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Bilateral Chamber Member- Bracewell Adds Corporate Energy, Gov’t Contracts Partners

March 7, 2017 | Law360

Law360, Washington (March 7, 2017, 4:30 PM EST) — Bracewell LLP on Monday announced the separate hirings of new partners for its government practice and its corporate and securities practice, who respectively bring to the firm renewed government contract expertise and expertise in energy company capital markets.

The new government contracts partner in the Washington, D.C., office is Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP alum Robert J. Wagman Jr., who brings with him experience from a range of industries, navigating everything from litigation to transactional matters and compliance with regulation, Bracewell said. Joining the corporate and securities practice in Houston is Timothy C. Langenkamp, a Sidley Austin LLP alum praised on Monday for his work in energy capital markets transactions and more.

Bracewell lauded the promise that Wagman brings to helping lead the government contracts practice, with its government practice having lacked a dedicated contracts attorney in recent years. He will also bring his experience conducting internal investigations for companies, the firm said, and advising on disclosure requirements mandated by contracts with the federal government.

“Bob is a well-respected lawyer who will enhance our nationally recognized litigation, regulatory and government practices,” Bracewell Managing Partner Gregory M. Bopp said in a statement. “His extensive government contracting experience will be tremendously beneficial to our clients that interface with the federal government.”

The firm also noted Wagman’s work representing government program contractors embroiled in criminal investigations as well as representing both protesters and intervenors in all kinds of bid protests, and his “extensive experience” in every stage of whistleblower False Claims Act lawsuits. In addition, Wagman “has significant transactional experience” including with those involving government contractors being acquired by foreign buyers, Bracewell said, and he works on day-to-day contract government matters that include issues with intellectual property and “unique corporate compliance requirements.”

Litigation practice firmwide Chairman Stephen B. Crain called Wagman “a tremendous lawyer” in a statement, contending that the new hire’s “demeanor and approach” goes well with Bracewell’s client-first mantra.

Wagman said in his own statement that he was excited by the opportunities with his new firm.

“Federal procurement is a natural extension of Bracewell’s well-established regulatory, litigation and governmental groups and is an ideal fit for what we will be able to offer clients,” Wagman said.

In an interview on Tuesday, Wagman said he had been in talks for months with former colleagues now at Bracewell. He praised the firm for its “great platform” from which to launch a dedicated government contracts practice.

Bracewell has done government contracts work previously, Wagman told Law360, but his joining allows the firm to offer complete solutions where it might have needed to seek outside help in the past.

As for Langenkamp, his hiring announcement included a statement from Bopp touting the new partner’s “tremendous capital markets and M&A experience in the energy sector.”

According to Bracewell, Langenkamp’s energy industry focus includes working with issuers, sponsors and underwriters on capital market deals, with a particular emphasis on master limited partnerships. Langenkamp also works on securities law compliance, the firm said, as well as issues that include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance.

“Tim is an outstanding corporate lawyer with great experience in an area in which Bracewell is a leading firm,” corporate and securities practice co-head Charles Still Jr. said in a statement. “Tim further strengthens and provides additional depth for our energy-focused capital markets and M&A practices, expanding our ability to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients on corporate and securities matters.”

Langenkamp also said he is looking forward to working with Bracewell’s “internationally recognized energy team.”

“Bracewell’s strong commitment to the energy space is a natural fit for my practice and clients,” Langenkamp said in a statement.

Langenkamp also told Law360 on Tuesday that the kinds of transactions he has been working on in recent years made it clear that he could use the kind of oil and gas industry connections offered by Bracewell. The firm offers a team of master limited partnership experts who can work on capital market deals, Langenkamp said in an interview.

“Bracewell couldn’t be a better platform for me,” he said.