Bracewell LLP > San Antonio, United States > Firm Profile

Bracewell LLP
300 CONVENT ST.
SUITE 1500
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78205-3753
United States

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 1

Bracewell LLP represents oil and gas pipeline and storage companies in contested proceedings at FERC and has ‘rare’ and ‘true regulatory experience in liquids Beyond FERC, the team represents clients in federal and appellate courts as well as in dual-track civil litigation and government investigations, with the June-2021 arrival of Anne M. Termine from Covington & Burling LLP strengthening the group’s offering in this area. Managing partner of the Washington DC office, Mark Lewis focuses on midstream commercial and regulatory matters, advising on the development of significant projects and day-to-day operations. Michael Brooks‘ practice, in turn, centres on CFTC work. The team has seen continued growth, most recently the July-2021 hire of former FERC attorney Rachael Marsh. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Kirk Morgan; David Perlman; Michael Brooks; George Fatula; Rachael Marsh; Anne M. Termine

Testimonials

This team has true regulatory experience in liquids, which I find is rare. They are business-oriented and practical. They are good problem solvers.

Key clients

TC Energy Corporation

Kinder Morgan

Phillips 66

Enterprise Pipeline Partners

Targa Resources Partners

DT Midstream

Enbridge

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Tallgrass Energy

Summit Midstream

Work highlights

  • Represented Rockies Express Pipeline in contested proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving the complex jurisdictional relationship between bankruptcy courts and the  FERC.
  • Advised Phillips Pipeline in developing and implementing a response strategy, coordinated data collection and filed a response to a complaint alleging that the company’s pro-rationing policy was unduly discriminatory and that it had colluded with P66 to prevent NGL from procuring propane during the winter months.
  • Acted as project counsel t0 Enbridge and DTE joint venture, Nexus, in defensive efforts against ongoing landowner challenges to the pipeline, as well as providing ongoing commercial and regulatory advice on operations and potential customer agreements.

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 2

Bracewell LLP is highlighted for its ‘excellent guidance’, and is active in high-profile and complex matters in the power industry. The team represents energy companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and arbitration throughout the US and before state and federal regulatory bodies. It has extensive experience in multi-party contested proceedings, including disputes related to compensation for energy infrastructure investment. Houston-based partner Stephen Crain is the firm-wide chair of the litigation group, and Deanna King in Austin co-chairs the energy litigation practice with Andrew Zeve in Houston; Zeve is noted for his expertise in oil and gas disputes. Other key practitioners include bankruptcy expert Bradley Benoit in Houston, and Washington DC-based duo Catherine McCarthy, who chairs the firm’s energy regulatory group, and Michael Brooks, who focuses on commodities and derivatives law.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Crain; Andrew Zeve; Deanna King

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Bracewell team provides excellent guidance digesting the changing priorities among regulators and how the changes can impact clients. The team is also very efficient in the tactical handling of regulatory filings, etc.’

‘The team can take commentary and thoughts and help frame them into targets and goals that can be quantified and tracked.’

Key clients

Powerex Corp.

Tenaska, Inc.

Hilcorp Energy Company

Convergent Energy and Power

Avangrid Networks

Powerex Corp.

Work highlights

  • Representing several Tenaska affiliates in a lawsuit, and serves on the defense steering committee for the MDL litigation in disputes arising from Winter Storm Uri.
  • Advising Powerex Corp. as its US legal advisor in negotiations and proceedings to establish legal and regulatory frameworks for cross-border participation in two wholesale electricity markets in the Western United States.
  • Advising Central Maine Power Company on FERC matters related to the New England Clean Energy Connect $950m transmission project.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

Bracewell LLP has a particularly strong FERC practice and also represents clients before federal appellate and district courts. The group has significant FERC litigation experience, handling multi-party contested proceedings concerning issues such as market design and transmission, and Return-on-Equity disputes, as well as day-to-day counselling. The team works closely with its Policy Resolution group to advise on major renewable energy infrastructure projects, such as offshore wind and electricity transmission. Catherine McCarthy  heads the practice and handles the full range of issues, including centralized markets. The arrival of Rachael Marsh from the FERC in July 2021 has further bolstered the group’s offering, and comes in addition to the arrivals of Anne M. Termine and Theodore Duver from Covington & Burling LLP and Loeb, Block & Partners LLP, respectively. Michael Brooks  and Stephen Hug are also recommended. All lawyers are based in Washington DC, apart from Duver who is based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Catherine McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Deanna King; Stephen Hug; Michael Brooks; David Perlman; David Poe; Cheryl Foley

Testimonials

Bracewell is a superb firm, with excellent energy regulatory expertise and support on transactional work.’

The team is well coordinated, collegial and easy to work with. Very high levels of sophistication, work exceptionally well on comment letters and regulatory policy.’

Good understanding of business risks, and assessing ways to find value through all projects.’

Steve Hug is a tremendous regulatory attorney, with great experience and knowledge. Very intelligent and easygoing. His contributions are always meaningful and drive value.’

Key clients

Equinor Wind (formerly: Statoil Wind)

Powerex Corp. (a sovereign instrumentality of the Province of British Columbia)

Tenaska Clear Creek Wind

Covanta Holding Corporation

Engie North America

Convergent Energy and Power

Central Maine Power Company (CMP)

The United Illuminating Company (UI)

Avangrid Networks

Evergy

Rockland Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising gloabl energy company Equinor Wind on its flagship offshore wind projects in the United States — “Empire Wind” and “Boardwalk Wind”.
  • Advising Covanta Holding Corporation on energy regulatory and FERC matters related to its $5.3bn sale to Swedish infrastructure fund EQT Infrastructure.
  • Representing Shell in certain Western energy markets cases involving long-term contracts that continue to be heavily litigated before FERC.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 2

Ryan Holcomb leads the Bracewell LLP team from Houston and advises private equity investors, energy companies, utilities, financial institutions and commodity trading businesses across the power sector. The team’s broad experience includes generation involving all fuel types, transmission, the acquisition and divestiture of conventional power assets, joint ventures, equity investments, project finance and energy project development. An additional area of strength for the practice is financial products in the power industry, including physical and financial commodity and hedging transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Holcomb

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Varnell; Alan Rafte; Danielle Garbien

Key clients

Entergy Corporation

Rockland Capital

Competitive Power Ventures

NRG Energy

OGE Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to Competitive Power Ventures on the equity sell-down of its majority interest in the CPV Three Rivers Energy Center to Osaka Gas USA, Axium Infrastructure and Harrison Street.
  • Advised NRG Energy on the sale of a portfolio of eight thermal power generating plants in its East and West regions (New York, Connecticut and California) and totalling 4,850MW to ArcLight Capital Partners affiliate, Generation Bridge.
  • Advised Rockland Capital on the sale of a 778MW portfolio of natural gas-fired power facilities.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Led by Alan Rafte and James McAnelly in Houston, the deep bench of oil-and-gas experts at Bracewell LLP covers an array of energy transactional matters, including those related to upstream exploration and development companies; oilfield service businesses; pipeline, storage and terminals companies; refining and petrochemicals companies; and commercial banks, trading houses and private equity investors. The firm is particularly known for energy finance and its strength in cross-border matters, with notable experience in the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the North Sea region, Latin America and Canada.

Practice head(s):

Alan Rafte; James McAnelly

Testimonials

‘Deep subject matter knowledge.’

Key clients

Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC

Phillips 66

Pioneer Natural Resources

Apache Corporation

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

WaterBridge Resources

Howard Energy

Sabalo Energy, LLC

Juniper Capital Advisors

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

Work highlights

  • Representing Navigator CO2 Ventures (aBlackRock Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III portfolio company), in developing an industrial-scale carbon-capture pipeline system.
  • Represented Phillips 66 in the formation of a 50/50 joint venture (Bluewater Texas Terminal), with Trafigura Group so ass to develop an offshore deepwater-port project in the Port of Corpus Christi.
  • Represented Kinder Morgan in its $1.225bn acquisition of Stagecoach Gas Services, a natural gas pipeline and storage joint venture between Consolidated Edison and Crestwood Equity Partners.

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 2

Bringing together strong capabilities in legal and policy matters with knowledge in media relations and lobbying, Bracewell LLP is well positioned to provide the full-range of environmental regulatory advice across the country.  Showcasing extensive experience in issues ranging from air quality and climate change to water quality, waste, endangered species, and wetlands, the department is seen regularly acting for clients from the oil and gas, power, chemicals, mining, technology and manufacturing industries in relation to enforcement defense, major accident response, and legislative matters. Typical mandates also include regulatory advocacy related to infrastructure permitting for oil and natural gas pipelines across the US and Superfund matters. The ‘go-to practice for environmental matters‘ is jointly led by Jason Hutt , who has a wealth of experience in administrative enforcement actions, major industrial incidents and infrastructure permitting, and Clean Air Act and climate change specialist Jeffrey Holmstead . Both sit in the Washington DC office, where Kevin Ewing  stands out for his involvement in permitting-related mandates and climate change issues. Permitting, compliance and enforcement matters in association with onshore and offshore wastewater discharges are key areas of expertise for Sara Burgin  in Austin. Kevin Collins , who is also based in Austin, is counsel of choice for several energy and petrochemical clients in relation to investigations of environmental and process safety incidents. Also in Austin, Timothy Wilkins is seasoned in ESG issues, energy transition and environmental permitting.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hutt; Jeffrey Holmstead

Other key lawyers:

Sara Burgin; Kevin Ewing; Kevin Collins; Ann Navaro; Matthew Paulson; Scott Segal; Whit Swift; Timothy Wilkins; Brittany Pemberton

Testimonials

‘Tim Wilkins stands out a a top notch environmental lawyer.’

‘The team was very well-versed in a regulatory issue that most companies do not deal with on a regular basis, and offered an overview of expectations, process and timing from the beginning. The knowledge of the unique topic at hand provided immediate comfort in an otherwise anxious situation dealing with the federal government.’

‘Each of the individuals on the team complemented each other, had different experiences (unique from a law firm team perspective), and occasionally had competing views which served to facilitate a thorough discussion. Both Bob Wagman and Jason Hutt were excellent at communicating their thoughts and experiences, and setting expectations.’

‘They have attorneys knowledgeable in every area we’ve needed assistance and their involvement has facilitated successful outcomes/results in every case, including without limitation: federal advocacy, state advocacy and SEC reporting.’

‘They have been our go-to practice for environmental matters for well over a decade. They’re smart, efficient, knowledgeable, well connected and have a breadth that spans all our needs, whether state or local and whether emissions or solid waste, for example.’

Key clients

Air Liquide USA, LLC

Sinclair Oil Corporation

Big West Oil, LLC.

Delek U.S. Holdings

Equinor Wind (f/k/a Statoil Wind)

Denka Performance Elastomer

Kinder Morgan, Inc.,

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Par Pacific

Work highlights

  • Advising Equinor on numerous aspects of its US offshore wind development portfolio, including permitting, environmental impact analysis, strategic communications, government affairs, energy regulatory, intellectual property, labor, commercial, real estate and tax.
  • Assisting Gulf Coast Sequestration in obtaining the necessary permits and approvals, including a Class VI Underground Injection Control (“UIC”) permit, for a project that would be the largest carbon capture storage project in the United States, and one of the largest in the world.
  • Representing a coalition of power companies that includes two of the largest three utilities in the country and four other major power companies, which involves extensive advocacy with EPA and legal and regulatory analysis to inform senior company officers about the potential regulatory programs they could be facing in the near future.

Government > Government relations Tier 3

Scott Segal and E. Dee Martin lead the Washington DC-based government relations practice which sits within the wider policy resolution group at Bracewell LLP. Known by peers and the industry for their strong environmental and energy expertise, the team assists utility companies, refiners, renewables and chemical producers in regulatory and legislative issues. The team is also renowned for their expertise in FBI policy issues, and also provides strategic media and professional communication services to its clients. Segal is a key contact in the industry for energy and environmental legislation, leading in climate change policy development. Martin regularly advises corporations, industry coalitions, trade associations, and non-profit organizations through the regulatory and public affairs aspects of governmental advocacy campaigns. Christine Wyman and Joshua Zive are also of note, focusing on policy strategy development and international trade respectively.

Practice head(s):

Scott Segal; E. Dee Martin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally attentive and interested in our company. Great breadth of knowledge and connections in Washington.’

‘Dee Martin is more dedicated and knowledgeable about our company than any consultant we work with. She is impressively available and motivated to pursue our company’s goals.’

‘The team at Bracewell is regularly available to our organization for consultation and strategy sessions. More importantly, the team is immediately available in times of crisis.’

‘Bracewell is the gold standard in Government Relations work of any firm I’ve worked with. They are deeply knowledgeable, highly strategic, and driven by compassionate commitment to the mission of their clients. That combination alongside a stellar team makes them a highly impactful in their work.’

‘I’ve worked with from Bracewell are highly intelligent intellectually and emotionally. None have been driven by ego, but instead a true commitment to our work, and our goals. They each have a unique skill-set that complements the other to make a team that I’ve learned so much from.’

‘We consistently push our ideas to test new ways of raising awareness about our cause within Congress to identify strong allies who can support us long term. The collaborative spirit they showcase in working with other firms is also something to be admired. ‘

‘They are the first to offer a call to another partner firm to get them up to speed, and also first to share ideas, information, and strategies. They come from a place of abundance than a place of scarcity.’

Key clients

FBI Agents Association

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)

Valero Energy Corporation

The Trevor Project

Duke Energy

Energy Forward Coalition (EF)

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

SHINE Medical Technologies

Thai Union Group PCL

Air Liquide USA, LLC

Navigator CO₂ Ventures

FBI Agents Association

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)

Valero Energy Corporation

The Trevor Project

Duke Energy

Energy Forward Coalition (EF)

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

SHINE Medical Technologies

Thai Union Group PCL

Air Liquide USA, LLC

Navigator CO₂ Ventures

Work highlights

  • Representing the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) before the White House, Congress, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on issues that include crime and terrorism prevention, federal appropriations, reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), electronic privacy, and efforts to improve suicide prevention resources for FBI special agents.
  • Advised Valero on issues relating to the manner in which the federal government establishes the compliance obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
  • Represented The Trevor Project on a pro-bono basis in its efforts to establish and implement 9-8-8 as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and to ensure that acutely at-risk groups, including LGBTQ youth, can access specialized services.

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 3

Bracewell LLP 's energy practice handles complex litigation for major companies such as Apache, as well as natural gas suppliers and power generators. It represents clients in arbitration relating to royalty ownership, oil and gas co-tenancies, and royal class actions, among other matters, and has  also been active in commercial disputes arising from winter storm Uri. Practice leadership is split three ways between Houston-based Stephen Crain, who represents a broad range of clients in energy disputes and large-scale construction disputes; Andrew Zeve, based in Houston, who has experience in state and federal courts across the US; and regulatory expert Deanna King, in Austin.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Crain; Andrew Zeve; Deanna King

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Dodson; Bryan Dumesnil; Stephen Benesh; Sean Gorman

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable of 0il & gas/energy law. Very responsive on any question and make time for their clients 24-7 and treat them as the most important (even though we all know we aren’t the only ones) Willing to collaborate with other groups and even competitors as needed.’

Very professional but also treated as a friend and valued customer.’

Key clients

Apache Corporation

Kinder Morgan (Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline and Permian Highway Pipeline)

Manti Equity Partners

Targa Resources

Hilcorp Energy Company

Foro Energy

Rockies Express Pipeline

The Bank of New York Mellon (and certain of its trusts and trustees)

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company

Offshore Exploration and Production

Jacqueline Bradley and the Estate of Ralph L Bradley

Work highlights

  • Represented Apache Corporation in numerous litigation cases during the year, including in the Technology and Construction Court in London.
  • Defending Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Incorporated and Permian Highway Pipeline in two related lawsuits filed in the federal court in Austin, Texas (United States District Court for the Western District of Texas).
  • Serving as lead trial counsel for two BNY Mellon-managed oil and gas royalty-trusts in a securities class action case brought by an investment fund on behalf of the trust’s investors.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Standing out for its 'excellent knowledge of the energy industry', Bracewell LLP is proficient in emerging technologies such as biomass, carbon capture and hydrogen. Focused on renewable energy M&A and project development, the practice is sought after by a myriad of industry participants, ranging from sponsors and developers to private equity funds and contractors. Complex commodity transactions, including solar and wind hedges, virtual and physical power purchase arrangements between independent power producers and utilities is another strong point for the department, which is led from Houston by Ryan Holcomb . Holcomb is seasoned in a variety of transactions involving renewable energy projects, while Alan Rafte - another contact in Houston- leads on transactions involving offshore and onshore wind facilities, carbon sequestration and capture. Danielle Varnell, who is based in Washington DC, is regarded for her experience in renewable energy M&A, including portfolio acquisitions and multi-party joint ventures. Danielle Garbien  in the Los Angeles office is a key advisor to developers, financial institutions, commodities and energy companies in power and renewable energy PPAs and hedging transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ryan S. Holcomb

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Varnell; Danielle Garbien; Alan Rafte; Frank Lee; Laura Sheldon

Testimonials

‘Every lawyer at Bracewell is an energy lawyer. They are both legal and industry experts. Across the energy spectrum.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the energy industry. Careful. Available all of the time.’

Key clients

Invenergy, LLC

Sol Systems LLC

Equinor

Competitive Power Ventures, Inc.

OGE Energy Company

NRG Energy, Inc.

Standard Solar Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Invenergy, LLC in the sale and development of a portfolio of solar plus battery storage projects to a consortium of three Wisconsin utilities.
  • Represented Sol Systems LLC in a transaction that included a significant minority investment in Sol Systems LLC from KKR to scale the company’s Impact + Infrastructure approach and a joint venture between Sol Systems and KKR pursuant to which KKR committed up to $1bn to acquire shovel-ready solar development projects throughout the United States.
  • Chief outside project counsel to Equinor Wind (f/k/a Statoil Wind), a global energy company, concerning its flagship offshore wind projects in the United States: Empire Wind I and II and Beacon Wind, which lie in federal waters offshore New York and Massachusetts.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 3

With extensive experience in environmental litigation before state and federal courts across the US, Bracewell LLP is skilled at handling bet-the-company civil, administrative and criminal proceedings on behalf of clients from a range of industries, with a particular focus on the energy sector. The firm excels in assembling cross-office teams to handle major environmental cases involving air, water, waste, climate change and infrastructure development, and negotiating the resolution of enforcement cases opposite EPA and the Department of Justice. The department is jointly led by Jason Hutt  in Washington DC, whose experience covers major industrial accidents, multi-party and multi-media environmental cases and enforcement actions, and Austin-based Kevin Collins , who is counsel of choice for leading energy and petrochemical clients. Also in DC, Kevin Ewing  is another key contact for energy companies, while Jeffrey Holmstead  is singled out for his expertise in air and climate change matters. Ann Navaro  is a solid litigator who is regularly engaged in permitting and enforcement-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hutt; Kevin Collins

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Ewing; Ann Navaro; Jeffrey Holmstead; David Super; Timothy Wilkins; Brittany Pemberton

Testimonials

‘An excellent firm that still brings value for their fees.’

‘Tim Wilkins is a top-notch environmental lawyer.’

Key clients

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

City of Chicago

Eni US Operating Co. Inc. and Eni Petroleum US LLC

Venoco Liquidating Trust

Sinclair Oil Corporation

Big West Oil, LLC

Delek U.S. Holdings

Byhalia Pipeline LLC

EOG Resources, Inc.

Equinor Wind (f/k/a Statoil Wind)

Quala

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Airgas USA LLC

Par Pacific

Work highlights

  • Defending Equinor Wind (formerly known as Statoil Wind) against legal challenges to federal authorizations held by Equinor that form the basis for multiple utility-scale offshore wind projects on the Atlantic Coast.
  • Representing Eni US Operating Co. Inc. and Eni Petroleum US LLC, as predecessors in interest to certain debtors, in Fieldwood Energy LLC, Case No. 20-33948 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2020) pursuant to a 2018 sale of offshore oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Representing EOG in Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management (D. N.M.) — litigation challenging the issuance of certain oil and gas leases held by EOG in New Mexico.

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 3

With environmental practitioners in Washington DC and Texas, Bracewell LLP provides advice across the United States to a plethora of clients, including companies active in key sectors such as chemicals, renewables, mining, technology and construction. The team stands out for its strength in renewable energy and energy transition issues, advising multiple developers and infrastructure funds on commercial-scale projects, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and investments. Recent mandates have also seen the group support EHS-related due diligence on major business transactions involving complex environmental issues, and assists clients in ESG disclosure requirements and transparency. Jason Hutt  in Washington DC is a key name for environmental issues associated with project development and infrastructure permitting. He jointly heads up the environment, lands and resources team with Austin-based Timothy Wilkins, whose areas of activity include ESG issues, climate change and assistance with the environmental aspects of major transactions. Kevin Ewing  in DC is recommended for environmental and climate change disclosures under the SEC laws.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hutt; Timothy Wilkins

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Ewing

Key clients

USA BioEnergy

Navigator CO2 Ventures, LLC

Starlight Relativity Acquisition Company LLC

Equinor Wind

Eni US Operating Co. Inc. and Eni Petroleum US LLC

Rockland Capital, LP

NRG Energy, Inc.

Sol Systems

Standard Solar Inc.

Invenergy, LLC

Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing USA BioEnergy, a developer of renewable energy projects specializing in the conversion of waste in liquid fuels including ASTM-grade diesel and jet fuel, incorporating carbon capture and sequestration.
  • Representing Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC, a portfolio company of BlackRock Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III, in connection with transactions and agreements necessary to develop an industrial scale carbon capture pipeline system (CCS).
  • Advising Equinor on its ground-breaking $1.1bn transaction with bp plc to form a joint venture for the development of a US offshore wind portfolio.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) Tier 4

Bracewell LLP‘s signature energy practice supplies a steady stream of oil and gas-related appeals. In a highlight example, the firm is representing Apache Corporation against Apollo Exploration in an appeal before the Supreme Court of Texas. Other areas of activity for the team include insurance, toxic torts, IP and environmental cases. Houston-based group chair Warren Harris is among the most active appellate lawyers in Texas — he also practices in appellate courts across the country. Houston-based Yvonne Ho is also noted for her focus on appellate litigation.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Bracewell has a team of gifted lawyers. They don’t take any and every case. Only ones they believe in.’

Warren Harris has a gift to explain very complicated matters in terms people understand. His preparation is unparalleled.

Associate Walter Simons is a talent of the ages when it comes to writing. Walter can somehow turn a 25-page appellate brief into something easy and enjoyable to read.’

Key clients

KBR, Inc.

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Apache Corporation

Axiall Corporation

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

Vopak

Weatherford International LLC

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company

Juniper Capital

KBR, Inc.

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Apache Corporation

Axiall Corporation

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

Vopak

Weatherford International LLC

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company

Juniper Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented three Jane Doe plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Facebook after they became victims of sex trafficking through their use of Facebook and Instagram.
  • Successfully represented Apache against Apollo Exploration in a significant oil and gas case — the case is now on appeal at the Texas Supreme Court.
  • Represented Westlake Chemical Corporation in a breach of contract suit against James Construction Group.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Bracewell LLP fields a team of deeply experienced practitioners under the leadership of Washington DC’s Stephen Braga. It is well versed in government investigations and caters to both corporate and individual clients. Key areas of focus for the practice include enforcement actions, compliance, monitorships, fraud and antitrust issues. Braga has considerable experience in defending clients in criminal and civil matters before trial and appellate courts. Seth DuCharme joined in New York from the DOJ in May 2021, and Anne M. Termine joined in Washington DC from Covington & Burling LLP in June 2021. Paul Shechtman left the firm in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Braga

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Jones; Jeffery Vaden; Kevin Collins; Matthew Nielsen; Seth DuCharme; Anne M. Termine

Testimonials

‘The subject matter expertise is excellent.’

‘Excellent and thoughtful counsel who are adept at identifying the unintended consequences of all issues.’

‘Bracewell has a deep bench, and I would be very comfortable recommending the firm to clients.’

‘My primary contact is Matt Nielsen and he is excellent.’

‘I value Matt Nielsen highly for his keen intellect, impeccable judgment, reliability, grace under pressure, and work ethic.’

Key clients

Urooj Rahman

Isai Scheinberg

Jose Carlos Grubisich

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Cementaid International Marketing, Ltd.

Choice Advisors LLC

Crews & Associates, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on behalf of Urooj Rahman, one of two lawyers accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into an empty police car during a May 2020 protest sparked by the death of George Floyd.
  • Representing George’s Inc. and its CEO in connection with a federal grand jury investigation into allegations of price-fixing and bid-rigging in the broiler chicken industry.
  • Defended Franz H. Muller-Huber, the president of a US-based company, on foreign bribery, wire fraud and money laundering charges, in connection with his alleged participation in a scheme to corruptly secure business advantages.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Bracewell LLP is primarily known for representing energy businesses and financial institutions in capital markets offerings. It has a niche in advising community banking organisations and is a growing force in representing underwriters. The firm is noted for capital markets offerings by electric and gas utilities, along with MLPs. Houston partners William Anderson and Charles Still are experienced names in energy sector capital markets transactions, with New York partners Todd Eckland and Catherine Hood providing additional senior-level experience in investment grade and high-yield debt deals in a variety of sectors; both are also close to key underwriters. Troy Harder is another key partner in Houston.

Practice head(s):

William Anderson; Charles Still

Other key lawyers:

Troy Harder; Catherine Hood; Todd Eckland

Key clients

Apache Corporation

DT Midstream

Underwriters for DTE Energy Company and DTE Electric Company

Investors in DTE Gas Company’s private placement of bonds

Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Phillips 66

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation

Underwriters for Spire Inc.

Veritex Holdings, Inc.

Woodforest Financial Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Kinder Morgan in several transactions, including the company’s public offering of $1.25bn of senior notes.
  • Represented Phillips 66 in its public offering of $1.75bn of senior notes..
  • Represented Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC in its debut offering of $1.4bn of senior notes.

Finance > Commercial lending

With a strong standing in the Texas market, Bracewell LLP‘s finance practice is focused on the energy sector; the firm represents lending banks, private equity companies and energy providers in the financing of upstream, midstream and downstream energy projects. The Houston office houses much of the national team, including joint departmental leads Dewey Gonsoulin Jr , Heather Brown  and Alan Rafte, though the firm also has offerings in Austin, Dallas and Washington DC. In New York, Robin Miles , also a co-practice head, recently lead a team that advised MUFG Union Bank on a$1.7bn unsecured revolving credit facility to Continental Resources, Inc.

Practice head(s):

Dewey Gonsoulin Jr.; Heather Brown; Alan Rafte; Robin Miles

Other key lawyers:

Kate Day; Stephanie Koo Song; Martha Kammoun

Key clients

DT Midstream, Inc.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

DCP Midstream Operating, LP

Ferrellgas, L.P.

Société Générale

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Equinor Wind Services LLC

Citibank, N.A.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

The Carlyle Group

Crédit Agricole

DT Midstream, Inc.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

DCP Midstream Operating, LP

Ferrellgas, L.P.

Société Générale

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Equinor Wind Services LLC

Citibank, N.A.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

The Carlyle Group

Crédit Agricole

DT Midstream, Inc.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

DCP Midstream Operating, LP

Ferrellgas, L.P.

Société Générale

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Equinor Wind Services LLC

Citibank, N.A.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

The Carlyle Group

Crédit Agricole

DT Midstream, Inc.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

DCP Midstream Operating, LP

Ferrellgas, L.P.

Société Générale

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Equinor Wind Services LLC

Citibank, N.A.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

The Carlyle Group

Crédit Agricole

DT Midstream, Inc.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

DCP Midstream Operating, LP

Ferrellgas, L.P.

Société Générale

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Equinor Wind Services LLC

Citibank, N.A.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

The Carlyle Group

Crédit Agricole

DT Midstream, Inc.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

DCP Midstream Operating, LP

Ferrellgas, L.P.

Société Générale

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Equinor Wind Services LLC

Citibank, N.A.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

The Carlyle Group

Crédit Agricole

Work highlights

  • Represented DT Midstream, Inc in a $750m revolving credit facility and $1 billion term loan B.
  • Represented Kinder Morgan, Inc., in a $3.5bn unsecured revolving credit facility with Barclays Bank PLC.
  • Represented Ferrellgas, L.P. in its $650m aggregate principal amount of 5.375% senior notes due 2026.

Finance > Project finance

Bracewell LLP has a long-established presence in the Texas market, and as such possesses significant experience in the financing of traditional energy projects, including power generation facilities, upstream and midstream oil and gas, refineries and petrochemical facilities. Beyond traditional energy, the department handles substantial matters in the renewables space; as a recent example; New York's Martha Kammoun and Houston-based Alan Rafte advised Equinor on its offshore wind projects Empire Wind I and II and Beacon Wind. Houston partner Thomas Tomlinson  leads the national team and advises investors, sponsors and lenders across a range of areas. Hans Dyke departed in April 2021 to take up an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Tomlinson

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Holcomb; Danielle Garbien; Martha Kammoun; Alan Rafte; Nicolai Sarad; Fernando Rodriguez

Testimonials

‘The team of Project Finance I work with at Bracewell has very broad experience in infrastructure and energy work. They have advised on a variety of matters in connection with our projects, including corporate, IP, financing, and labor. What makes them unique is the close monitoring of billed hours to make sure the client’s expectation is met.’

‘Nicolai Sarad and Fernando Rodrigues have a lot of experience in the infrastructure and energy projects. Not only they are very engaged through the process, but also they oversee the work of other team members to ensure that it is being provided efficiently. What really stand out about Nick and Fernando is that they really care about the product of the work. In other words, they are not looking to close the deal and move to the next project; rather, they make sure that the client is happy with the work and assist on numerous other tasks after the work is done.’

‘The team was knowledgeable, professional, and responsive. They were clearly experienced with the subject matter, and they worked effectively with our team throughout the entire process.’

‘The individuals we worked with were personable, and proactive. Nicolai Sarad and Fernando Rodriguez, in particular, were a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Equinor

Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC) and certain affiliates

Phillips 66

Standard Solar Inc.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Sol Systems LLC

Targa Resources

Work highlights

  • Represented Equinor as US counsel in its $1.1bn agreement to sell to BP a 50 percent interest in the Empire Wind project and the Beacon Wind project off the US East Coast.
  • Representing a national logistics and operations company in the formation of a joint venture with a large independent petroleum refiner for the purposes of constructing, owning and operating a renewable diesel facility in Louisiana.
  • Representing Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC, a portfolio company of BlackRock Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III, in developing an industrial scale carbon capture pipeline system (CCS).

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Bracewell LLP, the immigration practice is led by highly rated Victoria Garcia in San Antonio and has experience acting for both domestic and large multinational companies. The group advises on visa issues, particularly visas for Canada, Mexico and Peru, investigations by the Department of Homeland Security and employment related business immigration work, alongside asylum and refugee issues. The team also advises domestic and international clients on EB-5 investor programs.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Garcia

Testimonials

‘This practice group is proactive – keeping us updated on trends and actions by the USCIS and Executive Orders. I appreciate their diversity of backgrounds and the efficiencies they have developed on billing. I also appreciated being able to use DocuSign during this year – it really made a difference!’

‘Bracewell LLP is very hands-on in all aspects of the Immigrant Employment and Permanent Residence processes. No question is too small or simple for the team to take the time to answer. The amount of Immigration expertise possessed by the legal team quickly establishes credibility and confidence in their recommendations for our company and employees. With the many changes that were made throughout the global pandemic and amid the administration change, Bracewell LLP did an amazing job of keeping us aware of the impact these changes would have on our company and our employees, and how best to address them.’

‘Victoria Garcia – One of Victoria’s many strengths is to take extremely complex legal decisions and explain them in terms that both the employee and employer representatives can understand. Mrs. Garcia is incredibly flexible with her schedule and makes herself available with very short notice for calls with our sponsored employees.’

Key clients

Valero Energy Corporation

NuStar Services Company, LLC

Calpine Corporation

City of San Antonio Acting by and through City Public Service Board (CPS Energy)

Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Sirius Computer Solutions

Circle K (formerly CST Services LLC and Valero Retail Holdings Inc.)

Phalanx International (USA), Inc.

Food Safety Net Services, Ltd.

LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc.

Valero Energy Corporation

NuStar Services Company, LLC

Calpine Corporation

City of San Antonio Acting by and through City Public Service Board (CPS Energy)

Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Sirius Computer Solutions

Circle K (formerly CST Services LLC and Valero Retail Holdings Inc.)

Phalanx International (USA), Inc.

Food Safety Net Services, Ltd.

LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Valero Energy Corporation in all matters related to immigration.
  • Representing NuStar Services Company, LLC in all matters related to immigration.
  • Representing Sirius Computer Solutions in all matters related to immigration.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

Bracewell LLP continues to be highly active in the IT outsourcing space, providing advice to clients on software-as-a-service deals and data use and research agreements. The Houston-based practice also handles business process outsourcing for clients in Texas and beyond, in sectors including education, mining and aviation. Jeffrey Andrews leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Andrews

Testimonials

‘Jeff Andrews and his team are excellent at what they do. They listen extremely well, are very flexible and adapt to client needs while ensuring that their clients understand both best market practice as well as risks to positions presented by them.’

‘The team stays up to speed on an ever-changing and maturing market. They are fast, responsive, and stay ahead of client needs both recognizing the necessity for speed and the importance of quality.’

Key clients

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

PTSD Foundation of America

The Menninger Clinic

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

PTSD Foundation of America

The Menninger Clinic

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised a major US airline in structuring and negotiating strategic IT agreements and telecommunications agreements, including premise software license agreements; cloud services agreements for Software as a Service (SaaS).
  • Advised Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC in structuring and negotiating strategic sourcing agreements for the supply of goods and services as diverse as steel, cable, transformers, engineering services and field services.
  • Represented the PTSD Foundation of America in the negotiation of a data use and collaboration agreement with SAS Institute Inc.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Bracewell LLP‘s team has a track record of acting for energy companies, but also represents other national and multinational corporations, mid-sized companies and small businesses, as well as individuals in contentious matters. The group has experience acting in the full life cycle of disputes, from pre-litigation negotiation through jury trial, bench trial and appeal, and also covers mediation, arbitration and other ADRs. Practice head Stephen Crain and Bradley Benoit are key contacts in energy-related disputes. Christopher Dodson has an excellent courtroom presence'. Sean Gorman is also noted. All aforementioned individuals are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Crain

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Benoit; Stephen Benesh; Sean Gorman; Christopher Dobson; David Ball

Testimonials

‘Bracewell is thoughtful, creative and solutions-oriented. They always outhustle other firms and find interesting ways to look at problems that are outside the ‘standard answer.’

‘David Ball stands out amongst other lawyers. David is an exceedingly valuable and effective advisor and advocate. He has a creative mind and quickly sees the opportunities and risks in each situation. David stands out amongst his peers in his even-tempered style and razor-sharp insight. David always understands the playing field and has a thoughtful strategy to advance his client’s interests. David is attentive, available and always engaged.’

‘Bracewell has a deep bench of very strong trial lawyers who can try all kinds of cases.’

‘Stephen Crain is very experienced and highly effective in handling large-scale energy disputes of all kinds.’

‘Chris Dodson has an excellent courtroom presence.’

‘Bracewell’s dispute resolution team aggressively advocated during arbitration, and gracefully pivoted toward an amicable settlement. The firm did not overstaff the matter, and was incredibly responsive. Their work was top-notch and they were eager to partner with me to best position our client.’

‘Stephen Crain is practical, no-nonsense and results-oriented. He’s got a great rapport with contacts at the key dispute tribunals and quickly earned my trust. At the end of the day, Crain made sure he understood and was guided by the complex business variables at play during the course of the process. He’s a straight shooter with an incredible talent for delivering favorable outcomes for his clients.’

Key clients

Apache Corporation

BMC Software, Inc., a KKR portfolio company

Kinder Morgan, Inc., Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC and Permian Highway Pipeline LLC

City of Houston, Texas

Vopak North America

Southern Copper Corporation

Hilcorp Energy Company

The Bank of New York Mellon and certain of its trusts and trustees

Tenaska Power Services Co.; Tenaska, Inc.; Tenaska Gateway Partners; Tenaska Frontier Partners; and Kiowa Power Partners.

Natixis, New York Branch

Prosperity Bank

Pilot Water Solutions LLC and Pilot Water Solutions Permian LLC

Work highlights

  • Defending Apache Corporation in numerous litigations, including in the Technology and Construction Court in London in a case arising in the context of depressed oil and gas prices.
  • Defending Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC, Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Permian Highway Pipeline LLC in two related lawsuits filed in federal court in Austin, Texas, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.
  • Representing BMC Software in a lawsuit against the global IT giant IBM, after IBM unlawfully replaced the BMC mainframe software products licensed by AT&T, with IBM’s own products.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

Bracewell LLP frequently handles challenging, high-stakes securities matters, including shareholder derivative suits and regulatory enforcement actions, on behalf of public and private companies, underwriters, boards of directors and individual executives and officers. Tony Visage in Houston leads the practice, which represents handles lawsuits filed in federal and state courts throughout the US and before governmental agencies. Stephen Benesh in Austin recently acted as lead trial counsel for the Bank of New York Mellon and certain of its trusts and trustees in connection with securities class action cases brought against the Bank or trusts managed by the bank. Bradley Benoit in Houston also plays a central role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Tony Visage

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Pilot Water Solutions LLC

Southern Copper Corporation

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A.

The Bank of New York Mellon and certain of its trusts and trustees

Gates Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Represented Pilot Water Solutions LLC (PWS) – a subsidiary of the Pilot Travel Centers LLC – in a suit by a minority interest holder to enjoin a significant transaction from closing.
  • Representing Southern Copper Corporation in a derivative lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery relating to certain construction contracts, contracts for the purchase and sale of minerals, and transportation contracts entered into between Southern Copper’s subsidiaries and subsidiaries of Grupo México.
  • Representing Bank of New York Mellon and certain of its trusts and trustees in connection with securities class action cases brought against the Bank or trusts managed by the bank.

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 5

Houston-based duo Constance Gall Rhebergen and Brad Chin co-head Bracewell LLP's patent prosecution group, which is particularly renowned for its skills in the management and strategic development of international patent portfolios, as well as for its clout in the technology and energy sectors. The firm's national footprint also extends to its other offices in Austin, New York and Seattle. Douglas Rommelmann, also based in Houston, brings in additional expertise representing clients in contested USPTO proceedings, including inter partes review proceedings.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Apache Corporation

Tetra Technologies

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Eyedetec Medical, Inc.

Freschfield

CSG Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Saudi Aramco on more than 7,000 international patent prosecution matters, including patents covering upstream and downstream oil technologies, as well as drilling equipment, polymers, chemicals, medical instruments, nanotechnology, and robotics.
  • Advised Cheniere on technology-related agreements and developing internal policies and procedures to assist Cheniere with its intellectual property asset management.
  • Advised Freshfield on all aspects of intellectual property protection, including global strategic portfolio management.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 5

Bracewell LLP counts energy and utilities companies, such as J&J Maintenance, Cheniere Energy and Apache Corporation, among its key roster of clients. The team advises on a range executive compensation and employee benefits issues relating to corporate, partnership and LLC transactions. Matthew Grunert, who acts for public and closely held companies, private equity funds and portfolio companies, jointly leads the practice alongside the ‘excellentScott Sanders, who represented Crescent Real Estate LLC in its acquisition of The Hotel at Avalon. Both partners are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Grunert; Scott Sanders

Testimonials

‘Scott Sanders is excellent.’

Key clients

J&J Maintenance, Inc.

Pioneer Bancshares, Inc.

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Apache Corporation

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Prosperity Bancshares

Pilot Travel Centers LLC

Crescent Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Represented Crescent Real Estate LLC in its acquisition of The Hotel at Avalon, a 330-room luxury Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, including employee benefits and executive compensation matters.
  • Advising Pioneer Bancshares, Inc. in its merger with FirstSun Capital Bancorp (FirstSun), holding company of Sunflower Bank, N.A., including benefits and compensation matters.
  • Assisted Apache in connection with amending and restating its Income Continue Plan.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

Working across multiple US sites, the Houston-headquartered Bracewell LLP is a strong choice for a number of high profile energy sector players seeking assistance in transactions and on complex advisory issues. Carbon capture ventures, solar and wind transactions, and renewable incentives such as federal tax credits are all key strengths for the ‘knowledgable and commercially oriented‘ team. Managing partner Gregory Bopp handles capital markets deals for midstream and upstream energy clients, including master limited partnerships, while Todd Greenwalt’s practice focuses on governmental bodies and tax-exempt organizations. In New York, tax chair Elizabeth McGinley ’s broad conventional and renewable energy sector experience is complemented by niche expertise in carbon capture projects. Austin-based Victoria Ozimek specializes in state and local government financings, including bond issuances for multifamily housing ventures. All named lawyers are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth McGinley; Gregory Bopp

Other key lawyers:

Todd Greenwalt; Victoria Ozimek

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable about energy and corporate tax law and structuring, but also very commercially-oriented.’

Key clients

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Philips 66

Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation

Pilot Water Solutions LLC, an affiliate of Pilot Company

Sol Systems, LLC

Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners

City of Houston, Texas Airport System

USA BioEnergy

City of Arlington, Texas

Houston Endowment

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

Alamito Public Facilities Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Kinder Morgan, Inc. in its $1.225bn acquisition of 100 percent of the equity of Stagecoach Gas Services LLC, a natural gas pipeline and storage joint venture between Consolidated Edison, Inc. and Crestwood Equity Partners LP.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Bracewell LLP remains noted for its handling of restructuring and bankruptcy matters; it has particular expertise in energy, maritime and international restructurings. In addition, it is trusted to oversee advisory to private investment funds, financial institutions, commercial lenders and institutional investors. The Houston-based practice is led by William Wood III who has a breadth of experience in out-of-court restructurings, asset purchase sales and bankruptcy litigation. Robert Burns and Jason Cohen are other notable individuals.

Practice head(s):

William A. Wood III

Other key lawyers:

Robert Burns; Jason Cohen; Mark Dendinger; Nick Sarad

Testimonials

‘Knowledge and collaboration.’

‘Knowledge; personal interaction; attention to detail.’

‘Nick Sarad and Mark Dedinger are among the most talented attorneys I have ever worked with. Their knowledge of corporate and bankruptcy law is unsurpassed.’

Key clients

Bank of Oklahoma Financial, N.A.

Echo Energy Partners I, LLC

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Eni Petroleum

Natixis, New York Branch

Venoco LLC

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, an affiliate of TC Energy Corporation

GP Invitation Fund I, LP

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Bank of Oklahoma Financial, N.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Echo Energy Partners as the debtor in the Chapter 11 US bankruptcy case in the Southern District of Texas, with a debtor-in-possession financing approved for $8.5m.
  • Represented Eni US Operating Co. Inc. and Eni Petroleum US LLC, as predecessors in interest to certain debtors in In re Fieldwood Energy LLC.
  • Represented Natixis, New York Branch, as administrative agent of and co-lender to a senior secured RBL credit agreement, in jointly administered Chapter 11 proceedings of oil and gas company MDC Texas Energy, LLC and its related debtor affiliates.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 6

At Bracewell LLP, the client roster encompasses major corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms in addition to expanding small and mid-cap businesses. The Houston-based team includes William Anderson, a veteran of numerous M&A and capital markets transactions in addition to SEC compliance and disclose affairs; he co-leads the offering alongside Charles Still, a specialist in energy-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Will Anderson; Charles Still

Other key lawyers:

Cleland Dade; Troy Harder; Jason Jean

Key clients

Phillips 66

DCP Midstream

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Apache Corporation

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

Evercore Group L.L.C.

Altus Midstream Company

Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC

DT Midstream, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) in the $1.225bn acquisition of Stagecoach Gas Services LLC, a natural gas pipeline and storage joint venture between Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED) and Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP).
  • Represented Holly Energy Partners (HEP) in the acquisition by HollyFrontier Corporation and HEP in the acquisition and combination with Sinclair Oil.
  • Represented Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC in its debut offering of $1.4bn of senior notes.

The firm: Bracewell LLP is a leading law and government relations firm primarily serving the energy, infrastructure, finance and technology sectors throughout the world. Its industry focus results in comprehensive state-of-the-art knowledge of the commercial, legal and governmental challenges faced by clients and enables the firm’s lawyers to provide innovative solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

Main areas of practice
Energy: Bracewell is consistently at the forefront of developments across the energy value chain. It is unmatched in its ability to provide a comprehensive offering for market players given the significant number of Bracewell lawyers who are focused in each aspect of this sector.

In the oil and gas sector, the firm represents upstream exploration and development companies; oilfield service businesses; pipeline, storage and terminals companies; refining and chemicals companies; commercial banks, trading houses, investors and private equity investors involved in oil and gas; and investment banks, other intermediaries and strategic advisors to oil and gas companies and investors.

The power team represents utilities, independent power producers, retail electric businesses, commodity trading houses and investors in a wide range of transactions and regulatory and compliance matters relating to conventional and renewable power sources and transmission.

The firm has also developed targeted practices — such as regulatory, environment, tax, intellectual property, and strategic communications — to serve our energy clients. Its industry focus enables it to maintain cutting- edge experience and in-depth knowledge of the commercial, legal and regulatory challenges faced by its clients, so that it can provide the most effective legal solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

We Know Energy®.

Infrastructure: Bracewell has one of the largest and most experienced infrastructure teams in the United States. Its lawyers have played leading roles at every stage in the procurement, structuring, development, financing, operations purchase and sale of major infrastructure projects around the country and in significant markets globally, including energy, transportation, social infrastructure, hospitality, arts, sports venues and other projects. Clients rely on Bracewell to help them achieve their most ambitious goals. Many of these projects are unique, innovative or first-of-their-kind.

Finance: Bracewell is well known for advising borrowers and lenders on billions of dollars of financial transactions every year. It assists clients in various forms of secured and unsecured transactions, including project finance, acquisition finance, syndicated lending, structured finance, leveraged finance, reserved-based lending, bridge financings to facilitate capital markets access, equipment finance and leasing. Furthermore, the firm’s finance attorneys assist clients in various stages of a lending transaction, including refinancings and restructurings (including out-of-court restructurings) of existing loans, debtor in possession (DIP) financings, and exit financings for both borrower and lender clients. The firm boasts a large energy finance team with in-depth knowledge across the entire energy finance spectrum, including upstream, midstream, downstream, exploration and production, refining, oil field services, commodities, chemicals, and renewables and conventional power.

Technology: Bracewell’s technology team utilizes a well-rounded approach to facilitate protection of technology assets to align with the long term goals of the client. The firm provides practical coverage in all areas of technology and intellectual property, with established practitioners who file, prosecute and litigate patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and provide advice and support on an array of transactional or adversarial matters. Bracewell lawyers also counsel on outsourcing, licensing, technology transfers and joint venture agreements. The firm is particularly active in core industries around the globe, including energy, technology, finance and retail.

Litigation: For 75 years, Bracewell’s litigators have excelled in courtrooms across the United States and internationally, earning the respect of both judges and adversaries. The team is known for representing industry leaders, across many sectors, in their most high-profile and complex matters. This includes commercial, securities, patent, white-collar, international arbitration, environment and energy litigation, as well as appellate issues that arise from these matters.

Government relations: The firm’s government relations practice is housed within its Policy Resolution Group, which includes lawyers, government relations specialists and strategic communications professionals. It offers a seamless integration of these skill sets and a depth of knowledge unparalleled in Washington, DC, which makes Bracewell’s offering unique among government relations firms. The team has vast and diverse industry experience, with notable influence in energy and environment, namely utilities, oil and gas, and renewables, national security and consumer products.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Business & Regulatory Section G. Alan Raftealan.rafte@bracewell.com713 221 1411
Litigation Section Stephen B. Crainstephen.crain@bracewell.com713 221 1305
Technology Section Constance Gall Rhebergenconstance.rhebergen@bracewell.com713 221 3306
Policy Resolution Group E. Dee Martindee.martin@bracewell.com202 828 5818
Policy Resolution Group Scott H Segalscott.segal@bracewell.com202 828 5845
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