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Bracewell LLP

2001 M STREET, NW, SUITE 900, WASHINGTON DC 20036, USA
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Work +1 202 828 5800
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Michael Brooks

Tel:
Work +1.202.828.5879
Email:
Web:
www.bracewell.com/people/michael-w-brooks
Bracewell LLP

Work Department

Energy

Position

Michael focuses his practice in the areas of energy, commodities and derivatives law. He represents energy companies and commodity trading companies in a wide variety of regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters and routinely advises clients regarding compliance with federal rules and regulations governing the trading, ownership and transportation of energy commodities.

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law, 2005; B.A., College of William & Mary, 1998


United States: Industry focus

Energy regulatory: conventional power

Within: Next generation lawyers

Michael Brooks - Bracewell LLP

Within: Energy regulatory: conventional power

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.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas

Within: Next generation lawyers

Michael Brooks - Bracewell LLP

Within: Energy regulatory: oil and gas

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.

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