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As one of the top former prosecutors in the country, Zachary Terwilliger has an intimate understanding of how to get clients out of the government’s crosshairs. He’ll counsel companies on how to avoid problems before they start; help clients identify existing problems and determine whether remediation is necessary; and zealously represent clients who are the…

February 9, 2021
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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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Memes, funny videos and entertaining dance routines are often what go viral on social media these days … but earlier this year, it was a warning about social media that became the talk — or should we say Tok — of the internet. Sharing on the social news platform Reddit in April, someone known only…

October 22, 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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Recently Victoria’s Secret captured headlines that had nothing to do with the retailer’s famous fashion show. Victoria Secret’s parent company, L Brands, and private equity firm Sycamore Partners (“Sycamore”) exchanged lawsuits after Sycamore sought to walk away from its pending acquisition of the lingerie company. Sycamore claimed that Victoria’s Secret had experienced a “material adverse…

June 29, 2020
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A former federal prosecutor, a veteran compliance officer, and a partner at an elite global law firm. It may sound like a dream team for defending companies facing government investigations, but in fact, it’s one man: Mike Ward. Ward, who joined V&E’s San Francisco office as a partner earlier this year, has an uncommonly varied…

June 4, 2020
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Does five against two make for a fair fight? The respondents in a recent arbitration didn’t think so. Catic USA (“Catic”) is an aviation-focused California corporation owned by a Chinese parent company. After an arbitration panel handed an unfavorable opinion to Catic following a dispute with its investors, the corporation sought relief in court. The…

April 23, 2020
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How do you win over a jury in a $100 million case centered on the world of natural gas pipelines? Just ask V&E partners Jim Thompson and Phillip Dye. Last summer, Thompson and Dye notched an impressive victory on behalf of longtime and significant V&E client Antero Resources in a contract dispute case against gas…

April 3, 2020
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What looks like a courtroom and also happens to be one of the most popular arbitration venues in Houston? It can be found on the 24th floor of Vinson & Elkin’s headquarters: a 5,500-square-foot space complete with a mock courtroom, smaller breakout rooms, a food service area, and a reception area. The unique space, which…

March 31, 2020
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Business interruption (BI) insurance can cover companies for losses for business disruptions that relate to events like fires and power outages. But will it protect your company from losses stemming from the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic? The answer, explained V&E partner Michael Charlson, likely depends on the particulars of your specific policy. Charlson says that…

March 25, 2020
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What did antitrust enforcement look like in the energy sector in 2019? It was limited to the Federal Trade Commission seeking relief in a single transaction and the Department of Justice obtaining two additional guilty pleas in a previously announced investigation. But make no mistake, antitrust enforcement activity in the sector is as high as…

March 9, 2020
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How deeply ingrained is corruption within Latin America’s economy? Headlines paint an alarming picture: In recent years, business and government officials from Mexico to Peru to Brazil have been implicated in high-profile bribery scandals. A survey last year by the watchdog group Transparency International found that 53% of people surveyed in the region believed that…

February 28, 2020