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For Whom the Statute Tolls: Challenges to FCPA Indictment May Expose Government Vulnerabilities in International Cases 09-03-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, September 3, 2019

As companies grow and expand their international footprint, their operations are scrutinized with increasing frequency by federal prosecutors. 

Property Lines: Where Employee Rights Meet Company Property Rights 08-29-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, August 29, 2019

The call usually comes with the sound of panic. My client is upset that some of its contractor’s employees are handing out leaflets to everyone onsite and doing so within the property lines of the company. The contractor’s labor dispute is not with my client but with their own employer. “Can you do anything about it?”, I am asked.

New York Strikes a Green New Deal – with Whom? 08-29-2019

V&E Energy Policy Update, August 29, 2019

New York recently enacted very ambitious climate change legislation that will affect transportation, real estate and other industries far beyond the energy sector.

Developments in Governance and Disclosure: Summer 2019 08-29-2019

V&E Corporate Governance Update, August 29, 2019

The V&E governance update provides brief summaries on recent developments with respect to corporate governance, compliance and disclosure.

Three Taxpayer-Friendly Developments in the New GILTI Regulations 08-29-2019

V&E Tax Update, August 29, 2019

On June 14, 2019, Treasury released final and proposed regulations implementing the Global Intangible Low Tax Income (GILTI) regime.

Do You Require Your Employees to Electronically Acknowledge Arbitration Agreements? Make Sure Your Process Is Effective. 08-27-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, August 27, 2019

It should go without saying that, when an employer presents an employee with an arbitration agreement, it is not enough for the employee to sign the document simply, “I’ve reviewed the agreement.” An employee must affirmatively agree to or, in legal terms, accept the contract. 

“Panama Papers” Case Reminds How to Protect Against Inadvertently Waiving Attorney-Client Privilege 08-23-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, August 23, 2019

Recent efforts by the Department of Justice to obtain confidential attorney-client communications in connection with a “Panama Papers” indictment present a stark reminder that lawyers and clients must fastidiously protect the attorney-client privilege else their communications may be compromised and used against them at trial.

California’s Voluntary Framework and the Brewing Storm of GHG Emissions Litigation 08-23-2019

California has played a unique role in the development of greenhouse gas emissions standards for motor vehicles.

“Panama Papers” Case Reminds How to Protect Against Inadvertently Waiving Attorney-Client Privilege 08-23-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, August 23, 2019

Recent efforts by the Department of Justice to obtain confidential attorney-client communications in connection with a “Panama Papers” indictment present a stark reminder that lawyers and clients must fastidiously protect the attorney-client privilege else their communications may be compromised and used against them at trial.

Alternative Capital Transactions in the Energy Industry 08-22-2019

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In this presentation, V&E attorneys discussed alternatives to traditional forms of capital raising. 


Union — Employer Scandals Hurt Many Modern Workplaces 08-22-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, August 22, 2019

In many American workplaces, the union that represents the employees has been ensconced for decades. 

Cisco’s $8.6 Million False Claims Act Settlement Signals Viability of Cybersecurity Claims Under the False Claims Act 08-22-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, August 22, 2019

On July 31, 2019, Cisco Systems, Inc. (“Cisco”) agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle a False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower allegation that it sold video surveillance equipment to government agencies knowing the equipment was susceptible to cyber-attack.1

Will the Chickens Come Home to Roost for Managers of Raided Chicken Plants? 08-20-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, August 20, 2019

Many have lashed out at the Trump administration’s recent immigration raids in Mississippi that resulted in the arrest of nearly 700 workers at five chicken processing plants in Mississippi.

European Union Supplemental Guidance on Climate-Related Disclosures 08-20-2019

In June 2019, the European Commission published its Guidelines on Non-Financial Reporting: Supplement on Reporting Climate-Related Information (the Supplement).

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. 

Does Fifth Circuit Ruling Allow Employers to Discriminate Against Ex-Felons? 08-15-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, August 15, 2019

In 2012, the EEOC issued guidance stating that blanket bans on hiring employees with criminal records disproportionately impact minorities and instructing employers to ensure that their hiring policies link specific criminal conduct to the risks inherent to a particular position.

MSCI Launches Climate Indexes 08-15-2019

On June 20, 2019, MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) announced the expansion of its suite of indexes for institutional investors and wealth managers with the introduction of new indexes specifically focused on climate (the “Climate Indexes”).

Third Circuit Upholds Bribery Conviction Despite Narrowed Definition of “Official Act” Under McDonnell 08-14-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, August 14, 2019

Last week, the Third Circuit upheld the conviction of Robert Cordaro, a Lackawanna Pennsylvania County Commissioner, for bribery, extortion, and racketeering despite Cordaro’s claims that the Supreme Court’s holding in McDonnell v. United States decriminalized his conduct.

What is TUPE? And How Do You Say It? 08-13-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, August 13, 2019

To deal with the second question first, it’s not toupee (as in a wig) and it doesn’t rhyme with hoop. It’s pronounced like two-P.

Back to Plain Language: The Supreme Court’s Decision in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media 08-12-2019

V&E Government Contracts Update, August 12, 2019

On June 24, 2019, in a 6-3 decision,1 the Supreme Court put an end to a practice of over forty years which ignored the protections outlined by the plain language of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA” or the “Act”) Exemption 4.2

Rystad Energy Information Session 10-25-2018

Please join Lars Lysdahl, Head of New York Consulting for Rystad Energy and Robert Seber, Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity at Vinson & Elkins LLP for a morning of knowledge sharing.

CRE.Converge 2018 10-17-2018

On Wednesday, October 17th, V&E partners Greg Cope and Chris Mangin and senior associate Sarah Fortt will be speaking on a panel titled “Advising the Board on Crisis Management” during the General Counsel Forum at CRE.Converge.

TowerXchange Meetup Africa 2018 10-09-2018

Vinson & Elkins is pleased to be sponsoring the TowerXchange Meetup Africa 2018.

The Deal Economy Conference - Chicago 09-24-2018

V&E partner Steve Gill will speak on the Shareholder Activism panel alongside senior executives from Edelman, Voce Capital Management, Legion Partners, and Innisfree M&A Incorporated on September 24th.

Estimating System Adequacy - The Price Has to Be Right! 09-20-2018

Dan Graham of V&E’s Washington, D.C. office and Mike Mardesich of DHG’s Government Contract Advisory will be presenting on a webinar on the government’s recent assessment and audits of contractor's estimating systems and adequacy reviews of contractor's cost proposals.

Preparing for and Managing Risks Involved with Cross-Border Investigations 09-20-2018

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThree former prosecutors will walk us through the government investigation process, from examining the types of events that trigger an investigation to negotiating a settlement.

American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting 09-13-2018

V&E partners Manuel Berrelez and Devika Kornbacher will speak at this year’s ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting on Friday, September 14.

5th Annual Women in Litigation Forum – New York Benchmark Litigation 09-05-2018

V&E counsel Jennifer Freel is a speaker on the panel, “Creating a Great Legal Workplace,” at the 5th Annual Women in Litigation Forum.

Insuring M&A Transactions | A&D Strategies and Opportunities Conference and Workshop – Hart Energy Conferences 09-05-2018

V&E counsel Sarah Mitchell is a panelist at the roundtable, “Insuring M&A Transactions” which will delve into the role of insurance in securing that value by reducing business risks, which can range from aborted deals to assumption of unwanted liabilities to sub-par returns.

The Nuts and Bolts of Representations and Warranties Insurance in M&A Transactions 09-05-2018

In this LIVE Webcast, V&E counsel Sarah Mitchell will join a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group to provide an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in representations and warranties insurance in M&A Transactions.

29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute 08-24-2018

V&E Labor & Employment lawyers Chris Bacon and Phileda Tennant are presenting at the State Bar of Texas' 29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, a two-day course on the latest Labor and Employment topics and trends.

Bi-Monthly Cartel & Criminal Practice Update 07-30-2018

V&E lawyers Craig SeebaldLindsey Vaala, and Ryan Will will report on recent Antitrust division enforcement actions and related litigation, policy updates, international coordination, and other important developments in criminal antitrust law. 

Competition Developments in Brazil, the US and EU – What Brazilian Counsel and Companies Need to Know 07-13-2018

BMA and V&E are co-sponsoring a forum on Competition Developments in Brazil, the US and EU in BMA's São Paulo office on July 13, 2018. V&E partner, Hill Wellford, will be presenting alongside BMA partners Marcos Exposto and José Inacio Ferraz de Almeida Prado Filho.

The C2 Summit: Winning US Government Contracts Worldwide & Networking Event 06-28-2018

V&E Counsel, Jamie Tabb, will be a panelist at the C2 Summit: Winning US Government Contracts Worldwide & Networking Event in Dubai.

TowerXchange Meetup Americas 2018 06-20-2018

V&E partner Robert Dixon will chair the roundtable discussion "Swift and Effective Evaluation of M&A Opportunities in New Markets."

4th Annual GAR Live Energy Disputes 06-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins is pleased to be sponsoring the 4th Annual GAR Live Energy Disputes. The event will feature a series of thought provoking panel discussions and a networking lunch, and will conclude with a drinks reception from 5:40 p.m. onwards. 

2018 Kayo Women’s Energy & Resources Summit 06-13-2018

V&E partners Caroline Blitzer Phillips, Sarah Morgan, and Lina Dimachkieh will each speak on panels on Wednesday, June 13th and Thursday, June 14th at the conference in Houston.

National Investor Relations Institute Annual Conference 06-10-2018

On Sunday, June 10th, V&E's Steve Gill and Patrick Gadson will present, "What to Do When the Barbarians Are At Your Gate: A Shareholder Activism Bootcamp" at the NIRI Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

34th Annual Texas Federal Tax Institute 06-06-2018

V&E partner David Cole will speak on “Managing Information Requests in an IRS Audit" on Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. 

31st Annual Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar 06-04-2018

V&E’s Emergency Response & Crisis Management practice is proud to sponsor the 31st Annual Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Seminar coordinated by the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) in collaboration with the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA).

Alternative Sources of Capital Raising in a Distressed Market 01-13-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program covers alternative sources of capital raising in a distressed market, including private master limited partnerships (private MLPs), private investments in public equity (PIPEs), preferred offerings to private equity investors and the retail public (private and retail preferred offerings), and MLP consolidations (MLP roll-ups).

MLP 101 10-14-2015

Energy Series Logo - Thumbnail - 125x120This program covers the typical organizational and capital structure of MLPs, governance and accounting issues, and a primer on tax considerations and qualifying income.

With Bipartisan Support, the Illicit Cash Act Aims to Modernize Anti-Money Laundering Efforts 08-07-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, August 7, 2019

A promising anti-money laundering bill offers a suite of updates to the current AML regime.

Trump Administration Freezes the Assets of Venezuela’s Maduro Government and Issues 25 New and Amended General Licenses Authorizing Specific Transactions 08-07-2019

V&E Export Controls Update, August 7, 2019

Late on August 5, 2019, President Trump released Executive Order 13884 blocking all property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela.

Office Space, Rent and the Mobile Employee 08-06-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, August 6, 2019

In the past week, I have been in Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, and Ohio. As I write this post, I am on a flight back to Houston where I have an office waiting.

'Project Aggregation:' PSD Applicability in the Fourth Dimension 08-05-2019

First Published in the August 2019 Issue of EM Magazine

V&E partner Eric Groten examines ‘project aggregation’ as a part of the prevention of significant deterioration preconstruction permitting review process. 

UK Publishes Draft Regulations on EU Directive on Mandatory Disclosure Regime 08-02-2019

V&E Tax Update, August 2, 2019

UK taxpayers and their advisors will, from 1 July 2020, be subject to yet another regime requiring disclosure to HMRC of their tax affairs. Failure to comply with these new rules can result in fines of up to £1 million.

After a Long Delay, Employers Face Short Deadline to Submit Pay Data to EEOC 08-01-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, August 1, 2019

More than three years ago, I wrote a post on this blog warning my readers that the EEOC was about to introduce a new EEO-1 form that would require employers to provide salary information by sex and race/ethnicity and provide the number of employees in each of twelve salary ranges in each of the EEO-1 categories.

Not GILTI — The Multiple Personality Defense 08-01-2019

V&E Tax Update, August 1, 2019

A recent U.S. tax imposed on certain foreign income threatens to hit individuals (including trusts or estates) who own controlled foreign corporations (CFCs)1 harder than their corporate counterparts, who benefit from certain deductions, credits, and lower rates unavailable to individuals.

Not So Cryptic: AG Barr Adamant That “Warrant-Proof Encryption” Poses Threat to Public Safety 08-01-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, August 1, 2019

In a keynote address at the International Conference on Cyber Security on Tuesday, July 23, Attorney General Barr clearly articulated the DOJ’s position that “‘warrant-proof’ encryption poses a grave threat to public safety by extinguishing the ability of law enforcement to obtain evidence essential to detecting and investigating crimes.”1

Regulators Dislike Facebook’s Entry into Cryptocurrency Market, Calling “Libra” an AML Threat 07-30-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, July 30, 2019

A month after announcing its new global digital currency “Libra,” Facebook is finding itself under increased scrutiny with U.S. regulators. Lawmakers and senior government officials are raising concerns about how Libra would comply with money laundering, terrorism financing, and trade sanctions laws. 

The "Unpreventable Employee Misconduct" Defense 07-30-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, July 30, 2019

Most good health and safety managers will tell you that “All accidents are preventable.” As a lawyer who often defends employers in OSHA proceedings, I completely agree. And yet, accidents still happen and employers do get cited because some employee did something that he was not supposed to do.

Regulators Dislike Facebook’s Entry into Cryptocurrency Market, Calling “Libra” an AML Threat 07-30-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, July 30, 2019


New York Enacts Updated Breach Notification Law with Minimum Data Security Requirements 07-29-2019

V&E Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update, July 29, 2019

On July 25, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (“SHIELD”) Act. 

Regulation of Rural Pipelines is “Gathering” Steam in Texas 07-26-2019

V&E Shale Update, July 26, 2019

The Railroad Commission of Texas (the “Commission”) recently published draft rules foreshadowing regulation of rural crude oil and gas gathering pipelines that have historically been largely unregulated. 

Political Animals in the Workplace 07-25-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, July 25, 2019

All of us are, by nature, political animals, according toAristotle’s essay on “Politics.” And it’s politics season again, even despite the distance to the next presidential election. 

UK Tax Authority Launches Facility to Encourage Multinational Transfer Pricing Compliance 07-25-2019

V&E Tax Update, July 25, 2019

HMRC has launched a new initiative designed to encourage taxpayers into compliance with the 2015 diverted profits tax, or “DPT”.

Do Bitcoin ATMs Make Money Laundering too Easy? Regulators Try to Keep up with Emerging Cryptocurrency Trend 07-24-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, July 24, 2019

Law enforcement agencies have warned that digital currencies, like Bitcoin, are easily used by criminals to launder the proceeds of illegal activities. In the past, buying and selling Bitcoin was technically complex, with limited opportunities for converting physical currency into digital currency without detection. 

DOJ Signals FCPA Policy Shift Focusing on M&A Transactions, Creating New Incentives and Heightened Risks for Companies on Both Sides of Deals 07-23-2019

V&E Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Update, July 23, 2019


Know the Facts Before Making a Decision 07-23-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, July 23, 2019

I recently coached a law student working at Vinson & Elkins for the summer that when she writes a legal memorandum, she should always start with a statement of the facts of the matter as she knows them. The reason for doing this is that if she makes a conclusion on the facts, but does not tell the reader what she believes the facts to be, there could be a misunderstanding. 

The “Risk Corridors” Litigation: How Risky Should It Be to Do Business With the U.S. Government? 07-23-2019

First published by The Federalist Society, July 18, 2019

In this podcast, V&E partner Jason Levine joins The Federalist Society for a teleforum conference call on “risk corridors” litigation.

The Antitrust Divergence at the FTC: Beyond Vertical Mergers 07-23-2019

First Published in ABA's Antitrust, Vol. 33, Summer 2019

V&E lawyers Darren Tucker and Thomas Bohnett discuss the recent divides regarding antitrust enforcement. 

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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