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Notice Regarding Cookies

Our website uses cookies to make it easier to use. Visitors to the site may manage their cookie preferences in a couple of ways. You may click the Decline button on the banner at the top of the homepage and follow the instructions. Or you may turn off cookies that are not strictly necessary for the functioning of our site by following the steps in Sections 2 and 5 below.

Vinson & Elkins (the “Firm,” “we,” or “our”) provides the following information about cookies associated with our website:

1. Cookies – What are they and how do we use them?

We use “cookies” on our website. A cookie is a small electronic file that is placed and sometimes stored on your computer or mobile device when you use our site. These cookies do not contain or collect information about your personal identity. Instead, they record unique identifying information about the internet browser that you use. The cookies help us distinguish you from other people who visit the site, and they provide some information about your browsing history on our site. In effect, cookies allow the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time and provide a better experience by helping you return more easily to certain portions of our website. Cookies also help us know which parts of our web tools and website are used most frequently.

There are two broad categories of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session cookie expires and disappears when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your device for a pre-defined period of time. They are used when you return to our site to help identify you, allow you to log in, or let other third-party sites to communicate with you.

2. Turning Off Cookies

You can control cookies on your personal computer or mobile device. You can delete cookies or not allow them to reside on your device through controls built into your browser or app. You can stop receiving cookies by changing your web browser settings. See the instructions for your particular browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla). To learn more about cookies, see http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

If you delete or block cookies that are strictly necessary for the performance of our website, the site might not function correctly, and you might not be able to access certain areas of it.

3. Types of Cookies

  1. Strictly Necessary Cookies

    These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off without impairing the functioning of our website. They are set to respond to actions you take or requests you make, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, or filling out forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work without them.

  2. Performance Cookies

    These cookies count visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the performance of our website. They help us learn which pages are the most and least popular. They show how visitors move around the site. All the information that these cookies collect is aggregated by the Firm or third-party providers. If you block these cookies, we will not know when you have visited our website and will not be able to remember your preferences if you return to the site later.

  3. Functional Cookies

    These cookies let the website provide enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by the Firm or by third-party providers. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services might not work properly.

  4. Targeting Cookies

    These cookies can be used to build a profile of your interests and can be used to show you relevant advertisements on other sites. They do not directly identify you or store your personal details, but they do uniquely identify your browser and internet device.

4. How Do We Use Particular Cookies?

Here are some details about the cookies that we use on our website:

ASP.Net_SessionIDASP.NET1st partyThis is a default cookie used by ASP.NET to uniquely identify a visitor’s session on the website. It tracks a user’s IP address and the webpages visited on the site.20 minutes or end of sessionStrictly Necessary
EkAnalyticsEktron1st partyThis cookie is used by our Content Management System to populate the information that appears on our website. It also may be used to report web analytics. But we have not enabled that function.1 yearPerformance
EktGUID Ektron1st partyThis cookie is used to track visitors to the site. It generates and assigns a unique identifier for all visitors, including anonymous visitors, when they first arrive on the site.1 yearPerformance
ecmEktron1st partyThis cookie is used to store information about persons who log into our website. It does not apply to, and tracks no information about, other visitors to the site. End of sessionStrictly Necessary
_gaGoogle Analytics3rd partyThis cookie stores other randomly generated IDs and other information about the user. It helps us to distinguish between different users.2 yearsPerformance
_gid Google Analytics3rd partyThis cookie is used by Google Analytics to store and update a unique value for each page visited.24 hoursPerformance
_gatGoogle Analytics3rd partyThis cookie does not store any user information. Google Analytics uses it to assess and balance performance of the website. 1 minutePerformance
metrics_tokenmetrics_token3rd partyThis cookie provides Twitter syndication. It is used by Twitter to provide embedded content that is displayed on our website.45 daysTargeting
tfw_expmetrics_token3rd partyThis cookie provides Twitter integration and allows users to share information through social media.1 dayPerformance
intEmailHistoryIDVuture3rd partyThis cookie is used to track when a visitor to our website views or responds to educational articles, marketing materials, or announcements.1 yearTargeting
velaw.vuturevx.com _VxSessionIDVuture3rd partyThis cookie is used to identify the IP address of a visitor to our website who views or responds to educational articles, marketing materials, or announcements.End of sessionTargeting
vuidVimeo3rd partyVimeo is used to upload, share, and view videos. Vimeo uses these cookies to collect analytics tracking information.2 yearsPerformance

5. Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics (owned by Google Inc.) on our website. Information about your use of our website is transmitted to and stored by Google which in turn provides web analytic services to us. We have activated the anonymizeIP feature of Google Analytics. This means that a visitor’s IP address is anonymized before any processing and storage is done by Google Analytics. In addition, if you do not want your information collected by Google Analytics, you can install the Google Analytics opt-out as a browser add-on. This add-on function works with most major web browsers. Learn more by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

6. Third Parties

We use other third parties, including Twitter, Vimeo, and Vuture, to provide services to us regarding our website. Some information about your use of our website is transmitted to and stored by them. That transmission and storage are subject to appropriate contractual safeguards consistent with the requirements of data protection regulations. These external sites are not owned or controlled by the Firm, and we refer you to the privacy policies for those sites.

7. Other Information

If you are located in the European Union, EU General Data Protection Regulation 679/2016 (“GDPR”) gives you certain rights regarding any of your personal data that we process. If you have any questions about the use of cookies on our website, please contact vecsoa@velaw.com.