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North America

Delivering distinctive legal services across a broad spectrum of industry sectors has been Vinson & Elkins’ hallmark since 1917. With lawyers strategically located in major commercial centers across the United States, we are dedicated to serving our North America-based clients as well as international clients with North American interests. 

Our multidisciplinary, industry-focused teams work seamlessly together to deliver strategic advice on our clients’ most challenging transactional, regulatory, and dispute resolution matters. We stay abreast of the economic, political, and social dynamics in North America and have robust experience representing clients in front of relevant courts and regulatory agencies. From start-ups to multi-billion-dollar funds to Fortune global 500 companies, V&E is well suited to handle matters in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Practice Highlights

Transactions

  • Talos Energy LLC, as member of a consortium and Operator, in its successful bid for two awarded offshore blocks in Mexico’s first hydrocarbons auction and other matters in respect of their operation and joint ownership
  • EZ Corp in the $50 million sale of its majority interest in Grupo Finmart, a provider of consumer loans to government agency employees in Mexico, to AlphaCredit
  • Underwriters to Clipper Realty Inc. in its $77 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Jagged Peak Energy Inc. in its $474 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $70 million initial public offering of common stock 
  • 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)
  • CNOOC on its $3.47 billion acquisition from Chesapeake Energy of a 33.3% net undivided interest in oil and gas leases
  • Japanese trading company on the negotiation of a liquefaction and regasification tolling agreement for capacity in a proposed LNG export facility in the United States of America and related LNG sale arrangements

Disputes

  • (Colo. Dist. – Denver Cnty.) — Defended Antero Resources Corporation and Antero Resources Piceance Corporation, working alongside Colorado counsel, to obtain a dismissal of all of the plaintiffs’ claims for failure to comply with the court’s “Lone Pine” order in a toxic tort case arising from drilling, completion, and hydraulic fracturing activities in a residential area; this dismissal is the first of its kind relative to the hydraulic fracturing industry
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Represented one of the world’s leading flash memory manufacturers against patent infringement claims involving twelve patents relating to flash memory chips, memory systems, semiconductor processes, and chip packaging patents; after a favorable ruling on the issue of patent exhaustion, all claims were dismissed; defended client’s victory in federal circuit appeal
  • (U.S.) — Successfully argued that the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act does not toll the statute of limitations in civil False Claims Act cases; persuaded Supreme Court to grant review on issue despite the absence of a circuit split and after the United States, in a Court-invited amicus brief, argued that certiorari should be denied
  • Representing the Audit Committee of a public technology company in connection with allegations from multiple whistleblowers of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in several countries, including in connection with related SEC and DOJ investigations
  • Represent executives of a multibillion dollar Mexican development company in FCPA/anti-corruption investigation
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