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Bracewell’s attorneys have experience with all facets of antitrust review of merger and acquisition transactions, including preparing Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, responding to voluntary information requests and civil investigative demands, complying with “Second Requests,” representing clients in depositions and investigational hearings, and, where necessary, negotiating remedies with agency staff to resolve competitive concerns while preserving the benefits of the transaction. Our antitrust/competition team works seamlessly with attorneys in our firm’s Corporate and Finance, Energy, and Government and Regulatory practices to provide practical and efficient advice from a transaction’s inception until its completion and beyond.

Bracewell’s antitrust/competition attorneys assist clients with the antitrust considerations arising out of information exchanges in connection with mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, including due diligence, pre-merger integration planning activities, and post-transaction information sharing among joint venture partners. We also provide counseling to clients on antitrust issues that arise in their day-to-day operations and work closely with clients to develop and implement antitrust training and compliance programs.

Representative Matters

Independent oil and gas exploration and production company in a $7 billion acquisition of oil and gas assets in Texas, New Mexico, Egypt, and Canada, one of the largest oil and gas asset acquisitions in history.

Major integrated energy company in a $4.8 billion acquisition of substantially all of the Gulf of Mexico offshore exploration and production assets of one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy.

Leading pipeline transportation and energy storage company in the formation of a joint venture created through the acquisition of 50% of an energy corporation’s natural gas gathering and treating business in the Haynesville Shale for $875 million.

Large oilfield services company in a $3.2 billion merger with a competitor.

The world’s largest independent infrastructure firm (at the time of the transaction) on its $800 million acquisition of a leading owner-operator of central business district parking facilities in the U.S.

Private equity investment firm in the $285 million acquisition of an international manufacturer and sole source supplier of highly-engineered oil pumps and powdered metal components to automotive original equipment manufacturers.