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May 25, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP Partners Jessica N. Adkins and Jeffrey R. Holmstead have been named to the list of Energy & Environmental Trailblazers as part of ALM’s National Law Journal Trailblazers series. Legal professionals recognized in this series are those who have done groundbreaking work in energy and environmental law. Adkins’ practice focuses on energy transactions in the electric power sector. She was named to the list of...
May 23, 2016
NEW YORK – In one of the most highly publicized post-financial crisis jury trials brought by the United States of America against a financial institution, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today reversed a verdict against former Countrywide executive Rebecca Mairone (for whom Bracewell served as lead trial counsel) as well as Bank of America and Countrywide Bank for allegedly selling fraudulent mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the years leading up to the...
May 20, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP Partner Warren W. Harris is the recipient of a Houston Bar Association President’s Award. He was honored at the HBA Annual Dinner on May 19, 2016. Harris was honored for his contribution to the Teach Texas program. In its inaugural year, Teach Texas reached nearly 10,000 Houston-area students. The program recruited judges, attorneys and Houston area school districts to participate in a judicial civics and court history project organized by the Texas...
May 19, 2016
HOUSTON, TX – Bracewell LLP proudly announces that Partners Alan D Albright, Erin S. Hennessy, Albert B. Kimball Jr. and Constance Gall Rhebergen have been named 2016 IP Stars by Euromoney Institutional Investor’s Managing Intellectual Property. As part of the 2016 rankings, the firm’s Trademark Contentious practice was recognized in the United States and Bracewell was recommended for Intellectual Property in Texas. Client...
May 12, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP is proud to announce that Houston-based Corporate Partner Emily E. Leitch was named as one of Houston Business Journal’s Women to Watch as part of its inaugural Women Who Mean Business (WWMB) awards. More than 400 guests honored the finalists at the WWMB awards and dinner held at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel on May 11, 2016. Leitch, who was named a Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2014 and 2015,...
May 10, 2016
HOUSTON, TX – Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce the relaunch of its Energy Legal Blog® with a cleaner look more consistent with the features of the firm’s website. The blog upgrades, which feature both enhanced content and a redesigned format, will ensure an even more user friendly experience than the previous version and will enhance the firm’s already well-established position of We Know Energy®. Powered by the attorneys of Bracewell, Energy Legal Blog®...
May 9, 2016
NEW YORK, New York – Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce that Judge Barbara S. Jones and Paul Shechtman have joined the firm in New York as partners in the white collar practice. Theresa J. Lee and Maggie Lynaugh will also join the firm as associates in New York. Bracewell’s white collar practice has been one of the firm’s core practices for more than a decade. The addition of these distinguished lawyers brings this practice to a new level and will allow the firm to expand...
April 27, 2016
HOUSTON – Houston-based Bracewell LLP Partner Jarvis V. Hollingsworth will serve on Bracewell’s six-member Management Committee. Hollingsworth, the head of the public entities practice, advises schools, colleges, universities, and government entities on public and education law, including public finance. Additionally, he counsels boards of directors/trustees of public and private companies and government and educational entities on their duties, corporate governance and...
April 25, 2016
HOUSTON, TX – Recently elected Bracewell LLP Partner Jason G. Cohen was selected by the Beard Group’s Turnarounds & Workouts as one of only twelve Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers for 2016. Cohen was also honored as an Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer by Turnarounds & Workouts as an associate in 2014. Cohen, who focuses his practice on corporate financial restructuring, was the only attorney outside of New York to make the 2016 list of Outstanding...
April 20, 2016
HOUSTON, TX – Bracewell LLP has been recognized by The BTI Consulting Group, Inc. in its BTI Brand Elite 2016: Client Perception of the Best-Branded Law Firms. Corporate counsel sees Bracewell as “standing out for its premium value.” BTI Brand Elite 2016 only includes law firms with a definitive imprint on corporate counsel in nine key factors clients rely on to differentiate firms, including: Innovation Accomplishments in Client Services Bet-the-Company Work...
April 13, 2016
DUBAI/LONDON – Bracewell LLP had three practices and five lawyers recognized in Legalease’s 2016 editorial of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Bracewell was ranked in Tier 3 of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Energy and Infrastructure space and Tier 5 of the UAE Commercial, Corporate and M&A category. The firm was also ranked in Tier 4 of the Regional Summary for Africa. In addition, Bracewell had five attorneys recommended for 2016 by The Legal...
March 30, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bracewell LLP’s Washington, D.C. office has moved to newly constructed state-of-the-art office space. The firm will occupy one-and-a-half floors of 2001 M St. NW, a new Brookfield Property Partners’ trophy building, near Dupont Circle. “The new space is spectacular,” said Mark K. Lewis, managing partner of Bracewell’s Washington, D.C. office. “The natural light, the modern efficient build out and the client-friendly conference center...
March 28, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce that Gregory M. Bopp has been elected as the firm's managing partner. He will assume this new role effective July 1, 2016. Bopp will succeed Mark C. Evans, who will become co-chairman of the firm, along with Patrick C. Oxford. Bopp has held a number of leadership positions at Bracewell and currently serves as co-chair of the firm's business and regulatory section and as a member of the firm's management committee. He has...
March 23, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP Partner Carrin F. Patman has been chosen by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) Board as its new chairwoman. Patman is returning to the transit agency, having previously served on the board for four years. Houston City Council unanimously approved Patman, making her the first woman to chair the agency. “Carrin is the person who can take METRO to the next level,” Mayor Turner said during a press conference...
March 17, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP had 14 attorneys and seven practice areas recognized by Chambers & Partners in the 2016 edition of Chambers Global. The firm was recognized for its United States energy and projects practices, receiving rankings for Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), Energy: Electricity (Transactional), Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) (Band 1), Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), Projects: Oil & Gas, and Projects:...
March 2, 2016
AUSTIN – The Texas State History Museum Foundation honored Bracewell LLP Senior Counsel Kay Bailey Hutchison with the History-Making Texan Award for her “contributions to the state and the nation [which] have been truly historic and exceptional in scope and nature” at the 2016 Texas Independence Day Dinner, held February 24 in Austin. Hutchison served as U.S. Senator, representing Texas, for 20 years before stepping down in 2013. During her tenure, Senator Hutchison was...
February 29, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bracewell LLP was recognized as the top performing lobbying/law firm in 2015 by Bloomberg Finance L.P.’s Bloomberg Government in its annual review of the best advocacy firms in Washington, D.C. The review ranks the top-15 firms based on performance, growth, customer satisfaction, and profitability. Bracewell’s government relations and strategic communications practices are housed in the firm’s Policy Resolution Group (PRG). The report noted that...
February 26, 2016
SAN ANTONIO – Bracewell LLP public finance Partner Jane H. Macon is the recipient of The World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s 2016 International Citizen of the Year award. Macon, a “pioneer in women’s leadership,” was recognized for her “contributions to the international community [which] truly exemplify global citizenship.” Macon was honored at the 2016 International Citizen of the Year Gala, held Thursday, February 25. Bracewell Senior Counsel Kay...
February 22, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce the election of four attorneys to the partnership. The new partners are Jason G. Cohen, Seth M. Cohen, Michael E. Espinoza and Taylor P. Evans. “Bracewell’s partnership continues to strengthen, thanks to the election of attorneys who have come to be relied upon by their colleagues for their knowledge and strong focus on client service,” said Bracewell Managing Partner Mark C. Evans. Houston Jason G. Cohen...
February 17, 2016
NEW YORK – Bracewell LLP announced today that Michele J. Alexander has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the tax practice. Alexander counsels clients in mergers and acquisitions, securities and capital markets, funds and joint ventures, bankruptcy, real estate, and compensation matters. “Michele’s experience will strengthen our already-fruitful tax practice,” said Bracewell Managing Partner Mark C. Evans. “Her expertise in...
February 10, 2016
HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP has announced that New York Office Managing Partner Daniel S. Connolly and Houston Partner Phillip L. Sampson Jr. have each been elected to serve a three-year term on Bracewell’s firm-wide management committee. Connolly serves as managing partner of Bracewell’s New York office. As a litigator, his focus is on representing clients in such diverse industries as banking and pharmaceuticals in a wide spectrum of white collar defense and regulatory...
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...