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New Jersey Warns Us to Watch for Mini-WARNs 01-30-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

We are all familiar with the federal WARN Act, which requires that employers give defined notices to employees ahead of certain layoffs or plant closings, but it is more difficult for employers to keep abreast of the ever-changing landscape of “Mini-WARN Acts” (the aptly nicknamed state laws that imitate the notice requirements of the WARN Act at the state level). 

Little “New” in SFO’s New Guidance on Compliance Programs 01-29-2020

On January 17, 2020, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) published new guidance regarding how the office assesses the compliance programs of organizations that are under investigation.

2020 Annual Updates to the United States Pre-Merger Notification (HSR) and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds 01-29-2020

V&E Antitrust Update, January 29, 2020

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised the thresholds that govern pre-merger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act), as well as the thresholds for interlocking directorates under Section 8 of the Clayton Act.

Court Chooses Not to Follow Government Sentencing Recommendations for Opioid Executives: Prison Terms Range From 24 to 66 Months 01-29-2020

This past week, a court sentenced the last of seven Insys Therapeutics, Inc. executives for their roles in an opioid racketeering conspiracy. The court sentenced the company’s founder, John Kapoor, to a five-and-a-half-year prison term. 

Pointers for Working with Foreign Employment Counsel 01-28-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

Working with foreign employment counsel on a challenging employment issue can sometimes be a frustrating experience, particularly if the advice you receive on a proposed course of action is simply “no, you can’t do that under our law.” 

VOC Emissions from Upstream Oil and Gas Operations: EPA Kicks Off 2020 Clean Air Enforcement with Two Significant Settlements 01-28-2020

Environmental Blog

Last week, the EPA announced two significant settlements for violations of the Clean Air Act relating to emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) from upstream oil and gas production facilities. These enforcement actions are a part of the EPA’s Creating Cleaner Air for Communities National Compliance Initiative, which focuses on excess emissions of VOCs and hazardous air pollutants.

Treasury Releases Final CFIUS Reform Regulations: Seven Changes To The Proposed Regulations You Need To Know 01-24-2020

V&E CFIUS Update, January 24, 2020

On January 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”), which chairs the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), released final regulations implementing the 2018 CFIUS reform law, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”).1

DoD Watchdog Urges DCMA to Assess Penalties on Contractors That Claimed Expressly Unallowable Indirect Costs 01-23-2020

On January 14, 2020, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) Office of the Inspector General (“DoDIG”) publicly released a report criticizing contracting officers at the Defense Contract Management Agency (“DCMA”) for not assessing penalties recommended by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) against contractors that had claimed unallowable indirect costs.

And a Happy New Year to California Employers... 01-23-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

Last week, we talked here about some new challenges for New York employers in the new year, and how New York was in the running to supersede California as the toughest state for employers. Alas, notwithstanding the efforts of the New York legislature, California still retains its crown as the most challenging state for employers.

Enforcement of UAE Judgments Against Assets in India: An Update 01-23-2020

V&E International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Update, January 23, 2020

As of January 17, 2020, the Indian Ministry of Law and Justice has updated the Indian Civil Code in order that judgments of the UAE courts may be more easily enforced within India.

Juliana v. United States – Another Climate Case Dismissed as Nonjusticiable 01-22-2020

On January 17, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the dismissal of the high-profile constitutional climate lawsuit Juliana v. United States, which was originally filed in 2015 in Oregon by a group of children and young adults.

“Third Time’s the Charm?” SEC’s Latest Attempt to Pass a Disclosure Rule Could Create New Reporting Obligations for Oil & Gas Companies 01-22-2020

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) initiated its third try to pass a rule on “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers,”1 which would govern the disclosure of payments made by oil, natural gas, and mineral extractors to foreign governments — as required by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”).2

DOJ and FTC Issue Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines 01-22-2020

V&E Antitrust Update, January 22, 2020

On January 10, 2020, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission released Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines for public comment. Once finalized, the Draft Guidelines will replace guidance on vertical mergers in the DOJ’s 1984 Merger Guidelines.

PSC Foundation Presents: Procurement Collusion Strike Force Seminar 01-22-2020

Join us for a program discussing the new Strike Force and its mission, including remarks by G. Zachary Terwilliger, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Negotiation Ethics: Winning Without Selling Your Soul 01-22-2020

Lawyers negotiate every day and negotiating ethically and maintaining their reputations as ethical and professional is critical to the successful practice of law. 

Whose Employees are They Anyway? DOL Issues New Rule on Joint Employers 01-21-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

Last week, the Department of Labor issued a new, final rule defining the test needed to determine joint employment status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule narrows the factors which agencies and courts should consider in finding this status, and it offers employers a certain amount of clarity on the doctrine. This adds to the continued attempt to divine the term “employee” under U.S. law that we have addressed in the past (e.g., here and here).

Proposed Revisions to NEPA Regulations: Streamlining Federal Reviews and Incorporating Existing Case Law 01-21-2020

V&E Environmental Law Update, January 21, 2020

On January 9, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) released the first major proposal to overhaul its regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) in over forty years.

Treasury Releases Final Regulations Implementing Qualified Opportunity Zones 01-16-2020

V&E Tax Update, January 16, 2020

Treasury and the IRS recently issued final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) providing additional guidance on the implementation of the Qualified Opportunity Zone (“QOZ”) provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as well as Frequently Asked Questions on QOZs.

European Union Expands Anti-Money Laundering Requirements and Increases Beneficial Ownership Transparency 01-16-2020

Recently, a number of European countries, including the U.K. and Germany, have enacted revised anti-money laundering laws implementing the European Union’s (“EU”) 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (“the Directive”), in some instances giving companies only weeks to comply with their new anti-money laundering obligations.

New Year Presents New Challenges for New York Employers 01-16-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

We have said this before and we will say again: New York is definitely in the running to supersede California as the most challenging state for employers. New York has implemented new requirements which will require employers to revise their employee handbooks, offer letters and employment agreements.

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.

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."

University of Texas School of Law 24th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute 11-07-2019


Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas 13th Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament 11-06-2019

Vinson & Elkins is pleased to be sponsoring the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas 13th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament.

Association for Corporate Growth’s Strategic Acquirer Summit 11-05-2019

V&E counsel Sarah Mitchell will speak at the Association for Corporate Growth’s (ACG’s) Strategic Acquirer Summit in Dallas on Tuesday, November 5.

The European "CFIUS": Understanding the EU Foreign Investment Screening (EUFIS) 10-29-2019

A non-CLE program presented by the ABA Section of International Law International Antitrust Law Committee. Co-sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law International M&A Joint Venture Committee and Europe Committee. 

Dispute Resolution in the International Oil & Gas Business 10-25-2019

V&E partner Jim Loftis will speak on a panel at the 2019 Dispute Resolution in the International Oil & Gas Business Conference hosted by AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators) and ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution).

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.

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.

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.

DoD Watchdog Urges DCMA to Assess Penalties on Contractors That Claimed Expressly Unallowable Indirect Costs 01-23-2020

On January 14, 2020, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) Office of the Inspector General (“DoDIG”) publicly released a report criticizing contracting officers at the Defense Contract Management Agency (“DCMA”) for not assessing penalties recommended by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) against contractors that had claimed unallowable indirect costs.

And a Happy New Year to California Employers... 01-23-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

Last week, we talked here about some new challenges for New York employers in the new year, and how New York was in the running to supersede California as the toughest state for employers. Alas, notwithstanding the efforts of the New York legislature, California still retains its crown as the most challenging state for employers.

Enforcement of UAE Judgments Against Assets in India: An Update 01-23-2020

V&E International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Update, January 23, 2020

As of January 17, 2020, the Indian Ministry of Law and Justice has updated the Indian Civil Code in order that judgments of the UAE courts may be more easily enforced within India.

Juliana v. United States – Another Climate Case Dismissed as Nonjusticiable 01-22-2020

On January 17, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the dismissal of the high-profile constitutional climate lawsuit Juliana v. United States, which was originally filed in 2015 in Oregon by a group of children and young adults.

“Third Time’s the Charm?” SEC’s Latest Attempt to Pass a Disclosure Rule Could Create New Reporting Obligations for Oil & Gas Companies 01-22-2020

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) initiated its third try to pass a rule on “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers,”1 which would govern the disclosure of payments made by oil, natural gas, and mineral extractors to foreign governments — as required by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”).2

DOJ and FTC Issue Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines 01-22-2020

V&E Antitrust Update, January 22, 2020

On January 10, 2020, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission released Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines for public comment. Once finalized, the Draft Guidelines will replace guidance on vertical mergers in the DOJ’s 1984 Merger Guidelines.

Whose Employees are They Anyway? DOL Issues New Rule on Joint Employers 01-21-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

Last week, the Department of Labor issued a new, final rule defining the test needed to determine joint employment status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule narrows the factors which agencies and courts should consider in finding this status, and it offers employers a certain amount of clarity on the doctrine. This adds to the continued attempt to divine the term “employee” under U.S. law that we have addressed in the past (e.g., here and here).

Proposed Revisions to NEPA Regulations: Streamlining Federal Reviews and Incorporating Existing Case Law 01-21-2020

V&E Environmental Law Update, January 21, 2020

On January 9, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) released the first major proposal to overhaul its regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) in over forty years.

Treasury Releases Final Regulations Implementing Qualified Opportunity Zones 01-16-2020

V&E Tax Update, January 16, 2020

Treasury and the IRS recently issued final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) providing additional guidance on the implementation of the Qualified Opportunity Zone (“QOZ”) provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as well as Frequently Asked Questions on QOZs.

European Union Expands Anti-Money Laundering Requirements and Increases Beneficial Ownership Transparency 01-16-2020

Recently, a number of European countries, including the U.K. and Germany, have enacted revised anti-money laundering laws implementing the European Union’s (“EU”) 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (“the Directive”), in some instances giving companies only weeks to comply with their new anti-money laundering obligations.

New Year Presents New Challenges for New York Employers 01-16-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

We have said this before and we will say again: New York is definitely in the running to supersede California as the most challenging state for employers. New York has implemented new requirements which will require employers to revise their employee handbooks, offer letters and employment agreements.

SCOTUS Asked to Consider Absolute Immunity for SAR Filers 01-15-2020

When a bank files a suspicious activity report (“SAR”), that bank has immunity from civil lawsuits. 

What does ExxonMobil’s Win Mean for the Future of Climate Disclosures? 01-15-2020

In a case that has been widely watched, on Tuesday December 10, ExxonMobil got good news in the climate change disclosure lawsuit brought against it by the New York Attorney General.

2019 Energy and Chemicals Antitrust Report 01-15-2020

V&E Antitrust Update, January 15, 2020

The U.S. antitrust agencies remained active in enforcing mergers and acquisitions generally; however, both the energy and chemical industries saw a slight reduction in the number of reportable transactions, with a corresponding reduction in the number of transactions investigated in 2019.

One Promotion Too Far 01-14-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

As employment lawyers, we see all sorts of reasons for businesses deciding to terminate employees, ranging from gross misconduct to plant closures. But there is one scenario that comes up from time to time that always strikes me as a particularly unfortunate loss of talent – when a good employee gets promoted into a role they are simply not suited for.

Five (Less Predictable) Predictions for FCPA Enforcement in 2020 01-10-2020

V&E Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Update, January 10, 2020

Enforcement of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) is at an all-time high, and 2019 marks the fourth consecutive year where results broke the records that had been set in the previous year. 

REITs: The Next Vehicle for Midstream Assets? 01-10-2020

V&E Energy Update, January 10, 2020

Investing in the midstream energy sector is an attractive way to participate in the North American energy market. 

Is Ethical Veganism Covered by Your Anti-Discrimination Policy? 01-09-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

If your business has employees only in the United States, then the answer is probably no. But if you are a multi-national employer, then perhaps it should be.

BEAT Update: Newly Proposed and Final Regulations Make Some Concessions, but the BEAT Goes On 01-08-2020

V&E Tax Update, January 9, 2020

In the past month, the IRS has issued a spate of proposed and final regulations on various international tax law topics, including the foreign tax credit, sourcing of personal property sales, and the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT).1

Caught Between a Rock (Labor Law) and a Hard Place (Employment Law) 01-07-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

What would you do if one morning you saw on the overtime volunteer list on your company bulletin board that an employee had handwritten across the top of the list the words “Whore Board?” I think I know: You would fire that employee, assuming you could identify who it was.

The New ILPA Model LPA: What GPs Need to Know 02-04-2020

First published by Privcap, January 30, 2020

Robert Seber discusses a new model limited partnership agreement from the Institutional Limited Partner Association and why general partners need to be aware that a suggested “prudent person” standard has a very specific history and understanding in the investment management industry.

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.

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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