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V&E Chairman Mark Kelly Named to 2017 NACD Directorship 100 Published: 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.

Apollo, Double Eagle Development Announce Formation of Double Eagle Energy Holdings III 08-22-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with the expansion of its strategic relationship with Double Eagle Development, L.L.C. to create Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC.

Golar LNG Partners L.P. Acquires Interest in FLNG, Hilli Episeyo 08-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Golar LNG Partners LP in connection with its purchase and sale agreement for the acquisition from Golar LNG Limited and affiliates of Keppel Shipyard Limited and Black and Veatch of equity interests in Golar Hilli LLC, which will, on the closing date of the acquisition, indirectly own the FLNG, Hilli Episeyo.

The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2018 Lists 104 V&E Lawyers 08-15-2017

The Best Lawyers in America 2018 has recognized 104 Vinson & Elkins lawyers in its newest guide. In addition, the publication has named 12 V&E attorneys “Lawyers of the Year” for 2018.

V&E Advises Fred's, Inc. in Renegotiation of Cooperation Agreement 08-14-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Fred’s, Inc. in connection with a renegotiation of its cooperation agreement with hedge fund Alden Global Capital LLC. 

Western Refining Logistics and Andeavor Logistics Merge 08-14-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Western Refining Logistics in connection with its merger with Andeavor Logistics in a unit-for-unit transaction for a total enterprise value of $1.8 billion, including net debt.

V&E Wins Significant Endangered Species Act Ruling 08-11-2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued a resounding victory to V&E client Lydia Ann Channel Moorings LLC, striking down an injunction issued under the Endangered Species Act that had shut down the company’s barge fleeting facility near the Port of Corpus Christi.

Ranger Energy Services, Inc. Prices Initial Public Offering 08-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising Ranger Energy Services, Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of 5,862,069 shares of its Class A common stock at $14.50 per share.

Huntsman Subsidiary Venator Materials PLC Completes IPO 08-08-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Huntsman Corporation and its subsidiary Venator Materials PLC ("Venator"), a global chemical company dedicated to the development and manufacture of titanium dioxide pigments and performance additives, in Venator’s initial public offering of 26,105,000 ordinary shares, which includes 3,405,000 ordinary shares issued upon the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional ordinary shares.

KBR Defeats FCA Litigation at Fourth Circuit 08-07-2017

In a major win for Vinson & Elkins client KBR, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has rejected False Claims Act (FCA) litigation accusing KBR of overbilling the government for water purification services provided in Iraq.

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Announces Agreement to Internalize Management 08-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised BRG Manager LLC in connection with its definitive agreement with Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. to internalize the external management function currently performed by BRG Manager LLC.

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.

Energy Transfer Announces $1.57B Sale of Stake in Entity of Rover Pipeline Project to Blackstone 07-31-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by Blackstone in an agreement with Energy Transfer Partners' wholly owned subsidiaries, Energy Transfer Interstate Holdings and ET Rover Pipeline (HoldCo), whereby Blackstone will contribute approximately $1.57 billion in cash in exchange for a 49.9% interest in HoldCo.

Alliance Resource Partners and Alliance Holdings GP Announce Elimination of IDRs and Conversion of General Partner Interest 07-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the Board of Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (AHGP) in an agreement between Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (ARLP) and AHGP.

Reata Pharmaceuticals Prices Class A Common Stock Public Offering 07-26-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in connection with its underwritten public offering of 3,250,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $31.00 per share. 

Who’s Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.) 2017 Recognizes 41 V&E Attorneys 07-25-2017

Who’s Who Legal has recognized 41 Vinson & Elkins attorneys in its 2017 guide. Inclusion in the publication is based on several factors: the total number of lawyers listed in the Who’s Who Legal series, the total number of practice areas in which the firm is listed in the series; the total number of jurisdictions in which the firm has a presence; and the number of recommended lawyers per jurisdiction.

Law360 Names Bryan Loocke 2017 Energy Rising Star 07-25-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Bryan Loocke has been named one of Law360’s 2017 Energy Rising Stars in recognition of his work brokering “a slew of multibillion-dollar deals in the oil patch.” Loocke is one of just five Rising Stars selected in the energy category this year.

Oncor Announces Asset Swap with Sharyland Utilities and Sharyland Distribution & Transmission Services 07-24-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Oncor Electric Delivery Company, L.L.C. in connection with its agreement with Sharyland Utilities, L.P. and Sharyland Distribution & Transmission Services, L.L.C. to swap assets in a transaction valued at approximately $400 million. 

TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering 07-19-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of 11,000,000 shares of its common stock at $20.00 per share. The offering priced on July 19, 2017 and is expected to close on July 25, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.

Select Energy Services to Merge with Rockwater Energy Solutions 07-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Select Energy Services, Inc. in connection with its merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc. in a stock-for-stock transaction creating a combined company with annual revenue of approximately $1.3 billion.

Margaret Peloso Selected as ABA Top 40 Young Lawyer 07-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins counsel Margaret Peloso has been selected as a 2017 American Bar Association “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer.” The award is given by the ABA Young Lawyers Division to 40 members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.

MVP REIT and MVP REIT II Announce Definitive Merger Agreement 05-30-2017

Vinson & Elkins acted as counsel for the special committee of the board of directors of MVP REIT II, Inc. in connection with a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which MVP REIT II will acquire MVP REIT, Inc. in a stock-for-stock merger.

Helmerich & Payne to Acquire MOTIVE Drilling Technologies 05-22-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Helmerich & Payne, Inc. on intellectual property matters in connection with its agreement to acquire MOTIVE Drilling Technologies, Inc. for $75 million payable at closing and up to an additional $25 million in potential earnout payments based on future performance during the next few years.

Carlyle and EOG Resources Announce $400M Drilling Partnership 05-22-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised The Carlyle Group L.P. in its definitive agreement to fund the development of EOG’s oil and gas assets in Ellis County, Oklahoma. As part of the joint venture, Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Fund II L.P. will fund up to $400 million for the development program over four years.

Vinson & Elkins Advises Senomyx, Inc. in Successful Proxy Contest Defense 05-22-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Senomyx, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNMX) in its successful proxy contest defense against a dissident group led by VCM, LLC and post-annual meeting three-year standstill agreement with the dissident group.

Saudi Aramco and Jacobs Form Saudi Arabia-Based Joint Venture 05-19-2017

The Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas in Association with Vinson & Elkins LLP advised Saudi Aramco in connection with its agreement with Jacobs to form a Saudi Arabia-based joint venture company to provide professional program and construction management services for social infrastructure projects throughout the Kingdom and across the Middle East and North Africa.

Noble Energy Sells Interests in CONE Gathering to Quantum Energy Partners for $765M 05-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Noble Energy in connection with its definitive agreement to divest the holding company which owns a 50 percent interest in CONE Gathering, LLC and 21.7 million common and subordinated limited partnership units to a portfolio company of Quantum Energy Partners for total cash consideration of $765 million.

Keane Agrees to Acquire RockPile Energy Services for $284.5M 05-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised RockPile Energy Holdings, LLC, a portfolio company of White Deer Energy II, in the agreement with Keane Group, Inc. for the sale and acquisition of RockPile Energy Services, LLC.

DCP Midstream Announces Strategic High-Grading of Its Portfolio 05-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised DCP Midstream, LP, in the divestiture of its Douglas gathering system in Wyoming to Tallgrass Energy Partners for approximately $128 million. 

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. Closes Initial Public Offering 05-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of 10,100,000 shares of its Class A common stock.

SCS Financial Agrees to Join Focus Financial Partners 05-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Focus Financial Partners in connection with SCS Financial and its subsidiary SCS Capital Management’s definitive agreement to join the Focus partnership. With $16.5 billion in regulatory assets under management, SCS is the largest deal in Focus’ history.

Chisholm Energy Holdings Announces First Asset Acquisition 05-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Chisolm Energy Holding, a start-up oil and gas company, on the acquisition of its first asset, located in the New Mexico region of the Delaware Basin.

WildHorse Resource Development Corporation Announces $625M Acquisition of Eagle Ford Properties 05-11-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised WildHorse Resource Development in connection with its definitive agreement to acquire approximately 111,000 net acres and associated production from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Enviva Partners to Acquire Enviva Port of Wilmington for $120M 05-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Enviva Wilmington Holdings, LLC in the sale of Enviva Port of Wilmington, LLC (“Wilmington”) to Enviva Partners, LP for total consideration of $130 million.

Urban Edge Properties Closes Common Stock Offering 05-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC in connection with Urban Edge Properties’ public offering of 7,700,000 Common Shares for gross proceeds of approximately $194.8 million.

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT Prices Public Offering 05-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT in its public offering of 3,000,000 common shares.

Antero Midstream GP LP Closes Initial Public Offering 05-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Antero Midstream GP LP’s (AMGP) initial public offering of 37,250,000 common shares representing limited partner interests in AMGP by Antero Resources Investment LLC, at a public offering price of $23.50 per common share for total gross proceeds (before underwriters' fees and estimated expenses) of approximately $875 million.

Healthcare Trust of America Closes Public Offering of Common Stock 05-08-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Healthcare Trust of America, Inc.’s (HTA) underwritten public offering of 54,625,000 Class A Common Shares at a price to the public of $28.50 per share for an aggregate public offering price of $1,556,812,500.

TC PipeLines, LP Announces Agreement to Acquire Interests in Iroquois and PNGTS 05-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised TC PipeLines, LP in connection with its agreements to purchase a 49.3 percent interest in Iroquois Gas Transmission System and remaining 11.8 percent interest in Portland Natural Gas Transmission System from TransCanada for $765 million.

Federal Circuit Rules for Agility in Dispute Over Iraq War Contract 05-03-2017

Agility Public Warehousing Company K.S.C.P. (“Agility”) recently won a significant victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which vacated in part and remanded an adverse judgment by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”) against the company.

Jonah Energy Acquires Properties from LINN Energy for $580M 05-02-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Jonah Energy LLC in its definitive agreement to acquire natural gas and oil producing properties from LINN Energy, Inc. for approximately $580 million. 

Partner Bryan Loocke Bolsters Energy Transactions Practice 07-30-2015

Experienced oil and gas transactional lawyer Bryan Loocke has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in its Energy Transactions practice, where he will advise both corporate and private equity clients in the energy sector. He is based in the firm’s Houston office.

Vinson & Elkins Unveils Redesigned Website 07-13-2015

Vinson & Elkins LLP announced today that it has launched its new, mobile-friendly website at www.velaw.com.

V&E Chairman Mark Kelly Named to 2015 NACD Directorship 100 07-08-2015

Vinson & Elkins Chairman Mark Kelly has been named to the 2015 NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions list by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

V&E Awards Seven Students 2015 Scholarships 06-29-2015

Vinson & Elkins’ Scholarship Committee confirmed the selection of seven scholarship recipients for 2015. Since the V&E Scholars Program began in 1990, the law firm has granted a total of 140 scholarships to Texas-area high school students.

Litigation Counsel Lawrence Elbaum Joins Vinson & Elkins in New York 06-15-2015

Lawrence Elbaum, an experienced litigator, has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as Counsel in New York. Elbaum joins V&E from Proskauer Rose LLP.

V&E Appellate Partner John Elwood Named The AmLaw Litigation Daily’s “Litigator of the Week” 06-05-2015

The AmLaw Litigation Daily has named Vinson & Elkins appellate partner John Elwood “Litigator of the Week” for back-to-back victories he recently won in the U.S. Supreme Court in a whistleblower dispute and an appeal involving social media and free speech.

Vinson & Elkins Ranked One of America’s Best Corporate Law Firms of 2015 05-13-2015

Vinson & Elkins has been named to the 2015 America’s Best Corporate Law Firms list, as determined by NYSE Governance Services and FTI Consulting, Inc. This year marks the third year the firm has been ranked.

Three Vinson & Elkins Partners Recognized as 2015 “Energy & Environmental Trailblazers” by National Law Journal 05-05-2015

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has named three Vinson & Elkins partners to its inaugural list of 2015 “Energy & Environmental Trailblazers.” Carol Dinkins (retired partner), Jim Thompson and Marie Yeates are among 51 top legal professionals from across the country NLJ recognized for their groundbreaking work in the energy and environmental space.

V&E Partner Tom Leatherbury Named Chair-Elect of the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education 04-23-2015

Tom Leatherbury, a partner in Vinson & Elkins’ Dallas office, has been named Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees for the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education. He will take over as Chairman of the Board in July 2016.

CERAWeek 2015 Spotlight Interview with Vinson & Elkins Partner Jay Cuclis 04-21-2015

Vinson & Elkins partner Jay Cuclis sat down during CERAWeek 2015 with IHS Research Director James Wildash to discuss issues surrounding foreign investment in the North American energy sector. Cuclis, who serves as head of V&E’s Corporate department and as co-head of the Energy Transactions and Projects practice group, has worked on major energy transactions domestically and in more than 50 countries throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Vinson & Elkins Awards Four Students 2015 Diversity Fellowships 04-03-2015

Vinson & Elkins has awarded four law students 2015 Diversity Fellowships. Recipients Felicia Alexander, Ijeamaka Obasi, Ellen Park and Kalyan Venkatraj were selected from nearly 100 candidates in the U.S.

Vinson & Elkins Promotes Five to Counsel 02-09-2015

Vinson & Elkins has promoted five attorneys to counsel. Collectively, they represent four offices and three practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, finance and real estate.

Vinson & Elkins Partner Bill Wallander Named Fellow of American College of Bankruptcy 11-18-2014

Vinson & Elkins partner Bill Wallander has been selected as a Fellow of The American College of Bankruptcy.

Vinson & Elkins Promotes Ziad Saad to Counsel in Middle East 09-03-2014

Vinson & Elkins LLP has promoted corporate attorney Ziad Saad to counsel, strengthening the firm's Middle East practice.

V&E Confirms Selection of Seven Scholarship Recipients for 2014 06-05-2014

Vinson & Elkins' Scholarship Committee has confirmed the selection of seven scholarship recipients for 2014. 

V&E Ranked #1 for Company Defense in FactSet SharkRepellent's 2016 Shareholder Activism League Tables 01-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot for legal defense of companies under siege by shareholder activists in FactSet SharkRepellent’s 2016 year-end league tables. The ranking is based on number of campaigns.

V&E Ranked #1 Issuer’s Counsel for U.S. Equity Offerings in Bloomberg’s Global 2016 League Tables 01-13-2017

Vinson & Elkins is recognized by Bloomberg as the top legal advisor by deal value representing issuers in U.S. Equity offerings in 2016. V&E is credited for 34 offerings valued at $15.5 billion, also landing the firm a #2 ranking by deal count.

V&E Ranked #1 Legal Advisor by Deal Count in Mergermarket’s Global Energy, Mining & Utilities Report 01-13-2017

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot in Mergermarket’s 2016 Energy, Mining & Utilities (EMU) Global Trend Report by deal count, credited with 64 deals valued at $105 billion.

National Law Journal Names John Elwood a 2016 Litigation Trailblazer 12-13-2016

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has named Vinson & Elkins partner John Elwood to its list of 2016 “Litigation Trailblazers.” According to NLJ, the 50 legal professionals honored this year show “a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”

Three V&E Lawyers Named to Who’s Who Legal’s 2017 Future Leaders in Arbitration Guide 12-12-2016

Vinson & Elkins partners Mark Beeley and Amir Ghaffari, along with senior associate Alexander Slade, have been named to Who’s Who Legal’s 2017 Future Leaders in Arbitration guide. 

Michael Holmes Named to Law360’s 2016 MVP List 12-07-2016

Vinson & Elkins partner Michael Holmes has been named one of Law360’s 2016 MVPs of the Year in recognition of his outstanding work defending against several high-profile energy industry merger challenges.

Texas Lawyer Names Trina Chandler to 2016 Top Women in Energy List 12-07-2016

Texas Lawyer has named Vinson & Elkins partner Trina Chandler to its 2016 Top Women in Energy list. Chandler is one of only 30 women in regulatory, in-house or law firm positions in Texas recognized for their success in “high-stakes cases that make law or have an impact nationally or statewide.”

V&E Earns Perfect Score on 2017 Corporate Equality Index 12-06-2016

For the third consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has received a perfect score of 100 on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. V&E is one of three Texas-based law firms to receive a top rating.

V&E Shareholder Activism Response Team Receives No. 1 Rankings 12-06-2016

Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism Response Team has received No. 1 rankings for its Activism Defense from The Wall Street Journal, Thomson Reuters and Activist Insight.

Legal 500 (Legalease, Ltd.) Recognizes V&E as Client Champion for Energy 11-30-2016

The Legal 500 has recognized Vinson & Elkins as a 2016 Client Champion in the global energy sector. V&E is among 22 firms recognized.

Guy Lipe and Doug McWilliams Selected to Houston Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Energy List 11-24-2016

Vinson & Elkins partners Guy Lipe and Doug McWilliams have been selected to Houston Business Journal’s 2016 Who’s Who in Energy list. 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Recommends V&E in 8 Areas 11-09-2016

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 recommends Vinson & Elkins in eight areas. The firm was recognized for its work in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and the Philippines.

Chambers UK 2017 Recognizes V&E in 5 Practice Areas, Ranks 6 Lawyers 11-02-2016

Chambers UK has again recognized V&E as a Band 1 firm in the UK-wide rankings for Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas in its 2017 guide.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2017 Recognizes V&E with 21 Tier 1 National Rankings 11-01-2016

Vinson & Elkins is recognized as a national tier 1 law firm in 21 practice areas, with a total of 36 national rankings, in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey.

Euromoney’s 2017 Benchmark Litigation Again Recognizes V&E, 16 Lawyers Ranked 10-12-2016

Euromoney’s 2017 Benchmark Litigation has once again recognized Vinson & Elkins’ Texas litigation group as “Highly Recommended” and the firm’s Washington, D.C. litigation group as “Recommended.” V&E’s Appellate group was also recognized nationally.

V&E Listed in Law Business Research’s 2016 GIR 100 10-04-2016

Vinson & Elkins is among the firms included in the 2016 Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100, an independent guide to the world’s best firms for international investigations.

Who’s Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.) 2016 Recognizes 37 V&E Attorneys 09-29-2016

Who’s Who Legal has recognized 37 Vinson & Elkins attorneys in its 2016 guide.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names Five V&E Attorneys to 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers List 09-21-2016

Super Lawyers has named five Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Additionally, eight lawyers have been selected for the New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Chambers Latin America Recognizes V&E’s Energy Practice 09-19-2016

Chambers Latin America has again recognized Vinson & Elkins in its 2017 rankings. V&E is ranked by Chambers in the Latin America-Wide category for Energy & Natural Resources.

The UK Legal 500 2016 Ranks V&E in Six Categories, 10 Lawyers Recognized 09-14-2016

The UK Legal 500 ranks Vinson & Elkins in six categories and recommends 10 of the firm’s lawyers in its 2016 edition.

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