Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Michael E. Niebruegge has joined the firm as a partner in its Houston, Texas office. Niebruegge focuses his law practice on corporate, finance, bankruptcy and workout matters, primarily in the mining and energy industries. His wide-ranging experience includes the representation of the leading global credit providers and financial advisors to oil and gas producers, refiners, midstream business, oil field service providers, and businesses and corporations engaged principally in service and extractive industries.

“I have known Mike for many years and respect him tremendously, he is one of strongest finance partners in practice today,” said Mark C. Evans, managing partner. “I am extremely pleased that we are adding Mike to our Houston team. I know he will be an asset to our group and our clients.”

“The opportunity to be a partner in a firm with such a broad and deep energy practice is exciting,” said Michael Niebruegge. “I look forward to being a part of a team that provides prompt, practical and sophisticated advice to our finance clients.”

“Adding Mike to the firm allows us to add depth to our already exceptional energy finance team,” said G. Alan Rafte, co-head of Bracewell’s business and regulatory practice. “Mike is well-known in the energy finance community and we are very fortunate to be adding him to our team.”

Niebruegge negotiates and documents secured lending transactions, including mezzanine and second lien loans, syndicated loans, project loans, securitizations, volumetric production payments, net profits interests, and commodity agreements; negotiates and documents debt restructurings; manages disputes among creditors and debtors; and advises on lease acquisitions and sales, joint operating agreements, and other energy contract issues. He previously served as Vice President and General Counsel with the Gulf Coast Royalty Company. From 1981 to 1982, Niebruegge held a faculty appointment as a Lecturer in Business Law at Northwestern University Law School.

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