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Top EPA Enforcement Official Patrick D. Traylor Joins V&E in Washington, D.C. Published: 10-15-2019

Patrick D. Traylor, the former Deputy Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Helmerich & Payne Expands Portfolio of Drilling Optimization Software with Acquisition of DrillScan 08-21-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as IP counsel to Helmerich & Payne, Inc. in the acquisition by its wholly owned subsidiary, Helmerich & Payne Technologies, LLC, of DrillScan. 

Chambers Latin America 2020 Recognizes V&E as Leading Firm, Ranks 3 Individual Attorneys 08-16-2019

The 2020 edition of Chambers Latin America recognizes Vinson & Elkins as a leading firm for Energy and Natural Resources work.

The Best Lawyers In America (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2020 Lists 97 V&E Lawyers, 8 “Lawyers of the Year” 08-15-2019

The Best Lawyers in America 2020 has named 97 Vinson & Elkins lawyers in its 2020 edition. Some are listed in more than one practice area, giving the firm a total of 177 lawyer listings.

Seacor Holdings Acquires JV Partner’s Interest in Sea-Vista 08-05-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Avista Capital Partners (“Avista”) in relation to SEACOR Holdings Inc.’s (the “Company”) acquisition through a subsidiary of Avista’s 49% indirect interest in the SEA-Vista joint venture between the Company and Avista. 

Jose F. Sanchez Joins V&E’s International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Practice in New York 08-05-2019

Jose F. Sanchez has joined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s New York office, focusing on international arbitration and cross-border litigation.

CoolSys Acquires Agape Mechanical in the Midwest 08-01-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised CoolSys in its acquisition of Agape Mechanical, an HVAC, refrigeration and plumbing contractor based in Lakeville, Minnesota. 

Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation Closes IPO 07-30-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation on its initial public offering of 30,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit.

Osaka Gas Increases Upstream Presence with Acquisition of Sabine Oil & Gas 07-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Osaka Gas in a definitive agreement with Sabine Oil & Gas Holdings to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of its subsidiary, Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation.

Sunnova Closes Initial Public Offering 07-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in connection with Sunnova Energy International Inc.’s initial public offering of 14,000,000 shares of its common stock at $12.00 per share. The offering closed on July 29, 2019. 

Phillips 66 and Phillips 66 Partners Announce Elimination of Incentive Distribution Rights 07-26-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised the conflicts committee of the board of directors of the general partner of Phillips 66 Partners in the agreement between Phillips 66 (PSX) and Phillips 66 Partners (PSXP) to eliminate all of Phillips 66’s incentive distribution rights and general partner economic interests in PSXP in exchange for 101 million newly issued PSXP common units.

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Public Offering of Common Stock 07-22-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYMT) in an underwritten public offering of 23,000,000 shares of its common stock (including 3,000,000 shares issued pursuant to the underwriters’ exercise in full of an option to purchase additional shares) for gross proceeds of approximately $140.5 million.

Ellington Financial Closes Common Stock Offering 07-22-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Ellington Financial Inc. (the Company) in an underwritten public offering of 3,500,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $17.66 per share, raising gross proceeds of approximately $61.8 million.

Internationally Recognized Arbitration Partner Camilo Cardozo Joins V&E 07-22-2019

Leading international arbitration lawyer Camilo Cardozo has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner, bringing to the firm two decades of experience handling complex international disputes, including disputes involving the oil and gas industry and large infrastructure and construction projects around the world.

Range Resources Corporation Announces Asset Sales 07-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Range Resources Corporation in the sale of a 2% proportionately reduced overriding royalty interest in 350,000 net surface acres in southwest Appalachia for gross proceeds totaling $600 million.

RedBird Capital Partners and Reverence Capital Partners Acquire Vida Capital 07-15-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Vida Capital, Inc. in the acquisition of Vida by RedBird Capital Partners and Reverence Capital Partners.

V&E Named to 2019 GRR 100 by Global Restructuring Review (GRR) 07-11-2019

Vinson & Elkins has been named to the 2019 Global Restructuring Review (GRR) 100, an independent guide to the world’s leading law firms for cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters. 

Highly Regarded CFIUS and Export Controls Attorney Damara Chambers Joins V&E 07-09-2019

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.

Clearlake Capital-Backed FloWorks Sells MultAlloy Division 07-03-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised FloWorks International LLC, a leading specialty industrial distributor of pipe, valves, and fittings and related technical solutions, backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., in the sale of its master distribution division, MultAlloy, as well as the Company's J&J Alloy and J&J Bar operations, to Texas Pipe & Supply.

NorthStar Realty Europe to be Acquired by AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets 07-02-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as tax counsel to NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. in a definitive merger agreement with AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets.

V&E Awards Scholarships to Diverse 2019 High School Graduates 07-01-2019

The Vinson & Elkins Scholars Program has awarded seven $10,000 scholarships to exceptional students in Texas. 

Comstock Resources to Become Haynesville Basin Leader With Acquisition of Covey Park Energy For $2.2 Billion 06-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Covey Park Energy LLC, a privately held natural gas company with operations in the core of the Haynesville shale basin, in its acquisition by Comstock Resources, Inc. for approximately $2.2 billion. The cash and stock transaction includes the assumption of Covey Park's outstanding debt and the retirement of Covey Park's existing preferred units which in the aggregate total approximately $1.1 billion. 

The Dallas Morning News Wins Defamation Case at Texas Supreme Court 06-06-2019

In a complete victory for The Dallas Morning News, the Texas Supreme Court has rejected a defamation lawsuit brought by the owners of a compounding-pharmacy business.

Frontier Tubular Solutions Acquires Permian Enterprises 05-31-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised SCF Partners and its portfolio company, Frontier Tubular Solutions (Frontier), in connection with Frontier’s acquisition of Permian Enterprises, an Odessa, Texas-based tubular goods service provider offering internal plastic coatings, cement and fiberglass linings, external coatings and linings and non-destructive inspection services to the oil and gas industry throughout Texas and New Mexico.

Cloud Peak Energy Voluntarily Files for Chapter 11 05-16-2019

Vinson & Elkins is advising Cloud Peak Energy Inc., the only pure-play Powder River Basin coal company, in the filing of voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Atlantic Power Acquires Ownership Interests in Two Biomass Plants from AltaGas 05-15-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised AltaGas Power Holdings (U.S.) Inc. (AltaGas) in the execution of an agreement whereby Atlantic Power Corporation will acquire the equity ownership interests held by AltaGas in two contracted biomass plants in North Carolina and Michigan. 

KKR and Spur Energy Form Partnership to Pursue Oil and Gas Opportunities 05-14-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Spur Energy Partners LLC in connection with the formation of a partnership with KKR, a leading global investment firm, to acquire large, high-margin oil and gas production development assets across the Lower 48.

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Public Offering of Common Stock 05-13-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. in connection with its $107.3 million underwritten public offering of its common stock. The offering closed on May 13, 2019.  

Buckeye Partners Agrees to $10.3B Acquisition by IFM Investors 05-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as tax counsel to Buckeye Partners, L.P. in the acquisition of Buckeye by IFM Investors for $41.50 per common unit. 

PayLease Acquires Zego to Innovate Resident Living Experience 05-07-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised PayLease, a leading PropTech provider for the property management and Homeowner Association industry, in connection with its acquisition of Zego, the hub for smarter apartment living.

Pioneer Sells Eagle Ford Shale and Remaining South Texas Assets 05-06-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Pioneer Natural Resources Company in the sale of its Eagle Ford shale and remaining South Texas assets to Ensign Natural Resources.

PDC Energy Divests Midstream Assets to EagleClaw Midstream for $182M 05-01-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised EagleClaw Midstream in a transaction whereby PDC Energy, Inc. will divest its gas-related midstream assets, including long-term future gathering and processing rights, to EagleClaw for total proceeds of approximately $182 million.

Riverstone Energy Limited Announces European Power Commitment 04-26-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Riverstone Holdings LLC, the Manager of Riverstone Energy Limited, in connection with the formation of Onyx Strategic Investment Management I BV, a newly formed European independent power producer, and its signing of an agreement to acquire a fleet of coal- and biomass-fired power stations from affiliates of ENGIE S.A. 

Northern Oil and Gas Acquires Williston Basin Properties from VEN Bakken 04-22-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Flywheel Bakken, LLC in a definitive agreement whereby Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. will acquire the Williston Basin properties of VEN Bakken, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flywheel Bakken, LLC (formerly Valorem Energy).

Brigham Minerals Prices Upsized Initial Public Offering 04-18-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as issuer’s counsel in Brigham Minerals, Inc.’s pricing of its upsized initial public offering of 14,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock at $18.00 per share.

Mastercard Acquires Point-of-Sale Technology Platform Vyze 04-16-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Vyze, a point-of-sale technology platform, in connection with its acquisition by Mastercard.

Chevron to Acquire Anadarko for $33 Billion 04-12-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in the agreement with Chevron Corporation for Chevron to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Anadarko in a stock and cash transaction valued at $33 billion, or $65 per share.

Crestwood Acquires Williams' 50% Interest in Powder River Basin JV 04-10-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Crestwood Equity Partners LP in the acquisition by Crestwood Niobrara LLC of a 50% interest in Jackalope Gas Gathering Services, L.L.C. from The Williams Companies, Inc. for approximately $485 million.

Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund Acquires Solar Portfolio from Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation Subsidiary 04-04-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund in connection with its acquisition of a 142 MW portfolio of solar power generation assets from a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation.

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners to Acquire Oryx Midstream 04-02-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised affiliates of Quantum Energy Partners and Post Oak Energy Capital in the agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings LLC and Oryx Delaware Holdings LLC to funds managed by Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners for a cash purchase price of approximately $3.6 billion.

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.

V&E's Leveraged Finance Practice Adds Partner Lucy Jenkins in London 10-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins continues to expand its global corporate practice with the addition of leveraged finance partner Lucy Jenkins in London.

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.

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.

Lindsey Vaala Appointed Co-Chair of ABA Antitrust Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee 08-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins counsel Lindsey Vaala has been appointed Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee for the 2018-2019 term.

Gillian Hobson Appointed to NACD General Counsel Steering Committee 08-15-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Gillian Hobson has been appointed to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) General Counsel Steering Committee.

Former AUSA Jennifer Freel Rejoins V&E as Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense Counsel in Austin 07-23-2018

Jennifer Freel, a trial and appellate lawyer who spent nearly a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as a counsel in the firm’s Austin office.

Carrie Winkler Rejoins V&E as Real Estate Counsel 07-16-2018

Carrie M. Winkler, an attorney with a broad-based real estate practice, has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s Dallas office. Winkler previously worked as a real estate associate in V&E’s Dallas office between 1998 and 2004.

V&E Announces Scholarship Awards to Diverse High School Graduates 07-09-2018

Through the Vinson & Elkins Scholars Program, V&E awarded seven $10,000 scholarships to exceptional students in Texas. The longstanding program provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have significant academic achievements, are members of racial/ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession, and demonstrate an interest in working in a law firm.

Partner Doug Bland Participates on ‘Crowd Favorite’ Team at Diversity in Law Hackathon 06-22-2018

For the second consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins participated in the 2018 Diversity in Law Hackathon, a competition aimed at increasing diversity in the legal industry.

Esteemed Antitrust Attorney Greg Wells Joins V&E as Counsel 04-09-2018

Vinson & Elkins LLP continues to expand its global Antitrust practice with the addition of new counsel Greg Wells, who has nearly two decades of experience representing clients in the technology, pharmaceutical, chemical and financial services sectors on complex litigation and compliance matters.

Jessica Crow Elected to Board of Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners 04-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins senior associate Jessica Crow has been elected to the board and as executive secretary of the Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP).

V&E Participating Again in National “Diversity in Law” Hackathon 03-13-2018

For the second year, Vinson & Elkins is participating in the Diversity in Law Hackathon, a “Shark Tank” style competition designed to generate new ideas for retaining diverse talent in law firms. Last year’s inaugural event was the catalyst for a version of the NFL’s Rooney Rule for law firms. A number of firms, including V&E, began piloting the Mansfield Rule in 2017 which encourages firms to more consciously consider women lawyers and attorneys of color when making decisions with respect to promotions, lateral hiring and significant leadership roles, and to track their progress.

V&E Partner Pat Mizell Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers 03-09-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Pat Mizell has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, recognized as the preeminent organization of trial lawyers in North America, dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice. 

V&E Awards Diversity Fellowships to Two First-Year Law Students 03-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins has awarded two first-year law students 2018 Diversity Fellowships. Recipients Jyra Bickham and Donovan Stone were selected from nearly 200 candidates who applied from top U.S. law schools.

V&E and WCD Publish Report on Building a High-Performing Private Equity Portfolio Company Board 02-20-2018

With the "buy to sell" nature of private equity placing special demands on portfolio company boards, PE firms look for distinct factors in recruiting new directors, says a new report from WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) and Vinson & Elkins LLP. 

V&E Announces New Leadership Roles in Shareholder Activism Practice, Corporate Department 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.

Distinguished Antitrust Partners Hill Wellford and Darren Tucker Join V&E 02-01-2018

Highly regarded antitrust lawyers Hill Wellford and Darren Tucker have joined Vinson & Elkins as partners, bringing to the firm a combined four decades of government and private practice experience, with a focus on the technology, media, telecom, standard-setting, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

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.

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.

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.

National and Texas Diversity Councils Name Bailey Pham Among 2018 Top 50 Women Lawyers in Dallas 10-09-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Bailey Pham has been named among the 2018 “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Dallas” by the Texas Diversity Council in conjunction with the National Diversity Council.

The American Lawyer Names V&E a 2018 Global Legal Awards Finalist 09-27-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named a 2018 Global Legal Awards finalist by The American Lawyer for its role as defense counsel in the nationwide optical disk drive antitrust litigation.

The American Lawyer Names V&E a 2018 Regional Litigation Department of the Year Finalist 09-24-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named by The American Lawyer as a Regional Litigation Department of the Year finalist.

V&E Named 2018 Houston/Dallas Tax Firm of the Year by International Tax Review 09-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named US: Houston/Dallas Tax Firm of the Year as part of the 2018 International Tax Review Americas Tax Awards. V&E was one of four finalists in consideration for the award.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 3 V&E Attorneys to 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers List 09-13-2018

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

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.

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

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Vinson & Elkins lawyers to the Texas Super Lawyers list in its 2018 guide.

The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2019 Lists 94 V&E Lawyers, 8 “Lawyers of the Year” 08-15-2018

The Best Lawyers in America 2019 has recognized 94 Vinson & Elkins lawyers in its newest guide. In addition, the publication has named eight V&E attorneys “Lawyers of the Year” for 2019.

Chambers Latin America Recognizes V&E’s Energy Practice 08-09-2018

Chambers Latin America has again recognized Vinson & Elkins in its 2019 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.

Working Mother Honors V&E Among 2018 "Best Law Firms for Women" 07-31-2018

Working Mother magazine has once again named Vinson & Elkins as one of the “Best Law Firms for Women.” This is the eighth time V&E has been recognized by the publication for utilizing best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers.

New York Law Journal Names Lawrence Elbaum a 2018 Rising Star 07-17-2018

Vinson & Elkins partner Lawrence Elbaum has been named one of New York Law Journal’s 2018 Rising Stars. The awards honor the best and brightest among New York’s legal community, who have influenced their practice areas in New York and beyond.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Recognizes 2 V&E Attorneys in 2018 Northern California Guide 07-10-2018

Super Lawyers has recognized two Vinson & Elkins attorneys in its 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers guide.

Associates Name V&E Best Firm in Texas, Energy in 2019 Vault Rankings 06-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins once again claimed the top spot in two categories in Vault’s 2019 Law Firm Rankings.

V&E Named Energy, Power and Utilities Law Firm of the Year at The 2018 Deal Awards 06-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named “Energy, Power and Utilities Law Firm of the Year” as part of The 2018 Deal Awards, recognizing the advisors and service providers who “power the deal economy.”

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2019 Lists 4 V&E Partners 06-14-2018

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom has named four Vinson & Elkins partners in its 2019 edition.

The Legal 500 U.S. 2018 (Legalease, Ltd.) Recognizes V&E in 43 Practice Areas, 87 Lawyers 05-31-2018

The Legal 500 U.S. recommends Vinson & Elkins as a leading law firm in 43 categories and named five lawyers as “Leading Lawyers” in its 2018 guide. In total, 87 attorneys are recognized in the 2018 U.S. edition.

V&E Recognized for Pro Bono Commitment to Her Justice 05-17-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been recognized among the top five firms for pro bono hours per capita donated to Her Justice in fiscal year 2017.

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