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Overview
Vinson & Elkins represents issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), private placements, and public offerings of equity; debt (high yield and investment grade) and convertible securities; corporate recapitalizations; and mergers and acquisitions. We also provide disclosure, governance, and general corporate advice to our public company clients. Our capital markets and securities practice is closely coordinated with our mergers and acquisitions and private equity practices to provide clients with a full range of transactional services. In 2012, Chambers USA Nationwide named Vinson & Elkins “The premier capital markets firm in the oil and gas industry with technical knowledge that is second to none.” Chambers also recognized V&E with honors for Capital Markets debt and equity, including high yield, and for commercial awareness in Capital Markets debt and equity, including high yield. You can view all V&E Capital Markets and Securities accolades and high rankings from major publications here.


In 2013, Vinson & Elkins was recognized in 24 categories with 12 top 10 rankings in Bloomberg’s Year-End Global Legal Adviser League Tables:
  • #1 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Issuer Advisers (IPO) by volume
  • #3 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Issuer Advisers by volume
  • #3 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Issuer Advisers by deal count
  • #3 in Global Equity IPO, Issuer Advisers by volume
  • #3 in Global Eqty/Eql/Rights, Issuer Advisers by volume
  • #5 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Issuer Advisers (IPO) by deal count
  • #6 in U.S. High Yield, Issuer Advisers by deal count
  • #6 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Manager Advisers (IPO) by volume
  • #6 in Global Eqty/Eql/Rights, Issuer Advisers by deal count
  • #8 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Manager Advisers (IPO) by deal count
  • #8 in U.S. High Yield, Issuer Advisers by volume
  • #9 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Manager Advisers by volume
  • #11 in U.S. Equity Offerings, Manager Advisers by deal count
  • #12 in U.S. High Yield, Manager Advisers by volume
  • #12 in U.S. High Yield, Manager Advisers by deal count
  • #13 in Global Eqty/Eql/Rights, Manager Advisers by volume
  • #14 in U.S. Equity Linked, Issuer Advisers by deal count
  • #16 in U.S. Corporates, Issuer Advisers by deal count
  • #16 in Global Eqty/Eql/Rights, Manager Advisers by deal count
  • #16 in Global Equity IPO, Issuer Advisers by deal count
  • #18 in Global Equity IPO, Manager Advisers by volume
  • #19 in Euromarket High Yield ex-EM, Manager Advisers by volume
  • #20 in Global Equity IPO, Manager Advisers by deal count
  • #20 in U.S. Corporates, Issuer Advisers by volume (read more V&E accolades)
Vinson & Elkins received six top-10 rankings in The American Lawyer’s 2014 Corporate Scorecard. V&E ranked in the following areas:
  • #1  U.S. IPOs: Issuer's Counsel by Value
  • #4  U.S. IPOs: Issuer's Counsel by Volume
  • #1  U.S. Equities: Issuer's Counsel by Volume
  • #3  U.S. Equities: Issuer's Counsel by Value
  • #5  Corporate Debt (High-Yield): Issuer's Counsel by Volume
  • #9  Corporate Debt (High-Yield): Issuer’s Counsel by Value (read more V&E accolades)
V&E also received two top-10 rankings in The Prospect News:
  • #2  High-Yield Issuer’s Counsel by Value, U.S. Market 2013
  • #6  High-Yield Underwriters’ Counsel by Value, U.S. Market 2013
A significant portion of our capital markets practice focuses on initial public offerings. Our IPO activity has been fueled by significant demand for investment in master limited partnerships (MLPs), where our lawyers have advised on 80 percent of all natural resource and real estate MLP IPOs completed since the tax legislation affecting MLPs was enacted in 1987. Our IPO activity has also been driven by representation of private equity funds, with a substantial number of IPOs of portfolio company investments.

Experience
During 2010, we handled more than 130 securities offerings with total transaction value of over $42 billion. In 2009, we handled more than 100 securities offerings with total transaction value of over $34 billion. Vinson & Elkins’ capital markets practice serves clients in multiple industries, with a heavy focus on energy transactions.

Our capital markets practice serves clients in multiple industries, including energy, airlines, finance, real estate, telecommunications, and technology.

Representation of both issuers and underwriters of high-yield debt securities is another important component of our capital markets practice. Our work in this area extends to convertible debt issues and related hedge transactions.

As a result of the depth of our capital markets work, we believe we have developed one of the most experienced teams of corporate partners and associates of any law firm in the country. Our lawyers are experienced in helping clients manage and complete every phase of the offering process, including corporate reorganization and recapitalization, assisting in the development and completion of SEC registration statements and the SEC review process, developing corporate governance structures, processes and procedures, implementing compensation plans and agreements, and managing the listing process, with the NYSE and NASDAQ markets.




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Kevin P. Lewis
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Tel  +1.212.237.0019
New York
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