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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.

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. 

V&E Honored at 2019 Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards 05-08-2019

Vinson & Elkins was once again honored in the large firm category as part of the 11th Annual Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards.

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.

V&E Awards Five Diversity Fellowships to 1Ls 04-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins has awarded five first-year law students 2019 Diversity Fellowships. Recipients Natalie Willis, George Smith IV, Rebekah Mercer, Tania Pinon Venegas and Mo Zia were selected from nearly 100 candidates who applied from U.S. law schools.

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. 

Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes V&E in 34 Practice Categories, with 107 Individual Lawyer Rankings 04-25-2019

The 2019 edition of Chambers USA recognizes Vinson & Elkins as a leading law firm in 34 practice categories, with 107 individual lawyer rankings. Eighty-nine V&E attorneys were recognized, with some ranked in more than one category.

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).

Tom Leatherbury Inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers 04-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins partner Tom Leatherbury has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) Names 12 V&E Attorneys to 2019 D.C. Super Lawyers List, 7 to Rising Stars 04-19-2019

Super Lawyers has named 12 Vinson & Elkins lawyers across a range of the firm’s practice areas to the 2019 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list. Meanwhile, 7 lawyers have been selected for the Washington D.C. Rising Stars list.

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.

V&E Named to 2019 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review 04-17-2019

Vinson & Elkins has once again been named to the GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review (GAR), the publication’s “guide to law firms ‘approved’ for international arbitration.”

Harry Reasoner Named Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award Recipient 04-17-2019

Vinson & Elkins partner Harry Reasoner has been selected to receive the Houston Bar Association’s highest honor for professionalism, the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award.

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.

Yale Law Women Names V&E Among 2019 Top 10 Firms for Family Friendliness 04-16-2019

Vinson & Elkins has been named among the 2019 Top 10 Firms for Family Friendliness by Yale Law Women (YLW). This marks the fourth time V&E has made the list in recognition of its development and implementation of family friendly practices and policies.

V&E Receives Perfect Score on 2019 Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index 04-12-2019

V&E Receives Perfect Score on 2019 Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index

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.

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.

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. 

V&E Advises Summit Midstream Partners in Sale of Tioga Midstream 02-26-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Summit Midstream Partners, LP in the sale of Tioga Midstream, a non-core gathering system in North Dakota, to affiliates of Hess Infrastructure Partners LP for $90 million, subject to customary closing adjustments. 

Arlington Asset Investment Corp. Closes Common Stock Offering 02-22-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as underwriters counsel in connection with a public offering by Arlington Asset Investment Corp. of 6,000,000 shares of Class A common stock resulting in expected gross proceeds of approximately $50.0 million. 

Direct Energy to Sell Franchisee Home Services Business, Clockwork 02-21-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest energy and services companies and a subsidiary of Centrica plc, in connection with the sale of Clockwork, Inc. and certain of its affiliates to Authority Brands, a home services franchise platform backed by funds advised by Apax Partners, for $300 million. 

Kibo Software to Acquire Certona 02-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Kibo Software, Inc., a leader in cloud commerce, in its combination with Certona, the leading real-time omnichannel personalization solution and pioneer of AI-driven experience individualization.

Targa Resources Sells 45 Percent Interest in Bakken Assets for $1.6B 02-19-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Targa Resources Corp. in its definitive agreements to sell a 45 percent interest in Targa Badlands LLC, the entity that holds all of Targa’s assets in North Dakota, to funds managed by GSO Capital Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities for $1.6 billion in cash. 

Noble Midstream and Salt Creek Midstream Close Delaware Basin Joint Venture 02-08-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised Noble Midstream in connection with the closing of a previously announced 50/50 joint venture with Salt Creek Midstream LLC, Delaware Crossing LLC. 

Kimbell Royalty Partners Announces $151.3M Mineral and Royalty Acquisition from EnCap 02-07-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised EnCap Investments L.P. (EnCap) in the acquisition by Kimbell Royalty Partners of certain oil and gas royalty assets from EnCap for approximately $151.3 million in a 100% equity transaction. 

New Fortress Energy Closes Initial Public Offering 02-04-2019

Vinson & Elkins advised New Fortress Energy LLC in its initial public offering of 20,000,000 Class A shares representing limited liability company interests in New Fortress at $14.00 per share. The offering, which closed on February 4, represents the first IPO of an operating company in 2019 and priced three days following the re-opening of the Federal government.

CubeSmart Closes Offering of Senior Unsecured Notes 01-31-2019

Vinson & Elkins served as underwriters’ counsel in connection with an offering by CubeSmart L.P. of $350 million aggregate principal amount of 4.375% senior unsecured notes due 2029 in an underwritten public offering. The offering closed on January 31, 2019.

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.

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.

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.

Carrick Brooke-Davidson Joins V&E as Environmental Counsel 10-16-2017

Vinson & Elkins has bolstered its Environmental and Natural Resources practice with the addition of new counsel Carrick Brooke-Davidson, who brings to the firm more than three decades of experience as a private practitioner and as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice handling a wide range of environmental litigation, compliance and regulatory matters.

Joseph Chedrawe Joins V&E’s Dispute Resolution Practice in Dubai 09-25-2017

Vinson & Elkins continues to expand its Middle East disputes presence with the addition of Joseph Chedrawe as counsel in the firm’s Dubai office.

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.

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.

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 21 V&E Attorneys to 2018 Texas Rising Stars List 03-12-2018

Super Lawyers has named 21 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.

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.

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.

V&E Honored for Contributions to Homeless Youth Policy Report 11-16-2017

Texas Appleseed has honored Vinson & Elkins with a 2017 Pro Bono Leadership Award, in recognition of the firm’s help researching and developing policy recommendations to the Texas Legislature designed to address challenges faced by the state’s homeless youth population. 

V&E Earns Perfect Score on 2018 Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index 11-09-2017

Vinson & Elkins has received a perfect score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year. Administered annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Corporate Equality Index is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.

V&E Listed in Law Business Research’s GIR 100 2017 11-07-2017

Vinson & Elkins is among the firms included in the Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100 2017, an independent guide to the world’s best firms for international investigations. GIR 100 has listed V&E every year dating back to the inaugural guide in 2015.

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