Friday, September 26, 2008

Bracewell & Giuliani Announces Financial Industry Task Force

PRESS RELEASE of Bracewell & Guliani LLP

Firm Establishes Task Force to Assist Financial Industry

WASHINGTON & NEW YORK--Bracewell & Giuliani LLP today announced that it has formed a multi-disciplinary Task Force to guide financial institutions, private investment funds, institutional investors and other market participants through the legislative, regulatory and enforcement challenges posed by the Troubled Asset Relief Act and other impending actions by Congress, the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the SEC.

The Task Force will focus in particular on legislation, regulatory actions, enforcement matters and strategic communications to assist market participants in their efforts to navigate one of the most significant governmental actions in the history of the U.S. economy.

Commenting on the formation of the Bracewell Task Force, senior partner Rudy Giuliani said, "Our team of former government officials and experienced attorneys in the fields of legislation, enforcement and finance are equipped to guide institutions in this quickly evolving and complex environment." Mr. Giuliani noted that the Bracewell Task Force includes a former Comptroller of the Currency, a former Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, former members of Congress from both political parties, former federal prosecutors, and former SEC enforcement attorneys.

In addition, the Bracewell Task Force will draw heavily upon our resources in the areas of broker-dealer and market regulation, financial restructuring, and corporate and securities.

As part of its services, the Task Force is establishing a blog to relay critical real-time information on the development of policy related to the legislation, regulation and enforcement priorities, and will also be providing periodic updates directly to interested clients.

The Task Force includes:

Patrick Oxford T: 713.221.1432 E: – Pat Oxford is the Chairman of Bracewell & Giuliani and has decades of experience in navigating federal and state political waters and in dealing with the intersection of business transactions with government regulation.

Robert L. Clarke T: 713.221.1180 E: – Bob Clarke, the Comptroller of the Currency under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, is the founder of Bracewell's Global Financial Services practice and regularly advises major banking institutions with respect to the constantly changing economic and regulatory conditions and political realities. Mr. Clarke also served as a Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Resolution Trust Corporation.

Sanford "Sandy" Brown T: 214.758.1093 E: – Sandy Brown is a leader of Bracewell's Banks and Financial Institutions practice. Mr. Brown advises financial institutions and specialty finance companies in matters involving state and federal banking laws, regulations and enforcement actions and in corporate transactions, including M&A, securities offerings, holding company formations and Subchapter S corporation elections.

John A. Brunjes T: 860.256.8539 E: – John Brunjes handles a wide variety of transactional corporate and securities law matters for investment funds, institutional investors and fund managers, and public and private businesses. His practice focuses on private equity, venture capital, hedge fund formation, operational, compliance and enforcement issues, and illiquid investment transactions, with particular emphasis on advising private domestic and offshore pooled investment funds and their stakeholders.

Evan D. Flaschen T: 860.256.8537 E: – Evan Flaschen is the chair of Bracewell's Financial Restructuring practice. He represents many of the world's largest hedge funds, institutional investors, proprietary and trading desks, fund managers, leveraged finance participants and financial services companies in out-of-court restructurings, in-court proceedings and distressed M&A transactions, both domestically and internationally.

Marc L. Mukasey T: 212.508.6134 E: – Marc Mukasey, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is the leader of Bracewell's White Collar Criminal Defense and Special Investigations practice. He represents corporations and individuals facing allegations of all manner of business crimes and regulatory violations and frequently conducts internal investigation work on behalf of corporate clients.

Christopher D. Olive T: 214.758.1092 E: – Chris Olive, a leader of Bracewell's Finance practice, represents U.S. and foreign banks, thrifts and financial holding companies, investment banks, broker-dealers, investment funds, derivatives counterparties, insurance, premium finance and real estate finance companies, institutional investors and other market participants in a wide variety of structured and synthetic financing, swaps and derivatives, securities lending and repurchase, loan, securities and commodities trading, real estate financing and other loan and loan participation programs and transactions.

Mark E. Palmer T: 212.508.6116 E: – Mark Palmer heads Bracewell's New York Corporate practice and the Private Investment Funds practice. He represents private investment funds, financial institutions and corporations on M&A, special situations, restructuring and general corporate matters in private/public takeovers, joint ventures, investments and reorganizations in the United States and abroad.

Julian Rainero T: 212.508.6142 E: – Julian Rainero, the head of Bracewell's Broker-Dealer and Market Regulation practice, advises broker-dealers and alternative trading systems on compliance with SEC, Federal Reserve Board and self-regulatory organization rules and regulations, including with respect to responses to examination findings and enforcement proceedings. He also provides legal counsel to broker-dealers, hedge funds and other financial institutions in capital markets transactions, collateralized structured finance transactions, hedging of private investments in public equities, and transactions subject to Regulation M.

Scott H. Segal T: 202.828.5845 E: – Scott Segal is co-head of the Federal Government Relations and Advocacy practice, and strategic communications section at Bracewell. A practicing lawyer, Mr. Segal assists clients with effective participation in the legislative and regulatory processes in many areas of government operation, including financial services, environment, energy, trade and consumer issues. He has led campaigns for clients and coalitions before the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, states and the media.

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