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Austin Lee is recognised for his representation of oil and gas exploration companies and private equity clients on a range of deals. He has a particular focus on joint venture agreements and asset exchange transactions.
"A very smart, technical lawyer who has a lot of experience. He's hard-working, bright and a pleasure to work with."

Catherine Hood is a leading practitioner in energy and utility sector finance and frequently advises underwriters, issuers and investors on complex debt and equity transactions.
"A pleasure to work with and deeply experienced in this area."

Catherine McCarthy is notable for her expertise in project and transaction approvals as well as rate, tariff and sale matters before FERC. She also provides day-to-day regulatory and commercial advice for key clients.
"The first person to call for specialised FERC expertise. She is always at the top of the pile, and is a very strong lawyer." "She's very experienced, smart and really gets the industry."

Charles Mills specialises in enforcement defence and regulatory compliance pertaining to FERC, CFTC and other rules governing commodity trading.
"A very strong lawyer with great counselling skills and really good judgement."

Kirk Morgan frequently serves as federal regulatory counsel to oil and gas projects, advising on a range of related agreements and FERC proceedings.
"His work ethic is unquestionable and his work product is impeccable. He can dive into the weeds with the experts or explain things in an understandable way to the layman. He is relatable and personable, but still an effective and reliable advocate."

Deanna King is frequently called on by major power sector companies to provide regulatory compliance and commercial advice as well as assist with proceedings before FERC and the CFTC.
"Has a great depth of knowledge of the energy markets and communicates clearly with the client." "Super smart and an amazing writer, with longstanding experience at FERC."

Alan Rafte has significant expertise spanning gas and liquids pipeline transactions, with a particular focus on the upstream and midstream sectors. He has further capabilities advising on DrillCo financing.
"An exceptional lawyer; there's no matter he can't handle. He's very good with clients and stays at the cutting edge of what's happening in the industry." "He is a great voice of reason in negotiations and always supports his clients and their positions."

George Fatula frequently acts as regulatory counsel in the context of pipeline construction. He also manages a range of commercial agreements, notably including joint ventures.
"An excellent attorney who provides practical and timely advice. He listens and communicates well, and his work product is excellent."

Anthony Terrell provides issuers, underwriters and purchasers with expertise across debt, equity and hybrid securities as well as M&A and corporate restructurings.
"One of the most experienced people on utility deals in the business. He rolls up his sleeves and when he does the due diligence, you know it is done right."

Jason Jean has a notable practice representing energy clients in high-value transactions, including the sale of midstream assets and joint venture agreements.
"Very organised, a pleasure to deal with and easy to talk to. He thinks everything through and provides well-reasoned answers and analysis." "A responsive and practical attorney."

Mark Lewis specialises in advising companies and joint ventures in the midstream space on a broad range of regulatory matters, particularly pipeline project approvals and related operational issues.
"Top of the field in terms of his expertise in liquid pipelines and FERC matters. He brings a great balance of regulatory compliance and business strategy. He is pleasant to work with but willing to provide the tough answers as needed."

Michael Brooks has a wealth of regulatory expertise and is frequently retained to advise on internal compliance reviews.
"An articulate writer with a strong depth of knowledge when it comes to FERC and the CFTC, particularly with questions related to compliance."

Molly Butkus acts on behalf of natural gas clients on a range of transactions, including the sale and divestiture of assets. She has particular experience in the water gathering and disposal area.
"Very client-friendly, smart and really understands the upstream oil and gas space." "A very bright and talented individual."

Ryan Holcomb has notable expertise in negotiating power purchase agreements, sales and acquisitions involving both traditional and renewable power assets.
"Extremely practical, solutions-orientated, responsive and represents the client's interests well."

Stephen Hug advises transmission and distribution utilities, generation owners and wholesale marketers on regulatory issues before FERC and the CFTC.
"He is very responsive, a clear communicator and is really good at handling big-picture issues." "He has a good mixture of regulatory knowledge and business acumen."

Todd Eckland expertly handles the full spectrum of financial offerings on behalf of agents, purchasers and underwriters.
"He knows capital markets inside out and nothing ever slips through the cracks. The deal is always done right with Todd."

James McAnelly offers a wealth of expertise in the upstream space spanning acquisitions and investments involving exploration, production and storage properties. He is also active in bankruptcy proceedings.
"A very strong lawyer who clients love working with."

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Bracewell is consistently found at the forefront of the energy value chain. We have been instrumental in helping our clients build new infrastructure to transport natural gas, protect the intellectual property needed to discover and refine oil, or create new financial structures for renewables.

  • Investment in Power and Renewables: We strategically invested in our power practice. We added nine lateral partners to our global energy team within the last 12 months, including four lawyers with significant experience in the renewable energy sector.
  • Distress Energy Market: We are representing various parties in bankruptcy proceedings involving energy companies, including Kinder Morgan, Enbridge, TC Energy, Natixis and Wells Fargo.
  • Energy Litigation: We successfully represented Apache Corporation against Apollo Exploration LLC in one of the most significant oil and gas cases in the last several years and also represented Apache in industry-leading arbitration regarding royalty ownership, pollution, class actions, oil and gas co-tenancies and lease terminations. In addition, we are defending Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC, Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Permian Highway Pipeline LLC in multiple federal lawsuits.
  • Energy Regulatory: In Q4 2019 and H1 2020, we guided Phillips 66 Partners through the regulatory process of commencing service on the Gray Oak Pipeline. The pipeline went into service in April 2020.

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Energy: Electricity (Finance)

Catherine Hood
Band 1
J. Anthony Terrell
Band 1
Todd W Eckland
Band 1

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)

Catherine McCarthy
Band 1
Deanna E King
Band 3
Stephen Hug
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