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HTC Corp. Defeats Smartphone Remote Control Patent Litigation Published: 05-14-2018

A Texas federal jury has found in favor of Vinson & Elkins client HTC Corporation, rejecting all of the plaintiff’s claims in a case accusing the wireless phone manufacturer of infringing an individual inventor’s patent on user interface and infrared universal remote control technology. The plaintiff had sought damages for each of millions of smartphones sold between 2013-2015.

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.

Craig Margolis Named to Law360’s 2017 MVP List 12-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Craig Margolis has been named one of Law360’s 2017 MVPs of the Year, for his successful representation of two major U.S. defense contractors accused of defrauding the federal government.

Vinson & Elkins Names 11 New Partners 12-18-2017

Vinson & Elkins has promoted 11 lawyers to partner, effective Jan. 1, 2018: Marisa Secco in Austin; Peter Marshall in Dallas; Shamus Crosby, Lina Dimachkieh, James Garrett and Guy Gribov in Houston; Federico Fruhbeck, Dan Graham and Louise Woods in London; Lawrence Elbaum in New York; and Margaret Peloso in Washington, D.C.

Noble Energy Divests Interest in General Partner of CONE Midstream to CNX Resources 12-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Noble Energy Inc. in connection with a definitive agreement with CNX Resources Corporation whereby Noble Energy will divest its 50 percent interest in CONE Gathering LLC for cash consideration of $305 million.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. and MPLX to Exchange MPC's General Partner Interests for MPLX Common Units 12-15-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) in its agreement with MPLX LP for MPC to exchange its general partner economic interests in MPLX, which include incentive distribution rights, for 275 million newly issued MPLX common units.

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.

Noble Midstream Partners and Greenfield Midstream Form DJ Basin JV, Acquire Saddle Butte Pipeline 12-12-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Noble Midstream Partners LP in connection with the formation of Black Diamond Gathering, LLC (“Black Diamond”), a joint venture with Greenfield Midstream, LLC, and Black Diamond’s definitive agreements to acquire Saddle Butte Rockies Midstream, LLC and affiliates for $625 million. 

Oasis Petroleum Announces Delaware Basin Acquisition, Public Offering of Common Stock 12-12-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Oasis Petroleum Inc. in its purchase and sale agreement with Forge Energy, LLC to acquire 20,300 net acres in the Delaware Basin for approximately $946 million.

Helmerich & Payne Acquires Magnetic Variation Services 12-08-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Helmerich & Payne, Inc. on intellectual property matters associated with its acquisition of Magnetic Variation Services, LLC, an industry leader in enhancing the accuracy of directional drilling surveys through its geomagnetic modeling.

V&E Awards Public Interest Summer Program Opportunities to Law Students 12-08-2017

As part of Vinson & Elkins’ summer associate program, the firm awards public interest split opportunities each year to support law students who have a passion for public service.

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, 2 Attorneys Ranked 12-07-2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 recommends Vinson & Elkins in India Dispute Resolution. Additionally, two 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.

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. 

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”).

TPG Growth to Acquire Discovery Midstream 06-27-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, in its definitive agreement to acquire Discovery Midstream.

Pattern Energy Announces Key Strategic Initiatives 06-19-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Development 1.0”) and Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (“Pattern Development 2.0” and together with Pattern Development 1.0, “Pattern Development”) in a series of strategic initiatives to significantly increase Pattern Energy’s long-term growth outlook and enhance its access to capital.

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. 

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.”

V&E Earns Perfect Score on 2017 Corporate Equality Index 12-06-2016

For the third consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has received a perfect score of 100 on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. V&E is one of three Texas-based law firms to receive a top rating.

V&E Shareholder Activism Response Team Receives No. 1 Rankings 12-06-2016

Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism Response Team has received No. 1 rankings for its Activism Defense from The Wall Street Journal, Thomson Reuters and Activist Insight.

Legal 500 (Legalease, Ltd.) Recognizes V&E as Client Champion for Energy 11-30-2016

The Legal 500 has recognized Vinson & Elkins as a 2016 Client Champion in the global energy sector. V&E is among 22 firms recognized.

Guy Lipe and Doug McWilliams Selected to Houston Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Energy List 11-24-2016

Vinson & Elkins partners Guy Lipe and Doug McWilliams have been selected to Houston Business Journal’s 2016 Who’s Who in Energy list. 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Recommends V&E in 8 Areas 11-09-2016

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 recommends Vinson & Elkins in eight areas. The firm was recognized for its work in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and the Philippines.

Chambers UK 2017 Recognizes V&E in 5 Practice Areas, Ranks 6 Lawyers 11-02-2016

Chambers UK has again recognized V&E as a Band 1 firm in the UK-wide rankings for Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas in its 2017 guide.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2017 Recognizes V&E with 21 Tier 1 National Rankings 11-01-2016

Vinson & Elkins is recognized as a national tier 1 law firm in 21 practice areas, with a total of 36 national rankings, in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey.

Euromoney’s 2017 Benchmark Litigation Again Recognizes V&E, 16 Lawyers Ranked 10-12-2016

Euromoney’s 2017 Benchmark Litigation has once again recognized Vinson & Elkins’ Texas litigation group as “Highly Recommended” and the firm’s Washington, D.C. litigation group as “Recommended.” V&E’s Appellate group was also recognized nationally.

V&E Listed in Law Business Research’s 2016 GIR 100 10-04-2016

Vinson & Elkins is among the firms included in the 2016 Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100, an independent guide to the world’s best firms for international investigations.

Who’s Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.) 2016 Recognizes 32 V&E Attorneys 09-29-2016

Who’s Who Legal has recognized 32 Vinson & Elkins attorneys in its 2016 guide.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names Three V&E Attorneys to 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers List 09-21-2016

Super Lawyers has named three Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Additionally, seven lawyers have been selected for the New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Chambers Latin America Recognizes V&E’s Energy Practice 09-19-2016

Chambers Latin America has again recognized Vinson & Elkins in its 2017 rankings. V&E is ranked by Chambers in the Latin America-Wide category for Energy & Natural Resources.

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