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Transactional Tax

Skilled in analyzing the tax consequences associated with structuring business transactions, Vinson & Elkins’ Transactional Tax lawyers provide strategic counseling and tax-planning advice that result in advantageous tax treatment for our clients, while protecting their financial interests. V&E lawyers are recognized as leaders in providing comprehensive tax counsel, representing domestic and foreign clients, both public and privately held, and we also have extensive experience working with master limited partnerships (MLPs). Our clients are engaged in many different industries, including energy, technology, health care, private equity, financial services, medical devices, aerospace, chemicals, insurance, entertainment, and retail, and include corporations, partnerships, individuals, trusts and estates, and governmental and quasi-governmental entities.

V&E’s Transactional Tax practice is accomplished at formulating and implementing innovative tax strategies across a broad spectrum of transactions, including: 

  • Acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and assets 
  • Corporate finance (equity and debt)
  • Spin-offs
  • Cross-border acquisitions and divestitures 
  • Partnerships and joint ventures
  • Working interests, royalties, production payments, and other mineral interests
  • Private equity fund formation and investment 
  • Project financings
  • IPOs, equity offerings, and private placements of securities 
  • Securitizations and other indirect financings

Our Transactional Tax lawyers also have extensive experience in representing a diverse client base of fund managers and sponsors in the formation and operation of funds worldwide with varying investment strategies and structures.

Thought Leaders

Lawyers in V&E’s Transactional Tax practice are regularly sought after as lecturers and writers for their distinctive insights and knowledge as trusted advisors. From speaking at global conferences to teaching graduate-level tax classes to authoring treatises that are routinely referred to by tax planners throughout the United States, our lawyers are a destination for clients seeking strategic, sophisticated counsel on complex tax issues from leaders in the field.  

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Practice Highlights

  • Special Committee of Antero Resources Corporation in the $1.05 billion drop down of its integrated water business to Antero Midstream Partners
  • Ridgewood Energy Corporation in the formation of Ridgewood Energy Oil & Gas Fund III, a $1.9 billion fund to invest in oil exploration and production projects in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico  
  • Quantum Energy Partners in its $1 billion equity commitment to LINN Energy to fund future oil and natural gas acquisitions and development on those acquired assets
  • Plains GP Holdings, L.P. in its $2.9 billion initial public offering of common units; transaction was the largest U.S. IPO in 2013 and represented the first use of an Up-C structure in the MLP space
  • Oil States International in the $2.6 billion spin-off of its accommodations business into Civeo Corporation
  • Apollo Global Management and Riverstone Holdings in the $7.15 billion acquisition, among a consortium of investors, of El Paso’s upstream assets
  • Spectra Energy Corp. in its $11+ billion agreement with Spectra Energy Partners to drop down Spectra Energy’s remaining U.S. transmission, storage, and liquids assets to Spectra Energy Partners
  • Plains GP Holdings, L.P. in its $2.9 billion initial public offering of common units; transaction was the largest U.S. IPO in 2013 and represented the first use of an Up-C structure in the MLP space
  • Antero Midstream Partners LP in its $1.15 billion initial public offering of common units
  • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy
  • Frank’s International N.V. in its $759 million initial public offering of common stock involving a multibillion dollar, cross-border UP-C structure 
  • Buckeye Partners, L.P. in structuring its investment in a 50% stake in the VTTI Group, one of the largest independent global energy terminal businesses, with an implied total value of $2.3 billion 
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation in the spin-off of its California oil and gas business into an independent and separately traded company, California Resources Corporation
  • Energy XXI in its $2.3 billion acquisition of EPL Oil & Gas Inc., creating the largest publicly traded independent oil and gas producer on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf
  • Frank’s International in its acquisition of Timco Services, a private company that provides tubular running services and rental equipment onshore in the southern United States and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico