Name partner Giuliani begins White House bid

Bracewell & Giuliani’s name partner and former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is a step closer to becoming the next US president.

Giuliani, who is senior partner at the Texas-headquartered firm, filed papers on Friday (10 November) to create the ‘Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee’.

An exploratory committee is a means for potential candidates to test the waters of support across the country before announcing themselves as official presidential nominees.

A spokesperson for Giuliani said: “With the filing of this document, we have taken the necessary legal steps so an organisation can be put in place and money can be raised to explore a possible presidential run in 2008.”

It has been widely speculated that Giuliani would run for president since he stepped down as mayor of New York following the 9/11 attacks. He has previously said that he would wait until last week’s mid-term elections were over before announcing his position.

Giuliani joined Bracewell, formerly known as Bracewell & Patterson, in 2005 and became name partner. He is responsible for building contacts for the corporate, bankruptcy and white-collar crime teams at the firm.

The news of his potential presidental bid comes in the wake of the announcement that the Texas-headquartered firm would launch in London, as first reported in The Lawyer (18 September). The office will be headed by Martin Hunt, formerly of Slaughter and May.

In an exclusive interview, Bracewell managing partner Pat Oxford denied that the London opening was related to Giuliani’s political aspirations.

He said: “Rudy’s certainly a popular guy and I’d be lying if I said his arrival at the firm hadn’t brought us valuable introductions in New York, but clients aren’t impressed by this. Unless you can deliver, they don’t want to know.”