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

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

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

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 19, 2019

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

Exxon Climate Securities Litigation 11-18-2019

Climate Change Blog

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

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

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

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

International Chamber of Commerce Chilean Arbitration Day 11-15-2019

V&E counsel Jose Sanchez will speak on a panel at the International Chamber of Commerce Chilean Arbitration Day being held in Santiago, Chile on Friday, November 15th.

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

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 14, 2019

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

Navigating a Government Investigation 11-13-2019

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Published in Delos Dispute Resolution, November 12, 2019

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

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

V&E SEC Update, November 13, 2019

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

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

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 12, 2019

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

American Bar Association National Enforcement Conference 11-12-2019


Nareit REITworld: 2019 Annual Conference 11-12-2019

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

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

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

CAIL Conference on Intellectual Property Law 11-01-2018

V&E Partner Devika Kornbacher will speak at The Center for American and International Law's (CAIL) Conference on Intellectual Property Law on 'What IP Lawyers Need to Know About Emerging Issues in Cybersecurity."

Solar & Storage Finance USA 10-29-2018

Kaam Sahely will be speaking on the "Investors- How Is Investment Appetite for PV and Storage Evolving" panel and Peter Marshall will be moderating the "2018: The Year Solar & Storage Came of Age?" panel at this two-day solar conference.

Thirty First ITF Public Conference: Human Rights in International Investment Law 10-26-2018

V&E senior associate Alex Slade will speak on the panel "Interpretation of human rights obligations by international tribunals."

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.

MLP Qualifying Income and Market Update 09-14-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program will cover the status of the proposed qualifying income regulations and 2016 MLP capital markets transactions, with a focus on institutional preferred equity.

Energy REITs and Real Estate MLPs 07-13-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis presentation introduced V&E’s new nationally recognized team of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) lawyers to the firm’s clients, and explored the corporate and tax similarities between master limited partnerships (MLPs) and REITs.

MLP Simplifications, Roll-Ups, and Recapitalizations 03-09-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this presentation, V&E attorneys cover sponsor acquisitions of MLPs, MLP acquisitions of GPs and IDRs, and subordinated unit restructurings.

Key Considerations in Distressed Upstream M&A 02-17-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, attorneys from V&E’s Corporate and Bankruptcy practices provide strategic and practical issues to consider when acquiring oil and gas properties from distressed, insolvent and bankrupt sellers.

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.

Corporate and MLP Securities Litigation 01-21-2015

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideLitigation challenging the fairness of M&A transactions involving MLPs (and LLCs) has remained strong. The presentation will review recent case law regarding investment banking fairness opinions, conflicts of interest, and adequacy of disclosures in proxy or registration statements.

MLP 201 11-18-2014

The course will cover advanced MLP topics, including a discussion of qualifying income considerations and international MLP assets, with a brief update on the recent IRS private letter ruling pause.

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

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 31, 2019

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

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

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

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

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 29, 2019

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

California Criminalizes Arbitration Agreements 10-24-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

Managing the Modern Workplace, October 22, 2019

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

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

V&E Government Investigations Update, October 21, 2019

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

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

V&E Government Contracts Update, October 21, 2019

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

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

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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.

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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