Michele is a tax lawyer who employs her training and knowledge to help clients make the best business decisions and navigate many types of complex tax issues. During her years of practice, Michele has provided counsel in a wide range of transactions, from mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities offerings, to financing, joint ventures, and restructurings. In recent years, Michele’s practice has evolved to include a strong focus on private equity and hedge funds and similar investment vehicles. She also has experience in, and has written extensively about, real estate investment trusts, and has advised many international clients on inbound U.S. real estate investments.
Recent Notable Matters
Great Plains Energy Inc. — revised stock-for-stock merger of equals transaction with Westar Energy, Inc., creating a company with a combined equity value of approximately $14 billion, and with nearly 13,000 MW of generation capacity and more than 51,000 miles of distribution lines
Hydro One Limited — $5.3 billion acquisition of Avista Corporation in an all-cash transaction, establishing one of North America’s largest regulated electricity and natural gas businesses with more than $25.4 billion in combined assets
Kinder Morgan, Inc. — $1.25 billion offering of senior notes, as issuer
Venoco, Inc. — creditor negotiations and Chapter 11 reorganization, which resulted in the elimination of almost $1 billion in debt. The bankruptcy proceeding was completed in four months and with the agreement of all creditor groups.
Yuhuang Chemical — project development and financing of a $1.85 billion greenfield methanol project in Louisiana
Leading manufacturer and marketer of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair products — acquisitions of two skin care brands, two fragrance brands and a sensory lifestyle brand*
Private equity firm — acquisition of membership interests of a company that specializes in consumer expos, events, and national touring shows and exhibits*
Leader in advanced LED lighting solutions — acquisition of a leading supplier of lighting solutions to the multifamily residential industry across the United States*
* Work completed prior to Bracewell
Publications and Speeches
"PE Funds Buying Distressed Debt," Oil & Gas Financial Journal, June 10, 2016.
“Tax Protection Agreements,” REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions, Law Journal Press, 2013.
“Tax Issues in Business Separation Transactions,” Business Separation Transactions: Spin-Offs, Subsidiary IPOs and Tracking Stock, Law Journal Press, June 2012.