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February 1, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP represented Venoco, Inc. in a restructuring that was named the Out-of-Court Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $500 Million) at the 10th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards. The Annual Turnaround Awards assembles the leading distressed investing, restructuring and turnaround deal-making professionals to honor their excellence. Bracewell provided legal advice to Venoco in a series of strategic transactions, including $250 million of new financings...
January 26, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP ranked in the top 15 in InfraDeals’ project finance league tables for the year 2015. The firm placed #6 in the North America Brownfield and M&A Legal Advisory by Value category for its 2015 transactions, valued $3.1 billion. Bracewell ranked #9 in the North America Brownfield and M&A Legal Advisory by Deal Count. Additionally, Bracewell ranked #15 in USA Renewables: Financial and Legal Advisory by Value for working on transactions valued at $465...
January 22, 2016
HOUSTON – A pair of Bracewell deals were named by Houston Business Journal as 2015 Deals of the Year, which were announced at HBJ’s inaugural Deals of the Year awards on January 21, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Winners were announced in each of HBJ’s 10 categories with all 47 finalists being honored. MFAH Breaks Ground on New Campus was honored as the Hospitality & Tourism Deal of the Year, while Allegiance Bank Completes IPO was named Banking &...
January 20, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell Partner Kurt A. Mayr was elected to the International Insolvency Institute, which is a non-profit, limited-membership organization dedicated to advancing and promoting insolvency as a respected discipline in the international field. Mayr, who was named managing partner of the firm’s Connecticut office in October 2015, represents creditors, debtors and other major stakeholders in domestic and cross-border financial restructuring matters. His assignments have...
January 20, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell had its trademark practice recognized by Globe Business Publishing’s World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2016. The firm’s Washington trademark group was ranked in the Bronze category, which designates practices highly praised by sources and among the most competitive in the field. The firm’s Washington practice was noted as becoming “a great hit in the region thanks to its client-focused approach,...
January 19, 2016
HOUSTON – The Houston-based international law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP today announced that by amicable agreement, Rudolph W. Giuliani will be leaving the firm effective January 19, 2016. Going forward the firm will be referred to as Bracewell, a brand by which the firm is already internationally known. “After a decade in which Rudy helped us build what is now a very successful and thriving New York office, we thank Rudy and wish him our very best,” said Mark C....
January 14, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell represented Southern Waste Systems/Sun Recycling (SWS), a leading provider of waste services in south Florida, on the antitrust aspects of the acquisition of certain of SWS’s business assets by Waste Management Inc. of Florida, following antitrust clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice. Under the transaction terms, Houston-based Waste Management acquired operations and assets at 12 SWS facilities located in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties...
January 12, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell represented the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the general partner of Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP (TEP) in its acquisition of an additional 31.3 percent interest in Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC (Pony Express) for cash consideration of $475 million and 6,518,000 common units of TEP issued to Tallgrass Development, LP. The transaction, which closed on Jan. 4, 2016, increased TEP’s ownership interest in Pony Express to 98 percent. Pony...
January 11, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell advised Prosperity Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of Prosperity Bank, in its acquisition of Tradition Bancshares, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Tradition Bank. Under the terms of the agreement, Prosperity issued approximately 679,679 shares of Prosperity Bancshares common stock and paid approximately $39.0 million in cash for all outstanding shares of Tradition Bancshares capital stock. This transaction is a Houston Business Journal 2015 Deal of the...
January 5, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP advised on a pair of matters named as Deals of the Year at the 2015 Platts Global Energy Awards. The Global Energy Awards, now in its 17th year, recognizes corporate and individual innovation, leadership and superior performance from across the energy arena. The 2015 winners were chosen from nearly 200 nominees hailing from nearly three dozen countries on four continents. 2015 Financial Deal of the Year: Apex Clean Energy; First Reserve;...
December 21, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s energy practice was named an Energy Group of the Year by Law360 for a remarkable fifth straight year. Bracewell was one of just seven energy practices recognized in 2015. All Practice Groups of the Year were selected based on significance of litigation wins or deals worked on; size and complexity of litigation wins or deals worked on; and number of significant, large or complex deals the group worked on or lawsuits won. Bracewell was...
December 10, 2015
BTI Consulting Group again recognized Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in the BTI Client Service A-Team 2016. The report recognizes law firms for their client service performance. Results for the BTI Client Service A-Team 2016 were driven solely on 319 in-depth interviews with leading legal decision makers, including general counsel and chief legal officers, of large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue.
December 3, 2015
Bracewell  & Giuliani LLP represented NexBank SSB in its purchase of College Savings Bank of Princeton, New Jersey, which specializes in 529 higher education-saving plans. Under the agreement, College Savings Bank will keep its name and branding, and maintain its current operations as a division of Dallas-based NexBank. Bracewell attorneys working on this transaction include: Partner: Sanford M. Brown, Justin M. Long, Abraham A. Reshtick, and Scott C. Sanders Associates:  ...
December 1, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Tall City Exploration LLC (Tall City) in an agreement with Moss Creek Resources, LLC (Moss Creek) to sell substantially all of its exploration and production (E&P) assets for $803 million, which is subject to closing adjustments. Tall City’s E&P assets are comprised of the oil and gas rights to leases on approximately 71,000 acres in Howard and Borden Counties, Texas, and interest in 34 horizontal and six vertical wells...
December 1, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Tall City Exploration LLC (Tall City) in an agreement with Moss Creek Resources, LLC (Moss Creek) to sell substantially all of its exploration and production (E&P) assets for $803 million, which is subject to closing adjustments. Tall City’s E&P assets are comprised of the oil and gas rights to leases on approximately 71,000 acres in Howard and Borden Counties, Texas, and interest in 34 horizontal and six vertical wells...
November 13, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented the Conflicts Committee of the general partner of Western Refining Logistics, LP (NYSE: WNRL), a master limited partnership headquartered in El Paso, Texas, in its acquisition from its sponsor, Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE: WNR), of an approximately 375 mile portion of the TexNew Mex Pipeline between Star Lake, New Mexico in the Four Corners region and T Station in Eddy County, New Mexico and an 80,000 barrel capacity crude oil storage...
November 12, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Connecticut-based, Finance and Financial Restructuring Associate Katherine Lindsay has been nominated to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor afforded to less than one percent of lawyers in America. “I am deeply honored to have been nominated by the Connecticut Fellows of the American Bar Foundation,” Lindsay said. “I am also grateful for the opportunity to support the Foundation’s research, which...
November 11, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: HEP) in its acquisition from HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC) of the newly constructed naphtha fractionation and hydrogen generation units at HollyFrontier Corporation’s El Dorado refinery.  The consideration for the assets was $62 million in cash.  Holly Energy Partners, L.P. provides petroleum product and crude oil transportation, tankage and terminal services to the petroleum...
November 10, 2015
HOUSTON  – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner and Texas State Representative Morgan D. Meyer was honored with the Legislative Hero Award for his work on legislation that assisted pro bono efforts in Texas. He was presented with the award by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht at The Texas Access to Justice Foundation luncheon on Monday, October 26, 2015. One major accomplishment from this year was his work as co-author of Texas House Bill 1079 that expands funding for...
November 9, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP had a pair of partners named to the 2015 class of Law360 MVPs of the Year. Jeffrey L. Oldham earned his first Law360 MVP honor, while G. Alan Rafte was named a Law360 MVP for the second time. Both attorneys, along with their fellow MVP honorees, will be profiled in the coming weeks on the Law360 website. Oldham was one of 10 attorneys to be named an MVP of the Year in the Appellate category. This year, he presented oral argument before the...
November 4, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Evercore, financial advisor to the Board of Directors of Targa Resources Corp., in its $12 billion acquisition of Targa Resources Partners LP. For more information, please click here. Bracewell attorneys involved in this transaction included: Partner: William S. Anderson Associate: Murray I.A. Gregorson
November 4, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Derrick M. Mitchell has been elected Chairman of the Board of Regents of Texas Southern University (TSU). As Chairman, Mitchell will serve as the official spokesperson for the Board and preside over meetings for a two-year term. Earlier this year, he was appointed to the Board by Governor Greg Abbott for a term expiring February 1, 2021. Mitchell is a partner in the public finance practice and serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel...
November 3, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partners Gregory M. Bopp and W. James “J.J.” McAnelly III were included in Houston Business Journal’s 2015 Who’s Who in Energy. This list annually recognizes the key Houston-based players in the energy industry. The list represents all sectors of the energy industry, and those that service the industry such as lawyers, financial advisers and more. The 2015 Who’s Who in Energy honorees will be featured in a special...
November 2, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP earned rankings in 22 national and 71 metropolitan categories of Woodward/White, Inc.’s 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms rankings. A total of 13 of the national rankings placed Bracewell in the top tier. The firm also earned honors for its work in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hartford, Houston, New York City, San Antonio, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., which included 39 Tier 1 metro rankings. The following is a full list...
October 30, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) in connection with its SEC-registered offering of 32 million depositary shares, each representing a 1/20th interest in a share of its 9.75 percent Series A Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock. This transaction was Kinder Morgan’s first public offering of preferred equity securities. The depositary shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol KMI.PRA. The offering was made...
October 29, 2015
LONDON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP (UK) had three attorneys recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners’ Chambers UK. Bracewell was also a noted firm in the category of Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas. Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas - UK-wide Bracewell & Giuliani (Noted Firm) Jason Fox (Band 2) Ben James (Up and Coming) Projects - UK-wide Jason Fox (Band 3) Construction: Purchaser - London (Firms) Tracy London (Band 5)...
October 26, 2015
HOUSTON – OncoResponse, an immuno-oncology antibody discovery company, has been launched jointly by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) and Theraclone Sciences.  Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented MD Anderson in connection with the closing of a $9.5 million Series A financing in OncoResponse, which financing was co-led by ARCH Venture Partners, Canaan Partners and MD Anderson. William Marsh Rice University and Alexandria Real Estate Equities also...
October 22, 2015
HOUSTON - Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ranked #11 for the third quarter of 2015 in PrivateRaise’s PIPE league tables of investor legal counsel. PrivateRaise, published by The Deal, is the leading source for comprehensive analysis of private investments in public equity (PIPEs), Reverse Mergers, Shelf Registrations, and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs).
October 19, 2015
HOUSTON – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing FX Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FXEN) in connection with its acquisition by ORLEN Upstream Sp. z o.o. under a recently announced merger agreement. FX Energy is a Salt Lake City-based oil and gas exploration and production company with production in the United States and Poland. ORLEN Upstream is the wholly-owned exploration and production subsidiary of PKN ORLEN SA (GPW: PKN). Holders of FX Energy common stock will receive consideration of $...
October 14, 2015
HOUSTON - Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ranked #8 for the first nine months of 2015 in SNL Financial’s merger and acquisitions league tables of legal advisors for the number of deals in the category of bank and thrift. So far in 2015, the firm has advised on six deals, totaling $147.2 million. SNL Financial is the premiere provider of breaking news, financial data and expert analysis on business sectors critical to the global economy.