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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

Vinson & Elkins’ preeminent international Mergers & Acquisitions practice leverages the firm’s global presence with a deep, talented bench of attorneys. Clients such as public and private companies, private equity and other financial sponsors, boards of directors and special committees, and financial advisors ask V&E to execute their most complex and high profile transactions. Our M&A practice is consistently recognized by publications such as The American Lawyer as one of the top 10 nationwide by transaction volume (2013-2015).

The M&A team draws on the acumen of several of the firm’s world-class practices, including Tax, Capital Markets, Employee Benefits, Litigation, Finance, and Environmental, to provide our clients with seamless, efficient representation.

Energy Leader

V&E’s reputation as a leader in energy extends to M&A, where we represent clients involved in all facets of the energy and natural resources industry. We have acted as a legal advisor in more global energy M&A deals over the last five years than any other law firm, according to Mergermarket (2012-2016). We have also been involved in several of the most transformative international oil and gas asset and joint venture transactions to date.

Public M&A

The firm’s M&A practice has extensive experience with both friendly and hostile M&A transactions involving public companies. Our team of seasoned and responsive M&A attorneys, with the support of world-class subject matter experts, is able to negotiate and complete transactions at the rapid pace that public company deals necessitate.

Practice Highlights

  • NorthStar Realty Finance in its approximately $16 billion combination with NorthStar Asset Management Group and Colony Capital in an all-stock merger of equals 
  • Rice Energy in its $6.7 billion merger with EQT Corporation
  • AltaGas in the $6.4 billion acquisition of WGL Holdings, owner of a regulated natural gas utility, a midstream franchise and non-regulated contracted power and energy marketing businesses throughout the United States (pending)
  • Riverstone Holdings in its $5.2 billion take-private of Talen Energy Corporation, one of the largest independent power producers in the U.S. with a portfolio of power plants totaling approximately 16,000 MW, and associated debt financings
  • Sunoco in the $3.3 billion sale of a majority of its convenience stores to 7-Eleven (pending) 
  • MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates in its $3.6 billion merger with DigitalGlobe, creating a leading provider of satellites, earth imagery, geospatial data solutions and analytics
  • Nexeo Solutions, a chemicals and plastics distributor and TPG Capital portfolio company, in its $1.575 billion merger with WL Ross Holdings Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed by WL Ross
  • Moneygram International in its $1.2 billion sale to Hong Kong-based Ant Financial, one of the world's leading digital financial services providers (pending)