handles M&A of generation assets for Rockland Power.

Leading lawyers

John Klauberg - Bracewell LLP

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP is well known in the market for its oil and gas specialism, and in the last 12 months the team handled a number of multibillion-dollar midstream deals, including Washington DC-based Mark Lewis and Troy Harder acting for Pembina Pipeline on its $9.7bn acquisition of Veresen. In other highlights, highly rated practice head Alan Rafte and James McAnelly advised Castleton Commodities International on Tokyo Gas America’s investment in Castleton Resources. All named partners are based in Houston save where stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Alan Rafte - Bracewell LLP

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

At Bracewell LLP, Houston-based practice co-chair Jessica Adkins has a strong reputation for commodity hedging transactions; she acted for a hedge provider in a hedging agreement with Goldwind Americas for the 160MW Rattlesnake Wind Project in Texas. In New York, key figures include Michael Espinoza and Ron Erlichman, who handle M&A for the likes of Southern Power, and practice co-chair John Klauberg.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP hired Washington DC-based David Super, whose experience includes environmental claims under the Clean Air Act (CAA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and CERCLA, from Baker Botts L.L.P.. The firm’s environmental litigation depth, coupled with its significant white-collar defense, appellate, and environmental regulatory practices, enables it to handle large, complex environmental litigation. The practice’s areas of activity include upstream and midstream shale energy development; government enforcement defense; air permitting and climate change; Superfund and contamination issues; and accident investigation and defense. The team was lead counsel to Valero Energy and its subsidiaries in a lawsuit against the EPA for failing to take required action under the Renewable Fuel Standard of the CAA. Houston-based Christopher Dodson and Austin managing partner Timothy Wilkins co-chair the environmental litigation practice, while Jason Hutt is environmental practice chair. Other recommended Washington DC contacts are Kevin Ewing and Jeffrey Holmstead. Austin’s Kevin Collins is a former assistant US attorney for the Eastern District of Texas; and Sara Burgin is particularly noted for water issues.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s work includes climate change regulation, LNG development, pipeline and other infrastructure development, and major incidents. The team acts for Cheniere Energy on environmental regulation, permitting, and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration compliance matters. Jason Hutt chairs the firm’s environmental department; Jeffrey Holmstead is a CAA and climate change specialist; Timothy Wilkins, Austin managing partner, and Christopher Dodson in Houston co-chair the environmental litigation practice. The practice hired David Super from Baker Botts L.L.P.. All advisers are in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP is highly regarded for its advice to strategic buyers, financial institutions, hedge funds, and private equity investors on transactions that require due diligence investigations, negotiation of environmental indemnities, environmental disclosures to shareholders, and public policy considerations. The team advised Great Plains Energy on the environmental due diligence surrounding an amended and restated merger agreement with Kansas’ Westar Energy. The key contacts are Timothy Wilkins in Austin; Washington DC-based Jason Hutt, who chairs the firm’s environmental practice; and Jeffrey Holmstead.

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United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice has prosecution and enforcement expertise across a range of industries, including technology, retail and energy. Practice head Erin Hennessy, who splits her time between New York and Seattle, has been acting for BJ Services in various clearance and prosecution matters arising from the launch of a number of products. Hennessy has also been assisting oil and gas exploration company Apache Corporation with clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters, as well as brand protection regarding a number of recent discoveries. David Ball, who is based in New York, is a name to note. Other clients include HTC, SAS Shoes and Fresh Innovations.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 5

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s hedge fund team is ‘very commercial and expert in its field - knowledgeable but courteous and professional also’. Cheri Hoff in New York is ‘thorough, meticulous, knowledgeable and professional - a pleasure to work with’; she is advising Cristofferson Robb on formation and management issues regarding the CRC Bond Opportunity Trading Fund, and separately advised on the HT Diversified Investment Fund. Other clients include Fundamental Advisors, Total Compensation Group and the University of Houston, which the firm advises on its investments in hedge funds.

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Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 6

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s team, which has a particular strength in regulatory and energy-related matters, is ‘very helpful and a pleasure to work with’. Cheri Hoff, who is based in New York, is ‘very responsive and goes above and beyond to work through issues with investors’; she advised core client Rockland Capital on forming Rockland Power Partners III, which raised over $237m. On the limited partner side, the firm represents the University of Houston. Other highlights included advising Kedma Capital on regulatory compliance, and assisting with the formation of Work America Capital Management’s debut fund.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP services a client base comprising leading players in the energy and natural resources arenas and recently assisted Great Plains Energy with the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of its high-profile amended merger agreement with Westar under the leadership of practice head Bruce Jocz. Elsewhere, Pembina appointed a team headed by Scott Sanders to oversee its acquisition of Veresen, while Hydro One sought the group’s advice on its takeover of Avista. Senior counsel Allison Perry is also a key contact and represented a board of directors in a merger transaction. Other notable clients include HPS Investment Partners and Parsley Energy. All mentioned attorneys are based in Houston.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Houston-headquartered Bracewell LLP’s ‘excellent’ immigration practice benefits from the firm’s prominent reputation in the energy space; the practice’s workload is dominated by mandates from oil and gas as well as power industry clients. Nonetheless, the group also has solid experience in handling work from the life sciences, healthcare and technology sectors, with religious organizations a recent addition to the client roster. San Antonio managing partner Victoria Garcia heads the group and is adept at handling the full spectrum of business immigration matters. Garcia has been advising Sirius Computer Solutions, NuStar Energy and Food Safety Net Services on a range of immigration matters, including the preparation of non-immigrant visas, applications for employment- and family-based permanent resident status and citizenship, compliance trends and government auditing. Garcia is also assisting The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists with the preparation of R-1 visas for worldwide transfers of its employees. Houston-based senior counsel Nelli Nikova is also recommended.

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 3

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP advises clients in matters pertaining to collective bargaining, individual terminations in the context of white-collar crime allegations, and arbitration. Dallas-based Robert Sheeder acts as lead counsel to L-3 Communications across the full gamut of labor mandates, and, in San Antonio, James Kizziar continues to represent Adventist Health System in union organization matters and disputes before the NLRB. Of counsel J. Tullos Wells is a name to note and leads the firm’s work for several entertainment and sports entities such as the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. In Houston, Rebecca Baker and Robert Nichols handled the labor aspects of several high-value corporate transactions in the energy space.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 5

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP impresses in energy M&A, most notably in relation to master limited partnerships (MLPs). The firm has a hugely impressive record in upstream and midstream oil and gas deals. In 2017, it continued to advise Great Plains Energy on its $14bn stock-for-stock merger of equals with Midwest utility company Westar Energy. It also represented DCP Midstream LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy, in the combination of all its assets and debt with DCP Midstream Partners LP, creating the largest gathering and processing MLP in the US. Other clients include Apache, Chevron, Evercore, HPS Investment Partners, Kinder Morgan and Pembina Pipeline. Managing partner Gregory Bopp, William Anderson, Cleland Dade, Jason Jean, Troy Harder, Gary Orloff, Alan Rafte and Charles Still are all key members of the M&A practice and all are based in Houston.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP has ‘a team of experienced lawyers who provide good value compared to many of their competitors’. Houston-based Jeffrey Andrews leads the practice, which acts for clients in industries as diverse as energy, financial services, consumer products, retail, manufacturing and commercial aviation. He recently acted for an oilfield services company in the structuring and negotiation of an ITO deal with IBM. Another highlight saw him advise Oncor Electric Delivery Company on its latest strategic sourcing agreement, having handled 30 such deals for this client with a total value of more than $1bn during the last eight years. Southwest Airlines and American Water Enterprises are also clients of the firm.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s team works closely with the firm’s tax and labor and employment practices on major technology transactions; and its sector experience includes biotechnology, energy, e-commerce, software, semiconductors, finance, and government infrastructure. Dallas-based Janice Davis acted for a hedge fund client in the formation of a complex hedge fund that invests in technology companies; the team also assisted an oilfield service company with the IP aspects of an M&A deal as well as technology transactions and licensing work. Houston-based Jeffrey Andrews is also an experienced adviser.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 4

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s Texas-based practice has been particularly active in front-end contract negotiation, with the real estate, petrochemicals, energy and infrastructure sectors among its busiest areas in 2017. Dallas-based Brian Mitchell represented the owner and developer of the Fairmont Convention Hotel in Austin in claims worth approximately $45m brought against the general contractor. Houston-based construction litigation co-chair Richard Whiteley represented NBC’s Houston affiliate in a construction dispute relating to water damage caused by a defective retaining wall as part of a $19m project for the design and build of a next generation broadcast facility. Group co-chair Phillip Sampson Jr, Aaron Roffwarg and Austin-based Stephen Benesh are the other key figures in the team. Attorneys are based in Houston, Texas, save where mentioned otherwise.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP’s main sector strengths are in energy, finance, technology and tax-exempt, in relation to which the team advises on transactions, MLPs, investments, restructuring, project development and financing. Tax chair Elizabeth McGinley and Michele Alexander in New York advised Great Plains Energy on its $14bn stock-for-stock merger of equals agreement with Westar Energy. McGinley also acted for DCP Midstream regarding the tax planning for the $11bn MLP combination of all assets and debt of DCP Midstream with DCP Midstream Partners, while Alexander represented Hydro One during its $5.3bn acquisition of Avista. Another highlight was Houston-based Gregory Bopp’s work for client Kinder Morgan regarding a $1.3bn joint venture between its investment funds managed by EIG global Energy Partners and Elba Liquefaction Company. Castleton Commodities, Philips 66 and HPS Investment Partners are other active clients.

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