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Former AUSA Michael S. Dry Joins V&E as Partner Published: 01-08-2017

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Michael S. Dry, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and most recently the Deputy Chief of its Criminal Division, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

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.

Stratus Properties Reaches Board Representation Agreement with Oasis Management Company 01-11-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising Stratus Properties Inc. (NASDAQ: STRS), the owner of the W Hotel in Austin, in its board representation and settlement agreement with activist investor Oasis Management Company.

Vinson & Elkins Represents Immunomedics in Proxy Contest 01-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising Immunomedics, Inc. in its proxy contest against venBio Select Advisors.  

Asta Funding Reaches Agreement with Mangrove Partners 01-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising Asta Funding, Inc. in its settlement with activist investor Mangrove Partners and subsequent issuer tender offer. 

Former AUSA Michael S. Dry Joins V&E as Partner 01-08-2017

Michael S. Dry, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and most recently the Deputy Chief of its Criminal Division, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

V&E Advising magicJack VocalTec in Proxy Contest 01-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising magicJack VocalTec Ltd. in connection with the proxy contest and a potential unsolicited takeover bid of Carnegie Technologies Holdings, LLC.

Denbury Secures Major Pipeline Industry Win at Texas Supreme Court 01-06-2017

In a decision that has major implications for the pipeline industry, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that a carbon dioxide pipeline owned by Vinson & Elkins client Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas qualifies for “common carrier” status with the power of eminent domain. The ruling significantly clarifies how common carrier pipeline status may be established under state law.

Delek US Holdings to Acquire Remaining Shares of Alon USA 01-03-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Alon USA in the acquisition by Delek US Holdings of the outstanding shares of Alon common stock which Delek US does not already own in an all-stock transaction. 

Corporate Technology Lawyer Andrew Smetana Joins Vinson & Elkins as Counsel 01-03-2017

Andrew Smetana, an experienced attorney with venture capital, finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law and governance capabilities, has joined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in Austin.

Energy XXI Successfully Emerges from Chapter 11 12-30-2016

Vinson & Elkins LLP guided Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc., successor to Energy XXI Ltd and certain of its wholly owned subsidiaries to their emergence from bankruptcy on Dec. 30, 2016 under their Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Fred’s Pharmacy Unanimously Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan 12-27-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Fred’s, Inc. in connection with the adoption of a shareholder rights plan and other measures in response to unusual and substantial activity in the company’s shares.

Vitol and Helios Acquire Shell's 20% Shareholding in Vivo Energy 12-23-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised the Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners in connection with the acquisition of Shell’s 20% shareholding in Vivo Energy (Vivo) for $250 million.

Select Energy Services Closes $322M Private Placement 12-23-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Select Energy Services, Inc. in its private placement of 16,100,000 shares of its Class A-1 common stock for aggregate gross proceeds of $322 million. 

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and Daseke Announce Merger 12-22-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Daseke, Inc. in connection with its definitive merger agreement with Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II. This proposed transaction will allow Daseke to become a Nasdaq-listed public company.

KLR Energy Acquisition Corp. and Tema Oil and Gas Company To Combine to Form Rosehill Resources 12-20-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised KLR Energy Acquisition Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production focused special purpose acquisition entity, in its Business Combination Agreement with Tema Oil and Gas Company, a private company with assets in the core of the Delaware Basin, to form Rosehill Resources Inc. Rosehill Resources intends to significantly accelerate drilling on Tema's high-quality operated acreage position and pursue strategic acquisitions. 

WildHorse Resource Development Corp. Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering 12-19-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised WildHorse Resource Development Corporation with its initial public offering of 27,500,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share. The offering on closed December 19, 2016.

Diamondback Energy Announces Acquisition of Brigham Resources Interests and Assets 12-14-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Brigham Resources Operating, LLC and Brigham Resources Midstream, LLC (Brigham Resources) in the sale of all of Brigham Resources’ interests and related assets to Diamondback Energy, Inc. for an aggregate purchase price of $2.43 billion. 

Patterson-UTI Energy and Seventy Seven Energy Agree to Merge 12-13-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. in connection with the acquisition by Patterson-UTI of Seventy Seven Energy Inc.

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.”

Stratus Properties Reaches Board Representation Agreement with Oasis Management Company 01-11-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising Stratus Properties Inc. (NASDAQ: STRS), the owner of the W Hotel in Austin, in its board representation and settlement agreement with activist investor Oasis Management Company.

Vinson & Elkins Represents Immunomedics in Proxy Contest 01-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising Immunomedics, Inc. in its proxy contest against venBio Select Advisors.  

Asta Funding Reaches Agreement with Mangrove Partners 01-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising Asta Funding, Inc. in its settlement with activist investor Mangrove Partners and subsequent issuer tender offer. 

V&E Advising magicJack VocalTec in Proxy Contest 01-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising magicJack VocalTec Ltd. in connection with the proxy contest and a potential unsolicited takeover bid of Carnegie Technologies Holdings, LLC.

Denbury Secures Major Pipeline Industry Win at Texas Supreme Court 01-06-2017

In a decision that has major implications for the pipeline industry, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that a carbon dioxide pipeline owned by Vinson & Elkins client Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas qualifies for “common carrier” status with the power of eminent domain. The ruling significantly clarifies how common carrier pipeline status may be established under state law.

Delek US Holdings to Acquire Remaining Shares of Alon USA 01-03-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Alon USA in the acquisition by Delek US Holdings of the outstanding shares of Alon common stock which Delek US does not already own in an all-stock transaction. 

Energy XXI Successfully Emerges from Chapter 11 12-30-2016

Vinson & Elkins LLP guided Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc., successor to Energy XXI Ltd and certain of its wholly owned subsidiaries to their emergence from bankruptcy on Dec. 30, 2016 under their Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Fred’s Pharmacy Unanimously Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan 12-27-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Fred’s, Inc. in connection with the adoption of a shareholder rights plan and other measures in response to unusual and substantial activity in the company’s shares.

Vitol and Helios Acquire Shell's 20% Shareholding in Vivo Energy 12-23-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised the Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners in connection with the acquisition of Shell’s 20% shareholding in Vivo Energy (Vivo) for $250 million.

Select Energy Services Closes $322M Private Placement 12-23-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Select Energy Services, Inc. in its private placement of 16,100,000 shares of its Class A-1 common stock for aggregate gross proceeds of $322 million. 

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and Daseke Announce Merger 12-22-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Daseke, Inc. in connection with its definitive merger agreement with Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II. This proposed transaction will allow Daseke to become a Nasdaq-listed public company.

KLR Energy Acquisition Corp. and Tema Oil and Gas Company To Combine to Form Rosehill Resources 12-20-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised KLR Energy Acquisition Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production focused special purpose acquisition entity, in its Business Combination Agreement with Tema Oil and Gas Company, a private company with assets in the core of the Delaware Basin, to form Rosehill Resources Inc. Rosehill Resources intends to significantly accelerate drilling on Tema's high-quality operated acreage position and pursue strategic acquisitions. 

WildHorse Resource Development Corp. Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering 12-19-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised WildHorse Resource Development Corporation with its initial public offering of 27,500,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share. The offering on closed December 19, 2016.

Diamondback Energy Announces Acquisition of Brigham Resources Interests and Assets 12-14-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Brigham Resources Operating, LLC and Brigham Resources Midstream, LLC (Brigham Resources) in the sale of all of Brigham Resources’ interests and related assets to Diamondback Energy, Inc. for an aggregate purchase price of $2.43 billion. 

Patterson-UTI Energy and Seventy Seven Energy Agree to Merge 12-13-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. in connection with the acquisition by Patterson-UTI of Seventy Seven Energy Inc.

Sunoco Logistics Partners Acquires Energy Transfer Partners 11-21-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (SXL) in its merger agreement with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) for the acquisition of ETP by SXL in a unit-for-unit transaction. 

Concho Resources Acquires Northern Delaware Basin Assets for $430M 11-21-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Concho Resources Inc. (“Concho”) in its definitive agreement to acquire approximately 24,000 gross (16,400 net) acres in the northern Delaware Basin for approximately $430 million. 

Castleton Commodities International Acquires Anadarko's Assets for Over $1 Billion 11-18-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Castleton Commodities International LLC in its acquisition of the Carthage upstream and midstream assets in East Texas from subsidiaries of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for over $1 billion.

Moody National REIT I and Moody National REIT II Announce Definitive Merger Agreement 11-16-2016

On November 16, 2016, Moody National REIT I, Inc. ("REIT I") and Moody National REIT II, Inc. ("REIT II"), each of which is a public reporting non-listed REIT, announced that they entered into a definitive merger agreement providing for the merger of REIT I with REIT II and the merger of the respective operating partnerships of REIT I and REIT II.

Double Eagle Energy Permian Announces Strategic Relationship with Magnetar Capital 11-15-2016

Vinson & Elkins advised Double Eagle Energy Permian LLC (“Double Eagle”) in connection with its definitive agreement with Magnetar Capital (“Magnetar”), wherein Magnetar has agreed to invest up to $450 million of equity and delayed draw unsecured debt capital to support additional Midland Basin acquisition opportunities and to accelerate the Double Eagle’s operated drilling program.

Former AUSA Michael S. Dry Joins V&E as Partner 01-08-2017

Michael S. Dry, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and most recently the Deputy Chief of its Criminal Division, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

Corporate Technology Lawyer Andrew Smetana Joins Vinson & Elkins as Counsel 01-03-2017

Andrew Smetana, an experienced attorney with venture capital, finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law and governance capabilities, has joined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in Austin.

V&E Names Eight New Partners 12-13-2016

Vinson & Elkins announces the promotion of eight lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1, 2017: Mark Brasher, Jason McIntosh, Becky Petereit, Bailey Pham, Simon Rootsey, Lande Spottswood, Thomas Zentner and Craig Zieminski. 

Vinson & Elkins Named Among Best Companies to Work for in Texas 11-22-2016

Vinson & Elkins has been named among the 2017 “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” by Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Texas Society for Human Resources Management and Best Companies Group.

David Tsai Appointed as Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council 11-11-2016

Vinson & Elkins partner David Tsai has been appointed a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council for the Northern District of California. Tsai is one of six lawyers selected, and will serve a three-year term. He will join 12 continuing lawyer representatives. 

Vinson & Elkins Adds Leading International Tax Lawyer Natan Leyva in Washington, D.C. 11-08-2016

Vinson & Elkins has strengthened its global Tax practice with the addition of Natan Leyva as a partner. Leyva, who will reside in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, focuses on all aspects of international tax planning.

David Tsai Nominated to Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco 10-16-2016

Vinson & Elkins partner David Tsai has been nominated to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), effective January 1, 2017. 

John Elwood Named Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers 10-04-2016

Vinson & Elkins partner John Elwood has been elected as a Fellow 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.

V&E Strengthens London Private Equity Practice with Addition of Partner Shaun Lascelles 10-03-2016

Firm’s Growing Private Equity Practice Also Includes New Counsel Simon Rootsey and Daniel D. Graham

Widely respected M&A and private equity lawyer Shaun Lascelles has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a partner, enhancing the firm’s growing Private Equity practice group in London.

Andrew Stewart Appointed Vice Chair of ABA Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee 09-09-2016

Vinson & Elkins counsel Andrew Stewart has been named Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee. His one-year term began on August 7, 2016.

Intellectual Property Partners Jennifer Chen and John Fuisz Join V&E 08-22-2016

Vinson & Elkins continues to strengthen its global Intellectual Property practice with the addition of two partners in Washington, D.C. The firm’s newest partners, Jennifer Chen and John Fuisz, join an IP team bolstered by several recent hires in California and Texas, and the opening of the firm’s Taipei office.

Renowned Corporate Technology Partner Paul Tobias Joins V&E 08-15-2016

Corporate attorney Paul Tobias, widely regarded for his work with technology and growth companies, has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a partner in the firm’s Austin office.

USC Researchers Identify John Elwood Among Most Successful Supreme Court Attorneys (2012-2015) 08-02-2016

Vinson & Elkins appellate partner John P. Elwood’s record for winning U.S. Supreme Court review is currently among the best in the country, according to a recent study published by the University of Southern California.

Tom Leatherbury Named Chair of The NALP Foundation 07-27-2016

Tom Leatherbury, a partner in Vinson & Elkins’ Dallas office, has been named chair of the board of trustees for The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education. He will serve as chair from July 2016 through July 2018.

V&E Selected to Chinese Enterprises Investment & Trade Service Alliance 07-13-2016

Vinson & Elkins has been selected as a preferred service provider and sponsor of the newly established Chinese Enterprises Investment and Trade Service Alliance, a service group that aims to assist Chinese companies attempting to expand in the U.S.

Lindsey Vaala Elected to D.C. Bar Association Board of Governors 07-11-2016

Lindsey Vaala, a senior associate in Vinson & Elkins’ Washington, D.C. office, has been elected to the Board of Governors for the D.C. Bar Association.

Tom Leatherbury Appointed Chair of the Yale Alumni Fund Board 06-30-2016

Tom Leatherbury, co-head of Vinson & Elkins’ Appellate practice group and Chairman of Talent Management, has been named Chair of the Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors.

James Loftis Elected Member of London Court of International Arbitration 06-22-2016

James Loftis, head of Vinson & Elkins’ International Dispute Resolution practice, has been elected a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) for a five-year term.

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.

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 7 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 41 V&E Attorneys 09-29-2016

Who’s Who Legal has recognized 41 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, 11 Lawyers Recognized 09-14-2016

The UK Legal 500 ranks Vinson & Elkins in six categories and recommends 11 of the firm’s lawyers in its 2016 edition.

2016 Legal 500 Latin America Recommends V&E in Three Practice Areas; Recognizes Six V&E Attorneys 09-07-2016

Legal 500 Latin America once again recognizes Vinson & Elkins in the Corporate and M&A, International Arbitration and Projects and Energy categories in its 2016 guide. In addition, the guide specifically recommends six V&E attorneys.

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