Bracewell

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Firm Overview:
Bracewell is a leading law firm that is known worldwide for its unique depth and experience in the energy, infrastructure, finance and technology industries throughout the world. Our industry focus results in comprehensive state-of-the-art knowledge of the commercial, legal and governmental challenges faced by our clients and enables us to provide innovative solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

Managing Partner: Gregory M Bopp
Number of partners: 169
Number of lawyers: 362

Main Areas of Practice:

Energy
Bracewell is consistently at the forefront of developments across the energy value chain, including in connection with the global energy transition. We are unmatched in our ability to provide a comprehensive offering for market players, given the significant number of Bracewell lawyers who are focused on each aspect 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.

The 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.

Bracewell has been at the forefront of developments and innovations related to renewable energy and sustainability. Renewable sources, such as solar, wind, biomass, hydropower and hydrogen development — combined with carbon capture, energy storage and ESG practices — involve complex legal, financial and regulatory issues that we are well-positioned to address because of our depth and vast experience. We have developed targeted practices – such as regulatory, environment, tax, intellectual property and strategic communications – to serve our energy clients.

We Know Energy®.

Infrastructure
Bracewell has one of the largest and most experienced infrastructure teams in the United States. We have played leading roles at every stage in the procurement, structuring, development, financing, operations purchase and sale of major infrastructure projects around the country and in significant markets globally, including energy, transportation, social infrastructure, hospitality, arts, sports venues and other projects. Clients rely on us to help them achieve their most ambitious goals. Many of these projects are unique, innovative or first-of-their-kind.

Finance
Bracewell is well known for advising borrowers and lenders on billions of dollars of financial transactions every year. We assist clients in various forms of secured and unsecured transactions, including project finance, acquisition finance, syndicated lending, structured finance, leveraged finance, reserved-based lending, bridge financings to facilitate capital markets access, equipment finance and leasing. Our finance team also helps clients in various stages of a lending transaction, including refinancings and restructurings (including out-of-court restructurings) of existing loans, debtor in possession (DIP) financings, and exit financings for both borrower and lender clients. We boast a large energy finance team with in-depth knowledge across the entire energy finance spectrum, including upstream, midstream, downstream, exploration and production, refining, oil field services, commodities, chemicals, and renewables and conventional power.

Technology
Bracewell’s technology team utilizes a well-rounded approach to facilitate protection of technology assets to align with the long-term goals of the client. We provide practical coverage in all areas of technology and intellectual property, with established practitioners who file, prosecute and litigate patents, trademarks and copyrights, and provide advice and support on an array of transactional or adversarial matters. We also counsel on outsourcing, licensing, technology transfers and joint venture agreements. The firm is particularly active in core industries around the globe, including energy, technology, finance and retail.

Litigation
For more than 75 years, Bracewell litigators have excelled in courtrooms across the United States and internationally, earning the respect of both judges and adversaries. The team represents industry leaders in their most high-profile and complex matters, including commercial, securities, patent, white-collar, international arbitration, environment and energy litigation, as well as appellate issues arising from these matters.

Government Relations
Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group (PRG) is a unique team of lawyers, lobbyists and strategic communications professionals with decades of experience operating in Washington, DC. PRG develops legislative strategies; manages relations with the United States executive branch and relevant federal agencies; and creates coalitions and strategic partnerships to advance its clients’ regulatory and legislative initiatives.

LanguagesArabic, Bangla, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese

Key Contacts

Managing Partner

Gregory M. Bopp
Greg.bopp@bracewell.com

Firm Rankings

Banking & Finance
Band 1

Capital Markets
Band 3

7.0

Commercial Litigation
Band 1

9.0

Corporate/M&A
Band 3

6.0

Environment
Band 1

Healthcare
Band 2

8.0

Immigration
Band 3

6.0

Insurance
Band 3

6.0

IP
Band 3

7.5

IP: Patents
Band 2

8.0

IP: Patents: Contentious
Band 3

7.0

IP: Patents: Prosecution
Band 3

7.0

IP: Patents: Transactions
Band 3

6.0

Labour & Employment
Band 2

8.0

Litigation
Band 3

7.0

Outsourcing
Band 3

7.0

Real Estate
Band 2

8.0

Restructuring & Insolvency
Band 2

8.0

Tax
Band 2

8.0

White-Collar Crime
Band 3

6.0

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Press Releases

Bracewell: BMC Software Awarded Historic $1.6 Billion in Damages in Suit Against IBM

HOUSTON – Bracewell LLPobtained a landmark victory on behalf of BMC Software, Inc. in its lawsuit against IBM for fraudulently inducing and then violating a software licensing agreement. On May 30, 2022, following a two-week bench trial, U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller for the Southern District of Texas found that IBM had committed fraud and breached […]

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Bracewell: Federal Judge Adds Over $21 Million in Attorneys’ Fees and Costs to $1.6 Billion Judgment Against IBM

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