Michael E. Niebruegge - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Michael E. Niebruegge

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Michael Niebruegge is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department and a member of the Finance Group.  Michael focuses on corporate, finance, bankruptcy and workout matters, primarily in the energy and mining industries.  He has substantial experience representing the leading global credit providers and financial advisors to oil and gas producers, refiners, midstream businesses and oil field service providers, as well as companies engaged principally in service and extractive businesses. 

Michael regularly negotiates and documents secured lending transactions, including senior, second lien and mezzanine loans; syndicated loans; project loans; securitizations; volumetric production payments and net profits interests; and structured commodity agreements. He also negotiates and documents debt restructurings; manages disputes among creditors and debtors; and advises on lease acquisitions and sales, joint operating agreements, and other energy issues.

Michael is ranked in Chambers Global - USA, Chambers USA - Nationwide, and Chambers USA - Texas (Band 1); he is noted as an “outstanding” lawyer and “an icon in finance” who “knows the market terms and is very practical and user-friendly.” He has been consistently ranked in Chambers directories since 2003, having previously been described as "an obvious top-tier choice" and "second to none in the market.”  He has also been recognized for excellence in the areas of Banking and Finance, Corporate, Energy, and Project Finance by Best Lawyers (2013, 2015), and was named Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year - Project Finance Law” in 2015 and “Lawyer of the Year – Banking” in 2010. 

Harvard CollegeAB 1974Cornell Law SchoolJ.D. 1977

Office Location

600 Travis Street, Suite 2310
Houston, TX 77002
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law of the Houston Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Project Finance Law of the Houston Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law of the Houston Metro Area
Michael E. Niebruegge has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Michael E. Niebruegge has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Michael E. Niebruegge has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law (Asset-Based Lending, Finance, Loan Documentation, Oil & Gas Lending)
Corporate Law
Energy Law
Project Finance Law