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EPA Enforcement Trends and New Limits on Agencies’ Use of Non-regulatory Guidance 11-21-2019

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WidePatrick Traylor, partner in the Environmental & Natural Resources Group, addressed this Administration’s national compliance initiatives, its policy on coordination between the federal government and states, and the challenges and opportunities facing the energy industry. Conrad Bolston, senior associate in the Environmental & Natural Resources Group, presented on recent developments potentially limiting the use of guidance by agencies and increasing transparency and the implications for the energy industry.

UT Law Parker C. Fielder Oil and Gas Tax Conference 11-21-2019

V&E partner George Gerachis will serve as a panelist, speaking on “Changes and Developments in IRS Examinations and Appeals" on Friday, November 22nd at UT Law's Parker C. Fielder Oil and Gas Tax Conference.

It’s Time For Federal Contractors To Review Their Disability Affirmative Action Programs 11-21-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 21, 2019

Earlier this year, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced that it will be placing an increased emphasis on disability inclusion in the workplace. In order to accomplish that goal, the agency said it will be conducting “focused reviews” of compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires federal contractors to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals with disabilities.

EPA Enforcement Trends and New Limits on Agencies’ Use of Non-regulatory Guidance 11-21-2019

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WidePatrick Traylor, partner in the Environmental & Natural Resources Group, will present a CLE drawing from his experience as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). He will address this Administration’s national compliance initiatives, its policy on coordination between the federal government and states, and the challenges and opportunities facing the energy industry.

DOJ Antitrust Division Intervenes in Private No-Poach Class Action to Obtain Right to Enforce Settlement Agreement 11-20-2019

On November 9, 2019, the DOJ Antitrust Division issued a press release detailing its role in the resolution of a private no-poach class action against Duke University and the University of North Carolina for their alleged agreement not to compete for each other’s medical faculty.

Governments Are Feeding on Facebook Data: Report Shows Recent Rise in Official Requests for User Information 11-20-2019

For the period between January and June 2019, Facebook received 128,617 requests for user data from various government entities—16% above the 110,634 requests in the period between July and December 2018.1

Bearing Arms Part II: Firearms Policy Safety Considerations 11-19-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 19, 2019

In our last installment on state regulation of employers’ firearms policies, found here, we discussed the legal boundaries that Texas imposes on firearms policies generally. Today, we turn towards some of the safety considerations an employer may weigh when they are choosing what kind of policy they will implement.

Exxon Climate Securities Litigation 11-18-2019

Climate Change Blog

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a complaint against ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) in October 2018 in New York state court. The case alleges a violation of New York’s Martin Act, which provides the attorney general broad powers to investigate financial fraud.

How Companies Can Respond to the Boom in FCPA Enforcement Fueled by International Cooperation 11-15-2019

First published by Anti-Corruption Report, October 30, 2019

In this article, V&E partner Ephraim "Fry" Wernick and V&E associate Pete Thomas explain what is behind the dramatic rise in coordinated prosecutions between the United States and foreign authorities and what this means for multinational companies with business operations around the world.

One Tweet, and the World Is at Your Door 11-14-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 14, 2019

Recent events show that all it takes is one tweet from even a midlevel manager of a company to create an international incident. 

Navigating a Government Investigation 11-13-2019

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In this session, V&E attorneys shared critical lessons to help boards, audit committees, general counsel and compliance officers through the thicket of a government investigation. 


SEC Enforcement Report Signals Increased Enforcement, Lingering Limitations from Kokesh 11-13-2019

Last week on November 6, 2019, the SEC Enforcement Division released its annual report on the Commission’s enforcement activities for the fiscal year.

Second Circuit Considers Reach of Bribery Laws Beyond U.S. 11-13-2019

On November 7, 2019, a Second Circuit panel1 heard oral argument on whether the use of United States wire services in effecting a bribery scheme is enough, without more, to pull defendants within the scope of U.S. criminal honest-services wire fraud statutes.2

Miami Technology and Intellectual Property Arbitration Seminar 11-13-2019

The Global Legal Studies Initiative at Florida International University College of Law, the Miami International Arbitration Society and the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center will be hosting the first Miami Technology and Intellectual Property Arbitration Seminar on Wednesday, November 13th from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM EST.

United States of America (USA) Delos Guide To Arbitration Places (GAP) 11-12-2019

First Published in Delos Dispute Resolution, November 12, 2019

The United States is one of the most sought-after arbitration venues in the world. The United States is known for vigorous enforcement of arbitral awards, neutral dispute resolution, and judicial preferences in favor of arbitration. 

SEC’s Proposed Proxy Process Amendments Would Give ISS a Taste of Its Own Medicine 11-12-2019

V&E SEC Update, November 13, 2019

On November 5, 2019, a divided Commission voted on two proposed rule amendments:  Amendments to Exemptions from the Proxy Rules for Proxy Voting Advice (the “Proxy Advisory Proposed Rules”) and Procedural Requirements and Resubmission Thresholds under Exchange Act Rule 14a-8 (the “Rule 14a-8 Proposed Rules”).  

Bearing Arms Part I: Texas Tips on Implementing a Lawful Firearms Policy 11-12-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 12, 2019

For three years, Texas law has allowed folks with a concealed license the right to carry their firearms openly. Texas continues to expand the rights of gun owners.

American Bar Association National Enforcement Conference 11-12-2019


Nareit REITworld: 2019 Annual Conference 11-12-2019

V&E is a silver sponsor of REITworld, Nareit's 2019 Annual Conference taking place in Los Angeles from November 12 through November 14.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) Oil & Gas Conference 11-11-2019

Partner Jason McIntosh and Senior Associate Brian Russell will speak at AICPA's Oil & Gas Conference on "Tax Considerations on the Acquisition and Disposition of Midstream and Upstream Assets: Avoid the Big Traps."

Opportunities and Threats: Recent Legal Developments in the International Energy Sector 10-23-2019

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideRecent developments in English law have highlighted some of the challenges facing companies in the international energy markets. Join us as we consider the implications for deals and operations going forward.

Fundamentals of Texas State Court and Federal Court Summary Judgment Practice 10-22-2019

This presentation provides a foundation for understanding summary judgment practice and resources that attorneys can use to their clients’ benefits at this crucial stage of litigation.

FCPA Enforcement Trends Impacting the Energy Industry 10-17-2019

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideEphraim (Fry) Wernick, partner in the Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense group, will present a CLE drawing upon his experience as a federal prosecutor and as Assistant Chief of DOJ's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit. The CLE will cover various FCPA topics critical to any company conducting business internationally, including explanations for the recent spike in global enforcement by domestic regulators and foreign authorities, and DOJ’s updated compliance guidance.

2019 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference 10-14-2019

V&E is proud to support the 2019 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference hosted by the Minority Corporation Counsel Association (MCCA) taking place Monday, October 14 through Wednesday, October 16 in New York.

Webinar: 10 Things You Need to Know About Proposed Regulations for CFIUS Reform 10-08-2019

On September 17, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which chairs the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), released long-anticipated proposed regulations to implement key elements of the CFIUS reform law, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”). Please join the Chairs of V&E's National Security and International Trade Practice, Damara Chambers and Dave Johnson, as they provide an in-depth review of the proposed regulations, implications, and what global companies need to know.

8th Annual GAR Live New York 10-02-2019

V&E International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration partner, Camilo Cardozo, will present on a panel titled, “New York as a Seat for International Arbitration” at the 8th Annual GAR Live New York event on October 2, 2019, a full day program focused on trends and developments in arbitration.

43rd Annual Southwest Association of Bank Counsel Convention 09-27-2019

V&E partner Manuel Berrelez will speak at the 43rd Annual Southwest Association of Bank Counsel Convention on Friday, September 27th in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

28th Annual David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference 09-20-2019

Hosted by The University of Texas School of Law

V&E partner Phillip Dye will speak on the panel, “So Your Client Wants to Seize a Vessel (or its Cargo): A Primer on How it’s Done” at the 28th Annual David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference.

3rd ICC Peruvian Arbitration Day 09-19-2019

V&E International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration partner, Camilo Cardozo, will present at the 3rd ICC Peruvian Arbitration Day in Lima, Peru.

6th Annual Government Enforcement Institute 09-12-2019

Hosted by The University of Texas School of Law

V&E partner Ephraim (Fry) Wernick will speak on the panel, "FCPA Issues and Developments " at UT Law’s 6th Annual Government Enforcement Institute on Thursday, September 12. This panel will discuss the latest in FCPA enforcement trends and policy developments, compliance best practices, and international updates.

Buyer Beware: SEC is Serious about FCPA Successor Liability Webinar 09-11-2019

V&E partner William Lawler will present a webinar titled, "Buyer Beware: SEC if Serious about FCPA Successor Liability" on Wednesday, September 11th.

Antitrust Economics Workshop at Fordham University School of Law 09-11-2019

V&E partner Darren Tucker will speak on a panel titled, "Is Digital the Dawn of a New Day or Just a Big Ditto?" at Fordham University School of Law's Antitrust Economics Workshop on Wednesday, September 11th.

Kayo Women's Real Estate Summit 08-19-2019

V&E proudly sponsored the 3rd Annual Kayo Women’s Real Estate Summit on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25 in Chicago. 

2019 Antitrust Texas Summit 07-31-2019

V&E partners Alden Atkins and Hill Wellford will speak on panels at the KNect365 CompLaw’s inaugural Antitrust TX Summit at the JW Marriott in Houston on September 24th.

2019 Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions Program 07-31-2019

V&E partner Damara Chambers will present on a panel titled “M&A: Foreign Investment, Trade & Technology” at the 2019 “Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions” program hosted by the PLI (Practising Law Institute).

NCMA World Congress 2019 07-29-2019

V&E partner Dan Graham will present at the World Congress 2019 in Boston hosted by the National Contract Management Association alongside Greg Bingham, President at the Kenrich Group.

Restructuring and Refinancing Meetup - Barcelona 07-02-2019

V&E partner Federico Fruhbeck participated in the Restructuring and Refinancing Meetup of the Barcelona Bar Association on June 18, 2019 to discuss “The role of funds in refinancing and restructuring transactions in Spain.”

The Benchmark Litigation 5th Annual Women in Litigation Forum 06-20-2019

The Benchmark Litigation 5th Annual Women in Litigation Forum, sponsored by V&E, will take place this year on Thursday, June 20th in Palo Alto.

UT Law Conference on State & Federal Appeals 06-20-2019

V&E is again sponsoring UT Law's Conference on State & Federal Appeals. On June 20, partner Jeremy Marwell will review the Supreme Court of the Unites States' 2018 term and look ahead to the 2019 term commencing in October.

Hate Speech and Incitement - Fifty Years after Brandenburg v. Ohio 06-17-2019

This program will explore the legacy of Brandenburg’s standard of “incitement to imminent lawless action,” the challenges that journalists face in covering controversial speakers and groups, the treatment of these speakers and groups by public institutions post-Charlottesville, and the heightened tensions between the right to speak and social media platforms’ right to censor, limit, or ban these speakers.

Eighth Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium 10-03-2018

On October 3, 2018, V&E hosted our annual seminar discussing timely topics surrounding unconventional oil and gas development.

Market Update: Evolution of Midstream IPO Structures 09-12-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, V&E attorneys provided a market update on Up-C Limited Partnerships, Up-C Corporations, Traditional C-Corps, Modified MLPs and SPACs.

Legal Talk Network Podcast – Antitrust Cartel Enforcement 08-21-2018

V&E counsel Lindsey Vaala served as a panelist for a podcast discussion regarding antitrust cartel enforcement hosted by the Legal Talk Network.

Compensation Trends in the REIT Industry 07-19-2018

REITs_ThumbnailThe third quarter V&E REIT Series presentation explored the latest trends and developments impacting compensation decisions and disclosures in the REIT industry.

Keep Calm and Carry On: How Disputes, Data Privacy and Employment Issues Post-Brexit will Affect American Businesses 06-14-2018

Join members of V&E’s cross-border cybersecurity, employment, and dispute resolution teams as we analyze these developments through the lens of U.S. multinational companies planning to navigate a post-Brexit Europe.

FTC Updates Guidance on Premerger Due Diligence and Negotiations (Sharing But Not Oversharing) 06-13-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued guidance on information sharing while conducting premerger negotiations and due diligence.

Environmental Enforcement Update 05-24-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program discussed new developments in environmental enforcement, including the increase in statutory penalties under the various environmental statutes, the new DOJ policy on third party payments, EPA’s revised policy on enforcement, and new DOJ policy on use of agency guidance in enforcement.

REITs and Infrastructure Investment 04-19-2018

REITs_ThumbnailThe second quarter V&E REIT Series presentation explored the types of infrastructure assets that can qualify as real property for purposes of the REIT requirements.

Representations and Warranties Insurance in Energy M&A: An Old Product Gets a New Look 04-11-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideRepresentations and warranties insurance is fast becoming a standard feature of M&A deals, including recent M&A deals in the energy space. This program looked at the use of this insurance product with a specific focus on energy M&A deals.

Diversity Matters: Making the Most of Board Diversity 03-29-2018

In this presentation, governance professionals from V&E and Deloitte discuss the current interest in board diversity, and how companies can leverage their current board composition to address their investors’ concerns. 

FERC Tax Orders Webcast & Teleconference 03-23-2018

The V&E team discussed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s proposed actions to address the income tax allowance component of regulated entities’ cost-of-service rates announced on March 15, 2018.

Restatements and Late Periodic Reports 03-21-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program discussed the principles and standards applicable to determine whether a restatement of financial statements must be issued.

Legal Considerations for Corporate Climate Scenario Analysis 03-12-2018

Hosted by Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

V&E partner Margaret Peloso presented at the "Legal Considerations for Corporate Climate Scenario Analysis" webinar hosted by C2ES on March 12, 2018.

TCJA Impacts on REITs and REIT Transaction Structures 02-15-2018

REITs_ThumbnailIn our inaugural quarterly REIT Series webinar, we discussed the impact of the recently adopted tax reform on REITs, REIT transaction structures, questions that have arisen since adoption and issues that will need attention from the Internal Revenue Service in the future.

An Update on Tax Reform and Its Implications in 2018 02-13-2018

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This program gave a high-level summary of the domestic provisions of the new tax bill and its implications for various companies, with a focus on the energy industry. 


What You Don’t Know About Competition Law Can Hurt You: An Update on Key Antitrust Issues 12-05-2017

On December 5, 2017, V&E’s antitrust practitioners hosted a seminar discussing primary competition law concerns and how companies and investors effectively face those concerns.

V&E Participates in 2017 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation 11-30-2017

Top SEC officials gathered on November 30th for the 2017 Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The annual Forum, which is typically held in Washington D.C., took place in Austin this year in partnership with the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth and Renewal at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Webcast: Strategic Preparation for the 2018 10-K and Proxy Season 11-30-2017

The 2018 annual report, proxy and meeting season promises to be particularly eventful. Join Sarah Fortt, V&E Senior Associate, and Ronald Schneider, Director – Corporate Governance Services at Donnelley Financial Solutions, as they help clients prepare for their disclosure obligations.

Upstream Transactional Update: DrillCos Under Review and Producer/Midstream Gathering JVs 11-08-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, V&E attorneys provided an update on current market and regulatory trends in DrillCo transactions as well as Producer/Midstream Gathering JVs and acreage dedication.

MLP 101: Market Trends and Updates 10-11-2017

In this program, V&E attorneys discussed the typical organizational and capital structure of MLPs, governance and accounting issues, and a primer on tax considerations and qualifying income.

United States of America (USA) Delos Guide To Arbitration Places (GAP) 11-12-2019

First Published in Delos Dispute Resolution, November 12, 2019

The United States is one of the most sought-after arbitration venues in the world. The United States is known for vigorous enforcement of arbitral awards, neutral dispute resolution, and judicial preferences in favor of arbitration. 

SEC’s Proposed Proxy Process Amendments Would Give ISS a Taste of Its Own Medicine 11-12-2019

V&E SEC Update, November 13, 2019

On November 5, 2019, a divided Commission voted on two proposed rule amendments:  Amendments to Exemptions from the Proxy Rules for Proxy Voting Advice (the “Proxy Advisory Proposed Rules”) and Procedural Requirements and Resubmission Thresholds under Exchange Act Rule 14a-8 (the “Rule 14a-8 Proposed Rules”).  

Bearing Arms Part I: Texas Tips on Implementing a Lawful Firearms Policy 11-12-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 12, 2019

For three years, Texas law has allowed folks with a concealed license the right to carry their firearms openly. Texas continues to expand the rights of gun owners.

Good Air Pollution Control Practice Enforcement—It’s a Real Thing 11-07-2019

Environmental Blog

In September 2019, a federal district court in Massachusetts ordered  the owner of a fuel storage terminal to pay $1.2 million in civil penalties for violations of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

Requirements for Lactation in the Workplace Continue to Evolve 11-07-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 7, 2019

States (and cities) across the country are increasing protections for employees that are lactating. Effective January 1, 2020, a new California law amends and broadens pre-existing requirements for employers’ accommodations of lactating employees, as well as the penalties for non-compliance. 

Government Contractors in the Cross-Hairs: Antitrust Division Unveils New Procurement Collusion Strike Force 11-07-2019

V&E Antitrust Update, November 7, 2019

Following months of speculation, on November 5, 2019, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) formally announced a new initiative targeting collusion in public procurement and government contracting.1

DOJ’s FCPA Reach Over Foreign “Agents” 11-06-2019

The Criminal Information against two former executives of Unaoil, Inc. was unsealed on October 30, 2019, laying out the U.S. government’s case against them for facilitating bribes on behalf of companies in foreign countries in exchange for oil and gas contracts.1

Supreme Court to Decide Validity of SEC Disgorgement Actions 11-06-2019

On November 2, 2019, the United States Supreme Court granted the petition for a writ of certiorari in Liu v. SEC to address whether the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has authority to recover disgorgement of ill-gotten profits from violators of the federal securities laws.

Call on Me: Properly Compensating the On-Call Employee 11-05-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 5, 2019

While firefighters and plumbers have long been used to it, more and more office employees are being required to be remain “on-call” outside normal work hours in order to accommodate the business needs of their employer.

When “Expressly” No Longer Means “Expressly”: The Federal Circuit’s Raytheon Decision Broadens the Concept of “Expressly Unallowable Costs” and the Potential for Imposition of Penalties 11-04-2019

V&E Government Contracts Update, November 4, 2019

On October 18, 2019, in Raytheon Company v. Secretary of Defense, No. 2018-2371 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 18, 2019), the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”), holding that “salary costs for lobbying activities are expressly unallowable” under FAR 31.205-22 despite the fact that FAR 31.205-22 does not expressly list such salary costs as unallowable.

EPA Issues Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking That Will Increase the Burdens of Non-Exempt Refiners Beginning in 2020 11-04-2019

Environmental Blog

Making good on President Trump’s promise to corn-growing farmers, on October 28, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (Supplemental Proposal) that will effectively increase the renewable fuel obligations of non-exempt refiners and other obligated parties beginning in compliance year (CY) 2020. 

Are English-Only Policies Legal? 10-31-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 31, 2019

As someone who grew up in Mexico City in a home where three languages were spoken (I spoke Spanish with my brother and my friends, French with my mother, and English with my father), I have never been uncomfortable in a workplace where employees might speak in a foreign language, even one that I don’t speak.

U.K.’s SFO Recognizes Expectation that Compliance Functions Will be Insulated from Routine Cost Cutting Pressures 10-30-2019

Sarah Lawson, the General Counsel of the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”), recently emphasized that corporate compliance functions must be well resourced and that the SFO expects such programs should be insulated from routine cost-cutting pressures. 

One Agency in Washington is Definitely on the Job 10-29-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 29, 2019

If your company is a federal contractor, do not assume that the current administration is uninterested in enforcing discrimination laws. In fact, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has collected record amounts from government contractor employers during the Trump administration. 

California Criminalizes Arbitration Agreements 10-24-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 24, 2019

On October 10, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that prohibits employers from requiring any applicant or employee “waive any right, forum or procedure for a violation of any provision of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.”

Data Without Borders: The U.S. and UK Sign CLOUD Act Agreement Making it Easier to Gather Electronic Evidence 10-24-2019

The United States and the United Kingdom recently entered the first ever CLOUD Act Agreement, which aims to streamline the process by which either government can collect electronic evidence located in the other country.

When Onboarding New Employees, Keep An Eye on Privilege Issues 10-22-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 22, 2019

There are a lot of good folks out there who might help your company but who have noncompete agreements or other restrictions in agreements with their current or recent employers. To decide whether to hire such employees, you may decide that you should review their agreement, have discussions with them about the restrictions, and maybe even reach out to their prior employer. 

With New Inability-to-Pay Guidance, DOJ Offers Transparency and More Flexibility to Companies Seeking Lower Fines and Penalties 10-21-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, October 21, 2019

A new Department of Justice (“DOJ”) policy provides for additional transparency and long-needed guidance to prosecutors who often evaluate inability-to-pay claims by companies facing substantial criminal fines and penalties.

Changes to the Treatment of Agency Guidance — Implications for Regulated Companies and Government Contractors 10-21-2019

V&E Government Contracts Update, October 21, 2019

On October 9, 2019, President Trump issued the Executive Order on Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents (the “Order”).

Texas Publishes Proposed Safety Rules for Rural Gathering Pipelines 10-18-2019

Environmental Blog

The Railroad Commission has formally proposed rules that would add safety requirements for rural gathering pipelines. 

Cyber-insurance 101: The Basics 09-30-2019

Increasingly, organizations are purchasing cyber-insurance or requiring their vendors to do so to mitigate risks related to cyber-attacks. In this video, partner Devika Kornbacher helps companies think through choosing the coverage that is best for them.

Protecting Data in Unlikely Places 09-25-2019

Intellectual Property partner Devika Kornbacher discusses how to protect your company data in unlikely places.

V&E's Matt Jacobs Discusses Legal Implications from Indictments in Mueller Investigations 01-31-2019

Matt Jacobs appears on MSNBC to discuss the legal implications of Roger Stone’s indictment in the Mueller investigations.

V&E's Matt Jacobs Weighs in on Committee Investigation 01-14-2019

Matt Jacobs sits in on an MSNBC panel to discuss the subject of legal troubles facing the Trump family in light of allegations of the inaugural committee misusing and abusing funds.

V&E’s Matt Jacobs Weighs In on the Mueller Investigation 01-07-2019

V&E's Matt Jacobs, a former federal prosecuter, sits down with MSNBC during a panel discussing the Mueller investigation. 

REIT IPO Activity Could Pick Up in Late 2018 04-11-2018

First published by Nareit, April 3, 2018

Daniel LeBey, partner, capital markets and M&A at Vinson & Elkins LLP, participated in a video interview at REITwise 2018, Nareit’s Law, Accounting & Finance Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

Why Join V&E: Your Development as a Lawyer 01-02-2018

Hear from V&E Partner John B. Connally, Practice Group Leader, former Management Committee member, and LGBT affinity group member, on what he thinks are the two most important things when considering where to start your law career.

The International Reach of The Defend Trade Secrets Act 09-12-2017

V&E partner Craig Tyler outlines implications of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) for misappropriation taking place outside of the U.S. and looks specifically at the International Trade Commission as a venue for cracking down on misappropriating products imported into the U.S.

Testing the Waters: The First Few Months of The Defend Trade Secrets Act 09-12-2017

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) was signed into law, providing a federal civil remedy for trade secrets misappropriation. 

An Intro to The Defend Trade Secrets Act 05-11-2017

The new Defend Trade Secrets Act was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. V&E partner Steve Borgman explains what the new law is, how it differs from existing trade secrets law, and how the new law can be beneficial to parties involved in a trade secrets dispute.

Intellectual Property Rights in Complex Cross-Border Operations 05-11-2017

A common problem that arises in complex cross-border operations involving intellectual property is something referred to as the coordination problem. Rights under the law in one country may be exploited under the laws of another country. These problems can be addressed contractually if proper forethought is given.

EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2017–2019 10-01-2016

On October 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for fiscal years 2017-2019 took effect.

A Profile of V&E’s Energy Appellate Practice 08-31-2016

Marie Yeates, co-chair of V&E's Appellate practice, and Appellate partner Michael Heidler have deep experience handling energy appeals, particularly in Texas and Louisiana.

A Closer Look at EPA's New Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry 06-22-2016

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued a slate of final rules and an information request under the Clean Air Act directed at the oil and gas industry. This is the first time EPA is directly regulating methane as a greenhouse gas. These rules will have widespread application to the oil and gas industry, including production, processing, transmission, and storage. 

Employment Consideration in International Asset Transactions 06-03-2016

Martin Luff, counsel in V&E’s International Employment practice, highlights some of the differences between U.S. and international transactions with regards to the transfer of employment and employee benefits. Buyers and sellers must consider all potential issues that may arise in the different jurisdictions where business deals occur.

Global Reductions in Force 06-03-2016

Martin Luff, counsel in V&E’s International Employment practice, highlights the issues employers must consider when implementing global layoffs or reductions in force.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Do You Have the Coverage You Think You Do? 06-03-2016

There are several benefits to workers’ compensation insurance. For example, it provides benefits to an employee in the event of a workplace injury and provides an exclusive remedy protecting the employer from most types of negligence claims.

Changes to the Partnership Audit Tax Rules – What Partnerships Need to Consider Now 02-04-2016

Major changes to the rules for auditing the tax items of partnerships were made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and will come into effect in 2018.

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