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HTC Corp. Defeats Smartphone Remote Control Patent Litigation Published: 05-14-2018

A Texas federal jury has found in favor of Vinson & Elkins client HTC Corporation, rejecting all of the plaintiff’s claims in a case accusing the wireless phone manufacturer of infringing an individual inventor’s patent on user interface and infrared universal remote control technology. The plaintiff had sought damages for each of millions of smartphones sold between 2013-2015.

Titanium Exploration Partners to Sell Certain Conventional Assets to Red Rocks Energy Partners 05-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Titanium Exploration Partners, LLC in connection with the sale of certain conventional assets in Oklahoma’s SCOOP play to Red Rocks Energy Partners, L.P.

Neptune Energy Closes $550 Million Senior Notes Offering 05-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as counsel to the initial purchasers in Neptune Energy Group Limited’s offering of 6 5/8% senior notes in an aggregate principal amount of $550 million.

PermRock Royalty Trust Closes Initial Public Offering 05-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised PermRock Royalty Trust in connection with its initial public offering of 6,250,000 trust units, representing an approximate 51.4% beneficial interest in the Trust, at $17.00 per unit. Boaz Energy II, LLC, the sponsor of the Trust, is selling the units being offered. The offering closed on May 4, 2018.

Ward Energy Partners Sells DJ Basin Assets 04-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Ward Energy Partners, LLC in connection with its sale of assets located in Adams and Weld Counties in Colorado to an undisclosed buyer. 

TPGE Announces $2.66B Business Combination With EnerVest’s South Texas Division 03-20-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Pace Energy Holdings Corp. (“TPGE”) in its definitive agreements with certain funds managed by EnerVest, Ltd (“EnerVest”) to acquire the oil and gas assets within EnerVest’s South Texas Division for approximately $2.66 billion in cash and stock. As part of the transaction, TPGE and EnerVest are partnering to create Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation.

Devon Energy Announces $553M Sale of Johnson County Assets 03-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Devon Energy Corp. in its definitive agreement to sell the southern portion of its Barnett Shale position for $553 million. 

Paragon Announces Agreement to be Acquired by Borr Drilling 02-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Paragon Offshore Limited in a Tender Offer Agreement with Borr Drilling Limited, pursuant to which Borr will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Paragon at a purchase price of $42.28 per share. 

Fieldwood Energy Files Prepackaged Chapter 11 Cases, Announces Gulf of Mexico Acquisition 02-15-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Riverstone in connection with the announcement by Fieldwood Energy LLC that it has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas as part of a "prepackaged" chapter 11 case. 

Double Eagle Energy Holdings III Secures More Than $1 Billion of Equity Commitments 02-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with equity commitments to Double Eagle Energy Holdings III. Inclusive of a recent capital raise, Double Eagle has secured equity commitments of more than $1 billion.

Gastar Exploration Divests Non-Core Reserves and Acreage in Oklahoma 01-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Gastar Exploration Inc. in connection with its definitive purchase and sale agreement to divest its interest in the West Edmund Hunton Lime Unit for $107.5 million.

Law360 Names V&E Among 2017 "Energy Groups of the Year" 01-24-2018

For the eighth consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series for the firm’s industry leading energy litigation and transactional successes in 2017.

Salt Fork Resources Announces Upsized Equity Commitment from Riverstone 01-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC in connection with their upsized equity commitment to Salt Fork Resources, LLC. Salt Fork plans to use the equity commitment to expand its leasing and acquisition efforts and develop its existing acreage position in the core of the Utica Shale.

Northwoods Energy Announces Acquisition of SM Energy’s Powder River Basin Assets for $500M 01-10-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Northwoods Energy LLC (formerly known as Converse Energy) and certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with Northwoods’ $500 million acquisition of SM Energy’s core Powder River Basin assets.

CrownRock Announces Perpetual Preferred Equity Investment 01-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CrownRock Holdings, L.P., an oil and gas producing joint venture of CrownQuest Operating and Lime Rock Partners, in connection with its $475 million perpetual preferred equity investment from funds managed by Magnetar Capital and EIG Global Energy Partners, respectively. 

Chisholm Oil and Gas, MVP Holdings Announce Formation of Great Salt Plains Midstream Joint Venture 12-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively, Chisholm) in connection with the formation of Great Salt Plains Midstream Holdings, LLC, a joint venture between MVM Midstream LLC and Chisholm.

Law360 Names Steve Gill A 2017 MVP 12-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Steve Gill has been named one of Law360’s 2017 Energy MVPs of the Year for his work guiding clients through major mergers and acquisitions, including helping to establish one of the largest natural gas producers in the country.

Noble Energy Divests Interest in General Partner of CONE Midstream to CNX Resources 12-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Noble Energy Inc. in connection with a definitive agreement with CNX Resources Corporation whereby Noble Energy will divest its 50 percent interest in CONE Gathering LLC for cash consideration of $305 million.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. and MPLX to Exchange MPC's General Partner Interests for MPLX Common Units 12-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) in its agreement with MPLX LP for MPC to exchange its general partner economic interests in MPLX, which include incentive distribution rights, for 275 million newly issued MPLX common units.

Oasis Petroleum Announces Delaware Basin Acquisition, Public Offering of Common Stock 12-12-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Oasis Petroleum Inc. in its purchase and sale agreement with Forge Energy, LLC to acquire 20,300 net acres in the Delaware Basin for approximately $946 million.

Valorem Energy Acquires LINN Energy’s Williston Basin Interests 12-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Valorem Energy, LLC in connection with its acquisition of LINN Energy, Inc.’s Williston Basin interests for a purchase price of $285 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

Titanium Exploration Partners to Sell Certain Conventional Assets to Red Rocks Energy Partners 05-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Titanium Exploration Partners, LLC in connection with the sale of certain conventional assets in Oklahoma’s SCOOP play to Red Rocks Energy Partners, L.P.

Neptune Energy Closes $550 Million Senior Notes Offering 05-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as counsel to the initial purchasers in Neptune Energy Group Limited’s offering of 6 5/8% senior notes in an aggregate principal amount of $550 million.

PermRock Royalty Trust Closes Initial Public Offering 05-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised PermRock Royalty Trust in connection with its initial public offering of 6,250,000 trust units, representing an approximate 51.4% beneficial interest in the Trust, at $17.00 per unit. Boaz Energy II, LLC, the sponsor of the Trust, is selling the units being offered. The offering closed on May 4, 2018.

Ward Energy Partners Sells DJ Basin Assets 04-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Ward Energy Partners, LLC in connection with its sale of assets located in Adams and Weld Counties in Colorado to an undisclosed buyer. 

TPGE Announces $2.66B Business Combination With EnerVest’s South Texas Division 03-20-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Pace Energy Holdings Corp. (“TPGE”) in its definitive agreements with certain funds managed by EnerVest, Ltd (“EnerVest”) to acquire the oil and gas assets within EnerVest’s South Texas Division for approximately $2.66 billion in cash and stock. As part of the transaction, TPGE and EnerVest are partnering to create Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation.

Devon Energy Announces $553M Sale of Johnson County Assets 03-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Devon Energy Corp. in its definitive agreement to sell the southern portion of its Barnett Shale position for $553 million. 

Paragon Announces Agreement to be Acquired by Borr Drilling 02-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Paragon Offshore Limited in a Tender Offer Agreement with Borr Drilling Limited, pursuant to which Borr will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Paragon at a purchase price of $42.28 per share. 

Fieldwood Energy Files Prepackaged Chapter 11 Cases, Announces Gulf of Mexico Acquisition 02-15-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Riverstone in connection with the announcement by Fieldwood Energy LLC that it has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas as part of a "prepackaged" chapter 11 case. 

Double Eagle Energy Holdings III Secures More Than $1 Billion of Equity Commitments 02-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with equity commitments to Double Eagle Energy Holdings III. Inclusive of a recent capital raise, Double Eagle has secured equity commitments of more than $1 billion.

Gastar Exploration Divests Non-Core Reserves and Acreage in Oklahoma 01-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Gastar Exploration Inc. in connection with its definitive purchase and sale agreement to divest its interest in the West Edmund Hunton Lime Unit for $107.5 million.

Salt Fork Resources Announces Upsized Equity Commitment from Riverstone 01-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC in connection with their upsized equity commitment to Salt Fork Resources, LLC. Salt Fork plans to use the equity commitment to expand its leasing and acquisition efforts and develop its existing acreage position in the core of the Utica Shale.

Northwoods Energy Announces Acquisition of SM Energy’s Powder River Basin Assets for $500M 01-10-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Northwoods Energy LLC (formerly known as Converse Energy) and certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with Northwoods’ $500 million acquisition of SM Energy’s core Powder River Basin assets.

CrownRock Announces Perpetual Preferred Equity Investment 01-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CrownRock Holdings, L.P., an oil and gas producing joint venture of CrownQuest Operating and Lime Rock Partners, in connection with its $475 million perpetual preferred equity investment from funds managed by Magnetar Capital and EIG Global Energy Partners, respectively. 

Chisholm Oil and Gas, MVP Holdings Announce Formation of Great Salt Plains Midstream Joint Venture 12-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively, Chisholm) in connection with the formation of Great Salt Plains Midstream Holdings, LLC, a joint venture between MVM Midstream LLC and Chisholm.

Noble Energy Divests Interest in General Partner of CONE Midstream to CNX Resources 12-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Noble Energy Inc. in connection with a definitive agreement with CNX Resources Corporation whereby Noble Energy will divest its 50 percent interest in CONE Gathering LLC for cash consideration of $305 million.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. and MPLX to Exchange MPC's General Partner Interests for MPLX Common Units 12-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) in its agreement with MPLX LP for MPC to exchange its general partner economic interests in MPLX, which include incentive distribution rights, for 275 million newly issued MPLX common units.

Oasis Petroleum Announces Delaware Basin Acquisition, Public Offering of Common Stock 12-12-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Oasis Petroleum Inc. in its purchase and sale agreement with Forge Energy, LLC to acquire 20,300 net acres in the Delaware Basin for approximately $946 million.

Valorem Energy Acquires LINN Energy’s Williston Basin Interests 12-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Valorem Energy, LLC in connection with its acquisition of LINN Energy, Inc.’s Williston Basin interests for a purchase price of $285 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

Bill Barrett Corp. Announces $649M Combination with Fifth Creek Energy 12-05-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Fifth Creek Energy Company, LLC, a portfolio company of NGP, in a strategic business combination with Bill Barrett Corporation in a transaction valued at approximately $649 million. The transaction creates a premier exploitation and production company exclusively focused on oil-weighted rural areas in the Denver-Julesburg Basin.

Talos Energy LLC to Combine with Stone Energy Corporation 11-21-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Talos Energy LLC in its combination with Stone Energy Corporation in an all-stock transaction that will create a premier offshore-focused exploration and production company. The company will be named Talos Energy, Inc.

Houston Partner Trevor Wommack Strengthens V&E’s Finance Practice 01-26-2016

Vinson & Elkins has bolstered its highly regarded Finance Practice Group with the addition of partner Trevor Wommack, who focuses his practice on syndicated lending in the energy sector.

Law360 Names V&E Among 2017 "Energy Groups of the Year" 01-24-2018

For the eighth consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series for the firm’s industry leading energy litigation and transactional successes in 2017.

Law360 Names Steve Gill A 2017 MVP 12-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Steve Gill has been named one of Law360’s 2017 Energy MVPs of the Year for his work guiding clients through major mergers and acquisitions, including helping to establish one of the largest natural gas producers in the country.

Law360 Names Bryan Loocke 2017 Energy Rising Star 07-25-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Bryan Loocke has been named one of Law360’s 2017 Energy Rising Stars in recognition of his work brokering “a slew of multibillion-dollar deals in the oil patch.” Loocke is one of just five Rising Stars selected in the energy category this year.

RSP Permian’s $2.4B Acquisition of Silver Hill Energy Partners, LLC and Silver Hill E&P II Named “M&A Deal of the Year” by Oil and Gas Investor 03-01-2017

RSP Permian, Inc.’s (RSP) $2.4 billion acquisition of Silver Hill Energy Partners, LLC and Silver Hill E&P II, LLC has been named “M&A Deal of the Year” as part of Oil and Gas Investor’s annual Excellence Awards. Vinson & Elkins advised RSP in the transactions.

Law360 Names V&E Among 2016 "Energy Groups of the Year" 01-30-2017

For the seventh consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series for the firm’s industry leading energy transactional and litigation successes in 2016.

Guy Lipe and Doug McWilliams Selected to Houston Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Energy List 11-24-2016

Vinson & Elkins partners Guy Lipe and Doug McWilliams have been selected to Houston Business Journal’s 2016 Who’s Who in Energy list. 

Chambers Latin America Recognizes V&E’s Energy Practice 09-19-2016

Chambers Latin America has again recognized Vinson & Elkins in its 2017 rankings. V&E is ranked by Chambers in the Latin America-Wide category for Energy & Natural Resources.

Marie Yeates Receives Texas Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award 09-07-2016

Vinson & Elkins partner Marie Yeates has been awarded the 2016 Professional Excellence Award: Lifetime Achievers by Texas Lawyer. Yeates is one of 18 attorneys selected for the prestigious award, which recognizes lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession throughout the state of Texas.

Vinson & Elkins Receives 2016 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Energy/Projects: Oil & Gas 05-27-2016

For the third time in four years, Vinson & Elkins has been awarded Chambers USA’s “Award for Excellence” in Energy/Projects: Oil & Gas.

V&E Named Among Law360’s 2015 “Energy Groups of the Year” 01-22-2016

For the sixth consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series for the firm’s industry leading energy transactional and litigation successes in 2015.

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