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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ron Tenpas Joins Vinson & Elkins Published: 10-15-2018

Tenpas Adds Depth to Firm’s National Environmental and White Collar Practices

Tenpas, Ron

Ronald J. Tenpas, former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner.

Focus Financial Partners Closes Initial Public Offering 07-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Focus Financial Partners Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of shares of Class A common stock with gross proceeds of approximately $615 million.

Berry Petroleum Corporation Closes Initial Public Offering 07-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Berry Petroleum Corporation in connection with its initial public offering of its common stock at $14.00 per share.

TPG Growth Agrees to Sell Discovery Midstream to KKR and Williams for $1.2B 07-30-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity platform of alternative asset firm TPG, in its definitive agreement to sell Discovery Midstream to a newly-formed joint venture between KKR and Williams for approximately $1.2 billion.

EQT to Sell Offshore Communication Infrastructure Provider Tampnet 07-27-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised EQT Infrastructure in connection with its definitive agreement to sell Tampnet AS to 3i Infrastructure plc, a listed long-term investor in infrastructure businesses and assets, and ATP, Denmark’s largest pension provider.

Clean Line Energy Sells Non-Transmission Development Assets to ConnectGen 07-25-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Clean Line Energy Partners LLC in connection with the sale of its non-transmission development assets, including its interests in a 600 MW wind project and a series of utility-scale wind and battery storage development projects, to ConnectGen LLC, a new renewable energy company established by Quantum Energy Partners Fund VII.

Reata Pharmaceuticals Announces Pricing of Class A Common Stock Public Offering 07-24-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, in its underwritten public offering of 3,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $72.00 per share.

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.

American Finance Trust Begins Trading on Nasdaq 07-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised BMO Capital Markets, financial advisor to American Finance Trust, Inc. (AFIN), in connection with the listing of AFIN’s shares of Class A Common Stock on The Nasdaq Global Select Market on July 19, 2018.

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.

Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation and U.S. Well Services Enter Business Combination 07-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Crestview Partners in connection with Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation’s (MPAC) proposed business combination with U.S. Well Services, LLC (USWS), whereby USWS will combine with MPAC to become a publicly listed company. 

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.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Recognizes 3 V&E Attorneys in 2018 Northern California Guide 07-10-2018

Super Lawyers has recognized three Vinson & Elkins attorneys in its 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers guide. Two attorneys were named Northern California Super Lawyers; another was named to the Northern California Rising Stars list.

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.

Covenant Transportation Group Acquires Landair Holdings 07-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Landair Holdings, Inc. ("Landair") of Greeneville, Tennessee, the holding company for Landair Transport, Inc. and Landair Logistics, Inc. 

Osaka Gas Participates in Shale Gas Project in Texas 06-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Osaka Gas USA Co. in its agreement with Sabine to acquire 35% of Sabine’s working interest in gas properties located primarily in Harrison and Panola Counties.

South Jersey Industries Announces Sale of Solar Portfolio 06-28-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Goldman Sachs’ renewable energy fund on its approximately $350 million acquisition from Marina Energy, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries, of its solar portfolio. 

Transocean Announces $750M Offering of Secured Notes Due 2024 06-27-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as initial purchasers’ counsel in connection with Transocean Guardian Limited’s private offering of U.S. $750 million in aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2024. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sumitomo Forestry America to Acquire Crescent Communities 04-27-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Sumitomo Forestry America, Inc. in connection with its definitive agreement with Crescent Communities, LLC under which Crescent Communities’ three key businesses will be acquired by Sumitomo. 

Two Harbors Investment Corp. to Acquire CYS Investments 04-26-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised CYS Investments, Inc., an agency mortgage REIT, in a definitive merger agreement with Two Harbors Investment Corp., a leading hybrid mortgage REIT, under which Two Harbors will acquire CYS.

Plains Defeats Securities Litigation Arising from 2015 Pipeline Spill 04-19-2018

A Texas federal judge has issued a resounding victory to Vinson & Elkins client Plains All American Pipeline, LP, dismissing putative class action securities litigation brought by Plains investors who claimed nearly $1.5 billion in damages for stock losses allegedly incurred in the aftermath of a 2015 pipeline leak in Santa Barbara County, California.

Ward Energy Partners Sells DJ Basin Assets 04-18-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Ward Energy Partners, LLC in connection with its sale of assets located in Adams and Weld Counties in Colorado to an undisclosed buyer. 

Daseke to Acquire Aveda Transportation and Energy Services 04-16-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Daseke, Inc., the largest owner of flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics solutions in North America, in connection with its merger agreement with Aveda Transportation and Energy Services, one of the largest oil rig moving companies in North America.

V&E Wins Critical Appellate Decision in Historic Church Property Dispute 04-06-2018

Vinson & Elkins has secured a crucial appellate victory in a landmark battle for control over the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and more than $100 million worth of historic church property. The dispute, which is the largest church property case in Texas history, concerns the First Amendment’s impact on state property laws and has produced the Texas Supreme Court’s first church property opinions in more than a century.

Vista Equity Partners Invests in YouEarnedIt 04-05-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised YouEarnedIt, Inc., the leading Human Resources SaaS company improving bottom-line performance metrics by enhancing the employee experience, in connection with a strategic investment from Vista Equity Partners.

Unit Corporation to Sell 50% Interest in Midstream Subsidiary 03-29-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Unit Corporation in the sale of a 50% equity interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, Superior Pipeline Company, LLC for cash proceeds of $300 million.

Concho Resources to Acquire RSP Permian for Approximately $9.5B 03-28-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised RSP Permian, Inc. in a definitive agreement under which Concho will acquire RSP in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $9.5 billion, inclusive of RSP’s net debt.

Tullow Oil plc Closes $800M Senior Notes Offering 03-23-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with Tullow Oil plc’s offering of $800 million aggregate principal amount of 7.000% senior notes due 2025. 

Aker BP ASA Closes $500M Senior Notes Offering 03-22-2018

Vinson & Elkins served as counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with Aker BP ASA’s offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 5.875% senior notes due 2025 at par. 

TPGE Announces $2.66B Business Combination With EnerVest’s South Texas Division 03-20-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised TPG Pace Energy Holdings Corp. (“TPGE”) in its definitive agreements with certain funds managed by EnerVest, Ltd (“EnerVest”) to acquire the oil and gas assets within EnerVest’s South Texas Division for approximately $2.66 billion in cash and stock. As part of the transaction, TPGE and EnerVest are partnering to create Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation.

Delek US Announces Sale of AltAir Paramount and Paramount, CA Assets 03-19-2018

Vinson & Elkins advised Delek US Holdings, Inc. in connection with the sale of AltAir Paramount, LLC and Delek’s Paramount, California refining and pipeline assets to an affiliate of Boston based World Energy, LLC.

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.

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. 

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 12 V&E Attorneys to 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers List, 8 to Rising Stars List 04-24-2017

Super Lawyers has named 12 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, 23 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 27 V&E Attorneys to 2017 Texas Rising Stars List 03-08-2017

Super Lawyers has named 27 Vinson & Elkins attorneys to the 2017 Texas Rising Stars List across a range of the firm’s practices and Texas offices.

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.

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