Vinson & Elkins

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Firm Overview:
For more than a century, Vinson & Elkins lawyers have provided innovative business solutions for clients whose needs are as diverse as the entities they represent. In today’s challenging environment of global markets, volatile economies and complex human and environmental issues, its time-tested role as trusted adviser has become even more critical. Its lawyers’ experience, combined with the responsiveness and efficiencies of the firm’s global reach, enable Vinson & Elkins to serve clients from start-up, to the negotiating table and boardroom, before legislative and regulatory bodies, in the courtroom and beyond.

Main Areas of Practice:
14 offices worldwide allow Vinson & Elkins’ lawyers to work efficiently across time zones as well as with local lawyers in foreign jurisdictions to accomplish the client’s objectives. In addition to legal experience, the firm has strong personal relationships with business people and other professionals that offer significant benefits to the client, including broad experience in transactions spanning multiple jurisdictions, cultures and languages. The firm effectively guides its clients through a wide range of transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, public and private offerings of securities in the developed and emerging capital markets, as well as development and financing of a variety of projects. Vinson & Elkins’ lawyers also know the importance of seeking proper protection against adverse developments and have handled many high-stakes international disputes. The firm’s international dispute resolution team engages in international arbitration under all leading institutional rules, as well as international civil litigation in US courts and in other jurisdictions. The firm’s lawyers work with their clients to develop effective solutions to the complex problems and unique challenges of international business.

Practice Areas:

■ Admiralty & Maritime
■ Antitrust
■ Appellate
■ Aviation & Airlines
■ Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical
■ Capital Markets & Securities
■ Clean Energy
■ Climate Change
■ Construction & Engineering
■ Corporate Governance & Compliance
■ Energy & Natural Resources
■ Energy Regulatory
■ Environmental
■ Executive Compensation & Benefits
■ Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
■ Finance
■ Government Contracts
■ Infrastructure
■ Intellectual Property
■ International Dispute Resolution
■ Labour & Employment
■ Litigation
■ Master Limited Partnerships
■ Mergers & Acquisitions
■ Mining & Minerals
■ National Security Review (CFIUS)
■ Private Equity
■ Project Finance & Development
■ Real Estate
■ REITS
■ Restructuring & Reorganisation
■ Securities Litigation & Enforcement
■ Tax
■ Technology
■ Telecommunications

Key Contacts

Chairman:
T Mark Kelly

Managing Partner:
Scott Wulfe

Firm Rankings

Appellate Law
Band 4

4.0

Arbitration
Band 4

4.0

Capital Markets
Band 4

5.0

Capital Markets: Debt
Band 3

6.0

Capital markets: Equity
Band 3

7.0

Class Actions
Band 4

4.0

Commercial Lending
Band 4

5.0

Competition/Antitrust
Band 3

6.0

Construction
Band 3

6.0

Corporate Investigations
Band 4

4.0

Corporate/M&A
Band 3

6.0

Employee Benefits
Band 3

6.0

Energy
Band 2

8.0

Environment
Band 3

6.5

Funds
Band 3

6.0

Government
Band 3

7.0

Power
Band 1

9.0

Private Equity: Buyouts
Band 4

4.0

Projects
Band 3

7.0

Real Estate
Band 4

4.0

Real Estate: Funds
Band 3

6.0

Securities: Litigation
Band 3

6.0

Shareholder
Band 2

8.0

Tax
Band 4

5.5

Tax: Contentious
Band 4

4.0

Restructuring & Insolvency
Band 4

4.0

Oil & Gas
Band 1

9.8

Lawyer Rankings

Articles

Power Play: The State of Electric Vehicle Charging Station Finance

Global sales of electric vehicles (“EVs”) more than doubled in 2021 over 2020, from 3 million to 6.6 million, and sales were up 60% in the first quarter of 2022 over the same period in 2021.1 With this explosive growth in the EV market, an effective and reliable charging infrastructure will be in high demand. Financing […]

28 Jun 2022
Three Things to Watch in Development of U.S. Offshore Wind

Offshore wind developers have poured billions of dollars into securing leases in state and federal waters in recent months, with many more billions to be spent developing wind assets to support ambitious state and federal goals for the energy transition. With this influx of new infrastructure spending and offshore lease sales, the offshore wind industry […]

28 Jun 2022
No Gaming the System – The SEC’s Interest in Enforcing Pure Disclosure Violations Continues

On May 6, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a $5.5 million settlement of charges against NVIDIA Corporation (“NVIDIA”) for allegedly failing to adequately disclose in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) section of its Forms 10-Q the fact that cryptomining was a significant factor in […]

31 May 2022
DOJ’s Environmental Justice Enforcement Strategy and Restoration of Settlement Projects: 5 Things You Should Know

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a Comprehensive Environmental Justice Enforcement Strategy (“the Strategy”) on May 5, 2022, pursuant to President Biden’s January 2021 Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The Strategy provides a roadmap for DOJ civil and criminal enforcement authorities, working alongside federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), […]

31 May 2022
Salary Transparency Law Could Be a “Game Changer” for New York City Employers

Beginning on May 15, 2022, New York City employers with more than four employees must state the minimum and maximum salary whenever they “advertise” a job, promotion, or transfer opportunity. While the law does not define what it means to “advertise,” the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCHR”) has issued guidance stating that […]

05 May 2022
National Security Conversations: Get Smart About Critical Infrastructure

Pursuant to the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (“FIRRMA”), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) now has authority to review non-controlling foreign investments in certain types of U.S. businesses that are involved with sensitive personal data of U.S. citizens, critical technology, or critical infrastructure. As part of this enhanced review […]

05 May 2022
SEC Releases Proposed Rules on Enhanced Cybersecurity Disclosures

On March 9, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) issued its much-anticipated proposed rule amendments which would mandate certain cybersecurity disclosures for public companies (“Proposed Rules”). If adopted, the Proposed Rules could have a meaningful impact on the current and periodic reporting process, and complicate incident response, by requiring companies to disclose (i) any material […]

04 Apr 2022
Real Estate Opportunities in the Energy Transition

  Much has been said about the need for countries and companies to build a low-carbon global economy.1 Multiple estimates of the amount of capital that will be needed to fund the energy transition over the next several decades are stunning, putting the number at or above $100 trillion.2 Cognizant of the enormous task — and opportunity […]

04 Apr 2022
DOJ Signals a Major Shift to its Antitrust Merger Review and Remedies Practice

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently signaled a possible shift in its antitrust merger review and remedies practice, moving away from a willingness to allow transactions to proceed through a divesture process. In his January 24, 2022 speech for the New York Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section, Jonathan Kanter, the new assistant attorney general for the […]

02 Mar 2022
Construction Year in Review

Vinson & Elkins Construction Year in Review Hear their invaluable insights into some of the industry’s most crucial developments in the video. Topics discussed include the Supreme Court’s decision in Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Ltd, HKA’s CRUX report, Grenfell and cladding claims. View video here If you would like to discuss […]

02 Mar 2022
CFIUS Adds New Zealand to Excepted Foreign States List

CFIUS Adds New Zealand to Excepted Foreign States List and Finalizes Additional Time for Allies to Secure Excepted Foreign State Status The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) earlier this month released a fact sheet announcing updates on excepted foreign states determinations, including the addition of New Zealand to CFIUS’s excepted foreign states list, […]

02 Feb 2022
Cover Your Bases…

  Inside Baseball on Privilege Waiver: the Los Angeles Angels’ Recent Win Over Federal Prosecutors Serves a Welcome Reminder to Cover Your Bases and Protect Privilege in High-Profile Cases In a high-profile dispute between federal prosecutors and the Los Angeles Angels relating to criminal charges filed in the aftermath of a tragic overdose and death […]

02 Feb 2022
Holiday Jeers: How The Grinch at DOJ May Make It Harder for Companies to Stay on the Nice List This Christmas

By Ephraim (Fry) Wernick, Brian L. Howard II, Peter T. Thomas, Natalie Cardenas, and Eli Sterbcow With the holiday season upon us, companies waiting for a nice surprise this Christmas are more likely to find a lump of coal in their stocking. In a series of recent announcements, Department of Justice (“DOJ”) officials have signaled a number of key changes […]

29 Dec 2021
Build Back Better Act at an Impasse

As widely reported by the press, it appears that the Build Back Better Act is at an impasse following Senator Joe Manchin’s statements that he would not vote for the bill. Our prior coverage can be found below: Senate Finance Committee Modifies Clean Energy Tax Proposals in Build Back Better Reconciliation Bill House Passes Build […]

29 Dec 2021
EPA Announces Plans for Waste Rules

EPA Announces Plans for Waste Rules That Could be a Stepping Stone to Drastically Expanding PFAS Liabilities. Overview Background: RCRA and CERCLA Regulation of “Hazardous” Substances and Waste Background on the Rulemakings Takeaway: EPA announced plans for two separate rulemaking processes that would expand liabilities for PFAS wastes. The first — a rulemaking process to […]

22 Dec 2021
Investing in the Energy Evolution: A Focus on Batteries

As the U.S. economy moves to electrify everything while decarbonizing the economy, batteries will become an increasing part of the energy mix. Ranging from new technologies that will enhance safety in electric vehicles to those that will enable utility storage, a wide variety of new technologies are on the horizon. See presentation here. The panel […]

28 Oct 2021
Key Emerging Trends Spurring Energy Transition IPOs and SPAC Combinations

The creation of a myriad of new public companies, through traditional IPOs and DeSPAC business combination transactions, focused on the energy evolution and clean energy is expected to dramatically increase, according to a new analysis from Vinson & Elkins. The report, entitled What’s Driving Transition Energy IPOs and SPAC Combinations?, examines the key factors that are […]

05 Oct 2021
Comprehensive Primer on Sustainable Finance

The amount of money invested in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) funds has increased exponentially in the past year, and as banks and investors increasingly turn their attention to ESG factors, companies are also increasing their focus on ESG. As part of this trend, ESG-type criteria are appearing with increasing prevalence in the bond and […]

28 Jun 2021

Press Releases

Vinson & Elkins Recognized as a “Best Law Firm for Women”

Vinson & Elkins Recognized as a “Best Law Firm for Women” by Seramount For the 10th time, Vinson & Elkins has earned a spot among the “Best Law Firms for Women” by Seramount (formerly Working Mother). The annual list recognizes law firms that utilize best practices in hiring, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers. The full […]

28 Jun 2022
Provides Pro Bono Advice to Social Motion, Inc. in Connection with Merger with The Center for Pursuit

Vinson & Elkins provided pro bono advice to Social Motion, Inc. (SOMO) in connection with its merger with The Center for Pursuit (TCFP), bringing together two of Houston’s leading nonprofits serving the special needs community. Read more

02 Jun 2022
Vinson & Elkins Secures $94 Million Jury Verdict for Huntsman Corporation

On April 29, 2022, a team of Vinson & Elkins trial attorneys secured an approximately $94 million jury verdict for Huntsman Corporation, a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals, in connection with the Company’s long-running court battle against Praxair/Linde, one of the industrial gas suppliers to Huntsman’s Geismar, Louisiana methylene […]

09 May 2022
Vinson & Elkins Report Highlights Climate Risk and Opportunities for Sustainable Real Estate in the Energy Transition

A new report from Vinson & Elkins, Real Estate Opportunities in the Energy Transition, shines a spotlight on the role the real estate industry plays as countries and companies focus on building a greener economy to mitigate the effects of global climate change. The amount of capital needed to fund the energy transition during the next […]

05 Apr 2022
Vinson & Elkins Advises Goldman Sachs Renewable Power in Two Transactions

A team of Vinson & Elkins lawyers, led by partner Kaam Sahely and senior associate Stephanie Coco, advised Goldman Sachs Renewable Power, a strategic, long-term investor in clean energy projects and the sponsor of more than 850 solar and battery storage projects that collectively have a capacity of more than 2.6 gigawatts of renewable power, in the establishment […]

05 Apr 2022
Vinson & Elkins: MoneyGram International to be Acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners in $1.8B Transaction

Vinson & Elkins advised MoneyGram International, Inc., a global leader in the evolution of digital P2P payments, in connection with its entry into a definitive agreement under which funds affiliated with Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC will acquire all outstanding shares of MoneyGram for $11.00 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion. […]

02 Mar 2022
USA – Vinson & Elkins Elects 13 New Partners

Vinson & Elkins today announced the promotion of 13 lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1, 2022: Michael Gibson in Austin; Brad Foxman, Jordan Leu and Sarah Mitchell in Dallas; Robert Hughes, Damien Lyster and Crosby Scofield in Houston; Lauren Davies and Giacomo Reali in London; Lauren Kanzer, Julia Petty and Jose Sanchez in New York; and Paige Anderson in Richmond. “We are pleased to recognize the excellent service our new partners provide to their clients and congratulate […]

29 Dec 2021
Vinson & Elkins is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its London office…

Vinson & Elkins is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its London office, making it one of the oldest U.S. law firm’s with a continuous presence in the city. Located at 20 Fenchurch Street in what is commonly known as the “Walkie Talkie” building, V&E now employs approximately 75 lawyers in London, serving a diverse client […]

30 Nov 2021
Vinson & Elkins Strengthens Tax Practice with Addition of Partner Peita Menon in London

Vinson & Elkins continues its strategic growth in London with the addition of Peita Menon as a partner in its global tax practice. Menon will lead the firm’s London and EMEA tax practice, advising domestic and international clients in transactional matters across a wide range of industries. “Peita is a talented, versatile tax lawyer whose expertise fits […]

06 Oct 2021
Vinson & Elkins has achieved Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certification after a rigorous year-long collaboration with Diversity Lab.

Mansfield Rule Certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30% women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, client opportunities, and senior lateral positions. Mansfield focuses on measurement, transparency, and accountability to achieve meaningful progress toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. “We […]

06 Oct 2021
Nationally Recognized CFIUS Partner Richard Sofield Joins Vinson & Elkins

Richard Sofield, a nationally recognized attorney with nearly three decades of experience in United States national security legal and public policy matters, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in Washington, D.C. Sofield joins Vinson & Elkins from Wiley Rein LLP, where he led the firm’s Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States […]

06 Oct 2021
Vinson & Elkins Named Energy M&A Legal Advisor of the Year

Vinson & Elkins has been named Energy M&A Legal Advisory Firm of the Year as part of Mergermarket’s inaugural North America M&A Awards. “Our rigorous judging process combined our market-leading U.S. and Canada league tables with expert judges combing through data to highlight the best of the best in the market,” said Thomas Davidson, editor at Acuris […]

01 Sep 2021
Carla Jordan-Detamore Receives Diversity & Inclusion Future Leader Award

Vinson & Elkins senior associate Carla Jordan-Detamore has been selected as Chambers’ Diversity & Inclusion Future Leader. Chambers’ Diversity & Inclusion Awards spotlight those who are paving the way in pro bono and corporate social responsibility and promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Jordan-Detamore was selected from a national pool of applicants, fifteen of which were shortlisted for […]

28 Jul 2021
Vinson & Elkins Named Energy M&A Legal Advisor of the Year

Vinson & Elkins has been named Energy M&A Legal Advisory Firm of the Year as part of Mergermarket’s inaugural North America M&A Awards. “Our rigorous judging process combined our market-leading U.S. and Canada league tables with expert judges combing through data to highlight the best of the best in the market,” said Thomas Davidson, editor at Acuris […]

28 Jun 2021
Vinson & Elkins Strengthens Tax Practice with Addition of Partner Ron G. Nardini in New York

Vinson & Elkins continued its strategic growth in New York with the addition of Ron G. Nardini as a partner in its global Tax practice. Nardini will lead the firm’s New York Tax practice, advising both domestic and international clients in transactional matters across a wide range of industries. “Ron is a talented, versatile tax […]

28 Jun 2021

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