Michael Niebruegge has served as Partner-in-Charge of Mayer Brown’s Houston office since 1995. He is a respected finance and corporate attorney whose practice is primarily concentrated in four key areas of business; finance, bankruptcy and workout, oil and gas, and corporate.
Michael represents lenders and arrangers in negotiating and documenting secured lending and securitization agreements with corporations, general partnerships, limited partnerships, individuals and trusts engaged in energy, mining, transportation and manufacturing. In this context, Michael advises clients on syndicated agreements, complex pricing and asset securitizations.
Michael represents creditors in negotiating and documenting debt restructurings and disputes with other creditors and debtors.
In addition, he represents oil and gas producers in a variety of onshore matters, including joint operating agreements, lease acquisitions and sales, farm-out and farm-in agreements, production payments and production regulatory matters.
Michael also represents corporations engaged principally in service businesses and extractive businesses. He advises clients on employment contracts, real property acquisitions and general corporate matters.
In 2007, the Chambers USA directory recommended Michael as ". . . 'second to none in the market' . . . 'professionalism and incredible congeniality with opposing counsel and clients.'" Earlier (2006), Chambers described him as "'Pleasant, honest and totally reliable' . . . combines his 'extensive knowledge' with 'a constructive and helpful attitude.'"
Michael joined Mayer Brown in 1977, leaving the firm in 1981 to accept a position as Vice President and General Counsel with the Gulf Coast Royalty Company. He returned to Mayer Brown in 1982. From 1979 to 1980, Michael held a faculty appointment as Lecturer in Business Law at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois.
Cornell University Law School, JD, 1977; Note and Comment Editor, Cornell Law Review, Harvard College, AB, cum laude, 1974.