Bracewell LLP, a foremost law and government relations firm recently announced the appointment of Danielle M. Varnell, a leading transactional and projects lawyer in the renewable energy arena. Coming from Jones Day, she would be joining the company’s Washington, DC office as a partner in its power practice. Varnell is the ninth lateral partner to join the Bracewell’s global energy team within the last 12 months, and fourth to join since the beginning of 2020. 

Over the years, Varnell has played a major part in some of the largest wind and solar transactions in the world and her addition to the team represents a broad range of clients on M&A transactions and project development in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a particular focus on renewable energy. Throughout her career she has advised strategic and financial buyers and sellers on the purchase, sale or development of over 8,000 MW of wind generation, 6,000 MV of solar generation and 4,000 MW of nuclear generation assets, which cumulatively hold a value of more than $40 billion. 

Expressing his excitement over welcoming Varnell onboard, Bracewell Managing Partner Gregory M. Bopp stated that Danielle, being one of the most respected practitioners in the renewable energy source, brings along her broad expertise in wind and solar transactions. Her proficiency will only add further depth to their supreme global power practice as she will go on to represent clients in significant electric transmission projects.

Despite COVID-19 pandemic affecting industries and posing economical challenges all across the globe, the outlook of the renewable energy market is still positive. Having one of the nation’s largest power teams which is constantly dealing with wind, solar and other renewable energy projects and transactions, Bracewell is incessantly a front runner when it comes to developments in the energy industry. 

Talking about her latest endeavor, Danielle Varnell said that she decided to work with Bracewell because it is a leading energy law firm armed with a competent team, ready to handle all renewable energy and infrastructure related issues. She further goes on to state, “I’m excited to work with my new partners in helping our clients achieve their business objectives.”

Varnell graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. from Ripon College in 1993 and received her J.D., cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in the year 1997. She advices US and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures and project development. Apart from that, she also settles and drafts EPC contracts, O&M agreements, joint ventures, project administration agreements, construction management agreements, wind turbine supply agreements and REC purchase agreements, as well as many more procurement and development agreements.

About Bracewell LLP

Founded in 1945, Bracewell is a leading law and government relations firm mainly serving the energy, finance and technology industries globally. Their firm is grounded in a strong and resolute commitment to a culture of professional excellence, teamwork and personal relationships based on trust and respect among all Bracewell lawyers and staff which ultimately results in innovative solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

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