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Vinson & Elkins Counsel Update

Vinson & Elkins is pleased to provide an update on the most recent arrivals and promotions to the firm’s counsel ranks.

“These attorneys have bolstered V&E’s capabilities in key practice areas,” V&E Chairman Mark Kelly said. “We thank them for their significant contributions to the firm and look forward to their future success.”

This list comprises four lateral counsel who joined the firm in 2019 and 16 lawyers promoted to counsel, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Christie Alcalá, Houston
Employment Labor and OSHA

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Alcalá advises and represents employers on all aspects of employment and labor law in business transactions, day-to-day operations, administrative proceedings and litigation, including issues relating to wage and hour laws, restrictive covenants, employment and severance agreements, reductions-in-force, employee privacy rights, internal investigations, anti-discrimination, leaves, unions and drug testing.

Andrew Callaghan, London
Tax

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Callaghan focuses on the tax aspects of domestic and international corporate and finance transactions, as well as providing structuring and consultancy advice. He has extensive experience advising on mergers and acquisitions with a particular focus on private equity transactions, regularly acting for institutional investors, management teams and portfolio companies.

Emery Choi, Houston
Energy Transactions and Projects

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Choi represents clients in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and a variety of energy matters. Among his notable experience, Choi advised Devon Energy in the $2 billion sale of certain non-core upstream assets to multiple buyers.

Jenn Cooley, Dallas
Real Estate

Cooley rejoined V&E in November 2019 from Tekin & Associates. Her practice focuses on real estate and general business transactions, including commercial leasing and property acquisitions and dispositions. She has experience drafting, negotiating, reviewing, amending and interpreting complex commercial contracts, including leases, licenses, agreements and purchase contracts.

Lauren Davies, London
Energy Transactions and Projects

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Davies focuses on project financings and project development. She has experience working with borrowers and sponsors on high-value international projects, primarily in the downstream oil and gas sector. Davies’ experience highlights include advising the borrowers on the US$6 billion greenfield STAR Refinery Project in Turkey and on the US$1 billion Baltic Ammonia Project in Russia.

Luke Edney, Houston
Energy Transactions and Projects

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Edney focuses on project development, mergers and acquisitions, project financing and joint ventures. He has extensive experience working with upstream and midstream developers, petrochemical companies and contractors on the acquisition, development and disposal of projects in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.

Matt Falcone, Houston
Energy Transactions and Projects

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Falcone focuses his practice on representing private equity funds, financial sponsors and public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, particularly in the energy infrastructure sector.

Sarah Fortt, Austin
Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Fortt regularly engages with boards, public and private, on matters regarding corporate governance, disclosure and regulation. She also provides board education, representation and engagement on topics including corporate culture and disclosure, reporting requirements, “ESG” (environmental, social and governance) matters, investor engagement, board composition, and board and c-suite succession planning and transition management.

Marlene Guzzino, New York
Real Estate

Guzzino joined V&E in April 2019 from Greenberg Traurig LLP. She has significant experience representing leading retailers, landlords, developers, banks and educational institutions in sophisticated real estate transactions, negotiating all types of leases as well as licenses, reciprocal easement agreements, purchase and development agreements and alternative financing arrangements, such as sale-leaseback transactions, triple net leases and bondable ground leases.

Taylor Holcomb, Austin
Environmental and Natural Resources

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Holcomb helps clients develop and permit domestic projects, operate in compliance with federal and state laws and defend against claims brought by the government and other groups. He primarily practices before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Railroad Commission, the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Doug Lionberger, Houston
Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets 

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Lionberger focuses on corporate finance and securities law. His capital markets experience includes representation of both issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, as well as public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. Lionberger also works with private equity investors, their portfolio companies, and a variety of other public and private companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and strategic investments.

Tan Lu, Houston
Energy Transactions and Projects

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Lu focuses on upstream and midstream acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, marine terminalling, onshore and offshore drilling and oilfield services. Handling both domestic and international transactions, he drafts and negotiates stock and asset purchase and sale agreements, joint venture contracts, master services contracts, drilling contracts and marine terminalling agreements.

Chris Mathiesen, New York
Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Mathiesen focuses on corporate finance and securities law, including securities offerings and general corporate representation, with an emphasis on the representation of energy companies, including master limited partnerships. He has worked with both issuers and underwriters in several initial public offerings, as well as public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.

Robert Ritchie, Dallas
Complex Commercial Litigation

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Ritchie represents and advises clients in complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts, with a focus on securities litigation, merger and acquisition litigation and professional liability litigation.

Tyler Robinson, Washington
Complex Commercial Litigation

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Robinson counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors regarding bid protests, contract claims and disputes, subcontracting issues, contract and regulatory compliance matters, government and internal investigations and suspension and debarment proceedings.

Jose Sanchez, New York
Complex Commercial Litigation

Sanchez joined V&E in August 2019 from Paul Hastings. He acts as arbitrator and as counsel on international commercial arbitrations and cross-border litigations. He has almost 15 years of experience handling arbitration and cross-border litigation matters in English, Spanish and Portuguese under the laws of numerous jurisdictions, and is recognized as a leading practitioner by the leading guides on international arbitration.

Brian Schnapp, Washington
Complex Commercial Litigation

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Schnapp concentrates his practice on international antitrust and competition matters, including criminal and civil conduct investigations. Schnapp’s experience includes advising a U.S. technology company in a series of global competition investigations and multiple companies and individuals in connection with Department of Justice cartel investigations in a range of industries, including automotive parts and chemicals.

Winston Skinner, Dallas
Energy Regulatory

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Skinner focuses on energy regulation and litigation, with a focus on representing utilities in the electric, oil and gas industries, including rate, certification, and rulemaking proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, other state and federal regulatory commissions and Texas courts. His practice also includes eminent domain litigation and counseling.

Francesca Venezia, New York
Real Estate

Venezia joined V&E in April 2019 with the real estate group from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. She represents clients in a broad range of transactional real estate matters focusing on commercial leasing, including major landlords and tenants in office, retail, restaurant and industrial leases throughout the United States. Venezia also represents clients in development, ground lease, acquisition, sales and financing transactions.

Wendy Wang, San Francisco
Complex Commercial Litigation

Promoted to counsel effective Jan. 1, 2020, Wang focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights, with a focus on clients in Asia. Her experience includes obtaining a favorable settlement for the world’s leading video streaming platform against infringement claims relating to reality shows in China.

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