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Bracewell LLP

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Stephanie Koo Song

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Bracewell LLP

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Stephanie Song counsels and represents domestic and foreign financial institutions, mezzanine funds, other lenders, private equity funds and borrowers in all types of secured and unsecured credit transactions, including asset based lending, senior and subordinated debt financings, cross-border financings, debt restructurings, project and acquisition financings, letter of credit facilities, term loans, working capital loans, bond credit enhancement facilities, securitization and conduit lending transactions, oil and gas secured financings, as well as loan restructures and workouts and other various interbank relationships involved in syndicated loan transactions. A large portion of Ms. Song's practice consists of the representation of large commercial banks in connection with syndicated credit facilities to borrowers in a wide variety of industries with a particular emphasis on leveraged buyouts, secured asset-based loans, the financing of oil and gas and oilfield services acquisitions.




J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1999; B.A., with honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 1994

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Bracewell LLP’s ‘fantastic’ practice is especially strong on all types of upstream and midstream energy-sector financings and restructurings, with clients noting that its lawyers are ‘always responsive, professional, and well versed on the hot topics in the industry’. Energy highlights for the practice, which advises borrowers and lenders such as Wells Fargo, Citibank and JPMorgan Chase, included advising Kinder Morgan on $4bn-worth of financing pertaining to its acquisition of Hiland Partners. Outside of the energy sphere, the firm advised food distribution company Sysco Corporation on a £1.7bn loan to finance its acquisition of UK-based company Brakes Group. The experienced Dewey Gonsoulin heads the team, which is primarily based in the firm’s Houston office, although the firm also fields highly rated practitioners Robin Miles and recently promoted partner Rebecca Keep in New York. Clients have ‘total trust and confidence’ in Kate Day, who provides ‘excellent service and advice’. Other key figures include Mark Holmes, whose ‘industry knowledge and responsiveness, combined with his communication skills, allow for agreements to get properly documented and closed in a timely fashion where all parties are happy’; and Stephanie Song (‘as good as it gets in the oil and gas sector’).

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Bracewell LLP is hailed as a ‘top-tier firm in oil and gas’ and has secured engagements in some noteworthy energy company bankruptcies. Of note is the role a Houston team comprising William Wood III and Jason Cohen is playing on behalf of pipeline gatherer Nordheim Eagle Ford Gathering in a contract rejection dispute relating to the Sabine Oil and Gas case that is currently on appeal; the central issue is whether the rights of pipeline gatherers include property rights that cannot be abridged in bankruptcy and the outcome of the dispute will have a significant impact on the restructuring of other oil and gas businesses. Cohen and Wood have been acting as debtor’s counsel in the Energy & Exploration Partners Chapter 11, which listed around $1bn of funded debt, and in the Chapter 11 of Linc Energy in Texas. Stephanie Koo Song from the Houston office is ‘as good as it gets in the oil and gas sector’. In the New York office, Robert Burns has been advising Venoco Inc on a brokered settlement with noteholders to end opposition to efforts to reorganize. Kurt Mayr heads the practice from Hartford.

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