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Chambers USA, 2024

A Leading Global Lending Practice

Bracewell has one of the most highly respected and diverse global lending practices of any law firm in the world. Our finance lawyers have a stellar reputation for advising borrowers and lenders on billions of dollars in financings every year. We are consistently ranked by Chambers, IFLR1000, and Legal 500 as a leading law firm with capabilities in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We also hold the distinction of being the only firm to be ranked Band 1 in Texas Banking and Finance in Chambers USA for 17 years in a row.

We advise clients in various secured and unsecured transactions, including:

  • project finance
  • acquisition finance
  • syndicated lending
  • structured finance
  • leveraged finance
  • reserved-based lending
  • bridge financings
  • equipment finance and leasing

Our energy finance lawyers are involved in every stage of a lending transaction, including refinancings and restructurings (both in and outside of bankruptcy) of existing loans, debtor in possession (DIP) financings, and exit financing for both borrowers and lenders. For example, we recently represented Wells Fargo in connection with the Chapter 11 reorganization of Diamond Offshore Drilling, including the exit financings entered upon emergence from bankruptcy. We also represented Crédit Agricole as agents to the lenders in the exit finance for McDermott International.

We represent lending clients in various industries but have particular strengths in the energy sector. Our esteemed energy finance lawyers represent major non-US banks and all of the US money center banks that lend in North America, including Citibank, Crédit Agricole, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Macquarie, MUFG, Société Générale, and Wells Fargo. At the same time, we represent major energy companies and private equity funds with energy investments, including The Carlyle Group, Phillips 66 and Targa Resources. These clients rely on our deep knowledge of the energy industry, and we get to know our clients’ business to better help them with commercial as well as legal decisions.

Clients consistently agree that we stand at the forefront of the finance market. As one client told Chambers USA (2020), Bracewell is “best in class in terms of responsiveness, communication, thoughtfulness, and strategy.”

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