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2019 Antitrust Developments in the Energy and Chemical Industries 01-16-2020

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThe energy and chemicals industries play a central role in our economy and regularly capture the attention of antitrust authorities and practitioners. Join us for a discussion of recent antitrust developments in these industries — including merger enforcement, cartel investigations, and private litigation — and what lies ahead for companies.

SCOTUS Asked to Consider Absolute Immunity for SAR Filers 01-15-2020

When a bank files a suspicious activity report (“SAR”), that bank has immunity from civil lawsuits. 

What does ExxonMobil’s Win Mean for the Future of Climate Disclosures? 01-15-2020

In a case that has been widely watched, on Tuesday December 10, ExxonMobil got good news in the climate change disclosure lawsuit brought against it by the New York Attorney General.

2019 Energy and Chemicals Antitrust Report 01-15-2020

V&E Antitrust Update, January 15, 2020

The U.S. antitrust agencies remained active in enforcing mergers and acquisitions generally; however, both the energy and chemical industries saw a slight reduction in the number of reportable transactions, with a corresponding reduction in the number of transactions investigated in 2019.

One Promotion Too Far 01-14-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

As employment lawyers, we see all sorts of reasons for businesses deciding to terminate employees, ranging from gross misconduct to plant closures. But there is one scenario that comes up from time to time that always strikes me as a particularly unfortunate loss of talent – when a good employee gets promoted into a role they are simply not suited for.

Houston Bar Association Taxation Section January Luncheon 01-13-2020

On, January 15, V&E partner Jason McIntosh will speak on “Tax Issues in the Lifecycle of a Private Equity Investment” at the Houston Bar Association Taxation Section's January Luncheon.

Five (Less Predictable) Predictions for FCPA Enforcement in 2020 01-10-2020

V&E Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Update, January 10, 2020

Enforcement of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) is at an all-time high, and 2019 marks the fourth consecutive year where results broke the records that had been set in the previous year. 

REITs: The Next Vehicle for Midstream Assets? 01-10-2020

V&E Energy Update, January 10, 2020

Investing in the midstream energy sector is an attractive way to participate in the North American energy market. 

Is Ethical Veganism Covered by Your Anti-Discrimination Policy? 01-09-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

If your business has employees only in the United States, then the answer is probably no. But if you are a multi-national employer, then perhaps it should be.

Renewable M&A - What Makes it Different? 01-08-2020

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, V&E lawyers discussed the key differences between renewable and more traditional M&A transactions.

BEAT Update: Newly Proposed and Final Regulations Make Some Concessions, but the BEAT Goes On 01-08-2020

V&E Tax Update, January 9, 2020

In the past month, the IRS has issued a spate of proposed and final regulations on various international tax law topics, including the foreign tax credit, sourcing of personal property sales, and the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT).1

Caught Between a Rock (Labor Law) and a Hard Place (Employment Law) 01-07-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

What would you do if one morning you saw on the overtime volunteer list on your company bulletin board that an employee had handwritten across the top of the list the words “Whore Board?” I think I know: You would fire that employee, assuming you could identify who it was.

European Investment Bank Adopts New Energy Lending Policy 01-07-2020

On 14 November 2019, the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (“EIB”), the world’s largest multilateral bank, adopted a new Energy Lending Policy (the “Policy”), which aims to end EIB investment in the majority of fossil fuel programs by the end of 2021.

RE: Company Email Policies 01-02-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

As I’m sure many of you are intimately aware, communicating with coworkers via email is central to millions of employees’ roles in the modern workplace.

An Overview of 2019 Supreme Court Trademark Developments 12-31-2019

V&E IP Insights, December 31, 2019

This year (2019) marks a significant year in the development of United States Supreme Court trademark jurisprudence. Much public commentary has focused on the Supreme Court’s Brunetti opinion which found that the Lanham Act’s so-called Scandalous Clause was an unconstitutional prohibition on protected speech under the First Amendment. 588 U.S. ___ (2019).

Managing the Modern Workplace 2019 Annual Quiz 12-30-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace

We conclude 2019 with our first Managing the Modern Workplace Quiz to give our readers an opportunity to test their knowledge of recent stories on the labor and employment front.

Tick-Tock: Companies Have Twelve Months to Use the EPA’s New Oil and Gas Audit Program for Existing Owners of Upstream Facilities 12-23-2019

Environmental Blog

On December 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened a limited-time opportunity for existing owners of upstream oil and gas facilities to discover, correct, and self-disclose violations of the Clean Air Act.

“The First Rule of this Workplace Investigation is…” 12-20-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace

“…You will not talk about this investigation with your coworkers.” Or at least this is the first thing that many employers have long told employees who are interviewed in workplace investigations. 

Surviving Troubled Waters: Advocate General Suggests EU Standard Contractual Clauses are Valid for Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers 12-19-2019

V&E Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update, December 19, 2019

On December 19, 2019, the Advocate General for the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a nonbinding opinion in case 311/18, commonly called Schrems II.

H-1B Registration Could Reduce Costs for Employers 12-18-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 18, 2019

Getting an H-1B visa for a new employee has never been easy. Any employer who has been through the process knows that putting together an application can be time-consuming and expensive, especially if they have never sought an H-1B for that particular position. 

Kayo Women's Real Estate Summit 08-19-2019

V&E proudly sponsored the 3rd Annual Kayo Women’s Real Estate Summit on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25 in Chicago. 

2019 Antitrust Texas Summit 07-31-2019

V&E partners Alden Atkins and Hill Wellford will speak on panels at the KNect365 CompLaw’s inaugural Antitrust TX Summit at the JW Marriott in Houston on September 24th.

2019 Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions Program 07-31-2019

V&E partner Damara Chambers will present on a panel titled “M&A: Foreign Investment, Trade & Technology” at the 2019 “Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions” program hosted by the PLI (Practising Law Institute).

NCMA World Congress 2019 07-29-2019

V&E partner Dan Graham will present at the World Congress 2019 in Boston hosted by the National Contract Management Association alongside Greg Bingham, President at the Kenrich Group.

Restructuring and Refinancing Meetup - Barcelona 07-02-2019

V&E partner Federico Fruhbeck participated in the Restructuring and Refinancing Meetup of the Barcelona Bar Association on June 18, 2019 to discuss “The role of funds in refinancing and restructuring transactions in Spain.”

The Benchmark Litigation 5th Annual Women in Litigation Forum 06-20-2019

The Benchmark Litigation 5th Annual Women in Litigation Forum, sponsored by V&E, will take place this year on Thursday, June 20th in Palo Alto.

UT Law Conference on State & Federal Appeals 06-20-2019

V&E is again sponsoring UT Law's Conference on State & Federal Appeals. On June 20, partner Jeremy Marwell will review the Supreme Court of the Unites States' 2018 term and look ahead to the 2019 term commencing in October.

Hate Speech and Incitement - Fifty Years after Brandenburg v. Ohio 06-17-2019

This program will explore the legacy of Brandenburg’s standard of “incitement to imminent lawless action,” the challenges that journalists face in covering controversial speakers and groups, the treatment of these speakers and groups by public institutions post-Charlottesville, and the heightened tensions between the right to speak and social media platforms’ right to censor, limit, or ban these speakers.

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) 2019 Conference 06-09-2019

On Tuesday, June 11, V&E partner Margaret Peloso will speak on the panel "Taming Nature's Fury: Electric Companies and Extreme Weather Events."

The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance 05-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins invites you to a discussion of this year’s trending legal issues affecting public companies. This program is an excellent forum for internal legal teams to get perspectives from our lawyers on the issues companies are currently facing on a daily basis. 

UT Law’s 32nd Annual Technology Law Conference 05-23-2019

V&E is sponsoring the Thursday evening networking reception at the UT Technology Law Conference.

6th Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Conference 05-21-2019

V&E lawyers Shamus Crosby, Matt Dobbins, and Lande Spottswood will speak at the 6th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Law Conference in Houston on Tuesday, May 21. 

Popcorn & Principles XVII: More Order in the Court 05-07-2019

Popcorn & Principles XVII, More Order in the Court is a fun and interactive review of several key principles found in the rules of professional conduct.

8th Annual Private Equity US Spring Forum 05-06-2019

V&E partner Robert Seber will be conducting an interview with Chuck Davis, CEO of Stone Point Capital at the 8th Annual Private Equity US Spring Forum in New York City on Monday, May 6th.

ITC Trial Lawyers Association Event 05-02-2019

V&E partner Steve Borgman will speak on the overlap and interplay of International Trade Commission and federal court litigation at an event organized by the ITC Trial Lawyers Association and the IP Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

PLI Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 04-30-2019

V&E Partner Gary Huffman will speak on "Advanced Basis Issues: Impact of Liabilities" at PLI's Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances conference in April in New York and in Chicago in May.

13D Monitor Active-Passive Investor Summit 04-16-2019

Patrick Gadson, New York Co-Chair of V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice, will be speaking on a panel on "Best & Worst Things a Company Can Do When Approached by an Activist" at the 13D Monitor Conference in New York City at the Plaza on Tuesday, April 16th.

Kayo Women's Energy Summit 04-16-2019

Sarah MorganDanielle Patterson, and Bailey Pham will be speaking on various panels throughout the Kayo Women's Energy Summit in Houston on Tuesday, April 16th and Wednesday, April 17th.

NACD Northern California Chapter – Private Dinner with V&E 04-15-2019

V&E will host a private dinner with the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors in San Francisco.

Public Roundtable on Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement & Reform Act (ACPERA) 04-11-2019

On April 11th, V&E Counsel Lindsey Vaala will speak on a panel at a public roundtable held by the Department of Justice Antitrust Division to discuss the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement & Reform Act.

Proving Independent Development: A Winning Defense Against Trade Secrets Misappropriation Claims 10-10-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideLitigation involving allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets has been on the rise since the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act in May of 2016, which opened the Federal Courts to such claims.

Seventh Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium 10-04-2017

On October 4, 2017, V&E hosted our annual seminar discussing timely topics surrounding unconventional oil and gas development.

NACD Global Board Leaders’ Summit 10-02-2017

The National Association of Corporate Directors’ Global Board Leaders’ Summit is the largest and most important director forum in the world, where the greatest minds in governance convene to take on the largest issues facing today’s boardrooms and collectively discover the future of exemplary board leadership.

Sing a Song about the Heartland: Patent Litigation Post-Heartland 07-11-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn one of the most anticipated decisions in recent years, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s venue precedent in TC Heartland and reaffirmed its own decades-old interpretation of the patent venue statue. 

Tax Reform: Perspectives From Across the Nation - Impact on the Energy Sector 06-21-2017

The Tax Analysts team traveled outside of Washington, D.C. to get a variety of perspectives on tax reform.

M&A Transaction Structures: Corporate, Reporting, and Tax Considerations 06-14-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, V&E attorneys discussed transaction structures for mergers and acquisitions, including Up-Cs and double-dummy mergers.

2017 Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference 06-12-2017

Vinson & Elkins proudly sponsors Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference in Houston. This event brought together two hundred of the energy industry’s leading figures across multiple sectors, including oil & gas, metals and mining, and alternative fuels.

Governance and Disclosure: 2017 Season Lessons, 2018 Season Expectations 05-10-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, we discussed key 2017 governance and disclosure developments and trends, including proxy access developments, proxy advisory firms policy changes, executive compensation trends, conflict minerals developments, shareholder proposal trends and recent SEC guidance.

Hunting Pirates at the ITC: A Cost-Effective Approach to Brand Protection 05-09-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WidePiracy is one of the larger threats to brand owners. Going after pirates can be costly and traditional fines from Customs & Border Patrol do little to deter the brazen pirate.

Cybersecurity Preparedness for the Energy Industry 04-28-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis panel discussion with representatives from the infrastructure, public relations and insurance fields discussed the metes and bounds of being “cyber-secure” in today’s energy business.

V&E Sponsors Inaugural Kayo Women’s Real Estate Investment Summit 2017 04-24-2017

V&E was a gold sponsor of Kayo’s inaugural Women’s Real Estate Investment Summit, which took place Monday, April 24th and Tuesday, April 25th in Brooklyn. With over 60 speakers and approximately 200 attendees from 18 states and four countries, the summit showcased diverse perspectives on trends in the real estate and hospitality sectors, with an exciting focus on the experiences of women professionals in the industry.

Patents in the “Age of Experience”: Valuable Property Right or Useless Relic? 04-11-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIt is not news that technology has permeated and revolutionized practically every industry on the planet. While 25 years ago, the dawn of the internet ushered in the “Information Age,” we now find ourselves at the dawn of what some have dubbed the “Experience Age.”

V&E / Risk Assistance Network + Exchange (RANE) Energy Investment Roundtable 03-02-2017

The energy sector’s recovery from a historic decline in oil prices in 2016 has driven renewed interest in the sector’s investment opportunities. Further fueling this interest is rising demand and advances in technology that are yielding significant cost reductions in the way oil and gas are developed and produced.

Energy Technology Roundtable 02-23-2017

This program addressed technology’s growing impact on the oil and gas industry. The panel discussed cutting edge technologies that are currently impacting the oil and gas industry, the origins and the future of oil and gas technology as well as certain legal and commercial issues to consider when investing in, working with, and/or acquiring energy technology companies.

Alternative Capital: 144A Equity Offerings and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) 02-22-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThis program covered alternatives to traditional forms of capital raising, including 144A Equity Offerings and Special Purposes Acquisition Companies (SPACs). The presentation looked at recent market trends and precedents in such financings.

Environmental Citizens' Suit Defense: Preparing for "Private Attorneys General" in the Trump Administration 02-07-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideAs the Trump Administration advances its agenda, several environmental NGOs will look to make good on their pledge to rely on citizen suit statutes to accomplish their public policy priorities. These groups hope to achieve judicial rulings on environmental theories that may not be endorsed by either the legislative or executive branches, while also being reimbursed for their efforts.

An MLP Update: The Final Regulations on Qualifying Income and Recent Delaware Supreme Court Opinions 01-25-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideOn January 19, 2017, the Treasury Department and the IRS released final regulations providing guidance on the treatment of income from natural resource activities of publicly traded partnerships as qualifying income for purposes of section 7704(d)(1)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Patent in the High Court 2016-2017 01-24-2017

IP Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this presentation, we previewed TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC and Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International and discussed the issues and potential outcomes. We also took one additional step and discussed what these cases may mean to the business of law.

The Times They Are A-Changin’: Energy Policy in the Trump Administration 01-24-2017

U.S. oil and gas policy may undergo substantial change in the next administration. Federal rules governing methane emissions, the leasing of government lands, exports, and much more could be revised in the coming years. 

Preparing for an IPO: Market Update, Process and Timeline 11-09-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideIn this program, V&E attorneys discuss recent IPO activity in the energy space, the IPO timeline and process overview, issues that arise during the IPO process, financial statement and structuring considerations, and governance matters.

European Investment Bank Adopts New Energy Lending Policy 01-07-2020

On 14 November 2019, the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (“EIB”), the world’s largest multilateral bank, adopted a new Energy Lending Policy (the “Policy”), which aims to end EIB investment in the majority of fossil fuel programs by the end of 2021.

RE: Company Email Policies 01-02-2020

Managing the Modern Workplace

As I’m sure many of you are intimately aware, communicating with coworkers via email is central to millions of employees’ roles in the modern workplace.

An Overview of 2019 Supreme Court Trademark Developments 12-31-2019

V&E IP Insights, December 31, 2019

This year (2019) marks a significant year in the development of United States Supreme Court trademark jurisprudence. Much public commentary has focused on the Supreme Court’s Brunetti opinion which found that the Lanham Act’s so-called Scandalous Clause was an unconstitutional prohibition on protected speech under the First Amendment. 588 U.S. ___ (2019).

Managing the Modern Workplace 2019 Annual Quiz 12-30-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace

We conclude 2019 with our first Managing the Modern Workplace Quiz to give our readers an opportunity to test their knowledge of recent stories on the labor and employment front.

Tick-Tock: Companies Have Twelve Months to Use the EPA’s New Oil and Gas Audit Program for Existing Owners of Upstream Facilities 12-23-2019

Environmental Blog

On December 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened a limited-time opportunity for existing owners of upstream oil and gas facilities to discover, correct, and self-disclose violations of the Clean Air Act.

“The First Rule of this Workplace Investigation is…” 12-20-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace

“…You will not talk about this investigation with your coworkers.” Or at least this is the first thing that many employers have long told employees who are interviewed in workplace investigations. 

Surviving Troubled Waters: Advocate General Suggests EU Standard Contractual Clauses are Valid for Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers 12-19-2019

V&E Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update, December 19, 2019

On December 19, 2019, the Advocate General for the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a nonbinding opinion in case 311/18, commonly called Schrems II.

H-1B Registration Could Reduce Costs for Employers 12-18-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 18, 2019

Getting an H-1B visa for a new employee has never been easy. Any employer who has been through the process knows that putting together an application can be time-consuming and expensive, especially if they have never sought an H-1B for that particular position. 

FCPA Agency Theory Post-Hoskins Takes the Spotlight at FCPA Conference 12-16-2019

The recent bribery conviction of British citizen Lawrence Hoskins created a stir among white collar practitioners because it showed that the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) could be successful using an agency theory to prosecute individuals or entities that are outside the traditional jurisdiction of U.S. prosecutors.

Obesity & the ADA in Employment Decision-Making 12-12-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 12, 2019

Nobody likes comments about their weight (Heaven help the person who makes one about mine), and most people have learned that weight is a subject best approached with caution. 

GAO Urges DOD To Systematically Assess Fraud Risks Related to Contractor Ownership 12-12-2019

On November 25, 2019, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report examining the financial and nonfinancial fraud and national security risks to the Department of Defense (“DoD”) when contractors employ “opaque ownership structures.”

With Bipartisan Support, House Passes Explicit Ban on Insider Trading 12-12-2019

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that aims to create the first federal statute explicitly banning insider trading.

Unfortunately, A Bit of Ebenezer Is Needed When Giving Christmas Bonuses 12-10-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 10, 2019

Although they are not as common as they once were, employees in many workplaces still expect a bonus at this time of the year, and many employers, hoping to not disappoint, give their employees something like a fixed-dollar amount or the equivalent of one week’s base pay to celebrate the holiday season. 

When Poorly Performing Employees Suddenly Get Sick 12-05-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 5, 2019

You finally sit down with an employee who has performed poorly for months, and you give him or her both a detailed performance improvement plan spelling out your expectations and a time frame by which they must demonstrate substantial improvement. The very next morning, the previously healthy employee calls in sick and soon thereafter requests medical leave, supported by a doctor’s excuse, to obtain treatment for work-induced stress and depression.

Sun Capital - Penson Liability under MPAA (1st Cir.) 12-05-2019

V&E Restructuring and Reorganization Update, December 5, 2019

On November 22, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit1 reversed the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, which would have imposed pension fund withdrawal liability on two private equity funds—Sun Capital Partners III2 and Sun Capital Partners IV, LP—under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980.

Court Rejects “Tacit Understanding” Theory to Set Aside Part of Guilty Verdict in Executives’ Opioid Trial 12-04-2019

Executives convicted of an illegal scheme involving opioid marketing received a partial victory when the trial court vacated part of the jury’s guilty verdict.

Why Is This Important? 12-03-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, December 3, 2019

The heritage of indigenous people in Guatemala, the right of Nigerian women to avoid being the subject of human trafficking, the working conditions of employees in northern Brazil. Besides a general wish for others to be treated fairly, why are these types of matters important to Texas companies and their Texas-based lawyers? 

CFIUS Annual Report for 2016 and 2017 Reflects Longer Timelines and a Significant Increase in Abandoned Transactions 11-27-2019

V&E CFIUS Update, November 27, 2019

On November 22, 2019, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) released its long-awaited Annual Report to Congress covering calendar years 2016 and 2017.

The Problem with Non-Disparagement Clauses 11-27-2019

Managing the Modern Workplace, November 27, 2019

“If I am going to have to pay her a severance, I want to make sure that she doesn’t go around bad mouthing me or my company,” is not an unusual plea from an employer who is parting ways with a difficult employee. 

Japan Hosts First-Ever Summit on Implementation of TCFD Recommendations 11-25-2019

On October 8, 2019, the government of Japan hosted the first-ever corporate summit (the “Summit”) in Tokyo to discuss and guide implementation of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) recommendations.

The New ILPA Model LPA: What GPs Need to Know 02-04-2020

First published by Privcap, January 30, 2020

Robert Seber discusses a new model limited partnership agreement from the Institutional Limited Partner Association and why general partners need to be aware that a suggested “prudent person” standard has a very specific history and understanding in the investment management industry.

Cyber-insurance 101: The Basics 09-30-2019

Increasingly, organizations are purchasing cyber-insurance or requiring their vendors to do so to mitigate risks related to cyber-attacks. In this video, partner Devika Kornbacher helps companies think through choosing the coverage that is best for them.

Protecting Data in Unlikely Places 09-25-2019

Intellectual Property partner Devika Kornbacher discusses how to protect your company data in unlikely places.

V&E's Matt Jacobs Discusses Legal Implications from Indictments in Mueller Investigations 01-31-2019

Matt Jacobs appears on MSNBC to discuss the legal implications of Roger Stone’s indictment in the Mueller investigations.

V&E's Matt Jacobs Weighs in on Committee Investigation 01-14-2019

Matt Jacobs sits in on an MSNBC panel to discuss the subject of legal troubles facing the Trump family in light of allegations of the inaugural committee misusing and abusing funds.

V&E’s Matt Jacobs Weighs In on the Mueller Investigation 01-07-2019

V&E's Matt Jacobs, a former federal prosecuter, sits down with MSNBC during a panel discussing the Mueller investigation. 

REIT IPO Activity Could Pick Up in Late 2018 04-11-2018

First published by Nareit, April 3, 2018

Daniel LeBey, partner, capital markets and M&A at Vinson & Elkins LLP, participated in a video interview at REITwise 2018, Nareit’s Law, Accounting & Finance Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

Why Join V&E: Your Development as a Lawyer 01-02-2018

Hear from V&E Partner John B. Connally, Practice Group Leader, former Management Committee member, and LGBT affinity group member, on what he thinks are the two most important things when considering where to start your law career.

The International Reach of The Defend Trade Secrets Act 09-12-2017

V&E partner Craig Tyler outlines implications of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) for misappropriation taking place outside of the U.S. and looks specifically at the International Trade Commission as a venue for cracking down on misappropriating products imported into the U.S.

Testing the Waters: The First Few Months of The Defend Trade Secrets Act 09-12-2017

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) was signed into law, providing a federal civil remedy for trade secrets misappropriation. 

An Intro to The Defend Trade Secrets Act 05-11-2017

The new Defend Trade Secrets Act was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. V&E partner Steve Borgman explains what the new law is, how it differs from existing trade secrets law, and how the new law can be beneficial to parties involved in a trade secrets dispute.

Intellectual Property Rights in Complex Cross-Border Operations 05-11-2017

A common problem that arises in complex cross-border operations involving intellectual property is something referred to as the coordination problem. Rights under the law in one country may be exploited under the laws of another country. These problems can be addressed contractually if proper forethought is given.

A Profile of V&E’s Energy Appellate Practice 08-31-2016

Marie Yeates, co-chair of V&E's Appellate practice, and Appellate partner Michael Heidler have deep experience handling energy appeals, particularly in Texas and Louisiana.

A Closer Look at EPA's New Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry 06-22-2016

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued a slate of final rules and an information request under the Clean Air Act directed at the oil and gas industry. This is the first time EPA is directly regulating methane as a greenhouse gas. These rules will have widespread application to the oil and gas industry, including production, processing, transmission, and storage. 

Employment Consideration in International Asset Transactions 06-03-2016

Martin Luff, counsel in V&E’s International Employment practice, highlights some of the differences between U.S. and international transactions with regards to the transfer of employment and employee benefits. Buyers and sellers must consider all potential issues that may arise in the different jurisdictions where business deals occur.

Global Reductions in Force 06-03-2016

Martin Luff, counsel in V&E’s International Employment practice, highlights the issues employers must consider when implementing global layoffs or reductions in force.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Do You Have the Coverage You Think You Do? 06-03-2016

There are several benefits to workers’ compensation insurance. For example, it provides benefits to an employee in the event of a workplace injury and provides an exclusive remedy protecting the employer from most types of negligence claims.

Changes to the Partnership Audit Tax Rules – What Partnerships Need to Consider Now 02-04-2016

Major changes to the rules for auditing the tax items of partnerships were made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and will come into effect in 2018.

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