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V&E Announces New Leadership Roles in Shareholder Activism Practice, Corporate Department Published: 02-08-2018

Vinson & Elkins LLP announced today several new leadership appointments, including naming attorneys Lawrence Elbaum, Jeff Floyd, Patrick Gadson and Steve Gill as the senior leadership team of the firm’s Shareholder Activism practice.

Valorem Energy Acquires LINN Energy’s Williston Basin Interests 12-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Valorem Energy, LLC in connection with its acquisition of LINN Energy, Inc.’s Williston Basin interests for a purchase price of $285 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Recognizes V&E for India Litigation, 3 Attorneys Ranked 12-07-2017

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

Corporate Attorney Jay Blackman Rejoins V&E as Counsel 12-07-2017

Jay Blackman, a corporate finance and securities law attorney, has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s Houston office.

Bill Barrett Corp. Announces $649M Combination with Fifth Creek Energy 12-05-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Fifth Creek Energy Company, LLC, a portfolio company of NGP, in a strategic business combination with Bill Barrett Corporation in a transaction valued at approximately $649 million. The transaction creates a premier exploitation and production company exclusively focused on oil-weighted rural areas in the Denver-Julesburg Basin.

Three Carriers Added to Daseke Family 12-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Daseke, Inc., the leading consolidator and largest flatbed and specialized transportation company in North America, in connection with the addition of three top-tier flatbed and specialized carriers to Daseke’s family of companies: Tennessee Steel Haulers & Co. (TSH & Co.), The Roadmaster Group and Moore Freight Service.

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. Additionally, partner James Atkin was recognized as a Leading Lawyer for his work in Japan.

Vinson & Elkins Awards Diversity Fellowships to 5 Students 11-29-2017

Vinson & Elkins has awarded five second-year law students 2017 Diversity Fellowships. Recipients Debbie Farmer, Shelby Hart-Armstrong, Lauren Lundy, Elizabeth Matthews and Seth Yost were selected from nearly 100 candidates who applied from U.S. law schools.

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.

SailPoint Technologies Closes IPO 11-21-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc. in its initial public offering of 20,000,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $12.00 per share. 

Talos Energy LLC to Combine with Stone Energy Corporation 11-21-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Talos Energy LLC in its combination with Stone Energy Corporation in an all-stock transaction that will create a premier offshore-focused exploration and production company. The company will be named Talos Energy, Inc.

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. 

SandRidge Energy to Acquire Bonanza Creek Energy 11-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised SandRidge Energy in its definitive merger agreement with Bonanza Creek Energy, under which SandRidge will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Bonanza Creek in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $36.00 per share. The purchase price implies a total transaction value of approximately $746 million.

Tellurian and Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals Enter EPC Agreements Totaling $15.2B For Driftwood LNG 11-13-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Driftwood LNG LLC and Tellurian Inc. in connection with four fixed price, lump sum turnkey agreements between Tellurian and Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc., totaling $15.2 billion, for the engineering, procurement and construction of Driftwood LNG, a liquefied natural gas export facility proposed near Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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.

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.

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 6 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.

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 Advises Fred's, Inc. in Renegotiation of Cooperation Agreement 08-14-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Fred’s, Inc. in connection with a renegotiation of its cooperation agreement with hedge fund Alden Global Capital LLC. 

Western Refining Logistics and Andeavor Logistics Merge 08-14-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Western Refining Logistics in connection with its merger with Andeavor Logistics in a unit-for-unit transaction for a total enterprise value of $1.8 billion, including net debt.

V&E Wins Significant Endangered Species Act Ruling 08-11-2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued a resounding victory to V&E client Lydia Ann Channel Moorings LLC, striking down an injunction issued under the Endangered Species Act that had shut down the company’s barge fleeting facility near the Port of Corpus Christi.

Ranger Energy Services, Inc. Prices Initial Public Offering 08-10-2017

Vinson & Elkins is advising Ranger Energy Services, Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of 5,862,069 shares of its Class A common stock at $14.50 per share.

Huntsman Subsidiary Venator Materials PLC Completes IPO 08-08-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Huntsman Corporation and its subsidiary Venator Materials PLC ("Venator"), a global chemical company dedicated to the development and manufacture of titanium dioxide pigments and performance additives, in Venator’s initial public offering of 26,105,000 ordinary shares, which includes 3,405,000 ordinary shares issued upon the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional ordinary shares.

KBR Defeats FCA Litigation at Fourth Circuit 08-07-2017

In a major win for Vinson & Elkins client KBR, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has rejected False Claims Act (FCA) litigation accusing KBR of overbilling the government for water purification services provided in Iraq.

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Announces Agreement to Internalize Management 08-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised BRG Manager LLC in connection with its definitive agreement with Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. to internalize the external management function currently performed by BRG Manager LLC.

Energy Transfer Announces $1.57B Sale of Stake in Entity of Rover Pipeline Project to Blackstone 07-31-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised funds managed by Blackstone in an agreement with Energy Transfer Partners' wholly owned subsidiaries, Energy Transfer Interstate Holdings and ET Rover Pipeline (HoldCo), whereby Blackstone will contribute approximately $1.57 billion in cash in exchange for a 49.9% interest in HoldCo.

Alliance Resource Partners and Alliance Holdings GP Announce Elimination of IDRs and Conversion of General Partner Interest 07-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised the Board of Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (AHGP) in an agreement between Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (ARLP) and AHGP.

Reata Pharmaceuticals Prices Class A Common Stock Public Offering 07-26-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in connection with its underwritten public offering of 3,250,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $31.00 per share. 

Oncor Announces Asset Swap with Sharyland Utilities and Sharyland Distribution & Transmission Services 07-24-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Oncor Electric Delivery Company, L.L.C. in connection with its agreement with Sharyland Utilities, L.P. and Sharyland Distribution & Transmission Services, L.L.C. to swap assets in a transaction valued at approximately $400 million. 

TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering 07-19-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of 11,000,000 shares of its common stock at $20.00 per share. The offering priced on July 19, 2017 and is expected to close on July 25, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.

Select Energy Services to Merge with Rockwater Energy Solutions 07-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Select Energy Services, Inc. in connection with its merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc. in a stock-for-stock transaction creating a combined company with annual revenue of approximately $1.3 billion.

Greenfield Midstream Announces $300M Equity Commitment from EnCap Flatrock Midstream 07-11-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Greenfield Midstream, LLC in connection with its initial $300 million equity commitment from EnCap Flatrock Midstream.

V&E Secures Dismissal of Constitutional Claims Against Texas State Bar 07-07-2017

On July 5, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas dismissed for lack of jurisdiction a lawsuit challenging the State Bar of Texas’ appointment of minority member directors.

EZCORP Announces Pricing of $125M of Convertible Senior Notes 06-29-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised EZCORP. Inc in the pricing of $125,000,000 aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2024. 

Global Medical REIT Prices Common Stock Offering 06-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Global Medical REIT Inc. in its underwritten public offering of 3,500,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $9.00 per share for gross proceeds of $31.5 million. The offering priced on June 28, 2017.

CPPIB and Encino Energy Commit More Than $1B to Form Encino Acquisition Partners 06-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in connection with its equity commitment to form Encino Acquisition Partners (EAP), which will focus on U.S. oil and gas acquisition opportunities. CPPIB has committed up to US$1 billion to EAP and Encino Energy, LLC has committed US$25 million.

V&E Advises Fred's, Inc. in Adoption of Shareholder Rights Plan 06-28-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Fred’s, Inc. in connection with the adoption of a shareholder rights plan (also known as a “poison pill”).

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.

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. 

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, 25 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.

Best Lawyers in Japan Recognizes V&E Partner James Atkin 03-03-2017

Best Lawyers in Japan has named Vinson & Elkins partner James Atkin in its 2018 edition. Atkin is recommended in Energy Law.

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.

Turnarounds & Workouts (Beard Group, Inc.) Recognizes V&E Among “Successful Restructurings” 01-26-2017

Turnarounds & Workouts has recognized Vinson & Elkins in its list of Successful Restructurings of 2016. V&E was recognized, as counsel to the debtor, for its work on behalf of Energy XXI, an independent oil and natural gas development and production company.

V&E Ranked #1 for Company Defense in FactSet SharkRepellent's 2016 Shareholder Activism League Tables 01-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot for legal defense of companies under siege by shareholder activists in FactSet SharkRepellent’s 2016 year-end league tables. The ranking is based on number of campaigns.

V&E Ranked #1 Issuer’s Counsel for U.S. Equity Offerings in Bloomberg’s Global 2016 League Tables 01-13-2017

Vinson & Elkins is recognized by Bloomberg as the top legal advisor by deal value representing issuers in U.S. Equity offerings in 2016. V&E is credited for 34 offerings valued at $15.5 billion, also landing the firm a #2 ranking by deal count.

V&E Ranked #1 Legal Advisor by Deal Count in Mergermarket’s Global Energy, Mining & Utilities Report 01-13-2017

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot in Mergermarket’s 2016 Energy, Mining & Utilities (EMU) Global Trend Report by deal count, credited with 64 deals valued at $105 billion.

National Law Journal Names John Elwood a 2016 Litigation Trailblazer 12-13-2016

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has named Vinson & Elkins partner John Elwood to its list of 2016 “Litigation Trailblazers.” According to NLJ, the 50 legal professionals honored this year show “a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”

Three V&E Lawyers Named to Who’s Who Legal’s 2017 Future Leaders in Arbitration Guide 12-12-2016

Vinson & Elkins partners Mark Beeley and Amir Ghaffari, along with senior associate Alexander Slade, have been named to Who’s Who Legal’s 2017 Future Leaders in Arbitration guide. 

Michael Holmes Named to Law360’s 2016 MVP List 12-07-2016

Vinson & Elkins partner Michael Holmes has been named one of Law360’s 2016 MVPs of the Year in recognition of his outstanding work defending against several high-profile energy industry merger challenges.

Texas Lawyer Names Trina Chandler to 2016 Top Women in Energy List 12-07-2016

Texas Lawyer has named Vinson & Elkins partner Trina Chandler to its 2016 Top Women in Energy list. Chandler is one of only 30 women in regulatory, in-house or law firm positions in Texas recognized for their success in “high-stakes cases that make law or have an impact nationally or statewide.”

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