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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.

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.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 4 V&E Attorneys to 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers List 09-13-2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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 63 V&E Attorneys to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers List 09-06-2018

Super Lawyers has selected 63 Vinson & Elkins lawyers to the Texas Super Lawyers list in its 2018 guide.

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. 

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.

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.

Eclipse Resources and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources to Combine in an All-Stock Merger 08-27-2018


Vinson & Elkins advised EnCap Investments in in the all-stock merger agreement between Eclipse Resources Corporation and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources Inc.

Enbridge Agrees to Acquire All Public Equity of Spectra Energy Partners for $3.3B 08-24-2018

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Enbridge Inc. in connection with a definitive agreement under which Enbridge will acquire all of the outstanding public common units of Spectra Energy Partners, LP. 

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

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

Plains All American, Magellan Midstream, OMERS Infrastructure Announce Joint Ownership of BridgeTex Pipeline Company 08-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Plains All American in an agreement between certain subsidiaries of Plains, Magellan Midstream Partners and OMERS, along with OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc., whereby Plains and Magellan will collectively sell a 50% interest in BridgeTex Pipeline Company for $1.438 billion. 

Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. Closes Initial Public Offering 08-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. in connection with its initial public offering of 55,200,000 units at a public offering price of $10.00 per unit, including the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase up to an additional 7,200,000 units.

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

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

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Offering of Common Stock 08-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYMT) in connection with its underwritten public offering of 14,375,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $6.16 per share.

TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. Prices Public Offering of Common Stock 08-08-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. in connection with its underwritten public offering of 7,000,000 shares of its common stock. Total estimated gross proceeds of the offering are approximately $140 million or approximately $161 million if the underwriters exercise their 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,050,000 shares in full.

Four Corners Property Trust Closes Upsized Public Offering of Common Stock 08-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as underwriters’ counsel in connection with Four Corners Property Trust, Inc.’s (FCPT) upsized underwritten registered public offering of 3,500,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $25.00 per share. 

Continental Resources, Inc. Forms Minerals JV with Franco-Nevada 08-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Continental Resources, Inc. in connection with the formation of a minerals joint venture with Franco-Nevada. Franco-Nevada will pay approximately $220 million for its initial interest in the joint venture, and the parties have also committed, subject to the satisfaction of agreed upon development thresholds, to spend up to a combined $125 million per year over the next three years to acquire additional minerals through the newly-formed joint venture.

Andeavor Completes $1.55B Drop Down to Andeavor Logistics 08-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Andeavor Logistics in its agreement with Andeavor to acquire a portfolio of logistics assets for total consideration of $1.55 billion. 

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

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

Blackwells Capital Settles Proxy Contest Against SuperValu After Announcement of $2.9B Sale to United Natural Foods 08-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Blackwells Capital in its successful debut activism campaign, which ended in the sale of SuperValu to United Natural Foods in a deal valued at $2.9 billion, reflecting a reported 67% premium to shareholders. V&E also represented Blackwells Capital in the subsequent settlement of its proxy contest.

Energy Transfer Equity to Acquire Energy Transfer Partners in Simplification Transaction 08-01-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) in the agreement with Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) for the merger of ETP with a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETE in a unit-for-unit exchange. In connection with the transaction, ETE’s incentive distribution rights (IDRs) in ETP will be cancelled.

Northern Oil and Gas Announces Largest Acquisition in Its History 07-31-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Crestview Partners in the sale of W Energy Partners to Northern Oil and Gas, Inc., the largest acquisition in Northern’s history.

Focus Financial Partners Closes Initial Public Offering 07-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Focus Financial Partners Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of shares of Class A common stock with gross proceeds of approximately $615 million.

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

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

TPG Growth Agrees to Sell Discovery Midstream to KKR and Williams for $1.2B 07-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity platform of alternative asset firm TPG, in its definitive agreement to sell Discovery Midstream to a newly-formed joint venture between KKR and Williams for approximately $1.2 billion.

EQT to Sell Offshore Communication Infrastructure Provider Tampnet 07-27-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised EQT Infrastructure in connection with its definitive agreement to sell Tampnet AS to 3i Infrastructure plc, a listed long-term investor in infrastructure businesses and assets, and ATP, Denmark’s largest pension provider.

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.

V&E Names Eight New Partners 12-13-2016

Vinson & Elkins announces the promotion of eight lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1, 2017: Mark Brasher, Jason McIntosh, Becky Petereit, Bailey Pham, Simon Rootsey, Lande Spottswood, Thomas Zentner and Craig Zieminski. 

Vinson & Elkins Named Among Best Companies to Work for in Texas 11-22-2016

Vinson & Elkins has been named among the 2017 “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” by Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Texas Society for Human Resources Management and Best Companies Group.

Vinson & Elkins Adds Leading International Tax Lawyer Natan Leyva in Washington, D.C. 11-08-2016

Vinson & Elkins has strengthened its global Tax practice with the addition of Natan Leyva as a partner. Leyva, who will reside in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, focuses on all aspects of international tax planning.

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 #1 Legal Advisor by Deal Count in Mergermarket's 2017 Global Energy, Mining & Utilities Report 02-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot in Mergermarket’s 2017 Energy, Mining & Utilities (EMU) Global Trend Report by deal count, credited with 74 deals valued at $80 billion.

Tom Leatherbury Honored with Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows 2018 Justinian Award 01-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Tom Leatherbury has been selected by the Dallas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees to receive the 2018 Justinian Award, the most prestigious honor presented by the Dallas Bar Foundation. The award recognizes attorneys who have adhered to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession.

V&E Recognized by Global Competition Review in 18th Edition of GCR100 01-30-2018

Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized Vinson & Elkins in the 18th edition of its annual GCR100. V&E is recommended for its work in Texas and Washington, D.C.

Law360 Names V&E Among 2017 "Energy Groups of the Year" 01-24-2018

For the eighth consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series for the firm’s industry leading energy litigation and transactional successes in 2017.

Russell Oshman Named a D Magazine "Best Lawyer Under 40" 01-17-2018

D Magazine has named V&E partner Russell Oshman to its inaugural “Best Lawyers Under 40” list, honoring up-and-coming attorneys in Dallas.

Law360 Names Steve Gill A 2017 MVP 12-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Steve Gill has been named one of Law360’s 2017 Energy MVPs of the Year for his work guiding clients through major mergers and acquisitions, including helping to establish one of the largest natural gas producers in the country.

Activist Insight Monthly's 2017 Intermediary Awards Rank V&E #1 for Issuer Representation 12-13-2017

Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism Response Team has received the No. 1 ranking for issuer representation as part of Activist Insight Monthly’s 2017 Intermediary Awards. The firm is credited with advising on 29 campaigns.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Recognizes V&E for India Litigation, One Attorney Ranked 12-07-2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 recommends Vinson & Elkins in India Dispute Resolution. Additionally, one V&E attorney was recognized in a number of categories and regions.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 Recommends V&E in 5 Areas 11-29-2017

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 recommends Vinson & Elkins in five areas. The firm was recognized for its work in China, India, Japan and the Philippines.

V&E Chairman Mark Kelly Named to 2017 NACD Directorship 100 11-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins Chairman Mark Kelly has been named to the NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions list by the National Association of Corporate Directors for the third consecutive year.

Who's Who Legal 2018 Names 3 V&E Lawyers to Future Leaders in Arbitration Guide 11-27-2017

Vinson & Elkins partners Mark Beeley and Amir Ghaffari and senior associate Alexander Slade have been named to Who’s Who Legal’s 2018 Future Leaders in Arbitration guide.

V&E Honored for Contributions to Homeless Youth Policy Report 11-16-2017

Texas Appleseed has honored Vinson & Elkins with a 2017 Pro Bono Leadership Award, in recognition of the firm’s help researching and developing policy recommendations to the Texas Legislature designed to address challenges faced by the state’s homeless youth population. 

V&E Earns Perfect Score on 2018 Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index 11-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins has received a perfect score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year. Administered annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Corporate Equality Index is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.

V&E Listed in Law Business Research’s GIR 100 2017 11-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins is among the firms included in the Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100 2017, an independent guide to the world’s best firms for international investigations. GIR 100 has listed V&E every year dating back to the inaugural guide in 2015.

Chambers UK 2018 Recommends V&E in 6 Practice Areas, Ranks 5 Lawyers 11-07-2017

Chambers UK 2018 recognized V&E in Construction: International Arbitration, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration, Projects, and Telecommunications UK-wide, and recognized the firm's Construction: Purchaser practice in London. V&E is again ranked as a Band 1 firm in the UK-wide rankings for Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas.

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.

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