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Vinson & Elkins Welcomes Project Finance Partner Eamon Nolan in New York Published: 02-04-2019

Nolan, Eamon

Eamon Nolan has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner based in New York, bolstering the firm’s capabilities in project finance and cross-border transactions, including in Latin America and Spain.

Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. Announces $1.65B Acquisition of Williston Basin Assets 11-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. in definitive agreements with QEP Energy Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of QEP Resources, Inc. (collectively, “QEP”), to acquire the entirety of QEP’s Williston Basin assets in North Dakota and Montana for $1.65 billion cash consideration.

Ready Capital Announces Merger with Owens Realty Mortgage 11-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Owens Realty Mortgage in a definitive merger agreement with Ready Capital Corporation to combine in a stock-for-stock merger.

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.

EagleClaw Midstream, Blackstone Energy Partners and I Squared Capital Form Leading Delaware Basin Midstream Partnership 11-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised EagleClaw Midstream and funds managed by Blackstone Energy Partners in connection with the binding agreements between EagleClaw, Blackstone and I Squared Capital, pursuant to which I Squared Capital has committed over $500 million of cash and contributed its Delaware Basin midstream portfolio company, Pinnacle Midstream, and become a partner in BCP Raptor Holdco, the parent company for EagleClaw. 

Vitol and IFM to Acquire 50% of VTTI from Buckeye 11-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Vitol Group in its joint acquisition, with IFM Global Investors, of Buckeye Partners LP’s 50% equity interest in VTTI BV. 

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.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company to Sell South Texas Sinor Nest Oil Assets for $132M 10-31-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Pioneer Natural Resources Company in a purchase and sale agreement with an undisclosed third party to sell approximately 2,900 net acres in the Sinor Nest (Lower Wilcox) field for net proceeds of $132 million, subject to normal closing adjustments.

Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs Group Negotiates Security Purchase Agreement with McDermott 10-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised certain investment funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) in the negotiation of a Security Purchase Agreement pursuant to which GS will acquire 300,000 shares of the 12% Redeemable Preferred Stock of McDermott International, Inc., a Panama corporation (the Company), and a warrant to purchase a number of shares of the Common Stock of the Company equal to 3.75% of the total number of shares of Common Stock of the Company outstanding as of the closing date.

Chesapeake Energy Accelerates Strategic Plan with Acquisition of WildHorse 10-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised WildHorse Resource Development Corporation in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Chesapeake Energy Corporation in a transaction valued at approximately $3.977 billion. 

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


Denbury to Acquire Penn Virginia in $1.7 Billion Transaction 10-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Denbury Resources Inc. in its agreement with Penn Virginia Corporation under which Denbury will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Penn Virginia in a transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion.

Hi-Crush Completes Buyout of General Partner 10-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised the owners of the general partner of Hi-Crush Partners LP ("Hi-Crush" or the "Partnership") in the acquisition by Hi-Crush of its general partner by acquiring Hi-Crush Proppants LLC for consideration of 11.0 million newly issued common units of the Partnership.

EnLink Midstream, LLC to Acquire EnLink Midstream Partners, LP in a Simplification Transaction 10-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG in its capacity as a majority holder of the $750 million Series B Cumulative Convertible Preferred Units of EnLink Midstream Partners, LP.

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.

V&E Advises Funds Managed by EIG Global Energy Partners in $375M Purchase of 5-Year Volumetric Production Payments 10-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised investment funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners in their purchase of five-year volumetric production payments associated with certain offshore oil and gas properties from an undisclosed seller for a cash purchase price of $375 million.

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.

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

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

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

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

Range Announces Appalachian Overriding Royalty Sale for $300M 10-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Range Resources Corporation in its agreement to sell a proportionately reduced 1% overriding royalty in its Washington County, Pennsylvania leases for gross proceeds of $300 million. 

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

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

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

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

Roan Resources Finalizes Reorganization Agreement Between Roan Holdings and Linn Energy 09-24-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Roan Resources, Inc. in connection with the reorganization agreement entered into on September 17, 2018 between Roan Holdings, LLC and Linn Energy, Inc. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Carlyle Group and Diamondback Energy Form Joint Venture 09-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised The Carlyle Group L.P. in its agreement with Diamondback Energy, Inc. to fund the development of Diamondback’s oil and gas assets in the San Pedro area of Pecos County, Texas within the Southern Delaware basin.

Vapor IO Raises Series C Financing 09-05-2018

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

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

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

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

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

Spredfast and Lithium Technologies Announce Merger 09-04-2018

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

Talos Energy to Acquire Whistler Energy II 09-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Whistler Energy II, LLC (Whistler) in connection with the acquisition of Whistler by Talos Energy Inc.

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

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

Ascent Resources Acquires Natural Gas and Oil Properties from Salt Fork Resources 08-31-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Salt Fork Resources, LLC (Salt Fork) and an affiliate of Riverstone Holdings LLC (Riverstone) in connection with the acquisition by Ascent Resources, LLC (Ascent) of certain natural gas and oil properties from Salt Fork and a cash contribution by Riverstone to Ascent.

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

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

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

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

Eni Acquires Exploration Leases from Caelus Exploration Company 08-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Caelus Alaska Exploration Company, LLC in a transaction whereby Eni will acquire 124 exploration leases (for a total of approximately 350,000 acres) onshore in the Eastern North Slope of Alaska from Caelus.

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. 

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.

V&E Relocates San Francisco Office to Larger Space at 555 Mission 02-08-2016

Vinson & Elkins LLP has relocated its San Francisco office to 555 Mission Street to accommodate the law firm’s growth in the Bay Area. The new space occupies the 20th floor of the building, located in the South of Market (SOMA) district.

Vinson & Elkins Promotes 12 to Counsel 01-13-2016

Vinson & Elkins has promoted 12 lawyers to counsel. Collectively, they represent four offices and 10 practice areas, including: employment, labor and OSHA; energy regulatory; energy transactions and projects; environmental; executive compensation and benefits; finance; intellectual property; mergers and acquisitions/capital markets; real estate; and restructuring and reorganization.

Partner Daniel Graham Joins V&E’s Government Contracts Practice 08-24-2015

Veteran Government Contracts litigator Daniel P. Graham has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he will help lead V&E’s Government Contracts team.

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. 

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.

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.

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 2 V&E Lawyers to 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers List 09-20-2017

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

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