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European Investment Bank Adopts New Energy Lending Policy 01-07-2020

On 14 November 2019, the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (“EIB”), the world’s largest multilateral bank, adopted a new Energy Lending Policy (the “Policy”), which aims to end EIB investment in the majority of fossil fuel programs by the end of 2021.

RE: Company Email Policies 01-02-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

As I’m sure many of you are intimately aware, communicating with coworkers via email is central to millions of employees’ roles in the modern workplace.

An Overview of 2019 Supreme Court Trademark Developments 12-31-2019

V&E IP Insights, December 31, 2019

This year (2019) marks a significant year in the development of United States Supreme Court trademark jurisprudence. Much public commentary has focused on the Supreme Court’s Brunetti opinion which found that the Lanham Act’s so-called Scandalous Clause was an unconstitutional prohibition on protected speech under the First Amendment. 588 U.S. ___ (2019).

Managing the Modern Workplace 2019 Annual Quiz 12-30-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace

We conclude 2019 with our first Managing the Modern Workplace Quiz to give our readers an opportunity to test their knowledge of recent stories on the labor and employment front.

Tick-Tock: Companies Have Twelve Months to Use the EPA’s New Oil and Gas Audit Program for Existing Owners of Upstream Facilities 12-23-2019

Environmental Blog

On December 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened a limited-time opportunity for existing owners of upstream oil and gas facilities to discover, correct, and self-disclose violations of the Clean Air Act.

“The First Rule of this Workplace Investigation is…” 12-20-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace

“…You will not talk about this investigation with your coworkers.” Or at least this is the first thing that many employers have long told employees who are interviewed in workplace investigations. 

Surviving Troubled Waters: Advocate General Suggests EU Standard Contractual Clauses are Valid for Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers 12-19-2019

V&E Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update, December 19, 2019

On December 19, 2019, the Advocate General for the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a nonbinding opinion in case 311/18, commonly called Schrems II.

H-1B Registration Could Reduce Costs for Employers 12-18-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 18, 2019

Getting an H-1B visa for a new employee has never been easy. Any employer who has been through the process knows that putting together an application can be time-consuming and expensive, especially if they have never sought an H-1B for that particular position. 

FCPA Agency Theory Post-Hoskins Takes the Spotlight at FCPA Conference 12-16-2019

The recent bribery conviction of British citizen Lawrence Hoskins created a stir among white collar practitioners because it showed that the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) could be successful using an agency theory to prosecute individuals or entities that are outside the traditional jurisdiction of U.S. prosecutors.

Obesity & the ADA in Employment Decision-Making 12-12-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 12, 2019

Nobody likes comments about their weight (Heaven help the person who makes one about mine), and most people have learned that weight is a subject best approached with caution. 

GAO Urges DOD To Systematically Assess Fraud Risks Related to Contractor Ownership 12-12-2019

On November 25, 2019, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report examining the financial and nonfinancial fraud and national security risks to the Department of Defense (“DoD”) when contractors employ “opaque ownership structures.”

With Bipartisan Support, House Passes Explicit Ban on Insider Trading 12-12-2019

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that aims to create the first federal statute explicitly banning insider trading.

Hot Topics in the Current Restructuring Space 12-11-2019

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThe restructuring market is experiencing an uptick in activity, including the energy industry. In this presentation, V&E restructuring professionals will provide an overview of the trending topics and recent business and legal developments in the restructuring space.

Unfortunately, A Bit of Ebenezer Is Needed When Giving Christmas Bonuses 12-10-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 10, 2019

Although they are not as common as they once were, employees in many workplaces still expect a bonus at this time of the year, and many employers, hoping to not disappoint, give their employees something like a fixed-dollar amount or the equivalent of one week’s base pay to celebrate the holiday season. 

International Human Rights Legal Issues: Impact on Texas Lawyers and Their Clients 12-10-2019

The State Bar of Texas International Law Section & International Human Rights Committee Present "International Human Rights Legal Issues: Impact on Texas Lawyers and Their Clients" on December 10, 2019.

When Poorly Performing Employees Suddenly Get Sick 12-05-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 5, 2019

You finally sit down with an employee who has performed poorly for months, and you give him or her both a detailed performance improvement plan spelling out your expectations and a time frame by which they must demonstrate substantial improvement. The very next morning, the previously healthy employee calls in sick and soon thereafter requests medical leave, supported by a doctor’s excuse, to obtain treatment for work-induced stress and depression.

Sun Capital - Penson Liability under MPAA (1st Cir.) 12-05-2019

V&E Restructuring and Reorganization Update, December 5, 2019

On November 22, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit1 reversed the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, which would have imposed pension fund withdrawal liability on two private equity funds—Sun Capital Partners III2 and Sun Capital Partners IV, LP—under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980.

Tax and Accounting Year-End Update 12-05-2019

BDO USA, LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP invite you and your colleagues to a complimentary CPE and CLE program. This event highlights timely technical and legal updates and provides key takeaways on tax and accounting issues, relevant to both public and private companies.

Court Rejects “Tacit Understanding” Theory to Set Aside Part of Guilty Verdict in Executives’ Opioid Trial 12-04-2019

Executives convicted of an illegal scheme involving opioid marketing received a partial victory when the trial court vacated part of the jury’s guilty verdict.

International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 12-04-2019

V&E partners Palmina FavaMatt Jacobs and Ephraim “Fry” Wernick will speak at the 36th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act hosted by the American Conference Institute.

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.

25th Annual Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen Offshore Seminar 10-30-2019

V&E partner Jason Levine will present “The Trouble with Emojis: Emerging Legal Issues and Proposed Business Responses” at this year’s 25th Annual Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen Offshore Seminar.

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.

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. 

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

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px Wide

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.

FCPA Agency Theory Post-Hoskins Takes the Spotlight at FCPA Conference 12-16-2019

The recent bribery conviction of British citizen Lawrence Hoskins created a stir among white collar practitioners because it showed that the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) could be successful using an agency theory to prosecute individuals or entities that are outside the traditional jurisdiction of U.S. prosecutors.

Obesity & the ADA in Employment Decision-Making 12-12-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 12, 2019

Nobody likes comments about their weight (Heaven help the person who makes one about mine), and most people have learned that weight is a subject best approached with caution. 

GAO Urges DOD To Systematically Assess Fraud Risks Related to Contractor Ownership 12-12-2019

On November 25, 2019, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report examining the financial and nonfinancial fraud and national security risks to the Department of Defense (“DoD”) when contractors employ “opaque ownership structures.”

With Bipartisan Support, House Passes Explicit Ban on Insider Trading 12-12-2019

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that aims to create the first federal statute explicitly banning insider trading.

Unfortunately, A Bit of Ebenezer Is Needed When Giving Christmas Bonuses 12-10-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 10, 2019

Although they are not as common as they once were, employees in many workplaces still expect a bonus at this time of the year, and many employers, hoping to not disappoint, give their employees something like a fixed-dollar amount or the equivalent of one week’s base pay to celebrate the holiday season. 

When Poorly Performing Employees Suddenly Get Sick 12-05-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 5, 2019

You finally sit down with an employee who has performed poorly for months, and you give him or her both a detailed performance improvement plan spelling out your expectations and a time frame by which they must demonstrate substantial improvement. The very next morning, the previously healthy employee calls in sick and soon thereafter requests medical leave, supported by a doctor’s excuse, to obtain treatment for work-induced stress and depression.

Sun Capital - Penson Liability under MPAA (1st Cir.) 12-05-2019

V&E Restructuring and Reorganization Update, December 5, 2019

On November 22, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit1 reversed the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, which would have imposed pension fund withdrawal liability on two private equity funds—Sun Capital Partners III2 and Sun Capital Partners IV, LP—under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980.

Court Rejects “Tacit Understanding” Theory to Set Aside Part of Guilty Verdict in Executives’ Opioid Trial 12-04-2019

Executives convicted of an illegal scheme involving opioid marketing received a partial victory when the trial court vacated part of the jury’s guilty verdict.

Why Is This Important? 12-03-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 3, 2019

The heritage of indigenous people in Guatemala, the right of Nigerian women to avoid being the subject of human trafficking, the working conditions of employees in northern Brazil. Besides a general wish for others to be treated fairly, why are these types of matters important to Texas companies and their Texas-based lawyers? 

CFIUS Annual Report for 2016 and 2017 Reflects Longer Timelines and a Significant Increase in Abandoned Transactions 11-27-2019

V&E CFIUS Update, November 27, 2019

On November 22, 2019, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) released its long-awaited Annual Report to Congress covering calendar years 2016 and 2017.

The Problem with Non-Disparagement Clauses 11-27-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 27, 2019

“If I am going to have to pay her a severance, I want to make sure that she doesn’t go around bad mouthing me or my company,” is not an unusual plea from an employer who is parting ways with a difficult employee. 

Japan Hosts First-Ever Summit on Implementation of TCFD Recommendations 11-25-2019

On October 8, 2019, the government of Japan hosted the first-ever corporate summit (the “Summit”) in Tokyo to discuss and guide implementation of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) recommendations.

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.

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. 

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.

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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