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Bracewell Elects Six New Partners

HOUSTON — Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce the election of six attorneys to the partnership. The new partners are Mark D. Holmes, Thomas F. Kokalas, Justin M. Long,Lisa A. Smith, Christopher R. Williams, and Andrew W. Zeve.

“We are delighted to recognize these lawyers for their professional accomplishments and strong work ethic; we enthusiastically welcome them to the partnership,” said Mark C. Evans, Bracewell’s managing partner. “This group is diverse in their areas of practice and location. They are all innovative attorneys who strengthen our firm's commitment to providing excellent legal counsel.”


Long's practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and state and federal bank regulatory matters. He advises financial institutions and corporations on public and private securities offerings, securities law compliance and reporting obligations, mergers, acquisitions, asset sales and acquisitions, and other corporate reorganizations. Long also assists financial institutions with regulatory compliance and enforcement issues and private equity and fund investments and he counsels clients regarding internal investigations, corporate governance and general corporate matters.


Williams focuses on corporate mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and company and commercial work. He has experience advising clients on a wide range of Middle East and international merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, commercial trading agreements, and general international and Middle Eastern corporate advisory issues. Williams also has experience drafting and advising on complex commercial contracts, joint ventures, supply, franchising, distribution and agency agreements, confidentiality undertakings, IT contracts transitional services agreements, and employment and service agreements.


Holmes focuses his practice on commercial lending and financial transactions, with emphasis on the energy sector. He represents U.S. and international financial institutions and borrowers in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of senior, subordinated, secured, second lien, and unsecured lending transactions, including oil and gas secured financings, asset-based loans, acquisition and working capital facilities, project financings, cross-border financings, securitization and conduit lending transactions, letter of credit facilities, debt and loan restructurings and workouts.

Smith represents and counsels clients in commercial public and private project development and finance transactions, and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on infrastructure and energy projects. She has experience representing U.S.-based and global companies in public private partnerships, and the acquisition, development, construction, financing, operation and sale of all types of commercial and industrial facilities, including transportation projects, power plants and chemical plants. Smith documents and negotiates engineering, procurement and construction contracts, purchase and sale agreements and all aspects of project development and project finance arrangements.

Zeve represents and counsels clients in commercial litigation, IP litigation (including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases), oil and gas disputes, products liability, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes. He has experience issuing and defending against temporary restraining orders and injunctions in trade secret and non-compete cases. Zeve has jury trial, bench trial, and arbitration experience in state and federal courts across the country and has experience conducting Markman hearings and disputes before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

New York

Kokalas represents corporations and individual clients in federal and state white collar criminal and regulatory cases, internal investigations and compliance reviews. He has represented individuals and corporations in investigations and prosecutions by the Department of Justice, the SEC, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York State Attorney General. Kokalas' representations have included cases involving allegations of government contracting and procurement fraud, bribery, money laundering, accounting fraud, securities law violations, insider trading, labor fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.