- International Practice
- Real Estate and Projects
- Broker-Dealer and Market Regulation
- Financial Institutions
- Labor and Employment
- Securities Regulation
- Climate Change
- Financial Restructuring
- Strategic Communications
- Corporate and Securities
- Private Client Services
- Educational Institutions
- Intellectual Property
- Private Funds
- Internal Investigations
- Public Finance
- White Collar Defense
- Environmental Strategies
Bracewell represents domestic and international energy industry clients in matters related to operations, finance, restructuring, governmental regulation, tax, environment, governance, litigation and strategic communications. We counsel developers, operators and suppliers in the deregulated United States electric energy industry, many of which have a growing focus on renewable energy. We also represent clients engaged in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas business transactions across the U.S., Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the North Sea Region, Latin America, and Canada.
Our clients include many of the best known publicly traded companies in the industry, as well as mid-size and smaller privately owned businesses. These businesses include companies involved in onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production, pipeline companies, refiners and service companies, as well as electricity-generating companies and power marketers.
Bracewell has particular strength in the area of energy finance. We have relationships with a number of major financial institutions that focus on the energy industry. We are also known for our energy regulatory work, in sectors that range from gas and electric power to renewable energy to upstream oil and gas. Bracewell's regulatory attorneys have extensive experience in the development of gas pipeline, power generation and transmission, and petroleum-refining infrastructure projects.
Our energy practice draws upon the firm’s full global resources in all areas of business law. We assist clients in:
- negotiation of exploration and development agreements
- acquisition and sale of oil, gas and electricity assets
- construction and installation of pipelines, refineries, hydrocarbon-processing facilities and electric-generating facilities
- marketing and distribution of oil, gas, electricity and derivative products
- preparation of financing arrangements, from traditional debt and equity to asset-based structures secured by production payments, synthetic leases and forward-sales contracts.
Chambers and Partners USA 2014
According to the 2014 year-end Chambers and Partners USA guide, Bracewell continues to field strong teams of lawyers across the energy sector. "The firm's performance was excellent: they were very responsive and the turnaround time was excellent."
On the oil and gas front, the team is noted for its involvement in domestic shale-related transactions, pipeline M&A activity and an increasing focus on LNG. Handles both liquid and gas pipeline matters, regulatory compliance and enforcement, in relation to bodies such as FERC, CFTC and the DOE.
Noted for the expansion of its team within the power sector, where it has been active on regulatory matters, litigation and M&A. "They are extremely thorough and they have a lot of experience in the power industry that they can draw from, and that expertise makes them a good firm to use."
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