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National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Dallas Conference 05-03-2018

V&E is a proud Ruby sponsor of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Dallas Conference, taking place May 3 in Dallas, TX.

2018 Kayo Women's Real Estate Summit 04-23-2018

V&E is once again a proud sponsor of the 2018 Kayo Women's Real Estate Summit, taking place April 23rd and 24th in Washington D.C. 

Restatements and Late Periodic Reports 03-21-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program will discuss the principles and standards applicable to determine whether a restatement of financial statements must be issued.

Iraq Petroleum 2018 02-27-2018

V&E is pleased to sponsor the 2018 Iraq Petroleum Conference, taking place in Berlin, Germany on February 27-28.

2018 International Fiscal Association (IFA) Annual Conference 02-21-2018

V&E is pleased to sponsor the 2018 International Fiscal Association (IFA) Annual Conference. 

DOJ “No-Poach” Antitrust Prosecutions May Be Imminent 02-16-2018

V&E Antitrust Investigations Update E-communication, February 16, 2018

The DOJ Antitrust Division has been threatening at least since 2010 that it may treat “no-poach” or “mutual no-hire” agreements as criminal violations of the antitrust laws. 

Tidewater Logistics Announces Investment by Funds Affiliated with Apollo Global Management 02-15-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in connection with the acquisition of a majority interest in Tidewater Logistics Corporation, a leading provider of frac sand supply chain solutions.

Fieldwood Energy Files Prepackaged Chapter 11 Cases, Announces Gulf of Mexico Acquisition 02-15-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Riverstone in connection with the announcement by Fieldwood Energy LLC that it has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas as part of a "prepackaged" chapter 11 case. 

What Every Corporate Director Should Know About the New Tax Law - Part 1 02-15-2018

First Published by National Association of Corporate Directors, February 15, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Act”) has sweeping ramifications. These range from mechanical compliance issues (e.g., revised withholding rates for employees) to strategic concerns that must ultimately be decided in the boardroom.

Trends Transactions and Opportunities in Oil and Gas 02-15-2018

V&E Restructuring partner Bill Wallander will speak on a complimentary webcast regarding the latest in oil & gas transaction trends.

TCJA Impacts on REITs and REIT Transaction Structures 02-15-2018

REITs_ThumbnailPlease join us for our inaugural quarterly REIT Series webinar during which we will discuss the impact of the recently adopted tax reform on REITs, REIT transaction structures, questions that have arisen since adoption and issues that will need attention from the Internal Revenue Service in the future.

Quintana Energy Services Inc. Closes Initial Public Offering 02-13-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Quintana Energy Services Inc. (QES) in connection with its initial public offering of 9,259,259 shares of its common stock at $10.00 per share.

Lotus Midstream Secures $400M Capital Commitment from EnCap Flatrock Midstream 02-13-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Lotus Midstream, LLC, a crude oil logistics provider, in connection with an initial capital commitment of $400 million from EnCap Flatrock Midstream and the Lotus management team.

An Update on Tax Reform and Its Implications in 2018 02-13-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program will give a high-level summary of the new tax bill and its implications for various industries.

The National Association of Corporate Directors: The Strategic-Asset GC 02-12-2018

On Monday, February 12, V&E partner Gillian Hobson will moderate the “2018 Governance Outlook” session at The Strategic-Asset GC being held in Washington D.C.

Maersk Oil: 'just and reasonable' apportionment 02-08-2018

First published in Tax Journal, February 8, 2018

For a concept that is so commonly found in our tax legislation, it is perhaps surprising that there has not been more guidance on what the parameters of a ‘just and reasonable’ apportionment are.

Federal Circuit Rejects “Good Faith and Fair Dealing” Argument for Scrapping an Exclusive Patent License 02-08-2018

V&E IP Insights E-communication, February 8, 2018

On February 7, 2018, the Federal Circuit unsealed its decision to uphold a preliminary injunction barring Infineon Technologies from terminating an exclusive patent license to MACOM Technology Solutions for certain semiconductor technology. 

V&E Announces New Leadership Roles in Shareholder Activism Practice, Corporate Department 02-08-2018

Vinson & Elkins LLP announced today several new leadership appointments, including naming attorneys Lawrence Elbaum, Jeff Floyd, Patrick Gadson and Steve Gill as the senior leadership team of the firm’s Shareholder Activism practice.

FIDIC Red Book 2017: Top 7 Changes 02-08-2018

V&E Construction Disputes Update E-communication, February 8, 2018

On 5 December 2017, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) published new editions of its suite of contracts, reflecting long-awaited responses to the changing needs of the construction industry. 

Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course 02-07-2018

On Wednesday, February 7, V&E partner Devika Kornbacher presented the topic, "Data Security & Agreements - Negotiating Agreements of Provisions" at a cybersecurity-focused workshop offered by the State Bar of Texas in conjunction with their annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law course.

Tidewater Logistics Announces Investment by Funds Affiliated with Apollo Global Management 02-15-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in connection with the acquisition of a majority interest in Tidewater Logistics Corporation, a leading provider of frac sand supply chain solutions.

Fieldwood Energy Files Prepackaged Chapter 11 Cases, Announces Gulf of Mexico Acquisition 02-15-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Riverstone in connection with the announcement by Fieldwood Energy LLC that it has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas as part of a "prepackaged" chapter 11 case. 

Quintana Energy Services Inc. Closes Initial Public Offering 02-13-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Quintana Energy Services Inc. (QES) in connection with its initial public offering of 9,259,259 shares of its common stock at $10.00 per share.

Lotus Midstream Secures $400M Capital Commitment from EnCap Flatrock Midstream 02-13-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Lotus Midstream, LLC, a crude oil logistics provider, in connection with an initial capital commitment of $400 million from EnCap Flatrock Midstream and the Lotus management team.

Targa Resources Announces $1.1B of Development JVs with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners 02-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Targa Resources Corp. in connection with development joint ventures with investment vehicles affiliated with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners.

Ridge Runner Resources Announces Investment of Up to $300M from Warburg Pincus 02-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Ridge Runner Resources, LLC, a newly formed oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the Delaware Basin, in connection with its line of equity financing of up to $300 million from funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus.

Double Eagle Energy Holdings III Secures More Than $1 Billion of Equity Commitments 02-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with equity commitments to Double Eagle Energy Holdings III. Inclusive of a recent capital raise, Double Eagle has secured equity commitments of more than $1 billion.

V&E Secures Texas Supreme Court Victory for Herring Bancorp 02-01-2018

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Herring Bancorp, Inc. and bank executives C.C. Burgess and C. Campbell Burgess in a long-running dispute over the redemption of preferred shares held by John Mikkelsen as part of the bank’s conversion into a Subchapter “S” Corporation.

DISCO Raises $20M Growth Financing 01-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CS Disco, Inc., the legal technology company that makes the market-leading cloud ediscovery solution DISCO, in connection with its $20 million equity financing.

Gastar Exploration Divests Non-Core Reserves and Acreage in Oklahoma 01-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Gastar Exploration Inc. in connection with its definitive purchase and sale agreement to divest its interest in the West Edmund Hunton Lime Unit for $107.5 million.

Nine Energy Service, Inc. Closes Initial Public Offering 01-23-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Nine Energy Service, Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of 7,000,000 shares of its common stock at $23.00 per share.

Salt Fork Resources Announces Upsized Equity Commitment from Riverstone 01-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC in connection with their upsized equity commitment to Salt Fork Resources, LLC. Salt Fork plans to use the equity commitment to expand its leasing and acquisition efforts and develop its existing acreage position in the core of the Utica Shale.

USA Compression Partners to Acquire Compression Business from Energy Transfer Partners 01-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised USA Compression Partners, LP (“USAC”) in connection with a transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion providing for (i) the contribution of Energy Transfer Partners L.P.’s subsidiaries, CDM Resource Management LLC and CDM Environmental & Technical Services LLC, to USAC, (ii) the cancellation of the incentive distribution rights in USAC and conversion of the general partner interest in USAC into a non-economic general partner interest and (iii) committed financing transactions, including (1) the issuance of $500 million perpetual preferred units to investment funds managed or sub-advised by EIG Global Energy Partners and other investors and (2) $725 million in debt financing from JPMorgan and Barclays.

Liberty Oilfield Services Prices Upsized Initial Public Offering 01-12-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. in the pricing of an upsized initial public offering of 12,731,092 shares of its Class A common stock at $17.00 per share. 

Northwoods Energy Announces Acquisition of SM Energy’s Powder River Basin Assets for $500M 01-10-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Northwoods Energy LLC (formerly known as Converse Energy) and certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with Northwoods’ $500 million acquisition of SM Energy’s core Powder River Basin assets.

Riverstone Holdings and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division Acquire Lucid Energy II for $1.6B 01-08-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Lucid Energy Group II, LLC (“Lucid II”), a portfolio company of EnCap Flatrock Midstream, in the sale of Lucid II to a joint venture controlled by Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund VI, L.P., an investment fund managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC, and investment funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for approximately $1.6 billion in cash.

CrownRock Announces Perpetual Preferred Equity Investment 01-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CrownRock Holdings, L.P., an oil and gas producing joint venture of CrownQuest Operating and Lime Rock Partners, in connection with its $475 million perpetual preferred equity investment from funds managed by Magnetar Capital and EIG Global Energy Partners, respectively. 

Owens Realty Mortgage Announces Repurchase and Settlement Agreement with Freestone Capital Management 01-03-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Owens Realty Mortgage, Inc. in its negotiation of a settlement agreement and repurchase of shares held by Freestone Capital Management, LLC. 

Enviva Holdings Announces New JV and Acquisition of Wood Pellet Production Plant 01-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Enviva Development Holdings, LLC in connection with its new joint venture, Enviva JV Development Company, LLC, with affiliates of The John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) to acquire, develop and construct wood pellet production plants and deep-water marine terminals in the Southeastern United States. 

Papa Murphy's Announces Cooperation Agreement with MFP Partners and Misada Capital 12-21-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. in its negotiation of a cooperation agreement with MFP Partners, L.P. and Misada Capital Holdings, LLC.

V&E Announces New Leadership Roles in Shareholder Activism Practice, Corporate Department 02-08-2018

Vinson & Elkins LLP announced today several new leadership appointments, including naming attorneys Lawrence Elbaum, Jeff Floyd, Patrick Gadson and Steve Gill as the senior leadership team of the firm’s Shareholder Activism practice.

Distinguished Antitrust Partners Hill Wellford and Darren Tucker Join V&E 02-01-2018

Highly regarded antitrust lawyers Hill Wellford and Darren Tucker have joined Vinson & Elkins as partners, bringing to the firm a combined four decades of government and private practice experience, with a focus on the technology, media, telecom, standard-setting, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Vinson & Elkins Continues to Build Finance Practice in London with Addition of Partner Paul Simcock 01-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins further expands its global corporate practice with the addition of acquisition and leveraged-finance partner Paul Simcock in London.

Wail Alkahtany Joins V&E As Counsel 01-08-2018

Wail Alkahtany, a corporate attorney who focuses his practice on capital markets, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and contractual disputes, has joined the Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas, in association with Vinson & Elkins, as Counsel.

Vinson & Elkins Promotes 8 To Counsel 01-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins has named eight new counsel. The promotions span four offices and five practice areas, including: appellate; complex commercial litigation; employment, labor and OSHA; finance; and mergers & acquisitions and capital markets.

Vinson & Elkins to Distribute Nearly a Half-Million Dollars in Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds to Local Non-Profits 12-27-2017

Vinson & Elkins LLP announced that it will direct donations of nearly a half-million dollars from its Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to local non-profit organizations that are directly assisting storm victims and repairing damage to Houston and its surrounding areas. 

Vinson & Elkins Names 11 New Partners 12-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins has promoted 11 lawyers to partner, effective Jan. 1, 2018: Marisa Secco in Austin; Peter Marshall in Dallas; Shamus Crosby, Lina Dimachkieh, James Garrett and Guy Gribov in Houston; Federico Fruhbeck, Dan Graham and Louise Woods in London; Lawrence Elbaum in New York; and Margaret Peloso in Washington, D.C.

V&E Awards Public Interest Summer Program Opportunities to Law Students 12-08-2017

As part of Vinson & Elkins’ summer associate program, the firm awards public interest split opportunities each year to support law students who have a passion for public service.

Corporate Attorney Jay Blackman Rejoins V&E as Counsel 12-07-2017

Jay Blackman, a corporate finance and securities law attorney, has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s Houston office.

Vinson & Elkins Awards Diversity Fellowships to 5 Students 11-29-2017

Vinson & Elkins has awarded five second-year law students 2017 Diversity Fellowships. Recipients Debbie Farmer, Shelby Hart-Armstrong, Lauren Lundy, Elizabeth Matthews and Seth Yost were selected from nearly 100 candidates who applied from U.S. law schools.

Carrick Brooke-Davidson Joins V&E as Environmental Counsel 10-16-2017

Vinson & Elkins has bolstered its Environmental and Natural Resources practice with the addition of new counsel Carrick Brooke-Davidson, who brings to the firm more than three decades of experience as a private practitioner and as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice handling a wide range of environmental litigation, compliance and regulatory matters.

Joseph Chedrawe Joins V&E’s Dispute Resolution Practice in Dubai 09-25-2017

Vinson & Elkins continues to expand its Middle East disputes presence with the addition of Joseph Chedrawe as counsel in the firm’s Dubai office.

City of Houston Honors V&E for 100th Anniversary 09-12-2017

In recognition of Vinson & Elkins’ 100th anniversary, the City of Houston declared September 12, 2017 to be “Vinson & Elkins Day.” Chairman Mark Kelly and Managing Partner Scott Wulfe accepted the honor during a ceremony at Houston City Hall where they were presented with an official proclamation from Mayor Sylvester Turner and Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen.

John Dawson and Federico Fruhbeck Join V&E in London 09-05-2017

John Dawson and Federico Fruhbeck have joined Vinson & Elkins in its London office, adding depth to the firm’s global finance, high-yield and M&A practices.

Energy Regulatory Attorney Suzanne Clevenger Rejoins V&E as Counsel 08-02-2017

Suzanne Clevenger, an energy attorney with nearly a decade of legal experience assisting in the natural gas midstream sector with an array of contested regulatory, compliance and transactional matters has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s Houston office.

Renowned Trial Lawyer Robert M. Schick Rejoins V&E as Partner 06-19-2017

Robert M. Schick, a commercial trial attorney with more than 35 years of experience representing clients across a broad spectrum of industries, has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Houston office.

James Loftis Appointed Vice President of London Court of International Arbitration 05-23-2017

James Loftis, head of Vinson & Elkins’ International Dispute Resolution practice, has been appointed as a vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Jason Levine Appointed to The Federalist Society's Litigation Practice Group Executive Committee 04-26-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Jason Levine has been appointed to the Executive Committee, Litigation Practice Group, of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

Tom Leatherbury Elected Member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers 04-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Tom Leatherbury has been elected a Member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL). Membership in AAAL is reserved for experienced appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest skill level and integrity.

Vinson & Elkins Seeks Applicants for Diversity College Scholarships 03-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins is seeking applicants for its annual scholarships for high performing high school seniors of color in Texas. The scholarships provide each student $10,000 toward his or her college education, an internship opportunity at V&E and LSAT preparatory course reimbursement.

V&E #1 Legal Advisor by Deal Count in Mergermarket's 2017 Global Energy, Mining & Utilities Report 02-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot in Mergermarket’s 2017 Energy, Mining & Utilities (EMU) Global Trend Report by deal count, credited with 74 deals valued at $80 billion.

Tom Leatherbury Honored with Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows 2018 Justinian Award 01-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Tom Leatherbury has been selected by the Dallas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees to receive the 2018 Justinian Award, the most prestigious honor presented by the Dallas Bar Foundation. The award recognizes attorneys who have adhered to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession.

V&E Recognized by Global Competition Review in 18th Edition of GCR100 01-30-2018

Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized Vinson & Elkins in the 18th edition of its annual GCR100. V&E is recommended for its work in Texas and Washington, D.C.

Law360 Names V&E Among 2017 "Energy Groups of the Year" 01-24-2018

For the eighth consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series for the firm’s industry leading energy litigation and transactional successes in 2017.

Russell Oshman Named a D Magazine "Best Lawyer Under 40" 01-17-2018

D Magazine has named V&E partner Russell Oshman to its inaugural “Best Lawyers Under 40” list, honoring up-and-coming attorneys in Dallas.

Law360 Names Steve Gill A 2017 MVP 12-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Steve Gill has been named one of Law360’s 2017 Energy MVPs of the Year for his work guiding clients through major mergers and acquisitions, including helping to establish one of the largest natural gas producers in the country.

Craig Margolis Named to Law360’s 2017 MVP List 12-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Craig Margolis has been named one of Law360’s 2017 MVPs of the Year, for his successful representation of two major U.S. defense contractors accused of defrauding the federal government.

Activist Insight Monthly's 2017 Intermediary Awards Rank V&E #1 for Issuer Representation 12-13-2017

Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism Response Team has received the No. 1 ranking for issuer representation as part of Activist Insight Monthly’s 2017 Intermediary Awards. The firm is credited with advising on 29 campaigns.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Recognizes V&E for India Litigation, 3 Attorneys Ranked 12-07-2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 recommends Vinson & Elkins in India Dispute Resolution. Additionally, three V&E attorneys were recognized in a number of categories and regions.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 Recommends V&E in 5 Areas 11-29-2017

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 recommends Vinson & Elkins in five areas. The firm was recognized for its work in China, India, Japan and the Philippines. Additionally, partner James Atkin was recognized as a Leading Lawyer for his work in Japan.

V&E Chairman Mark Kelly Named to 2017 NACD Directorship 100 11-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins Chairman Mark Kelly has been named to the NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions list by the National Association of Corporate Directors for the third consecutive year.

Who's Who Legal 2018 Names 3 V&E Lawyers to Future Leaders in Arbitration Guide 11-27-2017

Vinson & Elkins partners Mark Beeley and Amir Ghaffari and senior associate Alexander Slade have been named to Who’s Who Legal’s 2018 Future Leaders in Arbitration guide.

V&E Honored for Contributions to Homeless Youth Policy Report 11-16-2017

Texas Appleseed has honored Vinson & Elkins with a 2017 Pro Bono Leadership Award, in recognition of the firm’s help researching and developing policy recommendations to the Texas Legislature designed to address challenges faced by the state’s homeless youth population. 

V&E Earns Perfect Score on 2018 Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index 11-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins has received a perfect score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year. Administered annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Corporate Equality Index is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.

V&E Listed in Law Business Research’s GIR 100 2017 11-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins is among the firms included in the Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100 2017, an independent guide to the world’s best firms for international investigations. GIR 100 has listed V&E every year dating back to the inaugural guide in 2015.

Chambers UK 2018 Recommends V&E in 6 Practice Areas, Ranks 6 Lawyers 11-07-2017

Chambers UK 2018 recognized V&E in Construction: International Arbitration, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration, Projects, and Telecommunications UK-wide, and recognized the firm's Construction: Purchaser practice in London. V&E is again ranked as a Band 1 firm in the UK-wide rankings for Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas.

Beto Cardenas Named Among 2017 Top Latino Lawyers by Latino Leaders Magazine 11-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins counsel Beto Cardenas has been selected as a 2017 Top Latino Lawyer by Latino Leaders magazine. Honorees are recognized for their successful law practices, significant cases, professional activity and recognition and community involvement.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2018 Recognizes V&E with 21 Tier 1 National Rankings 11-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins is recognized as a national tier 1 law firm in 21 practice areas, with a total of 36 national rankings, in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey.

Texas Access to Justice Commission Honors V&E With Champion of Justice Award 10-26-2017

The Texas Access to Justice Commission (TAJC) has honored Vinson & Elkins with a Champion of Justice Award in recognition of the firm’s stellar fundraising efforts as part of TAJC’s statewide Justice for All Campaign.

Vinson & Elkins Receives 2017 Marvin Frankel Award 10-18-2017

Human Rights First has selected Vinson & Elkins to receive a 2017 Marvin Frankel Award for the firm’s outstanding pro bono service to refugees and asylum seekers.

National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Dallas Conference 05-03-2018

V&E is a proud Ruby sponsor of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Dallas Conference, taking place May 3 in Dallas, TX.

2018 Kayo Women's Real Estate Summit 04-23-2018

V&E is once again a proud sponsor of the 2018 Kayo Women's Real Estate Summit, taking place April 23rd and 24th in Washington D.C. 

Restatements and Late Periodic Reports 03-21-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program will discuss the principles and standards applicable to determine whether a restatement of financial statements must be issued.

Iraq Petroleum 2018 02-27-2018

V&E is pleased to sponsor the 2018 Iraq Petroleum Conference, taking place in Berlin, Germany on February 27-28.

2018 International Fiscal Association (IFA) Annual Conference 02-21-2018

V&E is pleased to sponsor the 2018 International Fiscal Association (IFA) Annual Conference. 

Trends Transactions and Opportunities in Oil and Gas 02-15-2018

V&E Restructuring partner Bill Wallander will speak on a complimentary webcast regarding the latest in oil & gas transaction trends.

TCJA Impacts on REITs and REIT Transaction Structures 02-15-2018

REITs_ThumbnailPlease join us for our inaugural quarterly REIT Series webinar during which we will discuss the impact of the recently adopted tax reform on REITs, REIT transaction structures, questions that have arisen since adoption and issues that will need attention from the Internal Revenue Service in the future.

An Update on Tax Reform and Its Implications in 2018 02-13-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program will give a high-level summary of the new tax bill and its implications for various industries.

The National Association of Corporate Directors: The Strategic-Asset GC 02-12-2018

On Monday, February 12, V&E partner Gillian Hobson will moderate the “2018 Governance Outlook” session at The Strategic-Asset GC being held in Washington D.C.

Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course 02-07-2018

On Wednesday, February 7, V&E partner Devika Kornbacher presented the topic, "Data Security & Agreements - Negotiating Agreements of Provisions" at a cybersecurity-focused workshop offered by the State Bar of Texas in conjunction with their annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law course.

Texas Journal of Oil & Gas and Energy Law (TJOGEL) Symposium 02-01-2018

V&E partners Matt Stammel and Mike Heidler will present, "Who Is Responsible for Cleaning up the Mess?: Indemnities in the Oil Patch" at the Texas Journal of Oil & Gas and Energy Law (TJOGEL) Symposium on Thursday, February 1.

What Technology Clients Need to Know About the New Tax Act 02-01-2018

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WidePresident Trump signed into law the bill commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on December 22. What will this mean for your company?

13th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium 02-01-2018

V&E partner Robert Seber will speak on the "Peak Oil Demand: Transitioning to a Low Carbon World" panel at the 13th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium on Thursday, February 1.

5th Advanced Forum on False Claims & Qui Tam Enforcement 01-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins is a proud sponsor of the 5th Advanced Forum on False Claims & Qui Tam Enforcement, an annual American Conference Institute event focused on identifying and discussing strategies and trends in FCA enforcement.

2018 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute 01-26-2018

On Friday, January 26, partner Devika Kornbacher will speak on “Law Firm Privacy – Have You Been Hacked?” as part of a larger panel titled, “Keeping Private Data Private – Law Firm Cybersecurity and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)” at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Institute.

Oil and Gas Disputes 2018 01-25-2018

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, V&E energy litigation partner, Mark Rodriguez will speak on the Royalty Litigation panel at the Texas Bar Oil & Gas Disputes course cosponsored by the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Tech University School of Law.

YPE Houston Breakfast Series 01-23-2018

YPE Houston is hosting its first event of 2018 with a Breakfast Series featuring guest speakers from Vinson & Elkins, Jason L. McIntosh (Partner, Tax) and Neil Clausen (Associate, Tax) who will be discussing "Tax Reform Update and Implications".

Negotiation Ethics: Winning Without Selling Your Soul 01-23-2018

Lawyers negotiate every day and negotiating ethically and maintaining their reputations as ethical and professional is critical to the successful practice of law. 

ACI's FCPA Conference 01-23-2018

On January 24, 2018 V&E partner, Jeff Johnston, will present on the "Repeat Offenders: How to Mitigate the Risk of Recidivism with FCPA Compliance" panel at the American Conference Institute’s (ACI) 12th Houston Forum on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

5th ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration 01-18-2018

V&E is a proud sponsor of the 5th Annual ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration. This program focuses on a review of the year past and the year ahead in the arbitration of international disputes in the energy industry.

What You Don’t Know About Competition Law Can Hurt You: An Update on Key Antitrust Issues 12-05-2017

On December 5, 2017, V&E’s antitrust practitioners hosted a seminar discussing primary competition law concerns and how companies and investors effectively face those concerns.

V&E Participates in 2017 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation 11-30-2017

Top SEC officials gathered on November 30th for the 2017 Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The annual Forum, which is typically held in Washington D.C., took place in Austin this year in partnership with the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Webcast: Strategic Preparation for the 2018 10-K and Proxy Season 11-30-2017

The 2018 annual report, proxy and meeting season promises to be particularly eventful. Join Sarah Fortt, V&E Senior Associate, and Ronald Schneider, Director – Corporate Governance Services at Donnelley Financial Solutions, as they help clients prepare for their disclosure obligations.

Upstream Transactional Update: DrillCos Under Review and Producer/Midstream Gathering JVs 11-08-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, V&E attorneys provided an update on current market and regulatory trends in DrillCo transactions as well as Producer/Midstream Gathering JVs and acreage dedication.

MLP 101: Market Trends and Updates 10-11-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, V&E attorneys discussed the typical organizational and capital structure of MLPs, governance and accounting issues, and a primer on tax considerations and qualifying income.

Proving Independent Development: A Winning Defense Against Trade Secrets Misappropriation Claims 10-10-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideLitigation involving allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets has been on the rise since the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act in May of 2016, which opened the Federal Courts to such claims.

Seventh Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium 10-04-2017

On October 4, 2017, V&E hosted our annual seminar discussing timely topics surrounding unconventional oil and gas development.

NACD Global Board Leaders’ Summit 10-02-2017

The National Association of Corporate Directors’ Global Board Leaders’ Summit is the largest and most important director forum in the world, where the greatest minds in governance convene to take on the largest issues facing today’s boardrooms and collectively discover the future of exemplary board leadership.

Sing a Song about the Heartland: Patent Litigation Post-Heartland 07-11-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn one of the most anticipated decisions in recent years, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s venue precedent in TC Heartland and reaffirmed its own decades-old interpretation of the patent venue statue. 

Tax Reform: Perspectives From Across the Nation - Impact on the Energy Sector 06-21-2017

The Tax Analysts team traveled outside of Washington, D.C. to get a variety of perspectives on tax reform.

M&A Transaction Structures: Corporate, Reporting, and Tax Considerations 06-14-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, V&E attorneys discussed transaction structures for mergers and acquisitions, including Up-Cs and double-dummy mergers.

2017 Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference 06-12-2017

Vinson & Elkins proudly sponsors Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference in Houston. This event brought together two hundred of the energy industry’s leading figures across multiple sectors, including oil & gas, metals and mining, and alternative fuels.

Governance and Disclosure: 2017 Season Lessons, 2018 Season Expectations 05-10-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, we discussed key 2017 governance and disclosure developments and trends, including proxy access developments, proxy advisory firms policy changes, executive compensation trends, conflict minerals developments, shareholder proposal trends and recent SEC guidance.

Hunting Pirates at the ITC: A Cost-Effective Approach to Brand Protection 05-09-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WidePiracy is one of the larger threats to brand owners. Going after pirates can be costly and traditional fines from Customs & Border Patrol do little to deter the brazen pirate.

Cybersecurity Preparedness for the Energy Industry 04-28-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis panel discussion with representatives from the infrastructure, public relations and insurance fields discussed the metes and bounds of being “cyber-secure” in today’s energy business.

V&E Sponsors Inaugural Kayo Women’s Real Estate Investment Summit 2017 04-24-2017

V&E was a gold sponsor of Kayo’s inaugural Women’s Real Estate Investment Summit, which took place Monday, April 24th and Tuesday, April 25th in Brooklyn. With over 60 speakers and approximately 200 attendees from 18 states and four countries, the summit showcased diverse perspectives on trends in the real estate and hospitality sectors, with an exciting focus on the experiences of women professionals in the industry.

Patents in the “Age of Experience”: Valuable Property Right or Useless Relic? 04-11-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIt is not news that technology has permeated and revolutionized practically every industry on the planet. While 25 years ago, the dawn of the internet ushered in the “Information Age,” we now find ourselves at the dawn of what some have dubbed the “Experience Age.”

V&E / Risk Assistance Network + Exchange (RANE) Energy Investment Roundtable 03-02-2017

The energy sector’s recovery from a historic decline in oil prices in 2016 has driven renewed interest in the sector’s investment opportunities. Further fueling this interest is rising demand and advances in technology that are yielding significant cost reductions in the way oil and gas are developed and produced.

Energy Technology Roundtable 02-23-2017

This program addressed technology’s growing impact on the oil and gas industry. The panel discussed cutting edge technologies that are currently impacting the oil and gas industry, the origins and the future of oil and gas technology as well as certain legal and commercial issues to consider when investing in, working with, and/or acquiring energy technology companies.

Alternative Capital: 144A Equity Offerings and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) 02-22-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program covered alternatives to traditional forms of capital raising, including 144A Equity Offerings and Special Purposes Acquisition Companies (SPACs). The presentation looked at recent market trends and precedents in such financings.

DOJ “No-Poach” Antitrust Prosecutions May Be Imminent 02-16-2018

V&E Antitrust Investigations Update E-communication, February 16, 2018

The DOJ Antitrust Division has been threatening at least since 2010 that it may treat “no-poach” or “mutual no-hire” agreements as criminal violations of the antitrust laws. 

What Every Corporate Director Should Know About the New Tax Law - Part 1 02-15-2018

First Published by National Association of Corporate Directors, February 15, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Act”) has sweeping ramifications. These range from mechanical compliance issues (e.g., revised withholding rates for employees) to strategic concerns that must ultimately be decided in the boardroom.

Maersk Oil: 'just and reasonable' apportionment 02-08-2018

First published in Tax Journal, February 8, 2018

For a concept that is so commonly found in our tax legislation, it is perhaps surprising that there has not been more guidance on what the parameters of a ‘just and reasonable’ apportionment are.

Federal Circuit Rejects “Good Faith and Fair Dealing” Argument for Scrapping an Exclusive Patent License 02-08-2018

V&E IP Insights E-communication, February 8, 2018

On February 7, 2018, the Federal Circuit unsealed its decision to uphold a preliminary injunction barring Infineon Technologies from terminating an exclusive patent license to MACOM Technology Solutions for certain semiconductor technology. 

FIDIC Red Book 2017: Top 7 Changes 02-08-2018

V&E Construction Disputes Update E-communication, February 8, 2018

On 5 December 2017, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) published new editions of its suite of contracts, reflecting long-awaited responses to the changing needs of the construction industry. 

Senate Bill Introduced to Reinstate FHLB Captive Membership 02-07-2018

V&E REIT Update E-communication, February 7, 2018

On January 30, 2018, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Housing Opportunity Mortgage Expansion (HOME) Act (“S. 2361”), a bill that would amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to permit captive insurance companies that were previously Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) members prior to January 19, 2016, to continue, or restore, their FHLB membership and, consequently, allow them to access funding through the FHLB system.

Private Funds Year in Review and 2018 Outlook 02-07-2018

V&E Securities Litigation and Enforcement / Private Funds Update E-communication, February 7, 2018

Despite being an overall quieter year with respect to high profile enforcement actions against private funds, in 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made clear its intent to maintain its regulatory focus on the industry. 

Russia 02-06-2018

First Published in Oil and Gas Law Review on Russia, 2017

With Proven oil reserves of more than 109 billion barrels and natural gas of over 32 million cubic meters (according to BP's Statistical Review of World Energy 2018), Russia is a major global producer, supplier and consumer of oil and gas.

The Federal Trade Commission Issues 2018 Annual Updates to the United States Pre-Merger Notification (HSR) and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds 01-30-2018

V&E Antitrust Transactional Update E-communication, January 30, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised the thresholds that govern pre-merger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act), as well as the thresholds for interlocking directorates under Section 8 of the Clayton Act. 

Florida Waiver Ruling Reinforces Substance Over Form 01-29-2018

First published by Law360, January 29, 2018

In December 2017, a federal magistrate judge in Florida determined[1] that law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP had waived work-product protection over witness interview notes and memoranda compiled during an internal investigation of its publicly traded client, General Cable Corp., by “orally download[ing]” such materials to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Federal Trade Commission Civil Penalties Receive Inflation Adjusted Increases 01-25-2018

V&E Antitrust Update E-communication, January 25, 2018

On January 22, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission published the revised maximum monetary penalties for civil violations within its jurisdiction.  

BlackRock’s 2018 CEO Letter: A New “Sense of Purpose” For Corporate America? 01-24-2018

V&E Corporate Governance Update E-communication, January 24, 2018

From the lips of the world’s largest investor, these words have created a shockwave across corporate America. In his 2018 letter to CEOs, entitled “A Sense of Purpose,” BlackRock CEO Larry Fink also observes that “[s]ociety is demanding that companies…serve a social purpose,” and argues that without such purpose, “no company…can achieve its full potential.”

CFIUS Annual Report Confirms Recent Trends and Highlights Factors to be Considered when Notifying Transactions to CFIUS 01-23-2018

V&E CFIUS Update E-communication, January 23, 2018

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS,” or the “Committee”) has issued the public version of its annual report to Congress for calendar year 2015 (the “Report”).

BSEE Signals Change in OCS Regulation and Leasing 01-23-2018

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 23, 2018

Since the end of December 2017, the Department of Interior (DOI) has proposed significant changes to its offshore drilling program, rolling back and delaying implementation of Obama-era rules in favor of the oil and gas industry, and dramatically increasing the number of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) acres available for lease. 

Trump DOI Solicitor’s Opinion Favors Industry on Incidental Take of Migratory Birds 01-12-2018

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 12, 2018

On Friday, December 22, 2017, the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a Solicitor’s Opinion concluding that an incidental take is not a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) (the “Trump Solicitor’s Opinion”).

Federal Circuit En Banc Opinion Holds PTAB Time-Bar Decisions Are Appealable 01-10-2018

V&E IP Insights E-communication, January 10, 2018

The Federal Circuit has opened the door to appeals on the timeliness of inter partes review proceedings and possibly to discovery in PTAB proceedings related to this issue.

Developments in Governance and Disclosure: Winter 2017 12-21-2017

V&E Corporate Governance Update E-communication, December 21, 2017

The V&E quarterly governance update provides brief summaries on recent developments with respect to corporate governance, compliance and disclosure. 

New Proposed Regulations for BBA Partnership Audits Allow for Push Out Elections in Tiered Partnerships 12-19-2017

V&E Tax Update E-communication, December 19, 2017

This e-lert focuses on certain issues regarding “push out” elections under the BBA partnership audit regime. Those elections are discussed in more detail in the article accompanying the October 4, 2017 e-lert.

Diversity Poised to Take Center Stage in 2018 Proxy Season 12-14-2017

First published by Law360, December 14, 2017

From Hollywood movie sets and Silicon Valley tech campuses to Wall Street banks and the U.S. Congress, calls for increased diversity have amplified in recent years. 

FERC Order on Marketing Affiliates Under the ICA 12-11-2017

V&E Energy Regulation Insights E-communication, December 11, 2017

On November 22, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) issued an Order on Petition for Declaratory Order denying a petition filed by Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (“Magellan”) and finding that certain arrangements for marketing companies to ship crude oil on an affiliated company’s pipeline would violate the Interstate Commerce Act (“ICA”).

Why Join V&E: Your Development as a Lawyer 01-02-2018

Hear from V&E Partner John B. Connally, Practice Group Leader, former Management Committee member, and LGBT affinity group member, on what he thinks are the two most important things when considering where to start your law career.

The International Reach of The Defend Trade Secrets Act 09-12-2017

V&E partner Craig Tyler outlines implications of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) for misappropriation taking place outside of the U.S. and looks specifically at the International Trade Commission as a venue for cracking down on misappropriating products imported into the U.S.

Testing the Waters: The First Few Months of The Defend Trade Secrets Act 09-12-2017

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) was signed into law, providing a federal civil remedy for trade secrets misappropriation. 

Cyber-insurance 101: The Basics 08-17-2017

Increasingly, organizations are purchasing cyber-insurance or requiring their vendors to do so to mitigate risks related to cyber-attacks. In this video, partner Devika Kornbacher helps companies think through choosing the coverage that is best for them.

An Intro to The Defend Trade Secrets Act 05-11-2017

The new Defend Trade Secrets Act was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. V&E partner Steve Borgman explains what the new law is, how it differs from existing trade secrets law, and how the new law can be beneficial to parties involved in a trade secrets dispute.

Intellectual Property Rights in Complex Cross-Border Operations 05-11-2017

A common problem that arises in complex cross-border operations involving intellectual property is something referred to as the coordination problem. Rights under the law in one country may be exploited under the laws of another country. These problems can be addressed contractually if proper forethought is given.

V&E Launches Redesigned Shale & Fracking Tracker 10-18-2016

We welcome you to visit the V&E Shale & Fracking Tracker, a one-stop resource for the latest news, events, and materials related to legal, government, and industry developments in shale and hydraulic fracturing operations.

EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2017–2019 10-01-2016

On October 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for fiscal years 2017-2019 took effect.

Controlling Costs in International Arbitration 09-21-2016

Arbitration is always said to have been cheaper, quicker and more confidential than the equivalent court proceedings.  More often than not, however, many arbitration users have discovered this is not always the case. In this video, V&E partner Mark Beeley, will share how you can reverse this trend with careful planning up front.

Why Private Equity’s Wait for Distressed Energy Deals Might be Over 09-20-2016

As prices for oil and gas have fluctuated in the past two years, so have private equity’s expectations to buy distressed energy assets. V&E partner Mark Proctor speaks to Privcap about why private equity might finally be able to seize on these opportunities.

Implementing a Dispute Resolution Framework in Construction Projects 09-12-2016

Scott Stiegler, a senior associate in V&E’s International Construction Disputes practice, outlines some important considerations when implementing an efficient and effective dispute resolution framework in your construction contract.

A Profile of V&E’s Energy Appellate Practice 08-31-2016

Marie Yeates, co-chair of V&E's Appellate practice, and Appellate partner Michael Heidler have deep experience handling energy appeals, particularly in Texas and Louisiana.

Kayo Conference: Perspectives on the Impact of the Recent Drop in Commodity Prices 08-01-2016

V&E senior associate Brittany Sakowitz shares perspectives on the impact of the drop in commodity prices on companies and investors involved in the energy industry.

An Illustration of Nationality Planning 07-08-2016

When making a significant investment in a new jurisdiction, companies should consider nationality planning, or investment treaty protection, as a tool to help protect against political risk.

A Closer Look at EPA's New Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry 06-22-2016

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued a slate of final rules and an information request under the Clean Air Act directed at the oil and gas industry. This is the first time EPA is directly regulating methane as a greenhouse gas. These rules will have widespread application to the oil and gas industry, including production, processing, transmission, and storage. 

V&E Safety Minute: Environmental Considerations when Acquiring Distressed Assets 06-14-2016

What should companies look for when looking to acquire distressed assets in a down market environment? Brandon Tuck, member of V&E’s Environmental & Natural Resources practice, highlights components of due diligence reviews prior to engaging in a transaction that can help protect against unwanted environmental risk.

V&E Safety Minute: Managing Environmental Programs in a Down Market 06-14-2016

There are certain environmental issues companies should consider before downsizing environmental and safety programs.

Brandon Tuck, member of V&E’s Environmental & Natural Resources Practice, talks through several items companies should consider when trying to manage costs in a down market. 


V&E Safety Minute: Safety Considerations When Downsizing 06-14-2016

Tom Wilson, head of V&E’s OSHA practice, highlights the importance of cross referencing emergency response plan documents when considering downsizing operations and conducting layoffs.

Employment Consideration in International Asset Transactions 06-03-2016

Martin Luff, counsel in V&E’s International Employment practice, highlights some of the differences between U.S. and international transactions with regards to the transfer of employment and employee benefits. Buyers and sellers must consider all potential issues that may arise in the different jurisdictions where business deals occur.

Global Reductions in Force 06-03-2016

Martin Luff, counsel in V&E’s International Employment practice, highlights the issues employers must consider when implementing global layoffs or reductions in force.