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6th Annual Active-Passive Investor Summit 04-19-2016

V&E partner Kai Liekefett will speak on the panel "Defending Against an Activist Campaign."

V&E's London Office Open Day 03-23-2016

If you are in the first year of a law degree or the penultimate year of a non-law degree, and would like to learn more about the firm, you may be interested in applying to attend V&E's London Office Open Day on 23 March 2016.

Valcon 2016: Emerging Valuation Issues in Bankruptcy and Beyond 03-14-2016

On March 15 at 1:45 p.m. CDT, Bill Wallander, V&E partner and practice group leader of the Restructuring and Reorganization group, is participating in a panel discussion on “Application of Valuation Principles: Industry Specific Valuation Methods.”

National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) (Houston Chapter) 03-10-2016

V&E partner Kai Liekefett will lead a lunch program entitled “Shareholder Activism” for members of NIRI’s Houston chapter on March 10, 2016.

MLP Restructurings and Simplifications 03-09-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program will cover sponsor acquisitions of MLPs, MLP acquisitions of GPs and IDRs, and subordinated unit restructurings.

Current Issues in Energy Storage 03-03-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThe energy storage industry is experiencing tremendous growth over the last few years, bringing both new challenges and new solutions to the power industry.

National Academy of Arbitrator’s 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference 03-03-2016

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, V&E Labor & Employment Counsel, Christopher Bacon will speak on “LGBT Issues in the Workplace” at the National Academy of Arbitrator’s 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference.

6th Annual GAR Awards Ceremony 03-02-2016

Vinson & Elkins is pleased to be a Sponsor of the 6th Annual GAR Awards Ceremony on 2 March 2016 in Shanghai, China. 

Defending Directors, C-Suites & Corporations From Liability: Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing 03-01-2016

Hosted by Vinson & Elkins in collaboration with Directors Roundtable and KPMG

Directors, C-Suite executives, in-house counsel, and corporations are increasingly facing more frequent litigation and government investigations, including bet-the-company lawsuits and criminal actions. 

Infocast’s ERCOT Market Summit 2016 02-29-2016

V&E senior associate Becky Diffen will moderate the panel discussion “The Future of Wind and its Impact on ERCOT” at 8:00 a.m. on March 2, 2016.

Environmental Law Society Symposium 02-22-2016

ABA Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources / Columbia Law School

The ABA Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (“RADER”) Committee and Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Society Symposium will host a two-panel event followed by networking. 

29th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course 02-18-2016

At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, V&E associate Lavonne Hopkins will speak on “Cybersecurity Preparedness: Legal Strategies for Attack Prevention and Response.”

67th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference 02-18-2016

On Thursday, February 18, V&E partner Michael Holmes will moderate a panel entitled “Enhancing Deal Process: Critical Steps for Corporate and MLP Boards and Committees to Minimize Litigation Risk” at the Institute for Energy Law’s 67th Annual Oil & Gas Conference.

Key Considerations in Distressed Upstream M&A 02-17-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, attorneys from V&E’s Corporate and Bankruptcy practices provide strategic and practical issues to consider when acquiring oil and gas properties from distressed, insolvent and bankrupt sellers.

2016 Renewable Energy Law Conference 02-09-2016

On Wednesday, February 10, V&E partner Ramey Layne will participate in the “YieldCos Panel” at 9:45 a.m., and Becky Diffen will lead a discussion entitled “Improving the Marketability of Your Project: Tips and Pitfalls" at 2:50 p.m.

2016 IP100 Executive Forum 02-08-2016

Licensing Executives Society (LES)’s 2016 IP100 Executive Forum will focus on the processes driving this decision, as well as the costs/benefits analysis associated with these different options.

Changes to the Partnership Audit Tax Rules – What Partnerships Need to Consider Now 02-04-2016

Major changes to the rules for auditing the tax items of partnerships were made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and will come into effect in 2018.

Chinese Courts Enforce Foreign Arbitration Award between Two PRC Entities for the First Time 02-04-2016

V&E International Dispute Resolution Update E-communication, February 4, 2016

In a recent judgment, the Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court recognised and enforced a foreign arbitration award, even though the arbitration between two companies incorporated in the People's Republic of China took place outside the PRC and was administered by a non-PRC arbitral commission.

Private Funds Year in Review and 2016 Outlook – Regulatory Issues 02-04-2016

V&E Securities Litigation and Enforcement  / Private Funds Update E-communication, February 4, 2016 

For private funds, 2015 continued a trend of increased regulatory scrutiny, including significant attention from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Texas Insurance Code Chapter 151 02-04-2016

V&E Energy Update E-communication, February 4, 2016

On January 1, 2016, new provisions of Chapter 151 of the Texas Insurance Code (the “Texas Anti-Indemnity Act” or “Act”) became effective. 

6th Annual Active-Passive Investor Summit 04-19-2016

V&E partner Kai Liekefett will speak on the panel "Defending Against an Activist Campaign."

V&E's London Office Open Day 03-23-2016

If you are in the first year of a law degree or the penultimate year of a non-law degree, and would like to learn more about the firm, you may be interested in applying to attend V&E's London Office Open Day on 23 March 2016.

Valcon 2016: Emerging Valuation Issues in Bankruptcy and Beyond 03-14-2016

On March 15 at 1:45 p.m. CDT, Bill Wallander, V&E partner and practice group leader of the Restructuring and Reorganization group, is participating in a panel discussion on “Application of Valuation Principles: Industry Specific Valuation Methods.”

National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) (Houston Chapter) 03-10-2016

V&E partner Kai Liekefett will lead a lunch program entitled “Shareholder Activism” for members of NIRI’s Houston chapter on March 10, 2016.

MLP Restructurings and Simplifications 03-09-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program will cover sponsor acquisitions of MLPs, MLP acquisitions of GPs and IDRs, and subordinated unit restructurings.

Current Issues in Energy Storage 03-03-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThe energy storage industry is experiencing tremendous growth over the last few years, bringing both new challenges and new solutions to the power industry.

National Academy of Arbitrator’s 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference 03-03-2016

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, V&E Labor & Employment Counsel, Christopher Bacon will speak on “LGBT Issues in the Workplace” at the National Academy of Arbitrator’s 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference.

6th Annual GAR Awards Ceremony 03-02-2016

Vinson & Elkins is pleased to be a Sponsor of the 6th Annual GAR Awards Ceremony on 2 March 2016 in Shanghai, China. 

Defending Directors, C-Suites & Corporations From Liability: Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing 03-01-2016

Hosted by Vinson & Elkins in collaboration with Directors Roundtable and KPMG

Directors, C-Suite executives, in-house counsel, and corporations are increasingly facing more frequent litigation and government investigations, including bet-the-company lawsuits and criminal actions. 

Infocast’s ERCOT Market Summit 2016 02-29-2016

V&E senior associate Becky Diffen will moderate the panel discussion “The Future of Wind and its Impact on ERCOT” at 8:00 a.m. on March 2, 2016.

Environmental Law Society Symposium 02-22-2016

ABA Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources / Columbia Law School

The ABA Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (“RADER”) Committee and Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Society Symposium will host a two-panel event followed by networking. 

29th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course 02-18-2016

At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, V&E associate Lavonne Hopkins will speak on “Cybersecurity Preparedness: Legal Strategies for Attack Prevention and Response.”

67th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference 02-18-2016

On Thursday, February 18, V&E partner Michael Holmes will moderate a panel entitled “Enhancing Deal Process: Critical Steps for Corporate and MLP Boards and Committees to Minimize Litigation Risk” at the Institute for Energy Law’s 67th Annual Oil & Gas Conference.

Key Considerations in Distressed Upstream M&A 02-17-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, attorneys from V&E’s Corporate and Bankruptcy practices provide strategic and practical issues to consider when acquiring oil and gas properties from distressed, insolvent and bankrupt sellers.

2016 Renewable Energy Law Conference 02-09-2016

On Wednesday, February 10, V&E partner Ramey Layne will participate in the “YieldCos Panel” at 9:45 a.m., and Becky Diffen will lead a discussion entitled “Improving the Marketability of Your Project: Tips and Pitfalls" at 2:50 p.m.

2016 IP100 Executive Forum 02-08-2016

Licensing Executives Society (LES)’s 2016 IP100 Executive Forum will focus on the processes driving this decision, as well as the costs/benefits analysis associated with these different options.

26th Annual Texas Wetlands Conference 01-28-2016

V&E Environmental & Natural Resources attorneys Taylor Pullins and Brandon Tuck will present at the 26th Annual Texas Wetlands Conference on Friday, January 29.

2016 Asia-Pacific Assembly 01-26-2016

V&E partner James Cuclis will moderate a panel on “Capex Efficiency and New Value Creation,” and partner James Atkin will moderate “The Impact of Lower Prices on Gas/LNG Buyers, Traders & Sellers Over the Next 3-5 Years.”

Energy Private Equity: The New Reality of Oil Prices 01-26-2016

The Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law, will hold a discussion on, “Energy Private Equity: The New Reality of Low Oil Prices.” V&E partner Robert Seber will moderate the discussion.

ACI’s 3rd Advanced Forum on False Claims Act & Qui Tam Enforcement 01-21-2016

Craig Margolis, head of V&E’s False Claims Act/Qui Tam practice, is the co-chair of this year’s conference. On Thursday, January 21, Craig will speak on “Balancing Parallel Proceedings: How to Navigate Criminal and Civil False Claims Interests.”

Changes to the Partnership Audit Tax Rules – What Partnerships Need to Consider Now 02-04-2016

Major changes to the rules for auditing the tax items of partnerships were made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and will come into effect in 2018.

When Is Cybersecurity Reasonable? 01-27-2016

In order to better understand the legal risks associated with a cyber-attack, corporate legal teams must understand how courts and government agencies determine whether a company’s cybersecurity measures were sufficient.

Cyber Insurance 101: What Does It Do and What are the Issues? 01-27-2016

Cyber insurance can be useful in helping companies manage and mitigate risks associated with data breaches and cyber-attacks.

What to Expect in 2016: Federal Environmental Outlook For the Oil and Gas Sector 01-21-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThe Obama Administration is closing out its second term with a sweeping and aggressive environmental agenda, including a host of regulations and other initiatives affecting the oil and gas sector.

Alternative Sources of Capital Raising in a Distressed Market 01-13-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program covers alternative sources of capital raising in a distressed market, including private master limited partnerships (private MLPs), private investments in public equity (PIPEs), preferred offerings to private equity investors and the retail public (private and retail preferred offerings), and MLP consolidations (MLP roll-ups).

Questions to Consider About EPA’s eDisclosure Program 01-08-2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s eDisclosure system has changed the way companies can disclose environmental violations to the EPA. 

Overview of EPA’s eDisclosure Program 01-08-2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s eDisclosure system is a centralized, automated, web-based portal designed to more efficiently receive and process environmental violations disclosed under EPA’s Audit Policy.

Liability Management Transactions for Debt Securities 12-09-2015

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program covers the basics of liability management transactions for debt securities, including tender offers, exchange offers, private exchanges, open market purchases and consent solicitations, with particular focus on distressed debt securities.

Managing Through Distress – Considerations for Directors and Officers 11-18-2015

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this presentation, attorneys from V&E’s Corporate, Bankruptcy and Finance practices provide practical issues to consider as to directors’ and officers’ responsibilities when a company approaches insolvency or becomes insolvent.

An Introduction to Private Letter Rulings 11-11-2015

V&E Partner Ryan Carney discusses the basics of private letter rulings (PLRs). 

An Introduction to Retail Preferred Offerings 11-06-2015

V&E Senior Associate Thomas Zentner discusses the key attributes and terms of retail preferred offerings.

Protecting Data in Unlikely Places 11-02-2015

Intellectual Property partner Devika Kornbacher discusses how to protect your company data in unlikely places.

Cybersecurity and the Cloud 10-21-2015

Hear from V&E IP associate, Lavonne Hopkins, as she describes the characteristics and cybersecurity risks companies face with regards to big data.

MLP 101 10-14-2015

Energy Series Logo - Thumbnail - 125x120This program covers the typical organizational and capital structure of MLPs, governance and accounting issues, and a primer on tax considerations and qualifying income.

A Comparison of MLPs and YieldCos 10-02-2015


A Look at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Cases with John Elwood 09-30-2015

Bloomberg BNA’s Kimberly Robinson talks with V&E partner John Elwood about this term’s criminal law cases and the important — and numerous — issues facing the justices.

Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2015? 09-30-2015

V&E partner John Elwood and panelists address the major cases involving the death penalty, affirmative action, unions, civil asset forfeiture, and more.

Mineral Source Provisions under Dodd-Frank 09-30-2015

V&E partner Tom Wilson outlines the impact of section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act – also known as the Conflict Minerals Law.

United Nations’ Guidance on International Human Rights 09-30-2015

V&E Labor & Employment Chair, Tom Wilson, discusses recent guidance from the United Nations on international corporate responsibility in protecting international human rights. 

Mark Proctor: Energy Capital Formation Going Strong 09-17-2015

Mark Proctor: Energy Capital Formation Going Strong

Chinese Courts Enforce Foreign Arbitration Award between Two PRC Entities for the First Time 02-04-2016

V&E International Dispute Resolution Update E-communication, February 4, 2016

In a recent judgment, the Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court recognised and enforced a foreign arbitration award, even though the arbitration between two companies incorporated in the People's Republic of China took place outside the PRC and was administered by a non-PRC arbitral commission.

Private Funds Year in Review and 2016 Outlook – Regulatory Issues 02-04-2016

V&E Securities Litigation and Enforcement  / Private Funds Update E-communication, February 4, 2016 

For private funds, 2015 continued a trend of increased regulatory scrutiny, including significant attention from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Texas Insurance Code Chapter 151 02-04-2016

V&E Energy Update E-communication, February 4, 2016

On January 1, 2016, new provisions of Chapter 151 of the Texas Insurance Code (the “Texas Anti-Indemnity Act” or “Act”) became effective. 

U.S. and EU Reach New Agreement Governing Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer 02-03-2016

V&E Cybersecurity and Data Privacy E-communication, February 3, 2016

After lengthy negotiations, officials in the U.S. and the European Union reached a new “safe harbor” agreement governing how personal data may be transferred between both regions.

They Call It “Redundancy” and We Call It “Layoff” – Is That the Only Difference with Reductions in Force Outside the U.S.? 02-03-2016

V&E International Labor and Employment Law Update, February 3, 2016

It is an unfortunate sign of the times that many U.S.-based employers have become familiar with the technicalities and requirements of the WARN Act when conducting layoffs in their domestic operations.

The Federal Trade Commission Issues 2016 Annual Updates to the United States Premerger Notification (HSR) and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds 02-02-2016

V&E's Antitrust Update E-communication, February 2, 2016

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. 

Evolving Financial Assurance Requirements and Low Commodity Prices Combine to Increase Pressure on Offshore Lessees and Operators 01-29-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 29, 2016

Oil and natural gas exploration and production companies operating on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are awakening to the unwelcomed realization that supplemental bonding waivers will soon be a thing of the past once the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM or the Bureau) issues its new Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL) on supplemental bonding procedures.  

Mexico’s Call Four Bidding Guidelines 01-27-2016

V&E Energy Update E-communication, January 27, 2016

On December 17, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), Mexico’s regulatory agency charged with conducting bids of areas for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, published the bidding guidelines (the Bidding Guidelines) for the highly anticipated first auction of deepwater blocks in the Gulf of Mexico (Call Four). 

Pennsylvania Governor Announces Plan for Regulating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry 01-26-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 26, 2016

On January 19, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations within the state, based on their contribution to climate change.

BLM Wants Royalties for Natural Gas Lost to Venting, Flaring, and Leaks on Federal Land 01-26-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 26, 2016

On January 22, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a proposed rule aimed at reducing natural gas lost through natural gas venting, flaring, and equipment leaks from both new and existing production activities on federal lands.

Thoughts for Officers and Directors of E&P Companies and MLPs in 2016 01-19-2016

The notes address certain of the key legal issues E&P companies and MLPs may face during this extended period of depressed commodity prices.

Upcoming February 1, 2016 OSHA Posting Deadline Presents Employers a Chance to Evaluate Recordkeeping and Reporting Compliance 01-19-2016

V&E Emergency Response and Crisis Management Update E-communication, January 19, 2016

The annual deadline to post Form 300A summaries of all work-related injuries and illnesses from the previous year is February 1, 2016. 

Supreme Court’s Recent Certiorari Grant Could Fundamentally Alter the Nature of IPR Proceedings in Patent Disputes 01-15-2016

V&E IP Insights E-communication, January 15, 2016

On January 15, 2016, in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, No. 15-446, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to address two important questions about inter partes review (IPR) proceedings created by the America Invents Act (AIA).

Federal Circuit: Same PTAB Panel May Institute an IPR and Make a Final Determination without Violating Due Process 01-14-2016

V&E IP Insights E-communication, January 14, 2016

On January 13, in Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien LP, No. 2014-1771 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 13, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed that the same panel of judges from the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) may make a decision to institute inter partes review (IPR) and later go on to make a final determination of validity without violating a patent holder’s constitutional due process rights or the America Invents Act (AIA).

Not Letting Up or Letting Go: Justice Department Settles Decade Old False Claims Act Case on Successor Liability Theory 01-12-2016

V&E False Claims Act Update E-communication, January 12, 2016

Last month’s release of the Department of Justice (DOJ) False Claims Act (FCA) year-end statistics made clear that 2015 was another big year for FCA enforcement actions.

Your Insurance Review for 2016 Should Consider Any Holes in Workers’ Compensation Coverage 01-12-2016

V&E Employment, Labor and OSHA Update E-communication, January 12, 2016

When reviewing insurance coverage for 2016, remember to check whether workers’ compensation insurance covers all employees working on the business’s property.

MLP Qualifying Income Update: As Final Regulations Near, ABA Comment Letter Strongly Supports Industry on Proposed Regulations Affecting Publicly Traded Partnerships 01-07-2016

V&E MLP Tax Update E-communication, January 7, 2016

On Monday, January 4, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation filed detailed comments on proposed regulations issued by the IRS addressing qualifying income of publicly traded partnerships (PTPs) from minerals and natural resources.

Keeping Talent, Bankruptcy Impact on Employee Retention 01-07-2016

V&E Employment, Labor and OSHA / Restructuring and Reorganization Update E-communication, January 7, 2016

Financially distressed companies may fear essential employees will cut and run in the event of a chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. 

Late Filers Beware! Federal Circuit Gives Deference to PTAB to Deny Submission of Supplemental Materials in Inter Partes Review 01-05-2016

V&E IP Insights E-communication, January 5, 2016

On the final day of 2015, in Redline Detection, LLC v. Star Envirotech, Inc., No. 2015-1047 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 31, 2015), the Federal Circuit gave deference to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to deny appellant Redline’s motion to submit supplemental information in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding under 37 C.F.R. § 42.123(a). 

Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended 12-30-2015

V&E Clean Energy Update E-communication, December 30, 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the “Act”). 

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Department of Interior Releases Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan for 2015 December 16, 2015

The Department of Interior (“DOI”) has released its Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (“SSPP”) for 2015.


Department of Energy’s Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases December 11, 2015

This is the second of a series of posts examining how agencies plan to meet President Obama’s sustainability goals for Federal agencies as announced in a March 2015 executive order.


Federal Agencies Release Plans to Reduce Their Own GHG Emissions December 1, 2015

On November 23, 2015, the Obama Administration unveiled a series of plans—called “Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans”—detailing how various federal agencies will reduce their direct emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 40 percent by 2025.


Understanding EPA’s Cost Analysis in the Proposed Methane NSPS November 19, 2015

Oil & Gas Financial Journal recently published an article by V&E partner Larry Nettles and associate Corinne Snow discussing the assumptions underlying the cost analysis in EPA’s recently proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for methane and volatile organic compound emissions from the oil and gas sector.


The Obama Administration Announces New Measures Aimed at Limiting HFCs November 13, 2015

On October 15, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced its proposal for updated measures to curb emissions of ozone-depleting refrigerants (primarily chlorofluorocarbons (“CFCs”)) and certain non-ozone-depleting substitute refrigerants, including hydrofluorocarbons (“HFCs”).


EPA Extends Deadline to Comment on Proposed Methane Rules and Guidelines for the Oil and Gas Sector November 9, 2015

EPA has granted a 30-day extension to comment on the proposed methane emission rule and two other key documents, each of which could have significant impacts on upstream and midstream segments of the oil and gas industry.


India Submits Climate Plan Ahead of UN Paris Summit October 28, 2015

In anticipation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Summit this December, India submitted a plan to reduce its GHG emissions just hours before the UN's deadline on October 8.


EPA Updates Effluent Guidelines, Adds New Requirements for Power Plant Wastewater Discharges October 21, 2015

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the first time set federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater that can be discharged from power plants, including mercury, lead and selenium.