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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ron Tenpas Joins Vinson & Elkins Published: 10-15-2018

Tenpas Adds Depth to Firm’s National Environmental and White Collar Practices

Tenpas, Ron

Ronald J. Tenpas, former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner.

Flat Creek Resources Announces $400M Equity Commitment from EnCap 11-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised EnCap Investments L.P. on its initial capital commitment of $400 million to Flat Creek Resources, LLC.

Anadarko Announces $4B Midstream Asset Sale; Western Gas Announces Simplification Transaction 11-08-2018

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation announced a transaction to sell substantially all of its remaining midstream assets for $4.015 billion to Western Gas Partners, LP (WES), with $2.0075 billion cash proceeds, and the balance to be paid in new Western Gas equity. Concurrently WES announced it has entered into a merger agreement with Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (WGP), which will result in a simplified midstream structure. Vinson & Elkins served as transaction counsel to Anadarko Petroleum Company, WGP and WES. 

Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. Announces $1.65B Acquisition of Williston Basin Assets 11-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. in definitive agreements with QEP Energy Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of QEP Resources, Inc. (collectively, “QEP”), to acquire the entirety of QEP’s Williston Basin assets in North Dakota and Montana for $1.65 billion cash consideration.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company to Sell South Texas Sinor Nest Oil Assets for $132M 10-31-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Pioneer Natural Resources Company in a purchase and sale agreement with an undisclosed third party to sell approximately 2,900 net acres in the Sinor Nest (Lower Wilcox) field for net proceeds of $132 million, subject to normal closing adjustments.

Chesapeake Energy Accelerates Strategic Plan with Acquisition of WildHorse 10-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised WildHorse Resource Development Corporation in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Chesapeake Energy Corporation in a transaction valued at approximately $3.977 billion. 

Range Announces Appalachian Overriding Royalty Sale for $300M 10-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Range Resources Corporation in its agreement to sell a proportionately reduced 1% overriding royalty in its Washington County, Pennsylvania leases for gross proceeds of $300 million. 

Diversified Gas & Oil Buys Core Appalachia for $183M 10-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TCFII Core LLC in the sale of Core Appalachia Holding Co LLC to Diversified Gas & Oil PLC for total consideration of approximately $183 million.

Roan Resources Finalizes Reorganization Agreement Between Roan Holdings and Linn Energy 09-24-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Roan Resources, Inc. in connection with the reorganization agreement entered into on September 17, 2018 between Roan Holdings, LLC and Linn Energy, Inc. 

The Carlyle Group and Diamondback Energy Form Joint Venture 09-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised The Carlyle Group L.P. in its agreement with Diamondback Energy, Inc. to fund the development of Diamondback’s oil and gas assets in the San Pedro area of Pecos County, Texas within the Southern Delaware basin.

Talos Energy to Acquire Whistler Energy II 09-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Whistler Energy II, LLC (Whistler) in connection with the acquisition of Whistler by Talos Energy Inc.

Ascent Resources Acquires Natural Gas and Oil Properties from Salt Fork Resources 08-31-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Salt Fork Resources, LLC (Salt Fork) and an affiliate of Riverstone Holdings LLC (Riverstone) in connection with the acquisition by Ascent Resources, LLC (Ascent) of certain natural gas and oil properties from Salt Fork and a cash contribution by Riverstone to Ascent.

Eni Acquires Exploration Leases from Caelus Exploration Company 08-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Caelus Alaska Exploration Company, LLC in a transaction whereby Eni will acquire 124 exploration leases (for a total of approximately 350,000 acres) onshore in the Eastern North Slope of Alaska from Caelus.

Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation to Acquire South Texas Assets of Harvest Oil & Gas 08-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation in connection with its acquisition of substantially all of the South Texas Assets of Harvest Oil & Gas Corp. for approximately $135 million in cash, without giving effect to effective date adjustments, and 4.2 million newly issued shares of Magnolia’s Class A common stock valued at approximately $56 million as of the close of trading on August 20, 2018.

Devon Energy Announces $215M Sale of Non-Core Delaware Basin Acreage 08-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Devon Energy Corp. in connection with its definitive agreement to sell 9,600 net acres of non-core Delaware Basin acreage in Ward and Reeves County to Carrizo Oil and Gas for $215 million.

First Reserve Announces $1.225B Agreement to Sell Deep Gulf Energy 08-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Deep Gulf Energy Companies (DGE), a portfolio company of global private equity investment firm First Reserve, in an agreement to sell DGE to Kosmos Energy for a total consideration of $1.225 billion. 

Berry Petroleum Corporation Closes Initial Public Offering 07-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Berry Petroleum Corporation in connection with its initial public offering of its common stock at $14.00 per share.

Osaka Gas Participates in Shale Gas Project in Texas 06-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Osaka Gas USA Co. in its agreement with Sabine to acquire 35% of Sabine’s working interest in gas properties located primarily in Harrison and Panola Counties.

V&E Named Energy, Power and Utilities Law Firm of the Year at The 2018 Deal Awards 06-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named “Energy, Power and Utilities Law Firm of the Year” as part of The 2018 Deal Awards, recognizing the advisors and service providers who “power the deal economy.”

Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC and FourPoint Permian Form DoublePoint Energy 06-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC in connection with the formation of a new company named DoublePoint Energy, LLC with FourPoint Permian, LLC. 

CrownRock Closes Private Offering of Additional Senior Notes Due 2025 05-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CrownRock L.P. in its private offering of $185 million aggregate principal amount of 5.625% senior notes due 2025 at an issue price of 98.260% of par.

Flat Creek Resources Announces $400M Equity Commitment from EnCap 11-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised EnCap Investments L.P. on its initial capital commitment of $400 million to Flat Creek Resources, LLC.

Anadarko Announces $4B Midstream Asset Sale; Western Gas Announces Simplification Transaction 11-08-2018

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation announced a transaction to sell substantially all of its remaining midstream assets for $4.015 billion to Western Gas Partners, LP (WES), with $2.0075 billion cash proceeds, and the balance to be paid in new Western Gas equity. Concurrently WES announced it has entered into a merger agreement with Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (WGP), which will result in a simplified midstream structure. Vinson & Elkins served as transaction counsel to Anadarko Petroleum Company, WGP and WES. 

Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. Announces $1.65B Acquisition of Williston Basin Assets 11-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. in definitive agreements with QEP Energy Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of QEP Resources, Inc. (collectively, “QEP”), to acquire the entirety of QEP’s Williston Basin assets in North Dakota and Montana for $1.65 billion cash consideration.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company to Sell South Texas Sinor Nest Oil Assets for $132M 10-31-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Pioneer Natural Resources Company in a purchase and sale agreement with an undisclosed third party to sell approximately 2,900 net acres in the Sinor Nest (Lower Wilcox) field for net proceeds of $132 million, subject to normal closing adjustments.

Chesapeake Energy Accelerates Strategic Plan with Acquisition of WildHorse 10-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised WildHorse Resource Development Corporation in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Chesapeake Energy Corporation in a transaction valued at approximately $3.977 billion. 

Range Announces Appalachian Overriding Royalty Sale for $300M 10-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Range Resources Corporation in its agreement to sell a proportionately reduced 1% overriding royalty in its Washington County, Pennsylvania leases for gross proceeds of $300 million. 

Diversified Gas & Oil Buys Core Appalachia for $183M 10-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TCFII Core LLC in the sale of Core Appalachia Holding Co LLC to Diversified Gas & Oil PLC for total consideration of approximately $183 million.

Roan Resources Finalizes Reorganization Agreement Between Roan Holdings and Linn Energy 09-24-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Roan Resources, Inc. in connection with the reorganization agreement entered into on September 17, 2018 between Roan Holdings, LLC and Linn Energy, Inc. 

The Carlyle Group and Diamondback Energy Form Joint Venture 09-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised The Carlyle Group L.P. in its agreement with Diamondback Energy, Inc. to fund the development of Diamondback’s oil and gas assets in the San Pedro area of Pecos County, Texas within the Southern Delaware basin.

Talos Energy to Acquire Whistler Energy II 09-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Whistler Energy II, LLC (Whistler) in connection with the acquisition of Whistler by Talos Energy Inc.

Ascent Resources Acquires Natural Gas and Oil Properties from Salt Fork Resources 08-31-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Salt Fork Resources, LLC (Salt Fork) and an affiliate of Riverstone Holdings LLC (Riverstone) in connection with the acquisition by Ascent Resources, LLC (Ascent) of certain natural gas and oil properties from Salt Fork and a cash contribution by Riverstone to Ascent.

Eni Acquires Exploration Leases from Caelus Exploration Company 08-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Caelus Alaska Exploration Company, LLC in a transaction whereby Eni will acquire 124 exploration leases (for a total of approximately 350,000 acres) onshore in the Eastern North Slope of Alaska from Caelus.

Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation to Acquire South Texas Assets of Harvest Oil & Gas 08-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation in connection with its acquisition of substantially all of the South Texas Assets of Harvest Oil & Gas Corp. for approximately $135 million in cash, without giving effect to effective date adjustments, and 4.2 million newly issued shares of Magnolia’s Class A common stock valued at approximately $56 million as of the close of trading on August 20, 2018.

Devon Energy Announces $215M Sale of Non-Core Delaware Basin Acreage 08-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Devon Energy Corp. in connection with its definitive agreement to sell 9,600 net acres of non-core Delaware Basin acreage in Ward and Reeves County to Carrizo Oil and Gas for $215 million.

First Reserve Announces $1.225B Agreement to Sell Deep Gulf Energy 08-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Deep Gulf Energy Companies (DGE), a portfolio company of global private equity investment firm First Reserve, in an agreement to sell DGE to Kosmos Energy for a total consideration of $1.225 billion. 

Berry Petroleum Corporation Closes Initial Public Offering 07-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Berry Petroleum Corporation in connection with its initial public offering of its common stock at $14.00 per share.

Osaka Gas Participates in Shale Gas Project in Texas 06-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Osaka Gas USA Co. in its agreement with Sabine to acquire 35% of Sabine’s working interest in gas properties located primarily in Harrison and Panola Counties.

Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC and FourPoint Permian Form DoublePoint Energy 06-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC in connection with the formation of a new company named DoublePoint Energy, LLC with FourPoint Permian, LLC. 

CrownRock Closes Private Offering of Additional Senior Notes Due 2025 05-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CrownRock L.P. in its private offering of $185 million aggregate principal amount of 5.625% senior notes due 2025 at an issue price of 98.260% of par.

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.

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.

V&E Named Energy, Power and Utilities Law Firm of the Year at The 2018 Deal Awards 06-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named “Energy, Power and Utilities Law Firm of the Year” as part of The 2018 Deal Awards, recognizing the advisors and service providers who “power the deal economy.”

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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