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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…

November 9, 2022
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It’s hard to overstate the amount of turbulence experienced by the aviation finance market over the last three years. After a banner 2019, when asset-backed securitizations —a key source of capital for many aircraft leasing companies — hit a record high of $10.4 billion, Covid effectively shut down the market in 2020. Deal volume soared…

June 15, 2022
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A balloon shop. A photography studio. A bar. None of these fit the profile of a typical Vinson & Elkins client. But the firm is not only helping small businesses like these get up and running, it’s offering law students practical legal experience along the way. V&E has joined forces with the Walker Program, a…

January 25, 2022
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When companies get into trouble, it’s common practice for the government to call on independent third parties to help clean up the mess. Companies under investigation by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) often agree to have a court-appointed monitor as part of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement or Non-Prosecution Agreement. The monitor — generally a former…

November 22, 2021
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You might say Richard Sofield’s path to becoming a leading CFIUS lawyer started with a visit to the school library in second grade. That was when he checked out a biography of John F. Kennedy from the school library and discovered that he shared a birthday with the country’s 35th president. “Then and there I…

November 16, 2021
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The digital revolution has spurred significant investment in digital infrastructure in recent years, and the trend shows few signs of slowing down. In fact, the Covid-19 crisis accelerated demand for connectivity as remote work and e-commerce became the norm. As a result, investors are increasingly focused on the sector as they seek to capitalize on…

November 16, 2021
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Vinson & Elkins deeply values our lawyers and business professionals who have served our country, not only for the sacrifices they and their families have made, but also for the invaluable skills and contributions they give to our firm daily. Our military veterans and their families are a strategic part of our firm’s mission to…

November 9, 2021
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Returning to work after having a baby can be a difficult transition, particularly for attorneys. Lori Mihalich-Levin, a former V&E associate, knows this firsthand—and she wants to help others in their journey. In 2014, Mihalich-Levin founded Mindful Return, a four-week online program that helps shepherd parents through the transition back to work after parental leave….

October 18, 2021
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Aligning the interests of General Partners (GPs) and Limited Partners (LPs) is an essential component of successful private equity funds. Efficient fund terms help GPs and LPs focus on achieving common goals and maximizing returns. But in recent years, it’s become harder to keep the interests of GPs and LPs in sync. As market forces…

July 21, 2021
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In the National Football League, some players are drafted onto teams with expectations that they will be stars. Others are drafted as “projects” that coaches expect may, or may not, make a final roster. Some show up as undrafted free agents, hoping for a chance. Conrad Bolston was the third. As an undrafted defensive lineman,…

June 29, 2021
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As schools across the country struggle to help students keep up with their studies during the pandemic, a New York-based nonprofit is having a moment — one that has the real potential to become a movement. “We see a world in which the basic paradigm flips and schools have new capabilities to meet the unique…

June 24, 2021
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A new sheriff is in town — and that means the potential for big changes ahead for white-collar criminal enforcement in terms of specific areas of focus and volume of investigations. White-collar probes are expected to rise now that President Biden is in the White House, reversing a trend that saw the prosecution of white-collar…

June 24, 2021