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New York Law Journal Names Lawrence Elbaum a 2018 Rising Star Published: 07-17-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Lawrence Elbaum has been named one of New York Law Journal’s 2018 Rising Stars. The awards honor the best and brightest among New York’s legal community, who have influenced their practice areas in New York and beyond.

Saudi Aramco Technologies and Siluria Technologies Join Forces to Maximize Chemicals Production 06-13-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Saudi Aramco Technologies Company in the execution of a multi-plant technology license with Siluria Technologies for the integration of Siluria's proprietary technology (natural gas to olefins) with Saudi Aramco's high-olefins cracking process technology. 

Devon Energy Sells Interests in EnLink Midstream to Global Infrastructure Partners for $3.125B 06-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Devon Energy Corp. in connection with its agreement to sell its aggregate ownership interests in EnLink Midstream Partners, LP and EnLink Midstream, LLC to an affiliate of Global Infrastructure Partners, a leading global, independent infrastructure fund manager, for $3.125 billion.

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. 

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.

SailPoint Closes Follow-On Offering by Selling Stockholders 05-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc. in an underwritten public offering of 17,808,000 shares of its common stock by selling stockholders at a public offering price of $22.50 per share.

Southern Power Sells Minority Interest in Solar Portfolio to Global Atlantic Financial Group 05-23-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised affiliates of Global Atlantic Financial Group in the $1.175 billion acquisition from Southern Power of a 33 percent minority interest in its solar portfolio.

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.

OCI N.V. and Dakota Gasification Company Form N-7 JV 05-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised OCI N.V. in connection with the negotiation of its definitive agreements with Dakota Gasification Company to sell nitrogen fertilizers, industrial ammonia and diesel exhaust fluid in North America through a newly formed joint venture, N-7 LLC.

ETE Defeats Effort To Rescind Convertible Unit Issuance 05-18-2018

The Delaware Court of Chancery has rejected unit holder claims to unwind a March 2016 issuance of convertible preferred units by Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.

Enbridge Announces Simplification of Corporate Structure 05-17-2018

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Enbridge Inc. in connection with separate all-share proposals, made on behalf of itself and certain of its wholly owned US subsidiaries, to the respective boards of directors of its sponsored vehicles, Spectra Energy Partners, LP, Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C., to acquire, in separate combination transactions, all of the outstanding equity securities of those sponsored vehicles not beneficially owned by Enbridge.

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.

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.

HTC Corp. Defeats Smartphone Remote Control Patent Litigation 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.

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.

EZCORP Announces Private Offering of Convertible Senior Notes Due 2025 05-10-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised EZCORP in its sale of $172.5 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2025.

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.

Reece Group Signs Agreement to Acquire MORSCO 05-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised MORSCO senior management in connection with a binding agreement whereby Reece Group, Australia’s leading provider of Plumbing, HVAC and Waterworks products, will acquire MORSCO.

Enterprise and Energy Transfer Form JV to Restore Service on Old Ocean Pipeline 05-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. in connection with a 50/50 joint venture with Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. to resume service on the Old Ocean natural gas pipeline, which has been essentially idled since 2012.

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.

Vivo Energy Is Largest UK-Listed African IPO in Over a Decade 05-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Helios and Vitol in Vivo Energy’s initial public offering. Vivo Energy shareholders raised £548 million from investors, valuing the company at £1.98 billion.

Enterprise and Energy Transfer Form JV to Restore Service on Old Ocean Pipeline 05-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. in connection with a 50/50 joint venture with Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. to resume service on the Old Ocean natural gas pipeline, which has been essentially idled since 2012.

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.

Vivo Energy Is Largest UK-Listed African IPO in Over a Decade 05-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Helios and Vitol in Vivo Energy’s initial public offering. Vivo Energy shareholders raised £548 million from investors, valuing the company at £1.98 billion.

NorthStar Midstream to Sell NorthStar Port Arthur Terminal 05-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Northstar Midstream, a portfolio company of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., in the sale of its Northstar Port Arthur Terminal to a subsidiary of Colonial Pipeline Company.

Sumitomo Forestry America to Acquire Crescent Communities 04-27-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Sumitomo Forestry America, Inc. in connection with its definitive agreement with Crescent Communities, LLC under which Crescent Communities’ three key businesses will be acquired by Sumitomo. 

Two Harbors Investment Corp. to Acquire CYS Investments 04-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CYS Investments, Inc., an agency mortgage REIT, in a definitive merger agreement with Two Harbors Investment Corp., a leading hybrid mortgage REIT, under which Two Harbors will acquire CYS.

Plains Defeats Securities Litigation Arising from 2015 Pipeline Spill 04-19-2018

A Texas federal judge has issued a resounding victory to Vinson & Elkins client Plains All American Pipeline, LP, dismissing putative class action securities litigation brought by Plains investors who claimed nearly $1.5 billion in damages for stock losses allegedly incurred in the aftermath of a 2015 pipeline leak in Santa Barbara County, California.

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. 

Daseke to Acquire Aveda Transportation and Energy Services 04-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Daseke, Inc., the largest owner of flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics solutions in North America, in connection with its merger agreement with Aveda Transportation and Energy Services, one of the largest oil rig moving companies in North America.

V&E Wins Critical Appellate Decision in Historic Church Property Dispute 04-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins has secured a crucial appellate victory in a landmark battle for control over the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and more than $100 million worth of historic church property. The dispute, which is the largest church property case in Texas history, concerns the First Amendment’s impact on state property laws and has produced the Texas Supreme Court’s first church property opinions in more than a century.

Vista Equity Partners Invests in YouEarnedIt 04-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised YouEarnedIt, Inc., the leading Human Resources SaaS company improving bottom-line performance metrics by enhancing the employee experience, in connection with a strategic investment from Vista Equity Partners.

Unit Corporation to Sell 50% Interest in Midstream Subsidiary 03-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Unit Corporation in the sale of a 50% equity interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, Superior Pipeline Company, LLC for cash proceeds of $300 million.

Concho Resources to Acquire RSP Permian for Approximately $9.5B 03-28-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised RSP Permian, Inc. in a definitive agreement under which Concho will acquire RSP in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $9.5 billion, inclusive of RSP’s net debt.

Tullow Oil plc Closes $800M Senior Notes Offering 03-23-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with Tullow Oil plc’s offering of $800 million aggregate principal amount of 7.000% senior notes due 2025. 

Aker BP ASA Closes $500M Senior Notes Offering 03-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with Aker BP ASA’s offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 5.875% senior notes due 2025 at par. 

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.

Delek US Announces Sale of AltAir Paramount and Paramount, CA Assets 03-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Delek US Holdings, Inc. in connection with the sale of AltAir Paramount, LLC and Delek’s Paramount, California refining and pipeline assets to an affiliate of Boston based World Energy, LLC.

AirTran Wins Baggage Fee Antitrust Battle at Eleventh Circuit 03-13-2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued a major antitrust victory to Vinson & Elkins client AirTran Airways in long running multidistrict litigation accusing the airline of colluding with a competitor to adopt a first-checked baggage fee.

Plasma and Systena Launch ONE Tech to Bring AI, Robotics and Integrated Digital Experience Offerings 03-10-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Plasma, a Texas based Technology innovator, in connection with its partnership with Systena America, Inc., a California based Business Solutions provider, to launch ONE Tech, Inc., a new entity to build innovative and future facing integrated digital experience offerings for the Internet of Things, specializing in integration of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. 

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. 

John Elwood Named Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers 10-04-2016

Vinson & Elkins partner John Elwood has been elected as a Fellow 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.

V&E Strengthens London Private Equity Practice with Addition of Partner Shaun Lascelles 10-03-2016

Firm’s Growing Private Equity Practice Also Includes New Counsel Simon Rootsey and Daniel D. Graham

Widely respected M&A and private equity lawyer Shaun Lascelles has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a partner, enhancing the firm’s growing Private Equity practice group in London.

Renowned Corporate Technology Partner Paul Tobias Joins V&E 08-15-2016

Corporate attorney Paul Tobias, widely regarded for his work with technology and growth companies, has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a partner in the firm’s Austin office.

USC Researchers Identify John Elwood Among Most Successful Supreme Court Attorneys (2012-2015) 08-02-2016

Vinson & Elkins appellate partner John P. Elwood’s record for winning U.S. Supreme Court review is currently among the best in the country, according to a recent study published by the University of Southern California.

Tom Leatherbury Named Chair of The NALP Foundation 07-27-2016

Tom Leatherbury, a partner in Vinson & Elkins’ Dallas office, has been named chair of the board of trustees for The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education. He will serve as chair from July 2016 through July 2018.

V&E Selected to Chinese Enterprises Investment & Trade Service Alliance 07-13-2016

Vinson & Elkins has been selected as a preferred service provider and sponsor of the newly established Chinese Enterprises Investment and Trade Service Alliance, a service group that aims to assist Chinese companies attempting to expand in the U.S.

Lindsey Vaala Elected to D.C. Bar Association Board of Governors 07-11-2016

Lindsey Vaala, a senior associate in Vinson & Elkins’ Washington, D.C. office, has been elected to the Board of Governors for the D.C. Bar Association.

Tom Leatherbury Appointed Chair of the Yale Alumni Fund Board 06-30-2016

Tom Leatherbury, co-head of Vinson & Elkins’ Appellate practice group and Chairman of Talent Management, has been named Chair of the Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors.

James Loftis Elected Member of London Court of International Arbitration 06-22-2016

James Loftis, head of Vinson & Elkins’ International Dispute Resolution practice, has been elected a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) for a five-year term.

Texas Access to Justice Commission Reappoints Harry Reasoner as Chair 06-20-2016

Harry Reasoner, a litigation partner in Vinson & Elkins’ Houston office, has been reappointed as Chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission (TAJC) for the 2016 - 2017 term. Reasoner has served as a member of the Commission since 2006 and as Chair since 2009.

Louise Woods Appointed to Board of ArbitralWomen 06-16-2016

Louise Woods, a senior associate in Vinson & Elkins’ London office, has been appointed to the Board of ArbitralWomen, effective July 1, 2016.

Vinson & Elkins Adds Top Litigation Team to Global IP Practice 06-13-2016

V&E continues to enhance its global Intellectual Property practice with the addition of five highly regarded partners in Austin and Dallas who have a broad range of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secrets and complex commercial litigation experience.

V&E Awards Scholarships to Diverse High School Graduates 06-03-2016

Vinson & Elkins’ Scholarship Committee has confirmed the selection of seven scholarship recipients for 2016.

V&E, Morgan Lewis Secure Release of Scott Walker from Federal Prison 04-25-2016

Scott Walker, who served nearly 20 years of a life sentence in prison on a non-violent drug offense, was released on Monday, April 25, after the Illinois federal judge who presided over his trial reduced his sentence.

Tax Counsel Sara Stewart Joins V&E in London 04-20-2016

Sara Stewart, a highly regarded tax lawyer, has joined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in its London office.

V&E Diversifies Corporate Practice with Addition of Nationally Recognized REIT Practice 04-04-2016

Vinson & Elkins LLP has significantly expanded its Capital Markets and M&A Practice with the addition of a nationally recognized REIT team, including five partners.

Mingda Zhao Named 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow 03-17-2016

Vinson & Elkins has selected partner Mingda Zhao to participate in the 2016 Fellows Program for the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity.

V&E To Participate in Diversity Lab’s Women in Law Hackathon 03-11-2016

John Wander, managing partner of Vinson & Elkins’ Dallas office and head of the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice, will participate in the Women in Law Hackathon, a “Shark Tank” style pitch competition created by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law.

V&E Seeks Applicants for Minority College Scholarships 02-09-2016

Vinson & Elkins is seeking applicants for its annual scholarships for high performing minority high school seniors 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.

Vinson & Elkins Enhances London Private Equity Practice with Addition of Partner Paul Dunbar 02-09-2016

Highly regarded corporate lawyer Paul Dunbar, whose practice focuses primarily on private equity and special situations funds, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner. He will reside in the firm’s London office.

Beto Cardenas Named Among 2017 Top Latino Lawyers by Latino Leaders Magazine 11-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins counsel Beto Cardenas has been selected as a 2017 Top Latino Lawyer by Latino Leaders magazine. Honorees are recognized for their successful law practices, significant cases, professional activity and recognition and community involvement.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2018 Recognizes V&E with 21 Tier 1 National Rankings 11-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins is recognized as a national tier 1 law firm in 21 practice areas, with a total of 36 national rankings, in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey.

Texas Access to Justice Commission Honors V&E With Champion of Justice Award 10-26-2017

The Texas Access to Justice Commission (TAJC) has honored Vinson & Elkins with a Champion of Justice Award in recognition of the firm’s stellar fundraising efforts as part of TAJC’s statewide Justice for All Campaign.

Vinson & Elkins Receives 2017 Marvin Frankel Award 10-18-2017

Human Rights First has selected Vinson & Elkins to receive a 2017 Marvin Frankel Award for the firm’s outstanding pro bono service to refugees and asylum seekers.

The UK Legal 500 2017 Ranks V&E in 6 Categories, Recognizes 13 Attorneys 10-12-2017

The UK Legal 500 ranks Vinson & Elkins in six categories and recommends 13 of the firm’s lawyers in its 2017 edition. Additionally, V&E partner Alex Msimang was named a Leading Lawyer in London: Projects, Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas.

Euromoney’s 2018 Benchmark Litigation Recognizes V&E, 16 V&E Lawyers Ranked 10-03-2017

Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation has again recognized Vinson & Elkins’ Texas litigation group as “Highly Recommended” and the firm’s Washington, D.C. litigation group as “Recommended” in its 2018 edition. V&E’s Appellate group is also recognized nationally.

Law360 Names V&E a 2017 Texas Powerhouse 10-02-2017

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

NLJ Names Michael Holmes a 2017 Winning Litigator 09-28-2017

The National Law Journal has named Vinson & Elkins partner Michael Holmes a 2017 Winning Litigator, in recognition of a major trial court victory for Energy Transfer Equity, LP, which resulted in the termination of a proposed $38 billion merger with The Williams Companies.

V&E Ranked #1 for Company Defense by Number of Campaigns in Thomson Reuters' First Half 2017 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard 09-26-2017

Vinson & Elkins earned the #1 ranking by number of campaigns among law firms defending public companies against shareholder activism campaigns in Thomson Reuters’ First Half 2017 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard. V&E was credited for advising on 16 campaigns during the first half of 2017.

V&E Named Houston/Dallas Tax Firm of the Year by International Tax Review 09-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins has been named US: Houston/Dallas Tax Firm of the Year as part of the 2017 International Tax Review American Tax Awards. V&E was one of six finalists in consideration for the award.

Chambers Latin America Recognizes V&E’s Energy Practice 09-20-2017

Chambers Latin America has again recognized Vinson & Elkins in its 2018 rankings. V&E is ranked by Chambers in the Latin America-Wide category for Energy & Natural Resources. Additionally, partner Boyd Carano is listed in the individual Energy & Natural Resources rankings.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 3 V&E Lawyers to 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers List 09-20-2017

Super Lawyers has named three Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Additionally, eight lawyers have been selected for the New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Leatherbury and Pham Receive Texas Lawyer Professional Excellence Awards 09-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins partners Tom Leatherbury and Bailey Pham have each been selected to receive a 2017 Texas Lawyer Professional Excellence Award, in recognition of their impact on the legal profession in Texas.

Legal 500 Latin America 2017 Recommends V&E in 3 Practice Areas, 5 Attorneys Recognized 09-06-2017

Legal 500 Latin America once again recognizes Vinson & Elkins in the Corporate and M&A, International Arbitration and Projects and Energy categories in its 2017 guide.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 62 V&E Attorneys to 2017 Texas Super Lawyers List 09-05-2017

Super Lawyers has selected 62 Vinson & Elkins lawyers to the Texas Super Lawyers list in its 2017 guide.

The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2018 Lists 101 V&E Lawyers 08-15-2017

The Best Lawyers in America 2018 has recognized 101 Vinson & Elkins lawyers in its newest guide. In addition, the publication has named nine V&E attorneys “Lawyers of the Year” for 2018.

Who’s Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.) 2017 Recognizes 33 V&E Attorneys 07-25-2017

Who’s Who Legal has recognized 33 Vinson & Elkins attorneys in its 2017 guide. Inclusion in the publication is based on several factors: the total number of lawyers listed in the Who’s Who Legal series, the total number of practice areas in which the firm is listed in the series; the total number of jurisdictions in which the firm has a presence; and the number of recommended lawyers per jurisdiction.

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.

Margaret Peloso Selected as ABA Top 40 Young Lawyer 07-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins counsel Margaret Peloso has been selected as a 2017 American Bar Association “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer.” The award is given by the ABA Young Lawyers Division to 40 members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.

United States Lawyer Rankings Names V&E Partner Larry Nettles Top Environmental Lawyer 07-12-2017

For a tenth consecutive year, the United States Lawyer Rankings has recognized Vinson & Elkins partner Larry Nettles as the top environmental lawyer in the United States on its “Top 10 List” of lawyers considered the best in the country.

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