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Highly Regarded CFIUS and Export Controls Attorney Damara Chambers Joins V&E Published: 07-09-2019

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Damara Chambers, an internationally-recognized attorney who advises corporate clients on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls and international trade matters, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner and will co-lead the firm’s National Security practice, adding further depth to the practice group.

Leading FCPA Attorney Palmina Fava Joins V&E’s Government Investigations Practice in New York 09-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins continues to expand its nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice with the addition of New York-based partner Palmina M. Fava, who brings to the firm more than two decades of experience handling a wide range of internal and government investigations and compliance matters.

One Drop Launches Global Commercial Partnership with Bayer 09-17-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised One Drop, a leader in the development of digital therapeutic solutions for diabetes and other chronic conditions, in connection with a $40 million Series B financing, led by Bayer, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Law360 Names 3 V&E Partners as 2019 Rising Stars 09-16-2019

Law360 has named three Vinson & Elkins partners to its 2019 Rising Stars list, which honors outstanding attorneys under the age of 40.

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Common Stock Offering 09-13-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. in connection with its $153.5 million underwritten public offering of its common stock. The offering closed on September 13, 2019.

Highwoods Closes $400M of 3.050% Notes Due 2030 09-13-2019

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Highwoods Properties, Inc. and  Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership in connection with Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership's $400 million offering of 3.050% unsecured notes under its existing shelf registration statement

CryoLife Enters Into Distribution Agreement with Endospan 09-11-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised CryoLife, a leading cardiac and vascular surgery company focused on aortic disease, in connection with distribution and credit facility agreements with Endospan.

The Legal 500 Latin America 2019 (Legalease, Ltd.) Recommends V&E in 3 Practice Categories, With 14 Individual Lawyer Recommendations 09-11-2019


Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names Six V&E Attorneys to the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers List 09-11-2019

Super Lawyers has named three Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Additionally, three lawyers have been selected for the New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 56 V&E Attorneys to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers List 09-11-2019

Super Lawyers has selected 56 Vinson & Elkins lawyers to the Texas Super Lawyers list in its 2019 guide.

Law360 Names V&E a 2019 Texas Powerhouse 09-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins has once again been named a Texas Powerhouse by Law360, in recognition of the firm’s successes over the past year.

V&E Helps Secure Favorable FCPA Settlement For Juniper Networks 09-06-2019

Resolution of SEC Investigation Follows DOJ Decision to Decline Charges

On August 29, 2019, the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a settlement with Juniper Networks settling various investigations involving the Silicon Valley technology company.  Under the settlement, Juniper—without having to admit culpability—agreed to pay $11.7 million in disgorgement, fines and interest to the government relating to alleged record keeping violations.  Coupled with an earlier decision by the U.S. Justice Department that it would decline to bring any criminal or civil charges against Juniper, this resolution fully wraps up a six-year investigation and negotiation about the operations of certain subsidiaries in Russia, China and elsewhere.

Healthcare Trust of America Prices $250M of 3.5% Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2026 and $650M of 3.1% Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2030 09-05-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Healthcare Trust of America, Inc.’s pricing of $250M of 3.500% senior unsecured notes due 2026 and $650 million of 3.100% senior unsecured notes due 2030. 

National Retail Properties Prices Offering of Common Stock 09-04-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with National Retail Properties, Inc.’s underwritten public offering of 7,000,000 shares of common stock at a price of $56.50 per share.

V&E Recognized In BTI Consulting Group’s 2019 Most Recommended Law Firms Report 08-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in the 2019 edition of BTI Consulting Group’s Most Recommended Law Firms report. V&E is among a select group of U.S. law firms that are “highly recommended” among corporate counsel for their commitment to client service, according to BTI.

Helmerich & Payne Expands Portfolio of Drilling Optimization Software with Acquisition of DrillScan 08-21-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as IP counsel to Helmerich & Payne, Inc. in the acquisition by its wholly owned subsidiary, Helmerich & Payne Technologies, LLC, of DrillScan. 

Chambers Latin America 2020 Recognizes V&E as Leading Firm, Ranks 3 Individual Attorneys 08-16-2019

The 2020 edition of Chambers Latin America recognizes Vinson & Elkins as a leading firm for Energy and Natural Resources work.

The Best Lawyers In America (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2020 Lists 97 V&E Lawyers, 8 “Lawyers of the Year” 08-15-2019

The Best Lawyers in America 2020 has named 97 Vinson & Elkins lawyers in its 2020 edition. Some are listed in more than one practice area, giving the firm a total of 177 lawyer listings.

Seacor Holdings Acquires JV Partner’s Interest in Sea-Vista 08-05-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Avista Capital Partners (“Avista”) in relation to SEACOR Holdings Inc.’s (the “Company”) acquisition through a subsidiary of Avista’s 49% indirect interest in the SEA-Vista joint venture between the Company and Avista. 

Jose F. Sanchez Joins V&E’s International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Practice in New York 08-05-2019

Jose F. Sanchez has joined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s New York office, focusing on international arbitration and cross-border litigation.

CoolSys Acquires Agape Mechanical in the Midwest 08-01-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised CoolSys in its acquisition of Agape Mechanical, an HVAC, refrigeration and plumbing contractor based in Lakeville, Minnesota. 

One Drop Launches Global Commercial Partnership with Bayer 09-17-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised One Drop, a leader in the development of digital therapeutic solutions for diabetes and other chronic conditions, in connection with a $40 million Series B financing, led by Bayer, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Common Stock Offering 09-13-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. in connection with its $153.5 million underwritten public offering of its common stock. The offering closed on September 13, 2019.

Highwoods Closes $400M of 3.050% Notes Due 2030 09-13-2019

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Highwoods Properties, Inc. and  Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership in connection with Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership's $400 million offering of 3.050% unsecured notes under its existing shelf registration statement

CryoLife Enters Into Distribution Agreement with Endospan 09-11-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised CryoLife, a leading cardiac and vascular surgery company focused on aortic disease, in connection with distribution and credit facility agreements with Endospan.

V&E Helps Secure Favorable FCPA Settlement For Juniper Networks 09-06-2019

Resolution of SEC Investigation Follows DOJ Decision to Decline Charges

On August 29, 2019, the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a settlement with Juniper Networks settling various investigations involving the Silicon Valley technology company.  Under the settlement, Juniper—without having to admit culpability—agreed to pay $11.7 million in disgorgement, fines and interest to the government relating to alleged record keeping violations.  Coupled with an earlier decision by the U.S. Justice Department that it would decline to bring any criminal or civil charges against Juniper, this resolution fully wraps up a six-year investigation and negotiation about the operations of certain subsidiaries in Russia, China and elsewhere.

Healthcare Trust of America Prices $250M of 3.5% Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2026 and $650M of 3.1% Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2030 09-05-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Healthcare Trust of America, Inc.’s pricing of $250M of 3.500% senior unsecured notes due 2026 and $650 million of 3.100% senior unsecured notes due 2030. 

National Retail Properties Prices Offering of Common Stock 09-04-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with National Retail Properties, Inc.’s underwritten public offering of 7,000,000 shares of common stock at a price of $56.50 per share.

Helmerich & Payne Expands Portfolio of Drilling Optimization Software with Acquisition of DrillScan 08-21-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as IP counsel to Helmerich & Payne, Inc. in the acquisition by its wholly owned subsidiary, Helmerich & Payne Technologies, LLC, of DrillScan. 

Seacor Holdings Acquires JV Partner’s Interest in Sea-Vista 08-05-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Avista Capital Partners (“Avista”) in relation to SEACOR Holdings Inc.’s (the “Company”) acquisition through a subsidiary of Avista’s 49% indirect interest in the SEA-Vista joint venture between the Company and Avista. 

CoolSys Acquires Agape Mechanical in the Midwest 08-01-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised CoolSys in its acquisition of Agape Mechanical, an HVAC, refrigeration and plumbing contractor based in Lakeville, Minnesota. 

Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation Closes IPO 07-30-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation on its initial public offering of 30,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit.

Osaka Gas Increases Upstream Presence with Acquisition of Sabine Oil & Gas 07-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Osaka Gas in a definitive agreement with Sabine Oil & Gas Holdings to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of its subsidiary, Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation.

Sunnova Closes Initial Public Offering 07-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Sunnova Energy International Inc.’s initial public offering of 14,000,000 shares of its common stock at $12.00 per share. The offering closed on July 29, 2019. 

Phillips 66 and Phillips 66 Partners Announce Elimination of Incentive Distribution Rights 07-26-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the conflicts committee of the board of directors of the general partner of Phillips 66 Partners in the agreement between Phillips 66 (PSX) and Phillips 66 Partners (PSXP) to eliminate all of Phillips 66’s incentive distribution rights and general partner economic interests in PSXP in exchange for 101 million newly issued PSXP common units.

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Public Offering of Common Stock 07-22-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYMT) in an underwritten public offering of 23,000,000 shares of its common stock (including 3,000,000 shares issued pursuant to the underwriters’ exercise in full of an option to purchase additional shares) for gross proceeds of approximately $140.5 million.

Ellington Financial Closes Common Stock Offering 07-22-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Ellington Financial Inc. (the Company) in an underwritten public offering of 3,500,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $17.66 per share, raising gross proceeds of approximately $61.8 million.

Range Resources Corporation Announces Asset Sales 07-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Range Resources Corporation in the sale of a 2% proportionately reduced overriding royalty interest in 350,000 net surface acres in southwest Appalachia for gross proceeds totaling $600 million.

RedBird Capital Partners and Reverence Capital Partners Acquire Vida Capital 07-15-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Vida Capital, Inc. in the acquisition of Vida by RedBird Capital Partners and Reverence Capital Partners.

Clearlake Capital-Backed FloWorks Sells MultAlloy Division 07-03-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised FloWorks International LLC, a leading specialty industrial distributor of pipe, valves, and fittings and related technical solutions, backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., in the sale of its master distribution division, MultAlloy, as well as the Company's J&J Alloy and J&J Bar operations, to Texas Pipe & Supply.

NorthStar Realty Europe to be Acquired by AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets 07-02-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as tax counsel to NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. in a definitive merger agreement with AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets.

Leading FCPA Attorney Palmina Fava Joins V&E’s Government Investigations Practice in New York 09-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins continues to expand its nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice with the addition of New York-based partner Palmina M. Fava, who brings to the firm more than two decades of experience handling a wide range of internal and government investigations and compliance matters.

Jose F. Sanchez Joins V&E’s International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Practice in New York 08-05-2019

Jose F. Sanchez has joined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s New York office, focusing on international arbitration and cross-border litigation.

Internationally Recognized Arbitration Partner Camilo Cardozo Joins V&E 07-22-2019

Leading international arbitration lawyer Camilo Cardozo has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner, bringing to the firm two decades of experience handling complex international disputes, including disputes involving the oil and gas industry and large infrastructure and construction projects around the world.

Highly Regarded CFIUS and Export Controls Attorney Damara Chambers Joins V&E 07-09-2019

Damara Chambers, an internationally-recognized attorney who advises corporate clients on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls and international trade matters, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner and will co-lead the firm’s National Security practice, adding further depth to the practice group.

V&E Awards Scholarships to Diverse 2019 High School Graduates 07-01-2019

The Vinson & Elkins Scholars Program has awarded seven $10,000 scholarships to exceptional students in Texas. 

Leading FCPA Prosecutor Fry Wernick Joins V&E as Partner 06-17-2019

Ephraim “Fry” Wernick, former Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit and a veteran federal prosecutor, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

V&E Awards Five Diversity Fellowships to 1Ls 04-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins has awarded five first-year law students 2019 Diversity Fellowships. Recipients Natalie Willis, George Smith IV, Rebekah Mercer, Tania Pinon Venegas and Mo Zia were selected from nearly 100 candidates who applied from U.S. law schools.

Tom Leatherbury Inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers 04-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins partner Tom Leatherbury has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

V&E Makes Significant Expansion in New York With Addition of Nationally Recognized Real Estate Team 04-08-2019

Vinson & Elkins has significantly expanded its Real Estate Practice as well as its New York presence with the addition of a nationally recognized Real Estate team that includes three partners, three counsel, nine associates and three paralegals.

V&E Announces 2019 LCLD Fellow and Pathfinders 04-05-2019

Vinson & Elkins counsel Quentin Smith has been selected as the firm’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2019 and senior associates Simone King and Rob Landicho have been selected as the firm’s 2019 LCLD Pathfinders.

Vinson & Elkins Welcomes Project Finance Partner Eamon Nolan in New York 02-04-2019

Eamon Nolan has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner based in New York, bolstering the firm’s capabilities in project finance and cross-border transactions, including in Latin America and Spain.

Vinson & Elkins Promotes 14 Attorneys to Counsel 01-22-2019

Vinson & Elkins has named 14 new counsel. The promotions span four offices and five practice areas, including: complex commercial litigation; environmental & natural resources; finance; mergers & acquisitions and capital markets; and tax and executive compensation & benefits.

V&E Awards Five $25,000 Diversity Fellowships to 2LS 12-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins awarded five second-year law students 2018 Diversity Fellowships. 

Vinson & Elkins Names 8 New Partners 12-17-2018

Vinson & Elkins has promoted eight lawyers to partner, effective Jan. 1, 2019: Mike Bielby, Prentiss Cutshaw and Jaren Taylor in Dallas; Danielle Patterson, Scott Rubinsky and Brittany Sakowitz in Houston; Scott Stiegler in London; and Jamie Tabb in Washington, D.C.

V&E Expands New York M&A Team with Addition of Partner John Kupiec 10-16-2018

John Kupiec has joined Vinson & Elkins’ Mergers and Acquisitions practice as a partner.

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

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

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.

V&E's Leveraged Finance Practice Adds Partner Lucy Jenkins in London 10-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins continues to expand its global corporate practice with the addition of leveraged finance partner Lucy Jenkins in London.

Vinson & Elkins Bolsters Global Leveraged Finance Practice with Addition of Noel Hughes in London 09-10-2018

Vinson & Elkins announced today the addition of internationally recognized capital markets partner Noel Hughes to its global Leveraged Finance practice, enhancing the firm’s capabilities in cross-border leveraged finance and high-yield debt offerings.

Kevin Heverin Joins V&E's Restructuring Practice in London 09-03-2018

Kevin Heverin has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as counsel in the Restructuring and Reorganization practice. He will reside in the firm’s London office.

Lindsey Vaala Appointed Co-Chair of ABA Antitrust Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee 08-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins counsel Lindsey Vaala has been appointed Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee for the 2018-2019 term.

Law360 Names 3 V&E Partners as 2019 Rising Stars 09-16-2019

Law360 has named three Vinson & Elkins partners to its 2019 Rising Stars list, which honors outstanding attorneys under the age of 40.

The Legal 500 Latin America 2019 (Legalease, Ltd.) Recommends V&E in 3 Practice Categories, With 14 Individual Lawyer Recommendations 09-11-2019


Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names Six V&E Attorneys to the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers List 09-11-2019

Super Lawyers has named three Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Additionally, three lawyers have been selected for the New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 56 V&E Attorneys to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers List 09-11-2019

Super Lawyers has selected 56 Vinson & Elkins lawyers to the Texas Super Lawyers list in its 2019 guide.

Law360 Names V&E a 2019 Texas Powerhouse 09-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins has once again been named a Texas Powerhouse by Law360, in recognition of the firm’s successes over the past year.

V&E Recognized In BTI Consulting Group’s 2019 Most Recommended Law Firms Report 08-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in the 2019 edition of BTI Consulting Group’s Most Recommended Law Firms report. V&E is among a select group of U.S. law firms that are “highly recommended” among corporate counsel for their commitment to client service, according to BTI.

Chambers Latin America 2020 Recognizes V&E as Leading Firm, Ranks 3 Individual Attorneys 08-16-2019

The 2020 edition of Chambers Latin America recognizes Vinson & Elkins as a leading firm for Energy and Natural Resources work.

The Best Lawyers In America (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2020 Lists 97 V&E Lawyers, 8 “Lawyers of the Year” 08-15-2019

The Best Lawyers in America 2020 has named 97 Vinson & Elkins lawyers in its 2020 edition. Some are listed in more than one practice area, giving the firm a total of 177 lawyer listings.

V&E Named to 2019 GRR 100 by Global Restructuring Review (GRR) 07-11-2019

Vinson & Elkins has been named to the 2019 Global Restructuring Review (GRR) 100, an independent guide to the world’s leading law firms for cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters. 

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 2 V&E Attorneys to 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers List, 2 to Rising Stars 06-26-2019

Super Lawyers has recognized four Vinson & Elkins attorneys in its 2019 Northern California guide. Two attorneys were named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list and two were named to the Rising Stars list.

Associates Rank V&E Best in Texas, Energy in 2020 Vault Rankings 06-25-2019

Vinson & Elkins once again claimed the top spot in two categories in Vault’s 2020 Law Firm Rankings.

V&E Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Texas Awards 06-17-2019

Vinson & Elkins has been named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Texas Awards, which formed part of the inaugural Chambers Forum Houston.

Lindsey Vaala Named in Who’s Who Legal 2019 Competition Guide 06-04-2019

Vinson & Elkins counsel Lindsey Vaala has been named in Who’s Who Legal’s 2019 Competition guide.

The Legal 500 U.S. 2019 (Legalease, Ltd.) Recognizes V&E in 43 Practice Categories, With 187 Individual Lawyer Recommendations 05-30-2019

The Legal 500 U.S. recommended Vinson & Elkins as a leading law firm in 43 categories and named five lawyers as “Leading Lawyers” in its 2019 guide. In total, 118 attorneys are recognized in the 2019 U.S. edition, some in more than one category.

V&E Honored at 2019 Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards 05-08-2019

Vinson & Elkins was once again honored in the large firm category as part of the 11th Annual Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards.

Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes V&E in 34 Practice Categories, with 107 Individual Lawyer Rankings 04-25-2019

The 2019 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Vinson & Elkins as a leading law firm in 34 practice categories, with 107 individual lawyer rankings. Eighty-nine V&E attorneys were recognized, with some ranked in more than one category.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 12 V&E Attorneys to 2019 D.C. Super Lawyers List, 7 to Rising Stars 04-19-2019

Super Lawyers has named 12 Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2019 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list. Meanwhile, 7 lawyers have been selected for the Washington D.C. Rising Stars list.

V&E Named to 2019 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review 04-17-2019

Vinson & Elkins has once again been named to the GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review (GAR), the publication’s “guide to law firms ‘approved’ for international arbitration.”

Harry Reasoner Named Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award Recipient 04-17-2019

Vinson & Elkins partner Harry Reasoner has been selected to receive the Houston Bar Association’s highest honor for professionalism, the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award.

Yale Law Women Names V&E Among 2019 Top 10 Firms for Family Friendliness 04-16-2019

Vinson & Elkins has been named among the 2019 Top 10 Firms for Family Friendliness by Yale Law Women (YLW). This marks the fourth time V&E has made the list in recognition of its development and implementation of family friendly practices and policies.

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