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About Elizabeth

Elizabeth McGinley, chair of Bracewell's tax department, regularly advises clients on acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings, joint ventures and debt and equity investments in the upstream and midstream oil and gas and conventional and renewable power industries. She represents both public and private energy companies as well as private equity funds. Liz is recognized by Chambers USA among America's leading lawyers for tax (2012-2021). From Chambers USA: "One of the sharpest and most comprehensive tax people we've ever worked with; nothing gets by her. From a client's perspective, I don't know how you could ask for more" (2018).

In addition to her traditional energy practice, Liz also advises on tax issues arising in connection with the energy transition including federal tax credits and investment structures. Liz regularly works with clients evaluating carbon capture, utilization and storage.

She is extremely technical on all aspects of oil and gas tax issues, very sharp and very responsive to her client’s needs.
Chambers USA, 2021


Recent Notable Matters

Phillips 66 — investment in a minority ownership stake in Shell Rock Soy Processing LLC, which is developing a soybean oil processing facility in Shell Rock, Iowa

Juniper Capital Advisors, L.P. — investment in Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) with a value of $188.4 million, including: i) a cash investment of $150 million and ii) a contribution of complementary oil and gas assets, resulting in Juniper-affiliated entities owning approximately 59 percent of the equity of Penn Virginia through a Penn Virginia subsidiary, in an up-C structure

Equinor — $1.1 billion sale of a 50 percent interest in two US offshore wind development projects to BP, including formation of a partnership to develop and operate the Empire Wind project offshore New York and Beacon Wind project offshore Massachusetts, which together could generate up to 4.4 GW

TC Energy Corporation — US counsel in connection with the Government of Alberta’s $1.1 billion equity investment and $4.2 billion loan guarantee to support construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline

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

TC Energy Corporation — approximately $1.275 billion sale of US midstream assets held by its subsidiary, Columbia Midstream Group, to a subsidiary of UGI Corporation

Phillips 66 — formation of Bluewater Texas Terminal LLC, a joint venture with Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd., to develop an offshore deepwater port project in the Port of Corpus Christi

Apache Corporation — creation of $3.5 billion midstream company with Kayne Anderson Acquisition Corp., forming the only publicly traded, pure-play Permian Basin midstream company that is a C-corporation

Phillips 66 — option agreement pursuant to which DCP Midstream LP acquired an option to purchase up to a 30 percent ownership interest in Phillip 66’s new fractionators under construction at its expanded Sweeny Hub

Phillips 66 Partners LP — joint venture construction and operating agreements with Andeavor and an equity option with Canadian midstream company Enbridge Inc. in relation to the Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC joint venture, and in a joint venture with Buckeye Partners LP to develop the new South Texas Gateway Terminal at the mouth of Corpus Christi Bay

Kinder Morgan, Inc. — final investment decision between Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC, DCP Midstream, LP and an affiliate of Targa Resources to proceed with the $1.7 billion Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Project, designed to transport up to 1.92 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas

Apache Corporation — strategic partnership with EPIC Midstream Holdings, LP and Noble Energy Inc. to develop the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline, including transportation service agreements, tariffs and related regulatory 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

Global Infrastructure Partners — majority position in a preferred equity investment of up to $250 million in Caprock Midstream to fund the expansion of Caprock’s natural gas gathering and processing assets in the Permian Basin

Parsley Energy Inc. — $2.8 billion acquisition of certain entities holding undeveloped acreage and producing oil and gas properties in the core of the Midland Basin from Double Eagle Energy Permian LLC and certain of its affiliates consisting of approximately $1.4 billion in cash and approximately 39.8 million units of Parsley Energy

Apache Corporation — $1.4 billion sale of approximately 90,000 net acres in southern Louisiana and 115,000 net acres in the Anadarko Basin to Tapstone Energy

HPS Investment Partners LLC — Bayou City Energy’s additional preferred stock investment in an HPS portfolio company, High Mesa, Inc., the parent of Alta Mesa Holdings, LP. This additional investment follows Bayou City Energy’s initial investment in High Mesa, Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2016.

HPS Investment Partners LLC — $350 million recapitalization of Alta Mesa Holdings, Inc. through a combination of convertible preferred stock and senior notes

Chevron Corporation — sale to ONEOK Partners, LP. of the Mesquite Pipeline and its 80 percent interest in the West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership for approximately $800 million

Duke Energy Corporation — $2.8 billion sale of its Midwest merchant generation business to a subsidiary of Dynegy Inc., which includes ownership interests in 11 power plants with a total capacity of approximately 6,100 MW, as well as Duke’s competitive retail electric and gas business; Platts Global Energy Awards, 2015 Strategic Deal of the Year

Pioneer Natural Resources Company — acquisition of 28,000 acres in the Midland Basin from Devon Energy Corporation for $435 million

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board — $450 million commitment by its wholly-owned subsidiary, CPPIB Credit Investments, to LongPoint Minerals, LLC, and entity formed to buy minerals and royalties in the U.S.

Phillips 66 — exchange of Phillips Specialty Products Inc. to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. for shares of Phillips 66 stock held by Berkshire Hathaway affiliates, valued at approximately $1.4 billion

Alinda Capital Partners and GE Energy Financial Services — definitive agreement to sell SourceGas Holdings LLC to Black Hills Corp. for $1.89 billion

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.

Publications and Speeches

"Taxpayers Get Answers on 45Q Questions With IRS Guidance," Bloomberg Tax, September 2021.

"Lower Carbon Innovation & Legal Issues," 72nd Institute for Energy Law’s Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, April 2021.

"IRC Sec. 45 Q and Carbon Investments in the Energy Space," the University of Houston Law Center Denney L. Wright International Energy Tax Conference and the Annual Houston Business and Tax Law Journal Symposium, February 2021.

"Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration Webinar," Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy Law & Business, February 2021.

"The Future of Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Projects: Tax Credits, Measurement Standards and Transaction Structures," co-hosted with Gaffney Cline, June 2020.

"The Evolving Partnership Audit Rules," 15th Biennial Parker C. Fielder Oil and Gas Tax Conference, November 2019.

"The Energy Transaction Landscape Post Tax-Reform," TEI Tax School, May 2019.

"TCJA Subsequent Guidance on Structuring and Negotiating M&A Transactions" 85th Annual API Federal Tax Forum, April 2019.

"The New Section 163(j)," TEI Tax School, May 2018.

"Mineral Transactions Require Careful Attention," Oil & Gas Investor, Who's Who in Minerals, January 2018.

"Earnouts and Other Techniques for Addressing the Bid-Ask Spread," 83rd Annual API Federal Tax Forum, April 2017.

"Private Equity Development Joint Ventures," The 82nd Annual API Federal Tax Forum, Houston, April 19, 2016.

"Distressed Situations in O&G" 81st Annual API Federal Tax Forum, April 2015.

"Super-Charged Energy IPOs," Oil & Gas Investor, November 2014.

"Are VPPs Better Financing Structures Than RBLs?" Project Finance, March 2013.



New York University School of Law,
LL.M., Taxation
New York University School of Law,
Lehigh University,
Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

New York


Certified Public Accountant, New York


Kent Place School, Summit, NJ
Board of Directors
Executive Women of New Jersey
New York City Tax Club
Tax Authority International Editorial Advisory Board



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September 13, 2018
Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

Hidden Tax Dangers

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Oil & Gas Financial Journal

New Twists On An Old Structure

August 1, 2015
Oil and Gas Investor

Deal of the Week: $235 Million Energy Deal

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Texas Lawyer - Houston Bureau

Offshore: Deals and cases

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Munger Tolles Helps Buffett End 2013 With One More Deal

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American Lawyer - Online

Deal of the Week: Power Player

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The Way Forward: A Legal and Commercial Primer on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration

February 4, 2021
Published originally in "The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law," Volume 16:1 2021, Page 43.

Business Taxes

January 25, 2018

Bracewell Tax Group members Elizabeth McGinley and Steven Lorch discuss Business Taxes, including: reduced corporate rates, the qualified business income deduction and the impact of the Interest Deduction Limitation and immediate expensing.

The Mineral Revolution: How The Recent Influx of Capital is Changing Deal Structures and Opportunities for Investment

October 23, 2017
Energy Legal Blog®

Over the past twelve months, we have witnessed a rapid evolution in the way that E&P industry participants acquire and own minerals. While the perpetual nature and non-cost bearing aspects of...

MLP Qualifying Income "“ Treasury and IRS Issue Proposed Regulations

On May 5, 2015, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations that provide much-anticipated guidance on the scope of qualifying income under Section 7704(d)(1)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) for master limited partnerships (MLPs) engaged in activities with respect to minerals or natural resources. The issuance of the proposed regulations is a significant development because private letter rulings (PLRs) historically have been the primary source of interpretive guidance on whether certain mineral or natural resource activities...

Year Long Pause Lifted on MLP Qualifying Income Private Letter Rulings - Proposed Regulations to be Issued

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Chambers USA
New York Tax, 2012 - 2021
The Legal 500 United States
US Taxes - Non-Contentious, 2016 - 2021; Domestic Tax, 2015; Domestic Tax: East Coast, 2014; Tax, 2009 - 2012; Energy: Transactions, 2014 - 2015


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