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HTC Corp. Defeats Smartphone Remote Control Patent Litigation Published: 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.

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.

DISCO Raises $20M Growth Financing 01-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CS Disco, Inc., the legal technology company that makes the market-leading cloud ediscovery solution DISCO, in connection with its $20 million equity financing.

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.

Gastar Exploration Divests Non-Core Reserves and Acreage in Oklahoma 01-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Gastar Exploration Inc. in connection with its definitive purchase and sale agreement to divest its interest in the West Edmund Hunton Lime Unit for $107.5 million.

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.

Nine Energy Service, Inc. Closes Initial Public Offering 01-23-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Nine Energy Service, Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of 7,000,000 shares of its common stock at $23.00 per share.

Vinson & Elkins Continues to Build Finance Practice in London with Addition of Partner Paul Simcock 01-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins further expands its global corporate practice with the addition of acquisition and leveraged-finance partner Paul Simcock in London.

Salt Fork Resources Announces Upsized Equity Commitment from Riverstone 01-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC in connection with their upsized equity commitment to Salt Fork Resources, LLC. Salt Fork plans to use the equity commitment to expand its leasing and acquisition efforts and develop its existing acreage position in the core of the Utica Shale.

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.

USA Compression Partners to Acquire Compression Business from Energy Transfer Partners 01-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised USA Compression Partners, LP (“USAC”) in connection with a transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion providing for (i) the contribution of Energy Transfer Partners L.P.’s subsidiaries, CDM Resource Management LLC and CDM Environmental & Technical Services LLC, to USAC, (ii) the cancellation of the incentive distribution rights in USAC and conversion of the general partner interest in USAC into a non-economic general partner interest and (iii) committed financing transactions, including (1) the issuance of $500 million perpetual preferred units to investment funds managed or sub-advised by EIG Global Energy Partners and other investors and (2) $725 million in debt financing from JPMorgan and Barclays.

Liberty Oilfield Services Prices Upsized Initial Public Offering 01-12-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. in the pricing of an upsized initial public offering of 12,731,092 shares of its Class A common stock at $17.00 per share. 

Northwoods Energy Announces Acquisition of SM Energy’s Powder River Basin Assets for $500M 01-10-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Northwoods Energy LLC (formerly known as Converse Energy) and certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with Northwoods’ $500 million acquisition of SM Energy’s core Powder River Basin assets.

Riverstone Holdings and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division Acquire Lucid Energy II for $1.6B 01-08-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Lucid Energy Group II, LLC (“Lucid II”), a portfolio company of EnCap Flatrock Midstream, in the sale of Lucid II to a joint venture controlled by Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund VI, L.P., an investment fund managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC, and investment funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for approximately $1.6 billion in cash.

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.

CrownRock Announces Perpetual Preferred Equity Investment 01-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CrownRock Holdings, L.P., an oil and gas producing joint venture of CrownQuest Operating and Lime Rock Partners, in connection with its $475 million perpetual preferred equity investment from funds managed by Magnetar Capital and EIG Global Energy Partners, respectively. 

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.

Owens Realty Mortgage Announces Repurchase and Settlement Agreement with Freestone Capital Management 01-03-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Owens Realty Mortgage, Inc. in its negotiation of a settlement agreement and repurchase of shares held by Freestone Capital Management, LLC. 

Enviva Holdings Announces New JV and Acquisition of Wood Pellet Production Plant 01-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Enviva Development Holdings, LLC in connection with its new joint venture, Enviva JV Development Company, LLC, with affiliates of The John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) to acquire, develop and construct wood pellet production plants and deep-water marine terminals in the Southeastern United States. 

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. 

Papa Murphy's Announces Cooperation Agreement with MFP Partners and Misada Capital 12-21-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. in its negotiation of a cooperation agreement with MFP Partners, L.P. and Misada Capital Holdings, LLC.

Sentinel Energy Services Inc. Closes Initial Public Offering 11-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Sentinel Energy Services Inc. in its initial public offering of 30,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit.

Rosehill Resources Inc. to Expand Delaware Basin Position 10-30-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Rosehill Resources Inc. in connection with its acquisition of 4,565 net undeveloped acres, which includes producing properties with limited production of 40 Boepd, in the Southern Delaware Basin. Subject to certain conditions, Rosehill may acquire up to an additional 4,535 net acres at the same price per net acre.

BP Midstream Partners LP Closes Initial Public Offering 10-30-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised BP Midstream Partners LP in connection with its initial public offering of 42,500,000 common units representing limited partner interests at $18.00 per common unit.

C&J Energy Services to Acquire O-Tex Holdings, Inc. 10-25-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised C&J Energy Services, Inc., in the acquisition of O-Tex Holdings, Inc. and its operating subsidiaries, including O-Tex Pumping, L.L.C.

HollyFrontier and Holly Energy Partners Announce IDR Simplification Agreement 10-19-2017

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (Holly Energy) in connection with Holly Energy and HEP Logistics Holdings, L.P.’s (HEP GP) definitive agreement to eliminate the incentive distribution rights held by HEP GP and convert HEP GP’s 2% general partner interest in Holly Energy into a non-economic interest in exchange for the issuance by Holly Energy of 37,250,000 of its common units to HEP GP, representing total equity value of $1.25 billion based on Holly Energy’s previous closing day price of $33.56.

CryoLife Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire JOTEC 10-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised CryoLife, Inc., a leading medical device and tissue processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, in connection with its definitive agreement to acquire JOTEC AG, a German-based, privately-held developer of technologically differentiated endovascular stent grafts, and cardiac and vascular surgical grafts, focused on aortic repair.

Cooke Inc. to Acquire Omega Protein Corporation for $22.00 Per Share 10-06-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Omega Protein Corporation (“Omega Protein”), a nutritional product company and a leading integrated provider of specialty oils and specialty protein products, in connection with its definitive agreement with Cooke Inc. ("Cooke"), a New Brunswick company and parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., under which Cooke will acquire all outstanding shares of Omega Protein for $22.00 per share in cash or approximately $500 million.

Solo Cup Defeats Civil Antitrust Suit at U.S. Supreme Court 10-05-2017

V&E clients Dart Container Corporation and its subsidiary Solo Cup Company LLC have won a significant victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to revive civil antitrust litigation accusing the companies of blocking competition in the plastics raw material market.

Producers Midstream Announces Formation of Culberson Midstream 10-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Charger Shale Oil Company ("Charger") in connection with Producers Midstream, LP’s plans to install a new natural gas gathering system, anchored by more than 40,000 net dedicated acres and a 1,000 square mile area of mutual interest from Charger, in the Western Delaware Basin through the formation of Culberson Midstream LLC. 

Jonah Energy Closes $600M Offering of Senior Notes Due 2025 10-03-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Jonah Energy LLC in connection with an upsized offering by Jonah Energy and its subsidiary Jonah Energy Finance Corp. of $600 million of 7.25% senior unsecured notes due 2025.

CrownRock Announces $1B Private Offering of Senior Notes and Tender Offers for Senior Notes 10-02-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised CrownRock, L.P., an oil and gas producing joint venture of CrownQuest Operating and Lime Rock Partners, in its private offering of $1 billion principal amount of 5.625% senior notes due 2025. V&E also advised CrownRock in simultaneous tender offers for its 7.125% senior notes due 2021 and 7.750% senior notes due 2023.

Oasis Midstream Partners LP Closes Initial Public Offering 09-25-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Oasis Midstream Partners LP in its initial public offering of 7,500,000 common units at a price to the public of $17.00 per common unit.

Phillips 66 Partners Announces $2.4B Acquisition 09-22-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the conflicts committee of the board of directors of the general partner of Phillips 66 Partners LP in its agreement with Phillips 66 to acquire its 25 percent interest in each of Dakota Access, LLC and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company, LLC and 100 percent interest in Merey Sweeny, L.P., the owner of fuel-grade coke processing units at the Phillips 66 Sweeny Refinery.

Vinson & Elkins Advises on Two REIT Public Offerings 09-14-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised on two public offerings by REITs, which priced the week of Sept. 11.

Daseke Adds Defense Specialization with R&R Trucking Addition 09-05-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Daseke Inc., a leading consolidator and the largest owner of flatbed and specialized transportation solutions in North America, in connection with its merger with R&R Trucking.

NCS Multistage Acquires Spectrum Tracer Services for $80M 09-01-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Spectrum Tracer Services, LLC for approximately $80 million.

Patterson-UTI Energy Announces Agreement to Acquire MS Energy 09-01-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised MS Energy Services, Denham Capital Management LP and NGP Energy Capital Management, L.L.C. in connection with Patterson-UTI Energy’s acquisition of MS Energy on a debt-free basis for total consideration of approximately 8.8 million shares of Patterson-UTI common stock and $75 million of cash.

Zenith Energy to Acquire Arc Logistics Partners 08-29-2017

Vinson & Elkins represented Arc Logistics Partners, Lightfoot Capital Partners GP LLC and Lightfoot Capital Partners, LP in a purchase agreement and plan of merger with Zenith Energy U.S.

Forum Energy Technologies Purchases Membership Interests in Global Tubing from JV Partner Quantum Energy Partners 08-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Quantum Energy Partners in connection with a definitive agreement with its joint venture partner Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. whereby Forum will acquire the membership interests in Global Tubing from Quantum for approximately $237 million.

Apollo, Double Eagle Development Announce Formation of Double Eagle Energy Holdings III 08-22-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC in connection with the expansion of its strategic relationship with Double Eagle Development, L.L.C. to create Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC.

V&E Awards Seven Students 2015 Scholarships 06-29-2015

Vinson & Elkins’ Scholarship Committee confirmed the selection of seven scholarship recipients for 2015. Since the V&E Scholars Program began in 1990, the law firm has granted a total of 140 scholarships to Texas-area high school students.

V&E Confirms Selection of Seven Scholarship Recipients for 2014 06-05-2014

Vinson & Elkins' Scholarship Committee has confirmed the selection of seven scholarship recipients for 2014. 

David Meyer Among 2017 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” 05-01-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner David Meyer has been named a 2017 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts (Beard Group, Inc.).

Global Competition Review Recognizes V&E Among Texas Antitrust Bar Elite 04-26-2017

Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized Vinson & Elkins among the Texas antitrust bar elite in its review of top competition practices.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 13 V&E Attorneys to 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers List, 8 to Rising Stars List 04-24-2017

Super Lawyers has named 13 Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list. Additionally, eight lawyers have been selected for the Washington DC Rising Stars list.

Global Competition Review Recognizes V&E in 17th Edition of GCR100 04-18-2017

Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized Vinson & Elkins in the 17th edition of its annual GCR100. V&E is recommended for its work in Texas and Washington, D.C.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 Recommends V&E in 5 Practice Areas, 3 Lawyers Recognized 04-12-2017

The Legal 500 EMEA recommends Vinson & Elkins in five practice areas across Iraq and Saudi Arabia in its 2017 edition. The guide also recognizes three V&E attorneys.

V&E Named to 2017 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review 04-11-2017

Vinson & Elkins has been named to the 2017 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.

Vinson & Elkins Recognized as Leading Transactional Firm by American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard 2017 04-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins was once again recognized as a leading firm for corporate transactions in American Lawyer’s 2017 Corporate Scorecard.

Boyd Carano Named to Legal 500’s (Legalease, Ltd.) Private Practice Powerlist 04-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Boyd Carano has been named to Legal 500’s inaugural Private Practice Powerlist: The Leading U.S. Attorneys with a Focus on Mexico. Legal 500 has unveiled the series as a way of identifying “key individual practitioners with outstanding specialization in, and knowledge of, particular jurisdictions.”

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2018 (Woodward/White, Inc.) Lists 4 V&E Partners 03-28-2017

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom has named four Vinson & Elkins partners in its 2018 edition.

Vinson & Elkins Named to Latin Lawyer 250, 6 Lawyers Recognized 03-20-2017

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 2017 edition of Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s Leading Business Law Firms.

V&E Ranked in Top Band in 5 Categories in Chambers Global 2017, 24 Lawyers Recognized 03-16-2017

Chambers Global 2017 ranked Vinson & Elkins in 26 practice areas, including top-tier rankings for five of the firm’s practice areas.

IJGlobal Names Colón LNG-to-Power Project 2016 “Latin America Power Deal of the Year” 03-15-2017

IJGlobal has named the Colón LNG-to-Power Project the 2016 “Latin America Power Deal of the Year.”

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 30 V&E Attorneys to 2017 Texas Rising Stars List 03-08-2017

Super Lawyers has named 30 Vinson & Elkins attorneys to the 2017 Texas Rising Stars List across a range of the firm’s practices and Texas offices.

RSP Permian’s $2.4B Acquisition of Silver Hill Energy Partners, LLC and Silver Hill E&P II Named “M&A Deal of the Year” by Oil and Gas Investor 03-01-2017

RSP Permian, Inc.’s (RSP) $2.4 billion acquisition of Silver Hill Energy Partners, LLC and Silver Hill E&P II, LLC has been named “M&A Deal of the Year” as part of Oil and Gas Investor’s annual Excellence Awards. Vinson & Elkins advised RSP in the transactions.

Daily Journal Names Chinese Textile Co.’s $72M Win a Top 2016 Verdict 02-27-2017

The Daily Journal has recognized as one of California’s top verdicts of 2016, Vinson & Elkins partner Mort Hartwell’s $72 million win for a Chinese textile company involved in a dispute over the sale of its interest in a U.S.-based distributor.

V&E Ranked #1 For Company Defense by Number of Campaigns in Thomson Reuters' 2016 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard 02-24-2017

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot based on number of campaigns for legal defense of companies in Thomson Reuters’ Full Year 2016 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard. The firm was credited for advising on 27 campaigns.

Alden Atkins Named 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star 02-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Alden Atkins has been named a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star for his dedication to client service excellence.

John Michael Receives Lexology’s 2017 Client Choice Award for Offshore Services 02-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner John Michael has been awarded a 2017 Lexology Client Choice Award for his work in Offshore Services. Michael is the sole recipient in the Offshore Services category this year.

V&E Receives High Ranks in IJGlobal’s Full Year 2016 Infrastructure Finance League Tables 02-02-2017

Vinson & Elkins is ranked among the top firms for infrastructure finance according to IJGlobal’s full year 2016 league table report.

Law360 Names V&E Among 2016 "Energy Groups of the Year" 01-30-2017

For the seventh consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series for the firm’s industry leading energy transactional and litigation successes in 2016.

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