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Thomas Tomlinson

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Tom Tomlinson works with clients in energy transactions, including the formation of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and project finance and development. Tom regularly counsels and assists energy-sector investors, sponsors, and lenders regarding the development, financing, acquisition, and divestiture of power generation facilities, upstream and midstream oil and gas projects, refineries and petrochemical facilities, pipelines, gathering and storage facilities, wind and solar facilities, and other energy projects. Tom documents and negotiates single and multi-project structured finance transactions, the formation of joint ventures and partnerships for financial investment vehicles and other business combinations, and leveraged lease and sale/leaseback transactions.


J.D., cum laude, The University of Texas School of Law, 1995; B.A., with honors, Williams College, 1992.

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Bracewell LLP’s practice is led out of New York and Houston and is particularly active on the sponsor side. Oil and gas has traditionally been a specialism of the firm: Robin Miles and Thomas Tomlinson advised Yuhuang Chemical on the financing and development of a $1.85bn methanol project in Louisiana, and on the lender side, the New York-based Ron Erlichman acted for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on the multimillion-dollar financing of a methanol facility to be disassembled overseas and reconstructed in the US. In the midstream space, Tomlinson and Alan Rafte assisted ArcLight Capital Partners with the financing of the Trans-Union Pipeline and advised the company on acquiring the pipeline from Entegra Power Group. In addition to its oil and gas credentials, the practice is also active in conventional power and renewables. Jessica Adkins, who is based in Houston, assisted First Reserve with a 20-year hedge arrangement with Morgan Stanley to help acquire and finance the 298MW Kingfisher wind farm in Oklahoma, while Tomlinson advised Rockland Capital on the $263m term and project financing of the 125MW Michigan Power project. Other clients include South Field Energy, Arroyo Energy Investment Partners, Noble Energy and Great Plains Energy. Oil and gas specialist Stuart Zisman is also recommended.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy transactions: oil and gas

Highly active across the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, Bracewell LLP’s practice is particularly strong in M&A, though it also handles project finance. Alan Rafte and James McAnelly head the group; Rafte and Roxanne Almaraz acted for Alinda Capital Partners and its co-seller in their $1.9bn sale of SourceGas Holdings to Black Hills, while McAnelly advised Tall City Exploration on its $803m sale of its upstream assets to Moss Creek Resources. Rafte and Thomas Tomlinson assisted ArcLight Capital Partners with its purchase and the associated financing of the Trans-Union Pipeline from Entegra Power Group. All named attorneys are based in Houston.

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