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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SPACs: An Alternative to the Traditional IPO for REITs and Other Real Estate Companies 10-30-2019


In this REIT Series presentation, V&E REIT professionals provided an overview of the SPAC IPO process and discuss certain considerations and potential transaction structures for SPAC business combinations involving REITs and other real estate companies.

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. 

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.

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. 

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).

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.

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.

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.

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) 2019 Conference 06-09-2019

On Tuesday, June 11, V&E partner Margaret Peloso will speak on the panel "Taming Nature's Fury: Electric Companies and Extreme Weather Events."

The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance 05-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins invites you to a discussion of this year’s trending legal issues affecting public companies. This program is an excellent forum for internal legal teams to get perspectives from our lawyers on the issues companies are currently facing on a daily basis. 

UT Law’s 32nd Annual Technology Law Conference 05-23-2019

V&E is sponsoring the Thursday evening networking reception at the UT Technology Law Conference.

6th Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Conference 05-21-2019

V&E lawyers Shamus Crosby, Matt Dobbins, and Lande Spottswood will speak at the 6th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Law Conference in Houston on Tuesday, May 21. 

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

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn 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.

Proving Independent Development: A Winning Defense Against Trade Secrets Misappropriation Claims 10-10-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideLitigation involving allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets has been on the rise since the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act in May of 2016, which opened the Federal Courts to such claims.

Seventh Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium 10-04-2017

On October 4, 2017, V&E hosted our annual seminar discussing timely topics surrounding unconventional oil and gas development.

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. 

Approved! NLRB Okays Workplace Policies on Media Contact and Confidentiality 10-18-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 18, 2019

Last Thursday, the NLRB approved a pair of workplace rules in a decision related to the protection of proprietary client and vendor lists and limits on who may speak to the media on the employer’s behalf. The Board grounded its decision in a common sense reading of the text of the workplace rules, finding that neither rule could reasonably be read to limit any protected activity, despite some minor points of textual ambiguity.

Don’t Get “Pulled-In”: Marvell Fined by SEC for Failing to Disclose Aggressive Sales Plan 10-17-2019

The SEC recently entered into a settlement with Marvell Technology Group, Ltd., based on Marvell’s manipulation of revenue reported in the company’s public statements.

Launch of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking 10-16-2019

On September 22, 2019, 130 banks signed onto the United Nations’ newly launched Principles for Responsible Banking (the “Principles”).

‘Data is Today’s Gold’: California AG Announces Proposed CCPA Regulations to Quell the Data Rush 10-16-2019

V&E Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update, October 16, 2019

On October 10, 2019, the California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, published proposed regulations (the “Regulations”) designed to clarify the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”).

Ninth Circuit Grapples with Agency Positions First Raised in Litigation 10-15-2019

First published by Tax Notes Today, September 16, 2019

In this article, the authors discuss two recent cases that question how much weight courts should give an agency’s position that is first raised in litigation

Reading the Gay Tea Leaves at the Supreme Court 10-15-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 15, 2019

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the first LGBTQ rights cases to be heard by the Court since the 2015 gay marriage case. 

Improve Your Company’s Health Through Information Management 10-14-2019

Today’s business environment involves more information than ever before, along with more regulations, rules, and risks associated with information management.

What the Dramatic Rise in FCPA Enforcement Means for M&A 10-14-2019

A recent expansion by the DOJ to its FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy (CEP) has gone largely unnoticed, but provides new incentives for companies to self-report misconduct discovered after a merger or acquisition, while raising the specter of increased exposure for companies and executives who sell assets tainted by corruption.

Amazon Pitches Facial “Rekognition” Law to Feds 10-11-2019

On Wednesday, September 25, at a surprise appearance after a product event in Seattle, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that the company’s public policy team is drafting proposed regulations for facial recognition technology, with plans to share them with the federal government.

What U.S. Investors Need to Know About Mexican Labor Law 10-10-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 10, 2019

If you are a human resources manager or an in-house labor lawyer for a U.S. company that is doing business or contemplating doing business in Mexico, you do need to be aware of key differences between U.S. and Mexican labor laws. 

Commodities in the Crosshairs: CFTC Joins DOJ and the SEC to Target Commodity Traders for Corrupt Practices Abroad 10-10-2019

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) is entering the fight against foreign bribery and corruption.

Commerce Restricts Trade with 28 Chinese Entities 10-09-2019

V&E Export Controls Update, October 9, 2019

Effective October 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) added 28 Chinese entities to the Entity List – twenty governmental security bureaus and eight technology companies – thereby effectively barring exports, reexports and transfers of items subject to U.S. jurisdiction to these entities.

Trump Administration Plans to Ramp Up Total Renewable Fuel Volumes Under the RFS Program for 2020 10-09-2019

Environmental Blog

On October 4, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signaled an abrupt change to the status quo, by announcing plans to issue a final rulemaking that will increase total renewable fuel volumes under the federal Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program beginning in 2020 to compensate for volumes lost whenever the EPA grants waivers to “small refiners,” who successfully claim a disproportionate economic hardship under the program.

De mortuis nil nisi bonum. 10-09-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 9, 2019

The death of an employee is an upsetting and traumatic occurrence. It is also very likely to be unexpected. Thus, it is preferable to have a basic framework in mind for dealing with such an occurrence before it happens.  

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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