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Bracewell LLP

711 LOUISIANA STREET, STE 2300, HOUSTON, TX 77002, USA
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G Alan Rafte

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Work +1.713.221.1411
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www.bracewell.com/people/g-alan-rafte
Bracewell LLP

Work Department

Energy

Position

Alan Rafte serves clients in transactions that involve upstream oil and gas projects; gas and liquids pipelines and facilities; merchant electric generation facilities; electric utilities; and energy commodity trading. He represents utilities, private equity investors, financial institutions and commodity trading businesses in transactions that include acquisitions and divestitures of assets and companies, joint venture arrangements, structured finance, leveraged finance, project development and project finance.

Career

Alan Rafte is chair of the firm's business and regulatory practice.

Education

J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1979; B.A., Syracuse University, 1976


United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Bracewell LLP is focused on energy and infrastructure project finance transactions in the US, acting for both lenders and sponsors. New York-based Ron Erlichman, who jointly heads the team with Thomas Tomlinson in Houston, led advice for AP Energy Holdings and South Field Energy, affiliates of Advanced Power, on the financing and equity arrangements for the construction of the $1.3bn South Field Energy project, a 1182MW combined-cycle natural gas and electric generating facility located near Wellsville, Ohio. Erlichman and Houston-based Jessica Adkins, who is co-chair of the power projects practice group, acted for Coöperatieve Rabobank, National Australian Bank, and Siemens Financial Services as lenders in relation to the construction loan and credit facility for the Canadian Breaks project, a greenfield wind farm in the Texas panhandle situated approximately 30 miles west of Amarillo. In addition, Tomlinson and recently promoted partner Jeris Brunette, who is based in New York, advised YCI Methanol One on the renegotiation of its construction project finance agreements to accommodate its definitive investment agreement with Koch Methanol Investments (Koch Methanol), where Koch Methanol acquired an indirect minority equity interest in YCI Methanol One. Robin Miles, Nicolai Sarad and Fernando Rodriguez Marin in New York are also recommended, as are Houston-based Alan Rafte and Hans Dyke in Washington DC. Associates Paul McBride in New York and Jason Keating in Houston are also names to note.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Within: Leading lawyers

Alan Rafte - Bracewell LLP

Within: Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Bracewell LLP is instructed by participants at every stage of the oil and gas chain, including upstream exploration and development companies, oil field service businesses, pipeline, storage and terminals companies, refining and chemicals companies, and commercial and investment banks and trading houses. Alan Rafte, who divides time between Houston, New York and London, chairs the firm’s business and regulatory department, and Houston-based James McAnelly acts for energy-sector companies in a wide range of transactions. Of late, Rafte advised HPS Investment Partners and Kingfisher Midstream on a merger agreement between Kingfisher, Silver Run Acquisition Corporation and Alta Mesa Holdings, which created a combined company valued at approximately $3.8bn.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Bracewell LLP remains a big name in energy sector transactions, particularly midstream and upstream oil and gas deals. It has extensive experience in transactions involving master limited partnerships (MLPs), a business venture structure often used in the oil and gas sector. Notable recent deals include advising Great Plains Energy on its amended merger agreement with Westar Energy for a $15bn stock-for-stock merger of equals. It also advised HPS Investment Partners and Kingfisher Midstream on a merger agreement between Kingfisher, Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II and Alta Mesa Holdings, with the combined company being renamed Alta Mesa Resources. In another headline oil and gas transaction, it represented Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline in the joint venture and transportation agreements with DCP Midstream for the $1.7bn Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Project. Managing partner Gregory Bopp is a prominent practitioner, particularly in deals involving MLPs. Cleland Dade, Charles Still, William Anderson, Jason Jean, Troy Harder, Gary Orloff,  Alan Rafte and New York-based John Klauberg are also key members of the team. All named partners are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

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