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David M. Perlman Joins Firm's Energy Practice

January 7, 2009

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 7, 2009) — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP today announced that David M. Perlman has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in its Energy practice. Mr. Perlman brings extensive experience in both regulatory and transactional aspects of the industry.

Most recently, Mr. Perlman was chief counsel to Lehman Brothers Commodities business in New York, where he was responsible for legal, transactional and regulatory matters relating to the firm’s physical and derivative commodity businesses, which included power, gas, oil, refined products, coal, and other commodities. While at Lehman, he helped establish the Financial Institutions Energy Group (FIEG), an association comprised of investment and commercial banks which play a vital role in energy markets. He became counsel to Barclays Capital upon its acquisition of some of Lehman’s businesses. Before working for Lehman, Mr. Perlman was a partner in the energy group of a major international law firm. Previously in his career, Mr. Perlman initiated and served as co-chair of the group that developed the EEI Master Power Purchase and Sales Agreement that is the standard for physical power transactions in North America.

Mr. Perlman also served for two years as senior legal advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where he provided advice regarding significant and complex legal, regulatory policy and legislative issues coming before the Commission, including matters related to regional transmission organization/independent system operator markets, gas and electric market oversight, and market-based rates and transmission. Mr. Perlman had significant responsibilities in assisting the Commission in addressing issues arising from the California and western U.S energy crisis; addressing market manipulation and market power issues; and market oversight.

Before his government service, Mr. Perlman was counsel to the Constellation Energy Group for 18 years, where he was lead rates counsel, general counsel of its merchant generation and trading businesses, and chief energy counsel.

"Rarely does an attorney have such solid cross-disciplinary credentials as David," said Chuck Shoneman, co-chair of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP’s energy regulatory group. "The regulatory and transactional sides of the energy business overlap and influence one another, so we are pleased to bolster the practice with his insight and ability to understand the totality of the environment," added Shoneman.

At Bracewell, Mr. Perlman will focus his practice in energy-related regulatory and transactional matters, including matters before the FERC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and state public utility commissions in regulatory and compliance matters; the conduct of compliance programs and training; and in energy-related transactions and financings.