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Mergers & Acquisitions

Vinson & Elkins’ preeminent global Mergers & Acquisitions practice leverages the firm’s global presence with a deep, talented bench of attorneys. Clients such as public and private companies, private equity and other financial sponsors, boards of directors and special committees, and financial advisors ask V&E to execute their most complex and high profile transactions. By leveraging the full capabilities of V&E’s offices worldwide, the M&A lawyers efficiently handle even the most complex, cross-jurisdictional deals. This includes collaborations with V&E’s renowned tax, capital markets, executive compensation and benefits, finance, intellectual property, finance and regulatory lawyers.

Energy Leader

V&E’s reputation as a leader in energy extends to M&A, where we represent clients involved in all facets of the energy and natural resources industry, including renewables. A firm client recently shared with Chambers USA, “For large-cap Energy sector deals, [V&E] virtually stands alone.” (2019) We have acted as a legal advisor in more global energy M&A deals over the last five years than any other law firm, according to Mergermarket (2015-2019). We have also been involved in several of the most transformative international oil and gas asset and joint venture transactions to date.

Public M&A

The firm’s M&A practice has extensive experience with both friendly and hostile M&A transactions involving public companies. Our team of seasoned and responsive M&A attorneys, with the support of world-class subject matter experts, is able to negotiate and complete transactions at the rapid pace that public company deals necessitate.

Experience Highlights

  • Oncor Electric Delivery Company in its $2.2 billion acquisition of InfraREIT

  • ForeFlight, a leading provider of innovative mobile and web-based aviation applications, in the company’s acquisition by Boeing

  • Targa Resources in its $1.6 billion sale of a minority interest in Targa Badlands to GSO Capital Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund of The Carlyle Group in the formation of a joint venture with Alchemy Renewable Energy, LLC (ARE), a renewable energy developer and tax equity arranger, together with the acquisition of certain operating and development-stage solar projects from ARE

  • Energy Transfer Partners in the $60 billion merger with Energy Transfer Equity in a unit-for-unit exchange

  • MORSCO senior management in its $1.4 billion sale to Reece Group, Australia’s leading provider of plumbing, HVAC and waterworks products 

  • CYS Investments in its $1.475 billion merger with Two Harbors Investment Corp., a hybrid mortgage REIT 

  • Covey Park Energy in its $2.2 billion sale to Comstock Resources