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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.

Colorado Jurors Rule for Antero in $100M Gas Delivery Dispute 06-24-2019

Jurors in Colorado State District Court have ruled in favor of V&E client Antero Resources Corporation in a dispute over one of the largest natural gas purchase agreements in the U.S.

Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC and Gastar Exploration LLC Announce Strategic Combination to Create Leading STACK E&P Company 06-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC (“Chisholm”) in entering into definitive agreements with Gastar Exploration LLC (“Gastar”) to create a leading STACK E&P company through a business combination between the two companies. The combined company, which will operate under the name Chisholm Oil and Gas and be headquartered in Tulsa, will have net production of approximately 20,000 Boe per day and a combined acreage position of approximately 165,000 net acres, primarily in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.

ConocoPhillips Signs Agreement with Caelus Natural Resources to Acquire Nuna Discovery Acreage 06-18-2019

Vinson & Elkins represented Caelus Natural Resources Alaska, LLC on its entry into an agreement with ConocoPhillips Alaska to sell 100 percent of the Nuna discovery, located just east of the Colville River and approximately five miles southwest of the Oooguruk Field.

Keane and C&J Energy Services to Combine in Merger of Equals, Establishing an Industry-Leading, Diversified Oilfield Services Provider 06-17-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, as lead financial advisor to C&J Energy Services, in connection with its combination with Keane Group, Inc., creating an industry-leading, diversified oilfield services provider with a pro-forma enterprise value of approximately $1.8 billion, including $255 million of net debt. 

MoneyGram Announces Strategic Partnership with Ripple 06-17-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised MoneyGram International, Inc. in its strategic agreement with Ripple, a provider of leading enterprise blockchain solutions for global payments, that will enable MoneyGram to utilize Ripple's xRapid product, leveraging XRP in foreign exchange settlement as part of MoneyGram's cross-border payment process, including a $30 million investment by Ripple in Moneygram’s common stock and warrants and arrangements for future investments up to an additional $20 million (subject to certain conditions).

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.

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.

TPG Sixth Street Partners and Glendale Energy Ventures Form $500 Million Partnership to Fund Acquisitions of Non-Operated Oil and Gas Properties 06-14-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Sixth Street Partners in connection with an initial commitment to fund up to $500 million to Eagle Land JV, LLC, a newly formed partnership with Glendale Energy Ventures, LLC that will directly invest in the development and acquisition of upstream oil and gas assets across the United States.

Sequitur Permian Acquires Midland Basin Assets From Callon Petroleum For $245M 06-13-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Sequitur Permian LLC on its acquisition of certain Midland Basin oil and gas assets from Callon Petroleum Company, for $245 million.

Hartree Cardinal Gas Acquires Natural Gas Storage Assets From Martin Midstream for $215M 06-11-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Hartree Cardinal Gas, LLC, a subsidiary of Hartree Bulk Storage, LLC, in its entry into an agreement to purchase Arcadia Gas Storage, LLC, Cadeville Gas Storage LLC, Monroe Gas Storage, LLC and Perryville Gas Storage LLC (the “Natural Gas Storage Assets”) from Martin Midstream Partners L.P., for $215,000,000. The Natural Gas Storage Assets consist of approximately 50 billion cubic feet of working capacity located in northern Louisiana and Mississippi.

Phillips 66 and Plains All American Announce Strategic JV and Sanctioning of Red Oak Pipeline System 06-11-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Plains All American Pipeline in connection with the formation of Red Oak Pipeline LLC, a 50/50 joint venture with Phillips 66 to develop and operate the Red Oak Pipeline system. 

Comstock Resources to Become Haynesville Basin Leader With Acquisition of Covey Park Energy For $2.2 Billion 06-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Covey Park Energy LLC, a privately held natural gas company with operations in the core of the Haynesville shale basin, in its acquisition by Comstock Resources, Inc. for approximately $2.2 billion. The cash and stock transaction includes the assumption of Covey Park's outstanding debt and the retirement of Covey Park's existing preferred units which in the aggregate total approximately $1.1 billion. 

The Dallas Morning News Wins Defamation Case at Texas Supreme Court 06-06-2019

In a complete victory for The Dallas Morning News, the Texas Supreme Court has rejected a defamation lawsuit brought by the owners of a compounding-pharmacy business.

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.

Frontier Tubular Solutions Acquires Permian Enterprises 05-31-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised SCF Partners and its portfolio company, Frontier Tubular Solutions (Frontier), in connection with Frontier’s acquisition of Permian Enterprises, an Odessa, Texas-based tubular goods service provider offering internal plastic coatings, cement and fiberglass linings, external coatings and linings and non-destructive inspection services to the oil and gas industry throughout Texas and New Mexico.

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.

Cloud Peak Energy Voluntarily Files for Chapter 11 05-16-2019

Vinson & Elkins is advising Cloud Peak Energy Inc., the only pure-play Powder River Basin coal company, in the filing of voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Atlantic Power Acquires Ownership Interests in Two Biomass Plants from AltaGas 05-15-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised AltaGas Power Holdings (U.S.) Inc. (AltaGas) in the execution of an agreement whereby Atlantic Power Corporation will acquire the equity ownership interests held by AltaGas in two contracted biomass plants in North Carolina and Michigan. 

KKR and Spur Energy Form Partnership to Pursue Oil and Gas Opportunities 05-14-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Spur Energy Partners LLC in connection with the formation of a partnership with KKR, a leading global investment firm, to acquire large, high-margin oil and gas production development assets across the Lower 48.

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Public Offering of Common Stock 05-13-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. in connection with its $107.3 million underwritten public offering of its common stock. The offering closed on May 13, 2019.  

Buckeye Partners Agrees to $10.3B Acquisition by IFM Investors 05-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as tax counsel to Buckeye Partners, L.P. in the acquisition of Buckeye by IFM Investors for $41.50 per common unit. 

PayLease Acquires Zego to Innovate Resident Living Experience 05-07-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised PayLease, a leading PropTech provider for the property management and Homeowner Association industry, in connection with its acquisition of Zego, the hub for smarter apartment living.

Pioneer Sells Eagle Ford Shale and Remaining South Texas Assets 05-06-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Pioneer Natural Resources Company in the sale of its Eagle Ford shale and remaining South Texas assets to Ensign Natural Resources.

PDC Energy Divests Midstream Assets to EagleClaw Midstream for $182M 05-01-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised EagleClaw Midstream in a transaction whereby PDC Energy, Inc. will divest its gas-related midstream assets, including long-term future gathering and processing rights, to EagleClaw for total proceeds of approximately $182 million.

Riverstone Energy Limited Announces European Power Commitment 04-26-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Riverstone Holdings LLC, the Manager of Riverstone Energy Limited, in connection with the formation of Onyx Strategic Investment Management I BV, a newly formed European independent power producer, and its signing of an agreement to acquire a fleet of coal- and biomass-fired power stations from affiliates of ENGIE S.A. 

Northern Oil and Gas Acquires Williston Basin Properties from VEN Bakken 04-22-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Flywheel Bakken, LLC in a definitive agreement whereby Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. will acquire the Williston Basin properties of VEN Bakken, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flywheel Bakken, LLC (formerly Valorem Energy).

Brigham Minerals Prices Upsized Initial Public Offering 04-18-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as issuer’s counsel in Brigham Minerals, Inc.’s pricing of its upsized initial public offering of 14,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock at $18.00 per share.

Mastercard Acquires Point-of-Sale Technology Platform Vyze 04-16-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Vyze, a point-of-sale technology platform, in connection with its acquisition by Mastercard.

Chevron to Acquire Anadarko for $33 Billion 04-12-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in the agreement with Chevron Corporation for Chevron to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Anadarko in a stock and cash transaction valued at $33 billion, or $65 per share.

Crestwood Acquires Williams' 50% Interest in Powder River Basin JV 04-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Crestwood Equity Partners LP in the acquisition by Crestwood Niobrara LLC of a 50% interest in Jackalope Gas Gathering Services, L.L.C. from The Williams Companies, Inc. for approximately $485 million.

Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund Acquires Solar Portfolio from Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation Subsidiary 04-04-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund in connection with its acquisition of a 142 MW portfolio of solar power generation assets from a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation.

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners to Acquire Oryx Midstream 04-02-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised affiliates of Quantum Energy Partners and Post Oak Energy Capital in the agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings LLC and Oryx Delaware Holdings LLC to funds managed by Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners for a cash purchase price of approximately $3.6 billion.

Noble Midstream Secures Preferred Investment from Global Infrastructure Partners Capital Solutions Fund 03-25-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Noble Midstream Partners LP in connection with a $200 million equity commitment from Global Infrastructure Partners Capital Solutions Fund to fund capital contributions to Dos Rios Crude Intermediate LLC, a newly-formed subsidiary holding Noble Midstream’s 30% equity interest in the EPIC Crude Pipeline.

Enviva Partners, LP Announces Accretive Drop-Down Transactions 03-25-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as counsel to the sponsor in Enviva Partners, LP’s agreement to purchase the sponsor’s interest in its first development joint venture, Enviva Wilmington Holdings, LLC.

Clovis Point Capital Announces Majority Growth Investment in RIVS 03-22-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Clovis Point Capital, LLC in connection with its growth equity investment in RIVS.com, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based interview and recruiting software.

Coolsys Acquired by Ares Management Corporation 03-21-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the management team of Coolsys Inc., a parent of market-leading refrigeration and HVAC companies nationwide, in connection with its acquisition by a fund managed by the Private Equity Group of Ares Management Corporation. 

Cactus Closes Public Secondary Offering of Common Stock by Selling Stockholders 03-21-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as underwriters’ counsel in connection with Cactus, Inc.’s underwritten secondary offering of 8,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock by certain selling stockholders for total gross proceeds of $308.1 million. 

Archrock Closes $500M Senior Notes Offering 03-21-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Archrock Partners, L.P.’s private offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 6.875% senior notes due 2027 at an issue price of 100% of their face value.

TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. Closes Common Stock Offering 03-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. in connection with its underwritten public offering of 6,000,000 shares of its common stock, $0.001 par value per share, at a price to the public of $19.90 per share for gross proceeds of $119.4 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and offering expenses payable by the company.

Global Medical REIT Inc. Closes Common Stock Offering 03-18-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Global Medical REIT Inc. in connection with its underwritten public offering of 7,250,000 shares of its common stock, par value $0.001 per share, at a price to the public of $9.75 per share for gross proceeds of $70,687,500 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by the company.

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.

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.

Former AUSA Michael S. Dry Joins V&E as Partner 01-08-2017

Michael S. Dry, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and most recently the Deputy Chief of its Criminal Division, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

Corporate Technology Lawyer Andrew Smetana Joins Vinson & Elkins as Counsel 01-03-2017

Andrew Smetana, an experienced attorney with venture capital, finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law and governance capabilities, has joined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in Austin.

Who’s Who Legal Names 4 V&E Lawyers in 2019 Arbitration Guide 12-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins partners Amir Ghaffari and Jim Loftis, counsel Joseph Chedrawe and senior associate Alexander Slade have been named in Who’s Who Legal’s 2019 Arbitration guide.

Chambers UK 2019 Recommends V&E in 5 Practice Areas, Ranks 6 Lawyers 11-02-2018

Chambers UK 2019 has ranked Vinson & Elkins in five practice areas, including continued recognition for V&E as a Band 1 firm for UK-wide Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2019 Recognizes V&E With 19 Tier 1 National Rankings 11-01-2018

Vinson & Elkins is recognized as a national tier 1 law firm in 19 practice areas, with a total of 37 national rankings, in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey.

The Legal 500 UK 2018 Ranks V&E in 5 Categories; Recommends 15 Lawyers 10-29-2018

The Legal 500 UK ranks Vinson & Elkins in five categories and recommends 15 of the firm’s lawyers in its 2018 edition. Additionally, partner Alex Msimang was named a Leading Lawyer in London: Projects, Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, and partner Nick Henchie was named a Leading Lawyer in London: Real Estate: Construction – Contentious.

V&E Listed in 2018 Global Investigations Review 100 10-29-2018


Lande Spottswood Recognized Among Houston Business Journal 2018 Women Who Mean Business 10-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Lande Spottswood has been selected by Houston Business Journal to receive a 2018 Women Who Mean Business Award in the “Women to Watch” category.

Texas Access to Justice Commission Honors V&E with Champion of Justice Award 10-18-2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 3 V&E Attorneys to 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers List 09-13-2018

Super Lawyers has named three Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Additionally, four lawyers have been selected for the New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Lande Spottswood Receives 2018 Texas Lawyer "On the Rise" Award 09-10-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Lande Spottswood has been selected by Texas Lawyer to receive a 2018 “On the Rise” award. Spottswood is among 23 Texas attorneys named in the category, which honors the most promising lawyers under the age of 40 in the state.

Law360 Names V&E a 2018 Texas Powerhouse 09-07-2018

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

Legal 500 Latin America 2018 Recommends V&E in 3 Practice Areas, 5 Attorneys Recognized 09-06-2018

Legal 500 Latin America once again recognizes Vinson & Elkins in the Corporate and M&A, International Arbitration and Projects and Energy categories in its 2018 guide.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 58 V&E Attorneys to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers List 09-06-2018

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Vinson & Elkins lawyers to the Texas Super Lawyers list in its 2018 guide.

The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2019 Lists 94 V&E Lawyers, 8 “Lawyers of the Year” 08-15-2018

The Best Lawyers in America 2019 has recognized 94 Vinson & Elkins lawyers in its newest guide. In addition, the publication has named eight V&E attorneys “Lawyers of the Year” for 2019.

Chambers Latin America Recognizes V&E’s Energy Practice 08-09-2018

Chambers Latin America has again recognized Vinson & Elkins in its 2019 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.

Working Mother Honors V&E Among 2018 "Best Law Firms for Women" 07-31-2018

Working Mother magazine has once again named Vinson & Elkins as one of the “Best Law Firms for Women.” This is the eighth time V&E has been recognized by the publication for utilizing best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers.

New York Law Journal Names Lawrence Elbaum a 2018 Rising Star 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.

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