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It was a moment that many had been anticipating for years, yet the latest crop of V&E partners didn’t fete their promotions with parties and champagne. Instead they fielded congratulatory phone calls, took part in virtual coffee breaks and held small celebrations at home with their families. But pandemic-related complications notwithstanding, the new partners —…

December 16, 2020
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Joining a big law firm was the last thing on Emily Stephens’s mind when she reached out to V&E partner John Grand last September. Stephens, a 14-year veteran of V&E client Oaktree Capital Management, was getting ready to launch her own law firm advising fund sponsors on fund formation. She was hoping Grand, who represents private equity…

December 4, 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic has upended nearly every corner of the world — and shareholder activism is no exception. As companies struggled to survive in the early weeks of the crisis, activists hit the pause button, fearful of appearing opportunistic and insensitive. Stock market volatility, economic uncertainty, and a slowdown in the M&A market further deterred activists…

October 28, 2020
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Looking for the house of your dreams? OJO Labs is ready to help you find it. The fast-rising real estate tech startup empowers homebuyers to make better decisions with proprietary technology that blends machine learning and human intelligence. It all starts with an A.I.-powered virtual assistant, dubbed OJO, which interacts with consumers via text. Homebuyers…

October 8, 2020
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What might happen if China or Russia attacked the nation’s electricity grid? The answer to that question is at the heart of an executive order issued by President Trump on May 1. Foreign adversaries are increasingly looking for ways to exploit weaknesses in the country’s bulk-power system (“BPS”) – the large interconnected electrical system that…

August 14, 2020
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Material adverse event: Those three words can stop a deal dead in its tracks . . . and, indeed, that nearly happened when the devastating impact from two major events, the COVID-19 pandemic and a crash in oil prices, set in motion a number of steps that threatened to derail the heavily negotiated prepackaged Chapter 11 cases of…

August 10, 2020
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It’s hard to overstate the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic to the airline industry. As travel demand around the world has plummeted, the resulting crisis for airlines has been unprecedented — far worse than what they experienced in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the face of this seismic challenge, Southwest Airlines…

June 4, 2020
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When a leading technology-focused private equity firm turned to V&E a year and a half ago to work on transactions involving its portfolio companies, it was more than a cause for celebration at the firm. “This was a great testament to the quality of our technology practice,” said V&E partner Milam Newby, who is advising…

March 25, 2020
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Late last year, a long-running effort to build a state-of-the-art anhydrous ammonia plant at an industrial chemical site in Texas City, Texas, reached a major milestone. Gulf Coast Ammonia LLC (GCA) closed on an approximately $570 million non-recourse project financing, as well as an equity commitment from joint venture partners Starwood Energy Group Global LLC…

March 13, 2020
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The deal involved some 165 current Planet Fitness clubs, but Wes Jones didn’t break a sweat. A veteran Mergers & Acquisitions partner at V&E, Jones represented Austin-based United PF Partners (“United PF”) in their recent sale of their expansive network of Planet Fitness clubs. Jones had been working with United PF’s Larry Meyer and Trey…

February 27, 2020
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Planning to raise a private equity fund with your partners? It may not be your first investment vehicle, but if your new fund is larger than what you’ve worked on in the past — say, $500 million — you may find yourself navigating unfamiliar territory when dealing with institutional investors. See below for answers to what will likely be…

October 29, 2019
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In a highly competitive and fast-moving industry, can rivals learn to share to meet demand? In the telecoms industry, the answer is yes. With ongoing upgrades for 5G technology that are expected to provide the fastest internet service yet, infrastructure-sharing arrangements will become more important than ever as operators seek to accommodate an unprecedented demand…

September 24, 2019