2014 Midterms Post-Election Analysis Webinar

2014 Midterms Webinar

PRG team members participate in the 2014 midterms post-election webinar

Nearly 200 people tuned in to hear our 2014 midterms post-election analysis webinar this morning.

Follow the link below to view the slides and download the audio from today’s presentation.

PRG speakers included:

Scott Segal, Founding Partner, on election results and implications, as well as energy issues and environmental regulations

Jeff Holmstead, Partner, on energy issues and environmental regulations

Eric Washburn, Partner, on LNG exports

Salo Zelermyer, Senior Counsel, on LNG exports

Josh Zive, Senior Counsel, on crude exports

Mike Pate, Partner, on Tax Issues

Curtis Beaulieu, Senior Counsel, on Tax Issues

Anne Northup, Partner, on election results and implications

Slides are available here: PRG_2014_Midterm_Elections_Webinar_PPT

An audio file of the presentation is available for download here.

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Article on Corporate Inversions Co-Authored by PRG’s Curtis Beaulieu Published in Industry Week

The opening paragraphs from the article, Washington Is Clamping Down on Corporate Inversions – What’s Next?, follow.  The piece was co-authored by Beaulieu and Bracewell partner Abraham (Avi) Reshtick.

You can read the full piece on the Industry Week site, here.

The recent wave of U.S. companies exploring corporate inversions, which has involved mega-billion dollar deals and household brands such as Pfizer and Burger King, has attracted significant attention and fierce criticism. Some people have gone so far as to characterize these U.S. companies as “unpatriotic” or even worse. The combination of inversion activity reaching new heights and the Congressional deadlock has caused the Obama Administration to act unilaterally in an effort to make inversions less attractive.

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On September 22, 2014, the IRS released Notice 2014-52 describing regulations to be issued in order to limit the tax benefits of certain inversion transactions. The notice, focusing on certain post-inversion planning techniques, already led to the termination of AbbVie’s $54 billion merger with Shire Plc (triggering $1.64 billion in break-up fees)
and impacted other pending deals.

Further developments in this area are to be expected but they would likely depend, on the one hand, on the appetite of dealmakers to pursue additional inversions using tax-enhancing techniques given the current uncertain environment and, on the other hand, on the impact such activity may have on
prompting further action by Treasury or breaking the Congressional deadlock
.

Read the full article on the Industry Week site here.

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Tax Policy Specialist Curtis Beaulieu Joins Bracewell & Giuliani’s Policy Resolution Group

The Policy Resolution Group (PRG) at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Curtis Beaulieu is joining PRG as Senior Counsel in its Washington, D.C. office. Beaulieu will provide federal legislative and regulatory advice to the firm’s industry and non-profit clients on a broad range of tax policy matters.

Beaulieu joins PRG from Capitol Hill, where he served since 2011 as tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. As tax counsel, he co-wrote the Tax Reform Option Paper on energy taxes for Senate Finance Committee members, organized hearings on income distribution and oil and gas tax expenditures, including intangible drilling costs, dual capacity, and the Section 199 manufacturing deduction, and negotiated extension of expiring tax provisions involved in the “fiscal cliff,” including “tax extenders,” RA/JGTRRA tax rates, and the estate and gift tax.

Beaulieu has wide-ranging Capitol Hill experience working for both the Senate and the House. Prior to working on the Senate Finance Committee staff, he served as tax counsel to Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) from 2008-11 and, in 2007-8, to Representative Jim McCrery (R-Louisiana), who was then ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee. He also worked in various legislative capacities for Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana).

“Curt is a dedicated professional with a proven track record in understanding the challenges and complexities of the U.S. tax code. I’ve always valued his expertise and counsel and know he’ll do well in this new endeavor,” said Senator Hatch.

“We are excited to have Curt join the team,” said PRG Head Scott Segal. “His experience on tax policy, particularly related to energy, natural resources and manufacturing issues, will greatly benefit our clients. As Congress and the Executive Branch continue to discuss and debate a wide range of tax issues, from comprehensive tax reform to extenders and inversions, Curt will strengthen our practice with his skills and almost decade-long experience in serving as a top tax policy advisor on Capitol Hill. He is also highly respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and throughout the private sector.”

“We proudly welcome Curt to our firm’s tax team,” said Liz McGinley, head of Bracewell & Giuliani’s tax section. “Our corporate clients are increasingly focused on the federal tax implications of their current operations and strategic initiatives. Curt’s tax policy experience, together with our strong transactional tax capability, will allow us to provide exceptional service to our clients.”

“I am delighted to join Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group,” said Beaulieu. “I was attracted to PRG by the firm’s unique comprehensive service model of offering legal, advocacy, and communications services under one roof, as well as its outstanding reputation in Washington for substance and knowledge of tax and other issues.”

Beaulieu received an LL.M. from Georgetown University  Law Center; a J.D. from the California Western School of Law; and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Texas.

Formed in 2011, the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani helps clients around the world navigate our complex federal landscape, creating and implementing successful strategies to achieve our clients’ government relations objectives. PRG provides counsel and services in Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Information Gathering and Political Analysis, Strategic Communications and Legal Representation.

For additional information on PRG, visit www.policyresolutiongroup.org.

 

Tax Policy Specialist Curtis Beaulieu Joins Bracewell & Giuliani’s Policy Resolution Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Policy Resolution Group (PRG) at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Curtis Beaulieu is joining PRG as Senior Counsel in its Washington, D.C. office.  Beaulieu will provide federal legislative and regulatory advice to the firm’s industry and non-profit clients on a broad range of tax policy matters.

Beaulieu joins PRG from Capitol Hill, where he served since 2011 as tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee.  As tax counsel, he co-wrote the Tax Reform Option Paper on energy taxes for Senate Finance Committee members, organized hearings on income distribution and oil and gas tax expenditures, including intangible drilling costs, dual capacity, and the Section 199 manufacturing deduction, and negotiated extension of expiring tax provisions involved in the “fiscal cliff,” including “tax extenders,” RA/JGTRRA tax rates, and the estate and gift tax.

Beaulieu has wide-ranging Capitol Hill experience working for both the Senate and the House.  Prior to working on the Senate Finance Committee staff, he served as tax counsel to Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) from 2008-11 and, in 2007-8, to Representative Jim McCrery (R-Louisiana), who was then ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee.  He also worked in various legislative capacities for Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana).

“Curt is a dedicated professional with a proven track record in understanding the challenges and complexities of the U.S. tax code. I’ve always valued his expertise and counsel and know he’ll do well in this new endeavor,” said Senator Hatch.

“We are excited to have Curt join the team,” said PRG Head Scott Segal. “His experience on tax policy, particularly related to energy, natural resources and manufacturing issues, will greatly benefit our clients. As Congress and the Executive Branch continue to discuss and debate a wide range of tax issues, from comprehensive tax reform to extenders and inversions, Curt will strengthen our practice with his skills and almost decade-long experience in serving as a top tax policy advisor on Capitol Hill. He is also highly respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and throughout the private sector.”

“We proudly welcome Curt to our firm’s tax team,” said Liz McGinley, head of Bracewell & Giuliani’s tax section. “Our corporate clients are increasingly focused on the federal tax implications of their current operations and strategic initiatives.  Curt’s tax policy experience, together with our strong transactional tax capability, will allow us to provide exceptional service to our clients.”

“I am delighted to join Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group,” said Beaulieu. “I was attracted to PRG by the firm’s unique comprehensive service model of offering legal, advocacy, and communications services under one roof, as well as its outstanding reputation in Washington for substance and knowledge of tax and other issues.”

Beaulieu received an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center; a J.D. from the California Western School of Law; and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Texas.

Formed in 2011, the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani helps clients around the world navigate our complex federal landscape, creating and implementing successful strategies to achieve our clients’ government relations objectives.  PRG provides counsel and services in Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Information Gathering and Political Analysis, Strategic Communications and Legal Representation.

For additional information on PRG, visit www.policyresolutiongroup.org.

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Op-ed by PRG Partner Anne Northup Published on The Hill’s Congress Blog

The Hill’s Congress Blog today features an op-ed written by former Congresswoman and commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and current PRG Partner, Anne Northup.

The piece titled “The rest of the Buckyballs story,” calls the CPSC’s second action againt the owner of Buckyballs “a gross overreach of its authority that sought to punish an entrepreneur for exercising his First Amendment rights and that should never be repeated by the agency.”

Read the full piece on The Hill website here.

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PRG Featured in Washington Post

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PRG is featured in a new Washington Post article titled “The new landscape of lobbying.”  It was published today in the Post Capital Business Section.

Writer Catherine Ho explains, “Here, we highlight some of the lobby firms that are shaking things up, either by starting anew, transforming their structure to do business differently or experimenting with new ways to broker change through social media and other outlets.”

About PRG, the article says, “The group…has more flexibility to take chances on new services.”

Read the full piece on the Washington Post website here.

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Top Natural Resources And Energy Lobbyist Eric Washburn Joins Bracewell & Giuliani’s Policy Resolution Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Policy Resolution Group (PRG) at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Eric Washburn is joining PRG as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office.  Washburn will provide federal legislative and regulatory advice to the firm’s industry and non-profit clients on a broad range of policy matters including natural resources and energy issues.

Washburn previously held senior positions at BlueWater Strategies and Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, and Berkowitz, at which time he became the founding Executive Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a coalition of dozens of leading hunting and fishing organizations.  He has worked on a number of Democratic presidential campaigns, assisting in outreach to sportsmen.

Prior to joining the private sector, he was legislative director for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.  He also served as a senior advisor to Majority Leader Harry Reid, including serving as Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

“We are excited to have Eric join the team,” said PRG Head Scott Segal.  “His extensive public and private sector experience and his substantive expertise on major energy, environmental, national resources and other issues will greatly benefit our clients.  A great deal of energy policy today is made by executive branch agencies.  Eric will strengthen our already robust energy and environmental practice with his skills and experience with the Administration and executive agencies. He is also highly respected by both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill and throughout the private sector.”

“I am delighted to join Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group,” said Washburn.  “PRG’s unique comprehensive service model of offering legal, advocacy, and communications services under one roof sets it apart from the competition.  Scott and I have been good friends for years and I’ve worked in collaboration with PRG on a variety of issues.  The team has an outstanding reputation in Washington for its substance and knowledge of the issues.”

Washburn received a Master’s Degree in Forest Science from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychobiology from Bowdoin College.

Formed in 2011, the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani helps clients around the world navigate our complex federal landscape, creating and implementing successful strategies to achieve our clients’ government relations objectives.  PRG provides counsel and services in Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Information Gathering and Political Analysis, Strategic Communications and Legal Representation.  PRG Founding Partners include Scott Segal, former EPA Congressional Affairs head Ed Krenik, Bracewell partner and lobbyist Dee Martin, and strategic communications experts Frank Maisano and Paul Nathanson.

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CNBC Opinion Piece by PRG Partner Frank Macchiarola and Bracewell Senior Counsel Kay Bailey Hutchison

A crisis we should not waste
CNBC
December 3, 2013
By Kay Bailey Hutchison and Frank Macchiarola

During the past couple of months, Americans’ attention has been riveted on the implementation of President Obama’s signature health-care law. The focus has been on the abysmal introduction of the health-care exchange website, and the broken promise to millions of Americans who were assured they would be able to keep their health-insurance plans.

Beyond the obvious missteps lurks a stark reality for many Americans who soon face an even more personal intrusion as they learn that their health insurance is no longer available, their choice of doctors may be limited, and their insurance premiums will rise significantly under this new health-care regime. For small businesses, the disruptive uncertainty of this law has been paralyzing, and has resulted in a surge of part-time hiring.

Over time, the negative consequences of this law will affect Americans in cuts to Medicare benefits, and even in areas outside of the consumption of health care. For example, hidden within this massive law are tax increases for individuals earning capital gains, dividends and passive income wholly unrelated to health care.

Amid this parade of horribles, it would be tempting for Republicans who unanimously opposed this law four years ago to simply pile on criticism echoing the sentiment of the growing public disaffection. However, a far wiser course is to lead with solutions.

Read the full op-ed on the CNBC website here.

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Op-Ed by PRG Partner Frank Macchiarola in Roll Call

Opinion: Obamacare Was a Broken Promise From the Start
Roll Call
November 4, 2013
By Frank J. Macchiarola

As the debate over health care reform reached its climax in Congress during the summer of 2009, President Barack Obama appeared before the American Medical Association in Chicago to build support for his signature legislation. In his speech to the AMA, the president promised unequivocally, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”

This promise became the Obama administration’s watchword throughout the push for health care reform, and it was repeated over and over again in the halls of Congress.

Events of recent weeks have shown that this promise has not been kept. Recently, a number of large U.S. employers announced their decision to discontinue health insurance plans for part-time workers. In addition, a wave of blue-chip companies announced separate decisions to move retirees out of existing health plans onto exchanges.

Finally, many Americans in the individual health insurance market have received notice that their insurance provider is dropping coverage and they will be pushed into the health exchanges where they will likely face higher costs.

Read the full op-ed here.

 

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Bracewell Giuliani’s Policy Resolution Group Welcomes Former Congresswoman / CPSC Commissioner Anne Northup to the Firm

WASHINGTON — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that former Congresswoman Anne Northup has joined the firm’s Policy Resolution Group (PRG) in Washington, DC.  Northup, who most recently served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), will bring the knowledge and experience she has gained over her years of public service to her new role as a strategist and advisor for the firm’s clients, particularly those in the consumer products, health, international trade, energy, environment, and manufacturing sectors.

Northup joins PRG after serving for the past three years as a CPSC Commissioner where she was known for her advocacy on behalf of small business.  She served as a Commissioner during the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and worked to craft rules that balanced the costs to business with  the need to protect children from real risks.  Prior to her time as a CPSC Commissioner, she represented the third congressional district of Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997-2006 and also the  Kentucky House of Representatives from 1987-1996.

As a Member of Congress, Northup served on the House Appropriations Committee, the powerful committee that considers all federal spending bills. She served on several subcommittees including Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Independent Agencies; and Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs.  She focused on health and infrastructure issues, and programs for at-risk youth.  Representing Kentucky, she also focused on energy and environmental issues and has strong working  relationships with the coal, oil and gas industries.

“As both a former legislator and regulator, Anne Northup brings a unique perspective to the Policy Resolution Group,” said PRG head Scott Segal.  “She is a perfect fit for two of our largest practice areas – energy and environment, and consumer product safety  – and will also help us expand our practices in other areas including healthcare and international trade.  As when she served in Congress, Congresswoman Northup will also be a strong advocate for Kentucky-based companies in Washington, DC.”

“We welcome Congresswoman Northup to Bracewell & Giuliani,” said Bracewell & Giuliani name partner Rudy Giuliani.  “She built a reputation in Congress as a highly respected leader who worked to create a better environment in the U.S. for economic growth and commerce, and at the CPSC as a Commissioner who protected children from real risks of harm while understanding the costs to businesses of unnecessary regulations.”

“Congresswoman Northup strengthens the firm’s already outstanding advocacy capabilities in Washington, DC,” said Mark C. Evans, Managing Partner of Bracewell & Giuliani.  “She is highly respected nationally and will be a tremendous asset for our PRG team as well as attorneys throughout the firm.”

“I am very excited to join Bracewell & Giuliani’s Policy Resolution Group, which has built an outstanding reputation in Washington for advocacy and strategic communications work,” said Northup.  “PRG has one of the top consumer products advocacy and strategic communications practices in Washington.  I am equally excited to contribute to the firm’s other practice areas and look forward to working with my new colleagues.”

Northup graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business.  She has received numerous legislative awards, including the prestigious “Adam Smith Award,” which is presented annually to one federal elected official who exhibits an exemplary commitment to economic freedom.

Formed in 2011, the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani helps clients around the world navigate our complex federal landscape, creating and implementing successful strategies to achieve our clients’ government relations objectives.  PRG provides counsel and services in Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Information Gathering and Political Analysis, Strategic Communications and Legal Representation.  PRG Founding Partners include Scott Segal, former EPA Congressional Affairs head Ed Krenik, Bracewell partner and lobbyist Dee Martin, and strategic communications experts Frank Maisano and Paul Nathanson.

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PRG wins Legal Marketing Association Award

We are thrilled and honored to report that the PRG 2012 post-election campaign earned a first place award from the Legal Marketing Association in the category of Promotional and Collateral Materials.

The full campaign included 18 articles and four videos which were disseminated by e-mail, posted on our website, and promoted on social media.

See the full 2013 Legal Marketing Association awards program here.  We’re on page 20!

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Join the PRG Team

The Policy Resolution Group is seeking an assistant to provide excellent administrative and communications support to three professionals within its Strategic Communications practice in the Washington, DC office of Bracewell & Giuliani.  Duties to include: answering telephones, coordinating calendars, making and coordinating travel arrangements, processing travel and expense receipts, preparing monthly bills, performing legislative and general research, supporting social media efforts on behalf of clients, assisting with client events and meetings in the office, maintaining client email lists, proofreading work product for typographical and spelling errors, and composing routine letters, e-mails and memoranda as directed.  The ideal candidate will be highly organized, proficient in social media platforms, interested in strategic communications, and capable of instilling confidence, executing excellent client service, and exhibiting sound judgment.  College degree preferred.  Competitive salary and benefits package.  Resume and statement of interest should be sent to the Human Resources Manager at: aryn.blanton@bgllp.com.  Please reference the position in the subject of your email. No phone calls, please.  Principals only.

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