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V&E Announces New Leadership Roles in Shareholder Activism Practice, Corporate Department Published: 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.

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.

Rosehill Resources Inc. to Expand Delaware Basin Position 10-30-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Rosehill Resources Inc. in connection with its acquisition of 4,565 net undeveloped acres, which includes producing properties with limited production of 40 Boepd, in the Southern Delaware Basin. Subject to certain conditions, Rosehill may acquire up to an additional 4,535 net acres at the same price per net acre.

BP Midstream Partners LP Closes Initial Public Offering 10-30-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised BP Midstream Partners LP in connection with its initial public offering of 42,500,000 common units representing limited partner interests at $18.00 per common unit.

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.

C&J Energy Services to Acquire O-Tex Holdings, Inc. 10-25-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised C&J Energy Services, Inc., in the acquisition of O-Tex Holdings, Inc. and its operating subsidiaries, including O-Tex Pumping, L.L.C.

HollyFrontier and Holly Energy Partners Announce IDR Simplification Agreement 10-19-2017

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (Holly Energy) in connection with Holly Energy and HEP Logistics Holdings, L.P.’s (HEP GP) definitive agreement to eliminate the incentive distribution rights held by HEP GP and convert HEP GP’s 2% general partner interest in Holly Energy into a non-economic interest in exchange for the issuance by Holly Energy of 37,250,000 of its common units to HEP GP, representing total equity value of $1.25 billion based on Holly Energy’s previous closing day price of $33.56.

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.

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.

The UK Legal 500 2017 Ranks V&E in 6 Categories, Recognizes 14 Attorneys 10-12-2017

The UK Legal 500 ranks Vinson & Elkins in six categories and recommends 14 of the firm’s lawyers in its 2017 edition. Additionally, V&E partner Alex Msimang was named a Leading Lawyer in London: Projects, Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas.

CryoLife Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire JOTEC 10-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised CryoLife, Inc., a leading medical device and tissue processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, in connection with its definitive agreement to acquire JOTEC AG, a German-based, privately-held developer of technologically differentiated endovascular stent grafts, and cardiac and vascular surgical grafts, focused on aortic repair.

Cooke Inc. to Acquire Omega Protein Corporation for $22.00 Per Share 10-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Omega Protein Corporation (“Omega Protein”), a nutritional product company and a leading integrated provider of specialty oils and specialty protein products, in connection with its definitive agreement with Cooke Inc. ("Cooke"), a New Brunswick company and parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., under which Cooke will acquire all outstanding shares of Omega Protein for $22.00 per share in cash or approximately $500 million.

Solo Cup Defeats Civil Antitrust Suit at U.S. Supreme Court 10-05-2017

V&E clients Dart Container Corporation and its subsidiary Solo Cup Company LLC have won a significant victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to revive civil antitrust litigation accusing the companies of blocking competition in the plastics raw material market.

Producers Midstream Announces Formation of Culberson Midstream 10-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Charger Shale Oil Company ("Charger") in connection with Producers Midstream, LP’s plans to install a new natural gas gathering system, anchored by more than 40,000 net dedicated acres and a 1,000 square mile area of mutual interest from Charger, in the Western Delaware Basin through the formation of Culberson Midstream LLC. 

Jonah Energy Closes $600M Offering of Senior Notes Due 2025 10-03-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Jonah Energy LLC in connection with an upsized offering by Jonah Energy and its subsidiary Jonah Energy Finance Corp. of $600 million of 7.25% senior unsecured notes due 2025.

Euromoney’s 2018 Benchmark Litigation Recognizes V&E, 17 V&E Lawyers Ranked 10-03-2017

Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation has again recognized Vinson & Elkins’ Texas litigation group as “Highly Recommended” and the firm’s Washington, D.C. litigation group as “Recommended” in its 2018 edition. V&E’s Appellate group is also recognized nationally.

CrownRock Announces $1B Private Offering of Senior Notes and Tender Offers for Senior Notes 10-02-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised CrownRock, L.P., an oil and gas producing joint venture of CrownQuest Operating and Lime Rock Partners, in its private offering of $1 billion principal amount of 5.625% senior notes due 2025. V&E also advised CrownRock in simultaneous tender offers for its 7.125% senior notes due 2021 and 7.750% senior notes due 2023.

Law360 Names V&E a 2017 Texas Powerhouse 10-02-2017

Vinson & Elkins has once again been named a Texas Powerhouse by Law360, in recognition of the firm’s outstanding corporate and litigation successes over the past year.

NLJ Names Michael Holmes a 2017 Winning Litigator 09-28-2017

The National Law Journal has named Vinson & Elkins partner Michael Holmes a 2017 Winning Litigator, in recognition of a major trial court victory for Energy Transfer Equity, LP, which resulted in the termination of a proposed $38 billion merger with The Williams Companies.

V&E Ranked #1 for Company Defense by Number of Campaigns in Thomson Reuters' First Half 2017 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard 09-26-2017

Vinson & Elkins earned the #1 ranking by number of campaigns among law firms defending public companies against shareholder activism campaigns in Thomson Reuters’ First Half 2017 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard. V&E was credited for advising on 16 campaigns during the first half of 2017.

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. 

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.

Greenfield Midstream Announces $300M Equity Commitment from EnCap Flatrock Midstream 07-11-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Greenfield Midstream, LLC in connection with its initial $300 million equity commitment from EnCap Flatrock Midstream.

V&E Secures Dismissal of Constitutional Claims Against Texas State Bar 07-07-2017

On July 5, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas dismissed for lack of jurisdiction a lawsuit challenging the State Bar of Texas’ appointment of minority member directors.

EZCORP Announces Pricing of $125M of Convertible Senior Notes 06-29-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised EZCORP. Inc in the pricing of $125,000,000 aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2024. 

Global Medical REIT Prices Common Stock Offering 06-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Global Medical REIT Inc. in its underwritten public offering of 3,500,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $9.00 per share for gross proceeds of $31.5 million. The offering priced on June 28, 2017.

CPPIB and Encino Energy Commit More Than $1B to Form Encino Acquisition Partners 06-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in connection with its equity commitment to form Encino Acquisition Partners (EAP), which will focus on U.S. oil and gas acquisition opportunities. CPPIB has committed up to US$1 billion to EAP and Encino Energy, LLC has committed US$25 million.

V&E Advises Fred's, Inc. in Adoption of Shareholder Rights Plan 06-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Fred’s, Inc. in connection with the adoption of a shareholder rights plan (also known as a “poison pill”).

TPG Growth to Acquire Discovery Midstream 06-27-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, in its definitive agreement to acquire Discovery Midstream.

Pattern Energy Announces Key Strategic Initiatives 06-19-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Development 1.0”) and Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (“Pattern Development 2.0” and together with Pattern Development 1.0, “Pattern Development”) in a series of strategic initiatives to significantly increase Pattern Energy’s long-term growth outlook and enhance its access to capital.

EQT Corporation to Acquire Rice Energy for $6.7 Billion 06-19-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Rice Energy in a definitive merger agreement with EQT Corporation, under which EQT will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Rice common stock for total consideration of approximately $6.7 billion

V&E Wins Significant Appellate Victory for Herring Bancorp 06-13-2017

Vinson & Elkins recently won an important appellate victory for 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.

Encana Agrees to Sell its Piceance Natural Gas Assets for $735M 06-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Caerus Oil and Gas LLC in Encana Corporation’s agreement to sell its Piceance natural gas assets for total cash consideration of $735 million. 

Healthcare Trust of America Holdings, LP Closes Offerings of Senior Unsecured Notes 06-08-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Healthcare Trust of America Holdings, LP’s $500 million offering of 3.750% senior unsecured notes due 2027 and $400 million offering of 2.950% senior unsecured notes due 2022.

Vinson & Elkins Advises Fiesta Restaurant Group in Successful Proxy Contest Defense 06-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins L.L.P advised Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., in its successful proxy contest defense against a dissident group led by JCP Investment Partnership, LP.  

SemGroup Agrees to Acquire Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company 06-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised SemGroup Corporation in the definitive agreement to acquire Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company from investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners.

Texas Access to Justice Commission Reappoints Harry Reasoner as Chair 06-20-2016

Harry Reasoner, a litigation partner in Vinson & Elkins’ Houston office, has been reappointed as Chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission (TAJC) for the 2016 - 2017 term. Reasoner has served as a member of the Commission since 2006 and as Chair since 2009.

Louise Woods Appointed to Board of ArbitralWomen 06-16-2016

Louise Woods, a senior associate in Vinson & Elkins’ London office, has been appointed to the Board of ArbitralWomen, effective July 1, 2016.

Vinson & Elkins Adds Top Litigation Team to Global IP Practice 06-13-2016

V&E continues to enhance its global Intellectual Property practice with the addition of five highly regarded partners in Austin and Dallas who have a broad range of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secrets and complex commercial litigation experience.

V&E Awards Scholarships to Diverse High School Graduates 06-03-2016

Vinson & Elkins’ Scholarship Committee has confirmed the selection of seven scholarship recipients for 2016.

Vinson & Elkins Opens in Taipei 05-16-2016

New office will focus on litigation and intellectual property matters. 

V&E, Morgan Lewis Secure Release of Scott Walker from Federal Prison 04-25-2016

Scott Walker, who served nearly 20 years of a life sentence in prison on a non-violent drug offense, was released on Monday, April 25, after the Illinois federal judge who presided over his trial reduced his sentence.

Tax Counsel Sara Stewart Joins V&E in London 04-20-2016

Sara Stewart, a highly regarded tax lawyer, has joined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in its London office.

V&E Diversifies Corporate Practice with Addition of Nationally Recognized REIT Practice 04-04-2016

Vinson & Elkins LLP has significantly expanded its Capital Markets and M&A Practice with the addition of a nationally recognized REIT team, including five partners.

Mingda Zhao Named 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow 03-17-2016

Vinson & Elkins has selected partner Mingda Zhao to participate in the 2016 Fellows Program for the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity.

V&E To Participate in Diversity Lab’s Women in Law Hackathon 03-11-2016

John Wander, managing partner of Vinson & Elkins’ Dallas office and head of the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice, will participate in the Women in Law Hackathon, a “Shark Tank” style pitch competition created by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law.

Addition of Partner Ian Frost Bolsters Vinson & Elkins’ London Finance Practice 03-07-2016

Prominent banking and finance partner Ian Frost has joined Vinson & Elkins in London, strengthening the firm’s global Finance Practice.

V&E Seeks Applicants for Minority College Scholarships 02-09-2016

Vinson & Elkins is seeking applicants for its annual scholarships for high performing minority high school seniors 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.

Vinson & Elkins Enhances London Private Equity Practice with Addition of Partner Paul Dunbar 02-09-2016

Highly regarded corporate lawyer Paul Dunbar, whose practice focuses primarily on private equity and special situations funds, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner. He will reside in the firm’s London office.

V&E Relocates San Francisco Office to Larger Space at 555 Mission 02-08-2016

Vinson & Elkins LLP has relocated its San Francisco office to 555 Mission Street to accommodate the law firm’s growth in the Bay Area. The new space occupies the 20th floor of the building, located in the South of Market (SOMA) district.

International Trade Counsel Daniel J. Gerkin Joins V&E in Washington, D.C. 02-03-2016

Daniel J. Gerkin, an experienced international trade attorney who focuses on U.S. export controls, economic embargoes and sanctions, and customs matters, has joined Vinson & Elkins as Counsel in Washington, D.C.

Houston Partner Trevor Wommack Strengthens V&E’s Finance Practice 01-26-2016

Vinson & Elkins has bolstered its highly regarded Finance Practice Group with the addition of partner Trevor Wommack, who focuses his practice on syndicated lending in the energy sector.

Vinson & Elkins Promotes 12 to Counsel 01-13-2016

Vinson & Elkins has promoted 12 lawyers to counsel. Collectively, they represent four offices and 10 practice areas, including: employment, labor and OSHA; energy regulatory; energy transactions and projects; environmental; executive compensation and benefits; finance; intellectual property; mergers and acquisitions/capital markets; real estate; and restructuring and reorganization.

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.

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. 

Daily Journal Names Chinese Textile Co.’s $72M Win a Top 2016 Verdict 02-27-2017

The Daily Journal has recognized as one of California’s top verdicts of 2016, Vinson & Elkins partner Mort Hartwell’s $72 million win for a Chinese textile company involved in a dispute over the sale of its interest in a U.S.-based distributor.

V&E Ranked #1 For Company Defense by Number of Campaigns in Thomson Reuters' 2016 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard 02-24-2017

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot based on number of campaigns for legal defense of companies in Thomson Reuters’ Full Year 2016 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard. The firm was credited for advising on 27 campaigns.

Alden Atkins Named 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star 02-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Alden Atkins has been named a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star for his dedication to client service excellence.

John Michael Receives Lexology’s 2017 Client Choice Award for Offshore Services 02-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner John Michael has been awarded a 2017 Lexology Client Choice Award for his work in Offshore Services. Michael is the sole recipient in the Offshore Services category this year.

V&E Receives High Ranks in IJGlobal’s Full Year 2016 Infrastructure Finance League Tables 02-02-2017

Vinson & Elkins is ranked among the top firms for infrastructure finance according to IJGlobal’s full year 2016 league table report.

Law360 Names V&E Among 2016 "Energy Groups of the Year" 01-30-2017

For the seventh consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series for the firm’s industry leading energy transactional and litigation successes in 2016.

Turnarounds & Workouts (Beard Group, Inc.) Recognizes V&E Among “Successful Restructurings” 01-26-2017

Turnarounds & Workouts has recognized Vinson & Elkins in its list of Successful Restructurings of 2016. V&E was recognized, as counsel to the debtor, for its work on behalf of Energy XXI, an independent oil and natural gas development and production company.

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.


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