Bracewell LLP

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

A leading firm with highly impressive expertise across the energy arena, particularly esteemed for its ability within the oil and gas regulatory space.Offers excellent capability in FERC and CFTC investigations, as well as representation of pipeline clients in FERC rate, tariff and jurisdictional matters. Also able to assist large utility clients, transmission owners and private equity investors on regulatory power matters, along with electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Frequently seen on big-ticket transactions in both the power and the oil and gas space, handling matters for clients ranging from electric utilities and merchant transmission owners to upstream exploration companies and refineries.


A client says: "Bracewell is a strong team with breadth and depth of experience. They are capable of mobilizing at a moment’s notice and following through no matter what it takes."

Commentators note: "The team is well known in the industry and with the agency. They are responsive, understand our goals and provide us with swift and effective counsel."

Interviewees say: "Bracewell attorneys are experts in pipeline regulatory matters and have years of experience working within the industry. They know the applicable FERC regulations and know the people at FERC when communication with the agency is critical."

One market source describes Bracewell as "a very organized and polished firm," adding: "They give you well-reasoned responses in a timely manner and are always available."

Another impressed client reports: "They have a deep bench of attorneys who are all very professional and very good at their craft."

Work highlights

Represented Permian Highway Pipeline in challenges in state and federal court brought by opponents of the project alleging failure to obtain necessary permits and authorizations.

Represented TC Energy Corporation in connection with the Government of Alberta's $1.1 billion equity investment in the construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

Provided counsel to Equnior Wind on its flagship offshore wind projects, advising on matters relating to its participation in wholesale markets and assisting in obtaining offshore renewable energy credits.

Represented underwriters, including Barclays Capital, Scotia Capital and J.P. Morgan, in connection with a $1.1 billion mortgage bond offering for DTE Electric.

Notable practitioners

Austin Lee is recognized 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 specialized, 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."

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."

David Perlman is a strong choice for clients needing regulatory compliance, enforcement and transactional advice in the oil and gas sector. He is particularly experienced handling inquiries from FERC and CFTC.

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 organized, 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 specializes 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 at the forefront of developments across the energy value chain. We are unmatched in our ability to provide a comprehensive offering for market players given the significant number of Bracewell lawyers who are focused in each aspects of this sector.

In the oil and gas sector, we represent upstream exploration and development companies; oilfield service businesses; pipeline, storage and terminals companies; refining and chemicals companies; commercial banks, trading houses, investors and private equity investors involved in oil and gas; and investment banks, other intermediaries and strategic advisors to oil and gas companies and investors.

Our power team represents utilities, independent power producers, retail electric businesses, commodity trading houses and investors in a wide range of transactions and regulatory and compliance matters relating to conventional and renewable power sources and transmission.

We have also developed targeted practices — such as regulatory, environment, tax, intellectual property, and strategic communications — to serve our energy clients. Our industry focus enables us to maintain cutting-edge experience and in-depth knowledge of the commercial, legal and regulatory challenges faced by our clients, so that we can provide the most effective legal solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

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Energy & Natural Resources Department

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USA - Nationwide

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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