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Delaware Supreme Court Rules for ETE in Williams Dispute Published: 03-28-2017

In a significant win for V&E client Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., on March 23, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Delaware Chancery Court’s June 2016 post-trial opinion confirming the company’s right to terminate a proposed $38 billion merger with The Williams Companies due to the failure of a condition precedent.

TSSP Invests in Trinity Midstream in Partnership with Trinity CO2 04-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Trinity CO2 in connection with TSSP’s structured investment in Trinity Midstream in partnership with Trinity CO2.

Focus Financial Partners To Receive Significant Investment from Stone Point Capital and KKR 04-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Focus Financial Partners (Focus) in a transaction whereby an investor group led by Stone Point Capital and KKR will acquire a majority stake in Focus. Focus is valued at approximately $2 billion.

Global Competition Review Recognizes V&E in 17th Edition of GCR100 04-18-2017

Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized Vinson & Elkins in the 17th edition of its annual GCR100. V&E is recommended for its work in Texas and Washington, D.C.

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

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

David Tsai Awarded 2017 James C. Hormel Philanthropist Award by AIDS Legal Referral Panel 04-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner David Tsai has been selected to receive the 2017 James C. Hormel Philanthropist Award by the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP).

Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. Closes Initial Public Offering 04-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. in its initial public offering of 48,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit.

Blackstone Energy Partners to Acquire EagleClaw Midstream Ventures 04-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Blackstone Energy Partners in its acquisition of EagleClaw Midstream Ventures for approximately $2 billion.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 Recommends V&E in 5 Practice Areas, 3 Lawyers Recognized 04-12-2017

The Legal 500 EMEA recommends Vinson & Elkins in five practice areas across Iraq and Saudi Arabia in its 2017 edition. The guide also recognizes three V&E attorneys.

C&J Energy Services Closes Public Offering of Common Stock 04-12-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised C&J Energy Services in connection with its public offering of 7,000,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $32.50 per share. The offering closed on April 12, 2017.

V&E Named to 2017 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review 04-11-2017

Vinson & Elkins has been named to the 2017 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review. The GAR 100 is a guide to the international arbitration capabilities of law firms. It profiles and only includes firms that have been audited by the publication for the qualities of arbitral specialization.

Sunoco Announces Strategic Divestiture of Convenience Stores 04-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Sunoco LP in its definitive asset purchase agreement for the sale of a majority of its convenience stores to 7-Eleven, Inc. Total consideration in the transaction is $3.3 billion in cash plus fuel, merchandise and other inventories.

Boyd Carano Named to Legal 500’s (Legalease, Ltd.) Private Practice Powerlist 04-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Boyd Carano has been named to Legal 500’s inaugural Private Practice Powerlist: The Leading U.S. Attorneys with a Focus on Mexico. Legal 500 has unveiled the series as a way of identifying “key individual practitioners with outstanding specialization in, and knowledge of, particular jurisdictions.”

Chisholm Oil & Gas and Funds Affiliated with Apollo Global Management Announce Strategic Partnership, STACK Acquisition 03-31-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with a strategic partnership with Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC and an initial acquisition of STACK assets.

Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II Closes Initial Public Offering 03-29-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II’s initial public offering of 90,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit.

Delaware Supreme Court Rules for ETE in Williams Dispute 03-28-2017

In a significant win for V&E client Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., on March 23, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Delaware Chancery Court’s June 2016 post-trial opinion confirming the company’s right to terminate a proposed $38 billion merger with The Williams Companies due to the failure of a condition precedent.

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to C&J Energy/Nabors Merger 03-28-2017

C&J Energy Services, Inc. and certain of its former directors and officers recently won a major victory at the Delaware Supreme Court, overcoming a shareholder challenge to the company’s $2.9 billion transaction with Nabors Industries Ltd.

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2018 (Woodward/White, Inc.) Lists 5 V&E Partners 03-28-2017

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom has named five Vinson & Elkins partners in its 2018 edition.

ProPetro Holding Corp. Closes Initial Public Offering 03-22-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with ProPetro Holding Corp.’s initial public offering of 25,000,000 shares of its common stock at $14.00 per share. The offering closed on March 22, 2017.

Marathon Acquires Permian Assets From Black Mountain for $700M 03-21-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Black Mountain Oil & Gas LLC and Black Mountain Operating LLC in the sale of approximately 21,000 net surface acres largely in the Permian's Northern Delaware basin of New Mexico to Marathon Oil Corporation for $700 million in cash. 

Vinson & Elkins Named to Latin Lawyer 250, 7 Lawyers Recognized 03-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins has been recommended as a top law firm in the International category in the Energy, Project Finance & Infrastructure and Arbitration practice areas of the 2017 edition of Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s Leading Business Law Firms.

TSSP Invests in Trinity Midstream in Partnership with Trinity CO2 04-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Trinity CO2 in connection with TSSP’s structured investment in Trinity Midstream in partnership with Trinity CO2.

Focus Financial Partners To Receive Significant Investment from Stone Point Capital and KKR 04-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Focus Financial Partners (Focus) in a transaction whereby an investor group led by Stone Point Capital and KKR will acquire a majority stake in Focus. Focus is valued at approximately $2 billion.

Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. Closes Initial Public Offering 04-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. in its initial public offering of 48,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit.

Blackstone Energy Partners to Acquire EagleClaw Midstream Ventures 04-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Blackstone Energy Partners in its acquisition of EagleClaw Midstream Ventures for approximately $2 billion.

C&J Energy Services Closes Public Offering of Common Stock 04-12-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised C&J Energy Services in connection with its public offering of 7,000,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $32.50 per share. The offering closed on April 12, 2017.

Sunoco Announces Strategic Divestiture of Convenience Stores 04-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Sunoco LP in its definitive asset purchase agreement for the sale of a majority of its convenience stores to 7-Eleven, Inc. Total consideration in the transaction is $3.3 billion in cash plus fuel, merchandise and other inventories.

Chisholm Oil & Gas and Funds Affiliated with Apollo Global Management Announce Strategic Partnership, STACK Acquisition 03-31-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with a strategic partnership with Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC and an initial acquisition of STACK assets.

Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II Closes Initial Public Offering 03-29-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II’s initial public offering of 90,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit.

Delaware Supreme Court Rules for ETE in Williams Dispute 03-28-2017

In a significant win for V&E client Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., on March 23, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Delaware Chancery Court’s June 2016 post-trial opinion confirming the company’s right to terminate a proposed $38 billion merger with The Williams Companies due to the failure of a condition precedent.

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to C&J Energy/Nabors Merger 03-28-2017

C&J Energy Services, Inc. and certain of its former directors and officers recently won a major victory at the Delaware Supreme Court, overcoming a shareholder challenge to the company’s $2.9 billion transaction with Nabors Industries Ltd.

ProPetro Holding Corp. Closes Initial Public Offering 03-22-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with ProPetro Holding Corp.’s initial public offering of 25,000,000 shares of its common stock at $14.00 per share. The offering closed on March 22, 2017.

Marathon Acquires Permian Assets From Black Mountain for $700M 03-21-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Black Mountain Oil & Gas LLC and Black Mountain Operating LLC in the sale of approximately 21,000 net surface acres largely in the Permian's Northern Delaware basin of New Mexico to Marathon Oil Corporation for $700 million in cash. 

V&E Advises Ecology and Environment, Inc. in Proxy Contest Against Mill Road 03-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising Ecology and Environment, Inc. in its proxy contest against Mill Road Capital.

Quintana Shipping Group Sells 14 Vessel Fleet to Golden Ocean Group 03-14-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Quintana Shipping Group in connection with the sale of its 14 vessel fleet (6 Capesize and 8 Kamsarmax/Panamax) to the Golden Ocean Group for approximately US$365M.

V&E Advises Ciber in Proxy Contest Against Legion Partners Asset Management 03-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins L.L.P is advising Ciber, Inc. in its proxy contest against Legion Partners Asset Management, LLC.  

Riverstone and Pine Brook Co-Lead $600M Line of Equity Investment in Admiral Permian Resources 03-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised an affiliate of Riverstone Investment Group LLC (Riverstone) in connection with a $600 million line of equity investment co-led by Riverstone and Pine Brook in Admiral Permian Resources, LLC.

Erin Energy Announces Execution of Drilling Rig Contract 03-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Erin Energy in connection with the execution of a drilling services contract with Pacific Drilling for use of the Pacific Bora drilling rig.

V&E Wins Important Texas Supreme Court Ruling 03-06-2017

In a significant win for Vinson & Elkins client MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc. (MAFCO), the Texas Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to a lawsuit brought by Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling Company, Inc. challenging a $300 million asbestos settlement.

Clearlake Capital Group Announces Formation of GlobeLTR Energy, GlobeLTR Closes Private Placement 02-24-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. in the formation of GlobeLTR Energy Inc. with the merger of two established oilfield services providers in the Permian Basin, Globe Energy Services, LLC and Light Tower Rentals, Inc. 

MDA to Acquire DigitalGlobe in Deal Valued at $3.6 Billion 02-24-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, in a definitive merger agreement with DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet.

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

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

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

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

Chris Strong Named Co-Chair of Drafting Committee for AIPN Model Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement 03-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Chris Strong has been named co-chair of the Drafting Committee for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators’ (AIPN) Model Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of international oil and gas assets.

Vinson & Elkins Expands Middle East Disputes Presence 03-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins’ will expand its Middle East disputes presence in March, when partner Amir Ghaffari relocates to Dubai to lead the firm’s growing International Dispute Resolution practice in the region. 

Vinson & Elkins Promotes Nine to Counsel 01-30-2017

Vinson & Elkins has named nine new counsel. The promotions include attorneys spanning five offices and seven practice areas, including energy transactions and projects, energy regulation, executive compensation and benefits, restructuring and reorganization, complex commercial litigation, environmental and natural resources, and mergers and acquisitions and capital markets.

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.

Global Competition Review Recognizes V&E in 17th Edition of GCR100 04-18-2017

Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized Vinson & Elkins in the 17th edition of its annual GCR100. V&E is recommended for its work in Texas and Washington, D.C.

David Tsai Awarded 2017 James C. Hormel Philanthropist Award by AIDS Legal Referral Panel 04-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner David Tsai has been selected to receive the 2017 James C. Hormel Philanthropist Award by the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP).

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 Recommends V&E in 5 Practice Areas, 3 Lawyers Recognized 04-12-2017

The Legal 500 EMEA recommends Vinson & Elkins in five practice areas across Iraq and Saudi Arabia in its 2017 edition. The guide also recognizes three V&E attorneys.

V&E Named to 2017 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review 04-11-2017

Vinson & Elkins has been named to the 2017 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review. The GAR 100 is a guide to the international arbitration capabilities of law firms. It profiles and only includes firms that have been audited by the publication for the qualities of arbitral specialization.

Boyd Carano Named to Legal 500’s (Legalease, Ltd.) Private Practice Powerlist 04-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Boyd Carano has been named to Legal 500’s inaugural Private Practice Powerlist: The Leading U.S. Attorneys with a Focus on Mexico. Legal 500 has unveiled the series as a way of identifying “key individual practitioners with outstanding specialization in, and knowledge of, particular jurisdictions.”

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2018 (Woodward/White, Inc.) Lists 5 V&E Partners 03-28-2017

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom has named five Vinson & Elkins partners in its 2018 edition.

Vinson & Elkins Named to Latin Lawyer 250, 7 Lawyers Recognized 03-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins has been recommended as a top law firm in the International category in the Energy, Project Finance & Infrastructure and Arbitration practice areas of the 2017 edition of Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s Leading Business Law Firms.

V&E Ranked in Top Band in 5 Categories in Chambers Global 2017, 29 Lawyers Recognized 03-16-2017

Chambers Global 2017 ranked Vinson & Elkins in 26 practice areas, including top-tier rankings for five of the firm’s practice areas.

IJGlobal Names Colón LNG-to-Power Project 2016 “Latin America Power Deal of the Year” 03-15-2017

IJGlobal has named the Colón LNG-to-Power Project the 2016 “Latin America Power Deal of the Year.”

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 31 V&E Attorneys to 2017 Texas Rising Stars List 03-08-2017

Super Lawyers has named 31 Vinson & Elkins attorneys to the 2017 Texas Rising Stars List across a range of the firm’s practices and Texas offices.

Best Lawyers in Japan Recognizes V&E Partner James Atkin 03-03-2017

Best Lawyers in Japan has named Vinson & Elkins partner James Atkin in its 2018 edition. Atkin is recommended in Energy Law.

Shihana Alazzaz Awarded “Deal Maker of the Year” by Finance Monthly Magazine 03-01-2017

Vinson & Elkins counsel Shihana Alazzaz has been selected as a Finance Monthly “Deal Maker of the Year 2016” for her leadership role in advising Sanabil Investments in its acquisition of a 20% stake in Ebrahim Mohammed Almana & Brothers Co.

RSP Permian’s $2.4B Acquisition of Silver Hill Energy Partners, LLC and Silver Hill E&P II Named “M&A Deal of the Year” by Oil and Gas Investor 03-01-2017

RSP Permian, Inc.’s (RSP) $2.4 billion acquisition of Silver Hill Energy Partners, LLC and Silver Hill E&P II, LLC has been named “M&A Deal of the Year” as part of Oil and Gas Investor’s annual Excellence Awards. Vinson & Elkins advised RSP in the transactions.

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.

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