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Law360 Names V&E Among 2017 "Energy Groups of the Year"

For the eighth consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been recognized in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series for the firm’s industry leading energy litigation and transactional successes in 2017.

In a Jan. 19 profile, Law360 lauds V&E for handling 74 energy M&A deals valued at approximately $104 billion and notching notable victories before the Texas Supreme Court. V&E is among five law firms honored this year in the energy category, and has been named to the list every year since Law360 launched the series in 2010.

The profile highlights several litigation wins V&E secured in 2017, including a Texas Supreme Court ruling for Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas, which clarified how common carrier pipeline status with the power of eminent domain may be established under state law, and a Delaware Supreme Court ruling confirming Energy Transfer Equity’s right to terminate a proposed $38 billion merger with The Williams Cos.

Other notable wins cited by Law360 included a Texas Supreme Court victory for Oncor Electric Delivery Co. in a complex rate dispute with the Public Utility Commission of Texas and a Colorado federal jury verdict the firm secured for Antero Resources Corp. in litigation over long term natural gas delivery contracts.

On the transactional side, V&E is recognized for representing Sunoco Logistics Partners in its $20 billion merger with Energy Transfer Partners and Rice Energy in its $6.7 billion definitive merger agreement with EQT Corp., creating the largest domestic natural gas producer in the country.

The firm is also credited for its work in the capital markets space, including advising BP America in its master limited partnership IPO, filed in September, and the underwriters to Silver Run Acquisition Corp. in its $1 billion IPO, which closed in March.

V&E’s full profile can be viewed here.

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