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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.

Oncor to Acquire InfraREIT; Sempra Energy to Acquire 50% Stake in Sharyland Utilities 10-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC in its agreement to acquire 100 percent of the equity interests of InfraREIT, Inc., including all the limited-partnership units in its subsidiary InfraREIT Partners, LP, for approximately $1.275 billion.

Talos Energy Announces Transaction With Pan American Energy to Cross-Assign Certain Offshore Mexico Interests 10-17-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Talos Energy Inc in a transaction with Hokchi Energy, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Pan American Energy LLC, to cross assign Talos’ Participating Interest ("PI") in Block 2 and Hokchi's PI in Block 31, both in the Sureste Basin offshore Mexico. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

National and Texas Diversity Councils Name Bailey Pham Among 2018 Top 50 Women Lawyers in Dallas 10-09-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Bailey Pham has been named among the 2018 “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Dallas” by the Texas Diversity Council in conjunction with the National Diversity Council.

Antero Midstream GP to Acquire Antero Midstream Partners in Simplification Transaction 10-09-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Antero Midstream GP LP (AMGP), Antero Midstream Partners LP (AM) and Antero Resources in a definitive agreement for AMGP to acquire all outstanding AM common units, both those held by the public and those held by Antero Resources, in a stock and cash transaction.

Apollo Funds to Acquire Approx. $1B Portfolio from GE Capital's Energy Financial Services 10-08-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by affiliates (the “Apollo Funds”) of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with a definitive agreement with GE Capital whereby the Apollo Funds will purchase an approximately $1 billion portfolio, including assumed obligations, of predominantly equity investments in energy assets from GE Capital’s Energy Financial Services unit.

Cottonwood Venture Partners Raises $32 Million for Inaugural Digital Oilfield Fund 10-03-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Cottonwood Venture Partners in the formation of its inaugural fund with total capital commitments of $32 million. 

StoneMor Partners L.P. Announces Corporate Transition 09-28-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised StoneMor Partners L.P., a leading owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes, in the execution of a definitive agreement that will result in the transition to a newly-created Delaware corporation, StoneMor Inc.

National Retail Properties Closes Senior Unsecured Notes Offering 09-27-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as underwriters’ counsel in connection with National Retail Properties, Inc.’s public offering of $400 million of 4.300% senior unsecured notes due 2028 and $300 million of 4.800% senior unsecured notes due 2048.

The American Lawyer Names V&E a 2018 Global Legal Awards Finalist 09-27-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named a 2018 Global Legal Awards finalist by The American Lawyer for its role as defense counsel in the nationwide optical disk drive antitrust litigation.

V&E Obtains Verdict Equivalent to Appraiser’s Compensation Estimate In Condemnation Trial 09-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins recently won a jury trial for the owner of a refrigerated warehouse whose property was taken by the State of Texas to accommodate a highway expansion project.

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 American Lawyer Names V&E a 2018 Regional Litigation Department of the Year Finalist 09-24-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named by The American Lawyer as a Regional Litigation Department of the Year finalist.

V&E Named 2018 Houston/Dallas Tax Firm of the Year by International Tax Review 09-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named US: Houston/Dallas Tax Firm of the Year as part of the 2018 International Tax Review Americas Tax Awards. V&E was one of four finalists in consideration for the award.

Funds Managed by Affiliates of Apollo Global Management Invest in Infrastructure Networks 09-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with an equity investment in Infrastructure Networks, Inc., the leading provider of private broadband wireless LTE solutions to the energy industry.

Enbridge to Acquire All Public Equity of Enbridge Energy Partners and Enbridge Energy Management 09-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Enbridge Inc. (Enbridge) in connection with separate definitive agreements under which Enbridge will acquire all of the outstanding public Class A common units of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and all of the outstanding public Listed Shares of Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C.

Cottonwood Venture Partners Raises $32 Million for Inaugural Digital Oilfield Fund 10-03-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Cottonwood Venture Partners in the formation of its inaugural fund with total capital commitments of $32 million. 

StoneMor Partners L.P. Announces Corporate Transition 09-28-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised StoneMor Partners L.P., a leading owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes, in the execution of a definitive agreement that will result in the transition to a newly-created Delaware corporation, StoneMor Inc.

National Retail Properties Closes Senior Unsecured Notes Offering 09-27-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as underwriters’ counsel in connection with National Retail Properties, Inc.’s public offering of $400 million of 4.300% senior unsecured notes due 2028 and $300 million of 4.800% senior unsecured notes due 2048.

V&E Obtains Verdict Equivalent to Appraiser’s Compensation Estimate In Condemnation Trial 09-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins recently won a jury trial for the owner of a refrigerated warehouse whose property was taken by the State of Texas to accommodate a highway expansion project.

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. 

Funds Managed by Affiliates of Apollo Global Management Invest in Infrastructure Networks 09-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with an equity investment in Infrastructure Networks, Inc., the leading provider of private broadband wireless LTE solutions to the energy industry.

Enbridge to Acquire All Public Equity of Enbridge Energy Partners and Enbridge Energy Management 09-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Enbridge Inc. (Enbridge) in connection with separate definitive agreements under which Enbridge will acquire all of the outstanding public Class A common units of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and all of the outstanding public Listed Shares of Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C.

Univar to Acquire Nexeo in Transaction Valued at $2 Billion 09-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Capital in the merger agreement between Univar Inc. and Nexeo Solutions, Inc.

Targa Resources Executes Agreements to Sell Assets in its Petroleum Logistics Business 09-12-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Targa Resources Corp. in connection with agreements to sell its refined products and crude oil storage and terminaling facilities in Tacoma, WA and Baltimore, MD to an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC for approximately $160 million.

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.

Vapor IO Raises Series C Financing 09-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Vapor IO, developer of the first fully-integrated hardware and software solutions for edge computing, in connection with its Series C funding round led by private equity firm Berkshire Partners, with participation from current investor Crown Castle. 

Kinder Morgan and EagleClaw Announce Final Investment Decision on Permian Highway Pipeline Project 09-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised EagleClaw Midstream Ventures, LLC, a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners, in the execution of definitive joint venture agreements with Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc., to proceed with the Permian Highway Pipeline Project (PHP Project) after having secured sufficient firm transportation agreements with shippers.

EagleClaw Midstream Announces Acquisition of Caprock Midstream 09-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Caprock Midstream Holdings (Caprock) in a transaction whereby EagleClaw Midstream will acquire Caprock from Energy Spectrum Capital and Caprock Midstream Management for $950 million plus pre-closing adjustments.

Spredfast and Lithium Technologies Announce Merger 09-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Spredfast, Inc., a leader in digital customer engagement, in connection with its merger agreement with Lithium Technologies, LLC.

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.

Southwestern Energy to Sell Fayetteville Shale Business to Flywheel Energy for $1.865B 09-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Flywheel Energy, LLC , a private company backed by Kayne Private Energy Income Funds, in its $1.865 billion acquisition of Fayetteville Shale E&P and related midstream gathering assets from Southwestern Energy Company. 

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.

PennEnergy Resources to Acquire Assets of Rex Energy 08-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised PennEnergy Resources, LLC in connection with its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Rex Energy Corporation for a cash purchase price of $600.5 million.

Funding Secured to Complete Development Activities on $3.5B GTL Americas Project 08-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins is acting as project counsel to GTLA Holdings, LP on the development of the GTL Americas project, a landmark gas-to-liquids project that will produce 33,000 barrels per day of ultra-clean transportation fuels from natural gas. 

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.

Wail Alkahtany Joins V&E As Counsel 01-08-2018

Wail Alkahtany, a corporate attorney who focuses his practice on capital markets, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and contractual disputes, has joined the Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas, in association with Vinson & Elkins, as Counsel.

Vinson & Elkins Promotes 8 To Counsel 01-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins has named eight new counsel. The promotions span four offices and five practice areas, including: appellate; complex commercial litigation; employment, labor and OSHA; finance; and mergers & acquisitions and capital markets.

Vinson & Elkins to Distribute Nearly a Half-Million Dollars in Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds to Local Non-Profits 12-27-2017

Vinson & Elkins LLP announced that it will direct donations of nearly a half-million dollars from its Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to local non-profit organizations that are directly assisting storm victims and repairing damage to Houston and its surrounding areas. 

Vinson & Elkins Names 11 New Partners 12-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins has promoted 11 lawyers to partner, effective Jan. 1, 2018: Marisa Secco in Austin; Peter Marshall in Dallas; Shamus Crosby, Lina Dimachkieh, James Garrett and Guy Gribov in Houston; Federico Fruhbeck, Dan Graham and Louise Woods in London; Lawrence Elbaum in New York; and Margaret Peloso in Washington, D.C.

V&E Awards Public Interest Summer Program Opportunities to Law Students 12-08-2017

As part of Vinson & Elkins’ summer associate program, the firm awards public interest split opportunities each year to support law students who have a passion for public service.

Corporate Attorney Jay Blackman Rejoins V&E as Counsel 12-07-2017

Jay Blackman, a corporate finance and securities law attorney, has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s Houston office.

Vinson & Elkins Awards Diversity Fellowships to 5 Students 11-29-2017

Vinson & Elkins has awarded five second-year law students 2017 Diversity Fellowships. Recipients Debbie Farmer, Shelby Hart-Armstrong, Lauren Lundy, Elizabeth Matthews and Seth Yost were selected from nearly 100 candidates who applied from U.S. law schools.

Carrick Brooke-Davidson Joins V&E as Environmental Counsel 10-16-2017

Vinson & Elkins has bolstered its Environmental and Natural Resources practice with the addition of new counsel Carrick Brooke-Davidson, who brings to the firm more than three decades of experience as a private practitioner and as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice handling a wide range of environmental litigation, compliance and regulatory matters.

Joseph Chedrawe Joins V&E’s Dispute Resolution Practice in Dubai 09-25-2017

Vinson & Elkins continues to expand its Middle East disputes presence with the addition of Joseph Chedrawe as counsel in the firm’s Dubai office.

City of Houston Honors V&E for 100th Anniversary 09-12-2017

In recognition of Vinson & Elkins’ 100th anniversary, the City of Houston declared September 12, 2017 to be “Vinson & Elkins Day.” Chairman Mark Kelly and Managing Partner Scott Wulfe accepted the honor during a ceremony at Houston City Hall where they were presented with an official proclamation from Mayor Sylvester Turner and Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen.

John Dawson and Federico Fruhbeck Join V&E in London 09-05-2017

John Dawson and Federico Fruhbeck have joined Vinson & Elkins in its London office, adding depth to the firm’s global finance, high-yield and M&A practices.

Energy Regulatory Attorney Suzanne Clevenger Rejoins V&E as Counsel 08-02-2017

Suzanne Clevenger, an energy attorney with nearly a decade of legal experience assisting in the natural gas midstream sector with an array of contested regulatory, compliance and transactional matters has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s Houston office.

Renowned Trial Lawyer Robert M. Schick Rejoins V&E as Partner 06-19-2017

Robert M. Schick, a commercial trial attorney with more than 35 years of experience representing clients across a broad spectrum of industries, has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Houston office.

James Loftis Appointed Vice President of London Court of International Arbitration 05-23-2017

James Loftis, head of Vinson & Elkins’ International Dispute Resolution practice, has been appointed as a vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Jason Levine Appointed to The Federalist Society's Litigation Practice Group Executive Committee 04-26-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Jason Levine has been appointed to the Executive Committee, Litigation Practice Group, of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

Tom Leatherbury Elected Member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers 04-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Tom Leatherbury has been elected a Member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL). Membership in AAAL is reserved for experienced appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest skill level and integrity.

Vinson & Elkins Seeks Applicants for Diversity College Scholarships 03-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins is seeking applicants for its annual scholarships for high performing high school seniors of color in Texas. The scholarships provide each student $10,000 toward his or her college education, an internship opportunity at V&E and LSAT preparatory course reimbursement.

Chris Strong Named Co-Chair of Drafting Committee for AIPN Model Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement 03-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Chris Strong has been named co-chair of the Drafting Committee for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators’ (AIPN) Model Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of international oil and gas assets.

Vinson & Elkins Expands Middle East Disputes Presence 03-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins’ will expand its Middle East disputes presence in March, when partner Amir Ghaffari relocates to Dubai to lead the firm’s growing International Dispute Resolution practice in the region. 

Vinson & Elkins Promotes Nine to Counsel 01-30-2017

Vinson & Elkins has named nine new counsel. The promotions include attorneys spanning five offices and seven practice areas, including energy transactions and projects, energy regulation, executive compensation and benefits, restructuring and reorganization, complex commercial litigation, environmental and natural resources, and mergers and acquisitions and capital markets.

Associates Name V&E Best Firm in Texas, Energy in 2019 Vault Rankings 06-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins once again claimed the top spot in two categories in Vault’s 2019 Law Firm Rankings.

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.”

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2019 Lists 4 V&E Partners 06-14-2018

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom has named four Vinson & Elkins partners in its 2019 edition.

The Legal 500 U.S. 2018 (Legalease, Ltd.) Recognizes V&E in 43 Practice Areas, 94 Lawyers 05-31-2018

The Legal 500 U.S. recommends Vinson & Elkins as a leading law firm in 43 categories and named five lawyers as “Leading Lawyers” in its 2018 guide. In total, 94 attorneys are recognized in the 2018 U.S. edition.

V&E Recognized for Pro Bono Commitment to Her Justice 05-17-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been recognized among the top five firms for pro bono hours per capita donated to Her Justice in fiscal year 2017.

Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes 95 V&E Attorneys in 38 Practice Areas 05-09-2018

The 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes Vinson & Elkins as a leading law firm in 38 practice areas and selects 95 V&E attorneys as leading individuals.

V&E Named to 2018 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review 05-03-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named to the 2018 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review. The GAR 100 is a guide to the international arbitration capabilities of law firms. It profiles and only includes firms that have been audited by the publication for the qualities of arbitral specialization.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 14 V&E Attorneys to 2018 D.C. Super Lawyers List, 9 to Rising Stars 04-23-2018

Super Lawyers has named 14 Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2018 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list. Meanwhile, 9 lawyers have been selected for the Washington D.C. Rising Stars list.

Yale Law Women Names V&E to 2018 Top 10 Family Friendly Law Firms List 04-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named among the 2018 Top 10 Family Friendly Firms by Yale Law Women. The list recognizes firms for leadership in developing and implementing family friendly practices and policies.

V&E Partner Boyd Carano Named to Legal 500’s (Legalease, Ltd.) 2018 Private Practice Powerlist 04-18-2018

For the second consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins partner Boyd Carano has been named to Legal 500’s 2018 Private Practice Powerlist: The Leading U.S. Attorneys with a Focus on Mexico.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 Recommends V&E in 4 Practice Areas, 5 Attorneys 04-16-2018

The Legal 500 EMEA recommends Vinson & Elkins in four practice areas across Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in its 2018 edition. Five V&E attorneys were recognized as well.

Daniel Spelkin Named 2018 BTI Client Service All-Star 03-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins counsel Daniel Spelkin has been named a 2018 BTI Client Service All-Star for his dedication to client service excellence.

IJGlobal Names Hickory Run Energy Project 2017 “North American Power Deal of the Year” 03-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Tyr Energy, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Itochu Corporation, in connection with the financing and development of the Hickory Run Energy Center. 

Gillian Hobson Named Among 2018 MCCA Rainmakers 03-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Gillian Hobson has been named among the Minority Corporation Counsel Association’s (MCCA) 2018 Rainmakers. Hobson is one of 11 diverse attorneys recognized for their business acumen, passion and dedication to proactive client development, setting them apart as leaders in the legal profession.

Chairman Mark Kelly Wins a 2018 SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award 03-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins Chairman Mark Kelly will receive this year’s SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice at a ceremony in Dallas on April 11, 2018.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 24 V&E Attorneys to 2018 Texas Rising Stars List 03-12-2018

Super Lawyers has named 24 Vinson & Elkins attorneys to the 2018 Texas Rising Stars List across a range of the firm’s practices and Texas offices.

V&E Named Among Latin Lawyer 250, 10 Lawyers Recognized 03-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been recommended as a top law firm in the International category in the Energy, Project Finance & Infrastructure and Arbitration practice areas of the 2018 edition of Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s Leading Business Law Firms. The guide also recognizes 10 V&E lawyers as leading players.

Alerian Honors V&E with 2018 "Legal Counsel of the Year" Award 03-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named “Legal Counsel of the Year” as part of Alerian’s 2018 Ammy Awards, recognizing excellence in the North American energy infrastructure industry.

V&E Leads Legal Advisors for Company Defense in Thomson Reuters' 2017 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard 03-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot for legal advisors based on number of campaigns for defense of companies in Thomson Reuters’ Full Year 2017 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard. The firm was credited for advising on 35 campaigns.

V&E Ranked in Top Band in 5 Categories in Chambers Global 2018; 21 Lawyers Recognized 02-19-2018

Chambers Global 2018 ranked Vinson & Elkins in 20 practice areas, including top-tier rankings for five of the firm’s practice areas.

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