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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.

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.

CNX Resources Closes $500M Senior Notes Offering 03-14-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as underwriters’ counsel in connection with CNX Resources’ $500 million offering of its 7.25% senior notes due 2027.

EQM Midstream Partners Announces Strategic, Bolt-on Acquisition 03-14-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in a definitive agreement announced by Equitrans Midstream Corporation and EQM Midstream Partners, LP under which EQM will acquire a 60% interest in Eureka Midstream Holdings, LLC and a 100% interest in Hornet Midstream Holdings, LLC from a fund managed by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners for total consideration of $1.03 billion.

Carla Jordan-Detamore Named to DCA Live's 2019 List of Emerging Women Leaders in Law 03-14-2019

Vinson & Elkins Senior Associate Carla Jordan-Detamore has been named to DCA Live’s inaugural list of Emerging Women Leaders in Law (Private Practice).

TPG Capital Announces Acquisition of Goodnight Midstream 03-11-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Goodnight Midstream in a transaction whereby TPG Capital, the private equity platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, will acquire a majority stake in Goodnight Midstream, a leading midstream produced water infrastructure company, valuing the company at approximately $930 million.

Cimarex Closes $500M Offering of Senior Unsecured Notes 03-08-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as underwriters’ counsel in connection with Cimarex Energy Co.’s offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2029.

David Oelman Inducted Into The 2019 Ammys Hall of Fame 03-08-2019

David Oelman, Vinson & Elkins partner and co-head of the firm’s Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions practice, has been inducted into the 2019 class of Alerian’s Ammy’s Hall of Fame. 

Highwoods Closes $350 Million of 4.20% Notes Due 2029 03-07-2019

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Highwoods Properties, Inc. and  Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership in connection with Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership's $350 million offering of 4.20% unsecured notes under its existing shelf registration statement.

Boeing Acquires ForeFlight 03-06-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised ForeFlight, a leading provider of innovative mobile and web-based aviation applications, in the acquisition of Foreflight by Boeing.

Tortoise Acquisition Corp. Closes Initial Public Offering 03-04-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Tortoise Acquisition Corp. in connection with its initial public offering of 23,300,917 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. This includes a partial exercise by the underwriters of their option to purchase up to an additional 3,375,000 units.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 21 V&E Attorneys To 2019 Texas Rising Stars List 03-04-2019

Super Lawyers has named 21 Vinson & Elkins attorneys to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars List across a range of the firm’s practices and Texas offices.

New York Mortgage Trust Announces Public Offering of Common Stock 03-01-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. in connection with its $90 million underwritten public offering of its common stock.

Ring Energy to Acquire North Central Basin Assets from Wishbone Energy Partners 02-26-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Wishbone Energy Partners, LLC in the sale of its North Central Basin Platform assets located primarily in Southwest Yoakum County, Texas and East Lea County, New Mexico, to Ring Energy, Inc. 

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners Agrees to Acquire Controlling Interest in Tallgrass Energy for $3.3B 01-31-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Blackstone Infrastructure Partners in connection with its agreement with affiliates of Kelso & Co., The Energy & Minerals Group, and Tallgrass KC, LLC, an entity owned by certain members of TGE’s management, to acquire 100% of the membership interests in TGE’s general partner, as well as an approximately 44% economic interest in Tallgrass, for total cash consideration of approximately $3.3 billion.

ExxonMobil, Plains All American and Lotus Midstream Proceeding with Wink to Webster Pipeline 01-30-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. in the formation of a joint venture with ExxonMobil and Lotus Midstream, LLC.

Taco Bueno Successfully Emerges from Chapter 11 01-28-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG-backed, quick-service restaurant operator and franchisor Taco Bueno in connection with its prepetition debt sale transaction and subsequent prepackaged chapter 11 cases, which equitized $140 million in secured debt and transitioned ownership to an affiliate of Sun Holdings, Inc., one of the largest franchise operators in the United States.

Texas Supreme Court Rules for Anadarko in Multimillion Dollar Deepwater Horizon Insurance Dispute 01-25-2019

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Vinson & Elkins client Anadarko Petroleum Corp., reviving the company’s claim against Lloyd’s of London (“Underwriters”) for its multimillion dollar defense costs arising out of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

DISCO Raises $83M in Investment Round Led by Georgian Partners 01-24-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised DISCO in connection with its $83 million investment led by Georgian Partners, a Toronto-based venture-capital firm with deep expertise in applied artificial intelligence. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, LiveOak Venture Partners, The Stephens Group and venture-debt provider Comerica all participated in the round.

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Public Offering of Common Stock 01-11-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. in connection with its $86.4 million underwritten public offering of its common stock.

Targa Resources Partners Prices Upsized $1.5B Senior Notes Offering 01-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Targa Resources Partners LP and its subsidiary Targa Resources Partners Finance Corporation on the pricing of an upsized offering of $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes.

SCF Partners Announces Investment in ProDirectional 01-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised SCF Partners in its partnership with and investment in Professional Directional Enterprises (ProDirectional), a leading independent directional drilling services company.

SemGroup and KKR Form Canadian JV, Acquire Meritage Midstream ULC 01-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Meritage Midstream ULC and Riverstone in the sale of Meritage Midstream ULC and its Canadian midstream infrastructure assets for C$600 million (US$449 million) to SemCAMS Midstream ULC, a joint venture formed by SemGroup®Corporation and KKR. 

Carbon Energy Acquires Membership Units of Carbon Appalachian Co. 01-07-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised affiliates of Old Ironsides Energy, LLC in connection with their sale to Carbon Energy Corporation of membership units representing 73.50% of Carbon Appalachian Company, LLC.

Pipestone Oil Corp. and Blackbird Energy Inc. Close Strategic Merger 01-04-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Canadian Non-Operated Resources L.P. in connection with a strategic merger of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pipestone Oil Corp., with Blackbird Energy Inc. to create Pipestone Energy Corp.

Eni acquires 70% and Operatorship of Oooguruk Oil Field in Alaska 01-03-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Caelus Natural Resources Alaska, LLC in a transaction whereby Eni will acquire 70% and operatorship of the Oooguruk oil field in Alaska from Caelus.

Rewire Holdings and Vida Capital Establish Merion Square Capital 12-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Vida Capital, Inc. in the formation of Merion Square Capital LLC, a joint venture with Rewire Holdings, LLC which combines the expertise and core competencies of the two companies.

American Securities Acquires FleetPride from TPG Capital 12-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised FleetPride, Inc. in an agreement under which American Securities LLC, partnered with management, acquired FleetPride from TPG Capital.

Strategic Joint Venture Between ArcLight and BP to Acquire Thorntons Inc. 12-03-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Thorntons Inc., a Louisville, Kentucky-based convenience store chain, in its acquisition by a joint venture created between affiliates of ArcLight Capital Partners and BP to grow in the downstream refined products segment.

Par Pacific to Acquire U.S. Oil & Refining Co. 11-27-2018

V&E advised U.S. Oil & Refining Co.’s private equity sponsor in connection with Par Pacific Holdings, Inc.’s definitive agreement to acquire U.S. Oil & Refining Co. and certain affiliated entities. The acquisition includes a refinery, a marine terminal, a rail loading terminal and refined product and crude oil storage.

Natural Resource Partners to Sell Construction Aggregates Business 11-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Natural Resource Partners L.P. in  the definitive agreement to sell its construction aggregates business segment, VantaCore Partners LLC, to an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. for $205 million. 

Flat Creek Resources Announces $400M Equity Commitment from EnCap 11-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised EnCap Investments L.P. on its initial capital commitment of $400 million to Flat Creek Resources, LLC.

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Public Offering of Common Stock 11-13-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. in connection with its $87.8 million underwritten public offering of its common stock. The offering closed on November 13, 2018.  

Oasis Midstream Partners to Acquire Additional Interests in Development Companies from Oasis Petroleum 11-08-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Oasis Midstream Partners (OMP or the Partnership) in a definitive agreement to acquire additional interests in Bobcat DevCo LLC and Beartooth DevCo LLC from Oasis Petroleum Inc. (Oasis) for $250 million. V&E also advised OMP on an underwritten public offering of 2,000,000 common units representing limited partnership interests for total gross proceeds of $40,000,000.

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.

Vinson & Elkins Seeks Applicants for Diversity College Scholarships 03-20-2017

Vinson & Elkins is seeking applicants for its annual scholarships for high performing high school seniors of color 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.

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.

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 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.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 11 V&E Attorneys to 2018 D.C. Super Lawyers List, 9 to Rising Stars 04-23-2018

Super Lawyers has named 11 Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2018 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list. Meanwhile, 9 lawyers have been selected for the Washington D.C. Rising Stars list.

Yale Law Women Names V&E to 2018 Top 10 Family Friendly Law Firms List 04-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named among the 2018 Top 10 Family Friendly Firms by Yale Law Women. The list recognizes firms for leadership in developing and implementing family friendly practices and policies.

V&E Partner Boyd Carano Named to Legal 500’s (Legalease, Ltd.) 2018 Private Practice Powerlist 04-18-2018

For the second consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins partner Boyd Carano has been named to Legal 500’s 2018 Private Practice Powerlist: The Leading U.S. Attorneys with a Focus on Mexico.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 Recommends V&E in 4 Practice Areas, 5 Attorneys 04-16-2018

The Legal 500 EMEA recommends Vinson & Elkins in four practice areas across Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in its 2018 edition. Five V&E attorneys were recognized as well.

Daniel Spelkin Named 2018 BTI Client Service All-Star 03-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins counsel Daniel Spelkin has been named a 2018 BTI Client Service All-Star for his dedication to client service excellence.

IJGlobal Names Hickory Run Energy Project 2017 “North American Power Deal of the Year” 03-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Tyr Energy, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Itochu Corporation, in connection with the financing and development of the Hickory Run Energy Center. 

Gillian Hobson Named Among 2018 MCCA Rainmakers 03-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Gillian Hobson has been named among the Minority Corporation Counsel Association’s (MCCA) 2018 Rainmakers. Hobson is one of 11 diverse attorneys recognized for their business acumen, passion and dedication to proactive client development, setting them apart as leaders in the legal profession.

Chairman Mark Kelly Wins a 2018 SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award 03-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins Chairman Mark Kelly will receive this year’s SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice at a ceremony in Dallas on April 11, 2018.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 22 V&E Attorneys to 2018 Texas Rising Stars List 03-12-2018

Super Lawyers has named 22 Vinson & Elkins attorneys to the 2018 Texas Rising Stars List across a range of the firm’s practices and Texas offices.

V&E Named Among Latin Lawyer 250, 10 Lawyers Recognized 03-07-2018

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 2018 edition of Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s Leading Business Law Firms. The guide also recognizes 10 V&E lawyers as leading players.

Alerian Honors V&E with 2018 "Legal Counsel of the Year" Award 03-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named “Legal Counsel of the Year” as part of Alerian’s 2018 Ammy Awards, recognizing excellence in the North American energy infrastructure industry.

V&E Leads Legal Advisors for Company Defense in Thomson Reuters' 2017 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard 03-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins claimed the top spot for legal advisors based on number of campaigns for defense of companies in Thomson Reuters’ Full Year 2017 Global Shareholder Activism Scorecard. The firm was credited for advising on 35 campaigns.

V&E Ranked in Top Band in 5 Categories in Chambers Global 2018; 19 Lawyers Recognized 02-19-2018

Chambers Global 2018 ranked Vinson & Elkins in 19 practice areas, including top-tier rankings for five of the firm’s practice areas.

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.

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