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Steve Gill and Jeremy Marwell Named 2018 Law360 MVPs Published: 12-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins partners Steve Gill and Jeremy Marwell have been selected by Law360 as 2018 MVPs in the energy and environmental categories, respectively.

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. 

Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation to Acquire South Texas Assets of Harvest Oil & Gas 08-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation in connection with its acquisition of substantially all of the South Texas Assets of Harvest Oil & Gas Corp. for approximately $135 million in cash, without giving effect to effective date adjustments, and 4.2 million newly issued shares of Magnolia’s Class A common stock valued at approximately $56 million as of the close of trading on August 20, 2018.

Plains All American, Magellan Midstream, OMERS Infrastructure Announce Joint Ownership of BridgeTex Pipeline Company 08-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Plains All American in an agreement between certain subsidiaries of Plains, Magellan Midstream Partners and OMERS, along with OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc., whereby Plains and Magellan will collectively sell a 50% interest in BridgeTex Pipeline Company for $1.438 billion. 

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.

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.

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.

Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. Closes Initial Public Offering 08-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. in connection with its initial public offering of 55,200,000 units at a public offering price of $10.00 per unit, including the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase up to an additional 7,200,000 units.

Devon Energy Announces $215M Sale of Non-Core Delaware Basin Acreage 08-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Devon Energy Corp. in connection with its definitive agreement to sell 9,600 net acres of non-core Delaware Basin acreage in Ward and Reeves County to Carrizo Oil and Gas for $215 million.

New York Mortgage Trust Closes Offering of Common Stock 08-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYMT) in connection with its underwritten public offering of 14,375,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $6.16 per share.

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.

TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. Prices Public Offering of Common Stock 08-08-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. in connection with its underwritten public offering of 7,000,000 shares of its common stock. Total estimated gross proceeds of the offering are approximately $140 million or approximately $161 million if the underwriters exercise their 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,050,000 shares in full.

Four Corners Property Trust Closes Upsized Public Offering of Common Stock 08-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as underwriters’ counsel in connection with Four Corners Property Trust, Inc.’s (FCPT) upsized underwritten registered public offering of 3,500,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $25.00 per share. 

Continental Resources, Inc. Forms Minerals JV with Franco-Nevada 08-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Continental Resources, Inc. in connection with the formation of a minerals joint venture with Franco-Nevada. Franco-Nevada will pay approximately $220 million for its initial interest in the joint venture, and the parties have also committed, subject to the satisfaction of agreed upon development thresholds, to spend up to a combined $125 million per year over the next three years to acquire additional minerals through the newly-formed joint venture.

Andeavor Completes $1.55B Drop Down to Andeavor Logistics 08-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Andeavor Logistics in its agreement with Andeavor to acquire a portfolio of logistics assets for total consideration of $1.55 billion. 

First Reserve Announces $1.225B Agreement to Sell Deep Gulf Energy 08-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Deep Gulf Energy Companies (DGE), a portfolio company of global private equity investment firm First Reserve, in an agreement to sell DGE to Kosmos Energy for a total consideration of $1.225 billion. 

Blackwells Capital Settles Proxy Contest Against SuperValu After Announcement of $2.9B Sale to United Natural Foods 08-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Blackwells Capital in its successful debut activism campaign, which ended in the sale of SuperValu to United Natural Foods in a deal valued at $2.9 billion, reflecting a reported 67% premium to shareholders. V&E also represented Blackwells Capital in the subsequent settlement of its proxy contest.

Energy Transfer Equity to Acquire Energy Transfer Partners in Simplification Transaction 08-01-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) in the agreement with Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) for the merger of ETP with a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETE in a unit-for-unit exchange. In connection with the transaction, ETE’s incentive distribution rights (IDRs) in ETP will be cancelled.

Northern Oil and Gas Announces Largest Acquisition in Its History 07-31-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Crestview Partners in the sale of W Energy Partners to Northern Oil and Gas, Inc., the largest acquisition in Northern’s history.

EQT Midstream Partners Closes $2.5B Offering of Senior Notes 06-25-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised the underwriters in EQT Midstream Partners’ $2.5 billion senior notes offering. The offering, which closed June 25, 2018, includes $1.1 billion in aggregate principal amount of its 4.75% senior notes due 2023, $850 million in aggregate principal amount of its 5.5% senior notes due 2028, and $550 million in aggregate principal amount of its 6.5% senior notes due 2048, at prices to the public of 99.761%, 99.538%, 99.055% of their face value, respectively.

TPG Growth and The Rise Fund to Acquire CLEAResult 06-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Growth and The Rise Fund in an agreement to acquire CLEAResult, the country’s leading provider of energy efficiency solutions for utility companies.

Saudi Aramco Technologies and Siluria Technologies Join Forces to Maximize Chemicals Production 06-13-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Saudi Aramco Technologies Company in the execution of a multi-plant technology license with Siluria Technologies for the integration of Siluria's proprietary technology (natural gas to olefins) with Saudi Aramco's high-olefins cracking process technology. 

Devon Energy Sells Interests in EnLink Midstream to Global Infrastructure Partners for $3.125B 06-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Devon Energy Corp. in connection with its agreement to sell its aggregate ownership interests in EnLink Midstream Partners, LP and EnLink Midstream, LLC to an affiliate of Global Infrastructure Partners, a leading global, independent infrastructure fund manager, for $3.125 billion.

Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC and FourPoint Permian Form DoublePoint Energy 06-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC in connection with the formation of a new company named DoublePoint Energy, LLC with FourPoint Permian, LLC. 

SailPoint Closes Follow-On Offering by Selling Stockholders 05-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc. in an underwritten public offering of 17,808,000 shares of its common stock by selling stockholders at a public offering price of $22.50 per share.

Southern Power Sells Minority Interest in Solar Portfolio to Global Atlantic Financial Group 05-23-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised affiliates of Global Atlantic Financial Group in the $1.175 billion acquisition from Southern Power of a 33 percent minority interest in its solar portfolio.

CrownRock Closes Private Offering of Additional Senior Notes Due 2025 05-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CrownRock L.P. in its private offering of $185 million aggregate principal amount of 5.625% senior notes due 2025 at an issue price of 98.260% of par.

OCI N.V. and Dakota Gasification Company Form N-7 JV 05-21-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised OCI N.V. in connection with the negotiation of its definitive agreements with Dakota Gasification Company to sell nitrogen fertilizers, industrial ammonia and diesel exhaust fluid in North America through a newly formed joint venture, N-7 LLC.

ETE Defeats Effort To Rescind Convertible Unit Issuance 05-18-2018

The Delaware Court of Chancery has rejected unit holder claims to unwind a March 2016 issuance of convertible preferred units by Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.

Enbridge Announces Simplification of Corporate Structure 05-17-2018

Vinson & Elkins provided tax counsel to Enbridge Inc. in connection with separate all-share proposals, made on behalf of itself and certain of its wholly owned US subsidiaries, to the respective boards of directors of its sponsored vehicles, Spectra Energy Partners, LP, Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. and Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C., to acquire, in separate combination transactions, all of the outstanding equity securities of those sponsored vehicles not beneficially owned by Enbridge.

Titanium Exploration Partners to Sell Certain Conventional Assets to Red Rocks Energy Partners 05-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Titanium Exploration Partners, LLC in connection with the sale of certain conventional assets in Oklahoma’s SCOOP play to Red Rocks Energy Partners, L.P.

HTC Corp. Defeats Smartphone Remote Control Patent Litigation 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.

Neptune Energy Closes $550 Million Senior Notes Offering 05-11-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as counsel to the initial purchasers in Neptune Energy Group Limited’s offering of 6 5/8% senior notes in an aggregate principal amount of $550 million.

EZCORP Announces Private Offering of Convertible Senior Notes Due 2025 05-10-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised EZCORP in its sale of $172.5 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2025.

Reece Group Signs Agreement to Acquire MORSCO 05-07-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised MORSCO senior management in connection with a binding agreement whereby Reece Group, Australia’s leading provider of Plumbing, HVAC and Waterworks products, will acquire MORSCO.

Enterprise and Energy Transfer Form JV to Restore Service on Old Ocean Pipeline 05-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. in connection with a 50/50 joint venture with Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. to resume service on the Old Ocean natural gas pipeline, which has been essentially idled since 2012.

PermRock Royalty Trust Closes Initial Public Offering 05-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised PermRock Royalty Trust in connection with its initial public offering of 6,250,000 trust units, representing an approximate 51.4% beneficial interest in the Trust, at $17.00 per unit. Boaz Energy II, LLC, the sponsor of the Trust, is selling the units being offered. The offering closed on May 4, 2018.

Vivo Energy Is Largest UK-Listed African IPO in Over a Decade 05-04-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Helios and Vitol in Vivo Energy’s initial public offering. Vivo Energy shareholders raised £548 million from investors, valuing the company at £1.98 billion.

NorthStar Midstream to Sell NorthStar Port Arthur Terminal 05-02-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Northstar Midstream, a portfolio company of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., in the sale of its Northstar Port Arthur Terminal to a subsidiary of Colonial Pipeline Company.

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.

Houston Partner Trevor Wommack Strengthens V&E’s Finance Practice 01-26-2016

Vinson & Elkins has bolstered its highly regarded Finance Practice Group with the addition of partner Trevor Wommack, who focuses his practice on syndicated lending in the energy sector.

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. 

United States Lawyer Rankings Names V&E Partner Larry Nettles Top Environmental Lawyer 07-12-2017

For a tenth consecutive year, the United States Lawyer Rankings has recognized Vinson & Elkins partner Larry Nettles as the top environmental lawyer in the United States on its “Top 10 List” of lawyers considered the best in the country.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Recognizes 2 V&E Attorneys in 2017 Northern California Guide 07-07-2017

Super Lawyers has recognized four Vinson & Elkins attorneys in its 2017 Northern California guide. One attorney was  named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list and one was named to the Rising Stars list.

Vault Ranks Vinson & Elkins as Best Law Firm in Texas 06-28-2017

Associates rated Vinson & Elkins the No. 1 law firm in Texas, according to Vault’s 2018 rankings by region. In addition, the firm topped Vault’s practice area rankings for energy, oil and gas law for the second consecutive year.

National Law Journal Names Kevin Gaynor An "Energy and Environmental Trailblazer" 06-02-2017

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has selected Vinson & Elkins partner Kevin Gaynor to its list of 2017 “Energy and Environmental Trailblazers.” As one of 50 legal professionals nationwide to be honored, Gaynor is recognized for his contributions and achievements in the environmental field.

The Legal 500 U.S. 2017 (Legalease, Ltd.) Ranks V&E in 39 Practice Areas, Recommends 78 Lawyers 05-31-2017

The Legal 500 U.S. recognized Vinson & Elkins as a leading law firm in 39 categories, named four lawyers as “Leading Lawyers” in its 2017 guide. In total, 78 attorneys were recognized in the 2017 U.S. edition.

Chambers USA 2017 Ranks Vinson & Elkins in 33 Practice Areas and Recognizes 82 V&E Attorneys 05-26-2017

The 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes Vinson & Elkins as a leading law firm in 33 practice areas and selects 82 V&E attorneys as leading individuals.

V&E Earns Top Training and Recruitment Award in London 05-19-2017

Vinson & Elkins’ London office has received a LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Award 2017 for Best Recruiter – US firm in the City.

V&E Receives 2017 International Tax Review European Tax Award 05-18-2017

International Tax Review honored Vinson & Elkins with a Deal of the Year award at the European Tax Awards 2017.

D Magazine Recognizes 7 Vinson & Elkins Attorneys as "Best Lawyers in Dallas" 05-16-2017

D Magazine has named seven Vinson & Elkins lawyers to its 2017 “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list.

David Meyer Among 2017 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” 05-01-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner David Meyer has been named a 2017 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts (Beard Group, Inc.).

Global Competition Review Recognizes V&E Among Texas Antitrust Bar Elite 04-26-2017

Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized Vinson & Elkins among the Texas antitrust bar elite in its review of top competition practices.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 11 V&E Attorneys to 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers List, 8 to Rising Stars List 04-24-2017

Super Lawyers has named 11 Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list. Additionally, eight lawyers have been selected for the Washington DC Rising Stars list.

Global Competition Review Recognizes V&E in 17th Edition of GCR100 04-18-2017

Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized Vinson & Elkins in the 17th edition of its annual GCR100. V&E is recommended for its work in Texas and Washington, D.C.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 Recommends V&E in 5 Practice Areas, 3 Lawyers Recognized 04-12-2017

The Legal 500 EMEA recommends Vinson & Elkins in five practice areas across Iraq and Saudi Arabia in its 2017 edition. The guide also recognizes three V&E attorneys.

V&E Named to 2017 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review 04-11-2017

Vinson & Elkins has been named to the 2017 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review. The GAR 100 is a guide to the international arbitration capabilities of law firms. It profiles and only includes firms that have been audited by the publication for the qualities of arbitral specialization.

Vinson & Elkins Recognized as Leading Transactional Firm by American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard 2017 04-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins was once again recognized as a leading firm for corporate transactions in American Lawyer’s 2017 Corporate Scorecard.

Boyd Carano Named to Legal 500’s (Legalease, Ltd.) Private Practice Powerlist 04-04-2017

Vinson & Elkins partner Boyd Carano has been named to Legal 500’s inaugural Private Practice Powerlist: The Leading U.S. Attorneys with a Focus on Mexico. Legal 500 has unveiled the series as a way of identifying “key individual practitioners with outstanding specialization in, and knowledge of, particular jurisdictions.”

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2018 (Woodward/White, Inc.) Lists 4 V&E Partners 03-28-2017

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom has named four Vinson & Elkins partners in its 2018 edition.

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, 21 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.

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