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About Catherine

Catherine (PRON. "Catrina") Engell advises clients on tax matters related to a wide range of corporate transactions, from mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities offerings to financing, joint ventures and restructurings. In recent years, Catherine's practice has evolved to include a strong focus on the energy sector. Previously she represented clients in federal, state, and local tax disputes before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Tax Court, the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice and state and local taxing authorities.


Recent Notable Matters

Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc. — initial purchasers’ counsel in 144A offering of $350 million of senior notes

Phillips 66 — $1 billion offering of senior notes

Evergy Kansas Central, Inc. — counsel for the underwriters in the offering by Evergy Kansas Central, Inc. (formerly Westar Energy, Inc.) of $500 million of first mortgage bonds

COG Operating LLC — contributions of saltwater disposal wells and large-diameter produced water gathering pipelines in the Delaware Basin to Solaris Water Midstream, LLC in exchange for cash and equity in Solaris Midstream Holdings, LLC

Sol Systems, LLC — joint venture with Capital Dynamics for the formation of Sol Customer Solutions, which will provide large pools of institutional capital direct exposure to the US distributed generation market

Eni Petroleum US LLC — acquisition of 30 percent interest and a follow-on deal for remaining 70 percent and operatorship of the Oooguruk oil field in Alaska from Caelus Natural Resources Alaska, LLC

Halcón Resources Corporation — $325 million divestiture of water infrastructure assets across the Delaware Basin to a subsidiary of WaterBridge Resources LLC

Affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. — strategic investment with Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP in forming a joint venture to invest in core infrastructure assets

AP Energy Holdings Inc and South Field Energy LLC — $1.3 billion project financing and equity arrangements for the construction of the South Field Energy project, a 1,182 MW combined-cycle natural gas electric generating facility located near Wellsville, Ohio

Publications and Speeches

"Closely Held Businesses From Start to Finish: A Three Part Series / Part 1. Formation," American Bar Association, Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting, January 2019

"Advice for the 21st Century Tax Lawyer," American Bar Association, Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting, January 2019



New York University School of Law,
LL.M., Taxation - Executive Program
American University, Washington College of Law,
University of Rochester,
Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia




New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA)
Foundation Board, Inc. (2017 – present); Pro Bono Committee (2010 – present)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Section of Taxation, Council Director (2017-2020); Secretary (2016-2017); Assistant Secretary (2014-2015); Vice Chair, Pro Bono Committee (2012-2013)



New York Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Bracewell Attorneys

September 13, 2018
Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters





Thomson Reuters
New York Metro Super Lawyers
Rising Stars, 2015 – 2018
New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Award
2010 – 2017