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
■ Restructuring & Reorganisation
■ Securities Litigation & Enforcement
■ Tax
■ Technology
■ Telecommunications

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The Privacy Boot Scoot: Texas Adopts Comprehensive Data Privacy Legislation

Texas will soon join the growing list of states that have passed comprehensive data privacy legislation. House Bill 4, the Texas Data Privacy and Security Act (“TDPSA” or the “Act”), has a broad reach and will apply to all businesses operating in Texas or selling products or services to Texas residents and collecting personal information […]

Unlocking the Opportunity of Low-Carbon Hydrogen

Investment, Incentives, and Collaboration Hydrogen can play a vital role in the transition to a carbon-neutral economy, and momentum for it has never been stronger. Both governments and companies see the enormous potential of low-carbon hydrogen for storing energy, for powering a wide array of applications, and for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially where doing […]

NLRB General Counsel Takes Aim at Non-Competes

While employers wait to see whether, and to what extent, the Federal Trade Commission enacts its proposed rule banning non-competes, the Office of the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) has joined the fray, denouncing the legality of restrictive covenants. On May 30, 2023, Jennifer A. Abruzzo, General Counsel of the […]

The Wait is Over: SEC Adopts Share Repurchase Disclosure Modernization Rules

Final rules to modernize share repurchase disclosure will go into effect for the first periodic report that covers the first full fiscal quarter that begins on or after October 1, 2023. For calendar-year companies, that first report will be the Form 10-K filed in early 2024 for fiscal year 2023. In summary, the new rules […]

Real Estate’s Sustainability Challenge

Transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy will require meaningful commitment and action from nearly every major industry. Automakers must electrify much of their fleets. Farmers must adopt climate-smart practices that help soil store more carbon. Miners must ramp up output to meet soaring demand for raw materials. It’s a list that could stretch for pages. But […]

Connecticut Federal Judge Tosses Out Another DOJ No-Poach Prosecution

On April 28, 2023, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden issued the latest blow to the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) efforts to criminally prosecute individuals who engage in “no-poach” agreements by granting the defendants’ motion for judgment of acquittal. The DOJ had charged the defendants with entering into a conspiracy “to suppress competition by allocating employees in […]

EPA Proposes to (Finally) Approve Louisiana to Issue CCS Permits

At long last, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is poised to grant Louisiana authority to issue Class VI permits under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act’s (“SDWA”) Underground Injection Control (“UIC”) program for long-term carbon capture and sequestration (“CCS”). EPA’s proposed approval will be subject to a 60-day comment period following its publication in the Federal […]

Stopping Holes in Your IPR Estoppel Arguments

On April 3, 2023, in Ironburg Inventions Ltd. v. Valve Corp., Nos. 21-2296, 21-2297, 22-1070 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 3, 2023), the Federal Circuit for the first time defined the standard for determining the scope of estoppel set forth in 35 U.S.C. § 315(e)(2) for prior art that was not raised in an inter partes review (“IPR”) petition. Under […]

Updated DOJ Guidance on Devices and Ephemeral Messaging

On March 3, 2023, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued long-awaited guidelines on how it will evaluate whether companies have implemented appropriate guidance and controls on the use of personal devices and third-party and ephemeral messaging platforms. That guidance allows for a fact-specific analysis rather than hard and fast rules — a welcome approach in this ubiquitous […]

CPRA Regulations Update: What In-House Counsel Need to Know and Do Now

On March 29, 2023, California’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) Board’s initial package of regulations under the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). The final CPRA regulations (“CPRA Regulations”) cover a wide array of topics including consumer rights, business’s obligations in handling personal information, user interface design, sharing of information with […]

What’s Under the Hood? Navigating Meta-Discovery

What is meta-discovery? Discovery on discovery, or meta-discovery, is discovery directed at the manner and methods that opposing counsel used to locate, preserve, search, review, and produce relevant information. Examples of such requests include: A copy of the party’s document preservation policy A copy of the party’s litigation hold A copy of the party’s document […]

From Manila Envelopes to Algorithms: The Department of Justice Revisits Antitrust Information Sharing Guidance

Sharing competitively sensitive information can carry antitrust risks in certain situations. Recently, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice indicated that it will take an increased interest in challenging information sharing as a potential antitrust violation in the health care sector and, possibly, other industries. While the division’s enforcement focus appears to be […]

A Stake in the Ground? — What the SEC’s Settlement With Kraken Tells Us About the Future of Crypto Regulation and Enforcement

On February 9, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced settled charges against Payward Ventures, Inc. and Payward Trading, Ltd. (together, “Kraken”) for failure to “register the offer and sale of their crypto asset staking-as-a-service program[.]”1 This enforcement action raises new questions — and has even spurred criticism from within — about the SEC’s chosen […]

Cybersecurity and AI: Understanding and Mitigating Common Cybersecurity Threats to AI Models

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) is revolutionizing the workplace, and bringing with it unique cybersecurity challenges. With the increased prominence of AI also comes the need for new cybersecurity approaches. As AI models are increasingly used in critical applications such as finance, health care, and national security, the potential for cyber-attacks targeting these systems is growing. The […]

Risk Management in the Artificial Intelligence Revolution

After 18 months of numerous workshops, drafts, and discussions, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) published its inaugural AI Risk Management Framework (the “AI Framework”) in January 2023. Over the last year, artificial intelligence (“AI”) has become the hot topic of conversation. Recent breakthroughs in generative AI are driving this surge in popularity, giving AI systems the […]

What the Latest EU Sanctions Derogation Means for Aircraft Lessors

Through Council Regulation (EU) 2022/328 of February 25, 2022, the European Union introduced new sanctions relating to, among other things, Russian aggression in Ukraine. The regulation amended Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 to introduce a raft of new prohibitions, with the new Article 3c most relevant to aircraft leasing and financing. Pursuant to Article 3c, among […]

The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism – European Union’s Next Climate Action Step

As a result of ongoing discussions, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union announced on December 13, 2022, that a provisional agreement had been reached to implement a European Union (“EU”) Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (“CBAM”) beginning on October 1, 2023. The CBAM, the first of its kind, is designed to mitigate the risks […]

Epic Fail: Fortnite Creator to Pay $520 Million FTC Settlement

Epic Games, Inc. (“Epic”) agreed to pay a combined $520 million in two “record-breaking settlements” on Monday. The settlements resolve alleged violations of both the Federal Trade Commission Act (the “FTC Act”) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (the “COPPA Rule”). Epic Games, Inc. (“Epic”) agreed to pay a combined $520 million in two […]

SEC Charges Eight Social Media Influencers: Takeaways for Companies and Individuals

On December 14, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) announced charges against eight social media influencers in a $100 million securities fraud scheme, alleging that they manipulated the market through an arrangement of coordinated misrepresentations to their thousands of followers on Twitter and Discord (an instant-messaging social platform). The defendants in […]

To Release or Not to Release?

Courts Remain Split on Release Provisions Third-party release provisions are a common feature of almost every chapter 11 plan in large bankruptcy cases. Despite this, there has long been a split among bankruptcy courts and Circuit Courts of Appeal on the scope and permissibility of such third-party release provisions. With the recent wave of large, […]

Another Day, Another Budget: The UK Government’s Autumn Statement 2022

Just eight weeks after former Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng unexpectedly announced the largest package of tax cuts implemented in the UK since the 1970s, the UK Government has now effectively gone into full reverse following new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement, delivered on 17 November 2022, in which he announced a £55 billion combined package of tax […]

DOJ Obtains First Monopolization Conviction in Decades

On October 31, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that the president of a Montana paving and asphalt contractor, Nathan Nephi Zito, had pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to monopolize the highway crack-sealing services markets in Montana and Wyoming.1 The guilty plea marks the DOJ’s first criminal prosecution under Section […]

Juries are More Likely to Find Retaliation than Discrimination

On October 25, 2022, a federal jury in Houston awarded a woman $365,000,000 in punitive damages and over $1,000,000 in compensatory damages, after finding that her employer had terminated her in retaliation for complaining about race discrimination. While this amount may not stand after appeal, the case and the sums at issue are notable. I […]

The UK Government’s Growth Plan 2022 – Where Are We Now?

Following a highly negative response from the financial markets and the IMF, amongst others, to the UK Government’s “Growth Plan 2022” (released on 23 September 2022 by the then-new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng and summarised by us here) (the “Mini-Budget”), the replacement Chancellor Jeremy Hunt made an Emergency Statement on 17 October in which he announced, by […]

Here Comes the Fashion (Cybersecurity) Police

Here Comes the Fashion (Cybersecurity) Police: New York Attorney General Imposes Penalty for Mishandling of Consumer Data Breach On October 12, 2022, New York Attorney General Letitia James fined Zoetop Business Company, Ltd. (“Zoetop”), the owner of fast-fashion brands SHEIN and ROMWE, $1.9 million for mishandling a 2018 data breach and lying to the public […]

Don’t Forget the G: The SEC’s Recent Priorities Demonstrate a Focus on “Governance”

Don’t Forget the G: After Years of “Environmental” and “Social” Regulations and Enforcement, the SEC’s Recent Priorities Demonstrate a Focus on “Governance” The SEC has been busy under the Biden administration. From rulemaking to enforcement, the agency is pushing boundaries and expanding its reach into new and active areas of the market. Here, we provide […]

The View from 36,000 Feet: Current Trends in the Aviation Finance Market

Demand for Narrowbody Aircraft Exceeds the Available Supply Outside of Asia, summer travel has seen a large recovery and this has coincided with a large uptick in demand for narrowbody aircraft by both airlines and lessors. Many airlines and lessors used the Covid-induced travel downturn as an opportunity to turnover their fleets to favor newer, […]

Shifting Sands: DOJ Applies New Merger Enforcement Standards in Recent Lawsuit

On September 15, 2022, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) sued to block ASSA ABLOY AB’s (“ASSA ABLOY”) proposed $4.3 billion acquisition of the Hardware and Home Improvement division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. (“Spectrum”). The Complaint, as well as a recent speech at the Georgetown Antitrust Law Symposium by Assistant Attorney General (“AAG”) Jonathan Kanter, reflects a number of merger […]

“The Kid Gloves are Coming Off”: Honor Global Privacy Control Signals Before the CCPA Notice and Cure Period Expires in 2023

On August 24, 2022, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a settlement with Sephora, one of the largest cosmetic retailers in the world, to resolve allegations that the company illegally sold consumer data and violated the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).1 The settlement was a result of an enforcement sweep the state conducted on online retailers in […]

The SEC Wants You to Take Out the Trash – Securely

In a recent Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) enforcement action, the SEC concluded that a registered broker-dealer and investment adviser (the “Firm”) violated Rule 30 of Regulation S-P by failing to adopt sufficient policies and procedures governing decommissioning of data-bearing devices. During a decommissioning project in 2016, the Firm sold unwiped hard drives containing unencrypted […]

The UK Government’s Growth Plan 2022 – Eight Key Takeaways

Against a backdrop of rising inflation and increasing concern about a “cost of living crisis” in the UK, the newly appointed Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, laid out the Government’s plans for growing the UK economy in his “Growth Plan 2022”, released 23 September 2022. This “mini-Budget” included the announcement of what will be the largest package […]

FTC Enters the Metaverse with Meta Merger Lawsuit

On July 27, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) voted 3-2 to sue in federal district court to block Meta Platforms, Inc.’s (“Meta”) acquisition of Within Unlimited, Inc. (“Within”), a virtual reality (“VR”) app developer. In authorizing the complaint, the commissioners took the unusual step of overruling an FTC staff recommendation to close the agency’s investigation. Further, the two Republican […]

TSA Issues a Third Directive on Pipeline Security

It has been over a year since the Colonial Pipeline cybersecurity incident, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) continues to issue cybersecurity directives to owners and operators of critical pipelines and liquified natural gas facilities. On July 21, 2022, the TSA issued its Security Directive Pipeline-2021-02C (the “Third Directive”). The Third […]

The Intersection Between ESG Efforts and Antitrust Law

Historically, companies gave little thought to antitrust considerations when they developed environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) goals and plans. Recently, this has changed. As companies’ ESG efforts have begun to have more market impact, and especially as firms collaborate to implement ESG principles, companies and antitrust/competition authorities are asking whether ESG efforts could violate the […]

Renewable Reboot

Renewable Reboot – The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Released as Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Changes Stance on Climate Change and Signals Support for Renewable Energy On July 27, 2022, only a few hours after the Senate approved a bipartisan semiconductor and technology package, Senator Manchin made a stunning and well-timed reversal of his prior […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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”), […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Press Releases

Advises Uzbekneftegaz JSC and Uzbekistan GTL LLC

On Sale of Natural Gas-to-Syngas Processing Facility to Air Products Vinson & Elkins advised Uzbekneftegaz JSC (“UNG”) and Uzbekistan GTL LLC (“UzGTL”) on the sale to Air Products of a natural gas-to-syngas processing facility in Qashqadaryo Province, Uzbekistan for US$1 billion. This sale is the largest M&A transaction in Uzbekistan’s history. The natural gas-to-syngas industrial complex is an […]

06 Jun 2023
Lande Spottswood Named Among The Deal’s Top Women in Dealmaking

Vinson & Elkins partner Lande Spottswood has been named to The Deal’s list of Top Women in Dealmaking 2023. The list honors exemplary women in the legal profession who have displayed excellence in their respective legal fields including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, restructuring and activist investing. Based in Vinson & Elkins’ Houston office, Spottswood serves as the firm’s […]

03 May 2023
Advised Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc. on $10 Million Private Placement

Vinson & Elkins advised Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc., a vertically integrated Bitcoin mining company, in connection with securities purchase agreements with a PIPE transaction in which the Company issued and sold an aggregate of 10,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock and share equivalents at a price of $1.00 per share. The Company also […]

03 May 2023
Advised Baytex Energy Corp. in connection with the pricing and upsize to US$800 million of its previously announced private offering

Vinson & Elkins advised Baytex Energy Corp. in connection with the pricing and upsize to US$800 million of its previously announced private offering (the “offering”) of senior unsecured notes due 2030 (the “Notes”). The Notes will bear interest at a rate of 8.5% per annum and mature on April 30, 2030. The Notes were priced […]

03 May 2023
Advised Pioneer Natural Resources Company in connection with its public offering of $1.1 billion

Vinson & Elkins advised Pioneer Natural Resources Company in connection with its public offering of $1.1 billion of 5.100% Senior Notes that will mature March 29, 2026. The offering closed on March 29, 2023. The Vinson & Elkins team was led by partners Robert Kimball and David Stone and counsel Joanna Enns, with assistance from associates Kolten Morris and Katherine Harclerode. Other key […]

06 Apr 2023
Successfully Represented Iraq in Securing Major Victory in Long-Standing ICC Arbitration Against Turkey

Vinson & Elkins and co-counsel Cleary Gottlieb successfully represented client Republic of Iraq (“Iraq”) in an ICC arbitration it brought in May 2014 against the Republic of Turkey (“Turkey”) and arising out of Turkey’s violations of a crude oil pipeline agreement for the supply and purchase of crude oil concluded between Iraq and Turkey in […]

06 Apr 2023
Advised Lotus Infrastructure Partners (“Lotus Infra”) in connection with the launch of NeuVentus

NeuVentus is a newly established platform focused on developing and delivering hydrogen pipeline transportation and salt cavern hydrogen storage projects, as well as related services, that help to accelerate North America’s energy transition. Lotus Infra was formerly known as Starwood Energy. The Vinson & Elkins team was led by partners Robert Hughes and Alan Alexander, senior associate Yong Eoh and […]

06 Apr 2023
Advised 4×4 Capital in Connection With its Investment in YellohTM Partners

Vinson & Elkins advised 4×4 Capital, a New York-based investment platform focused on  building value for companies in the consumer, services and industrial sectors, on its investment in Yelloh, a pioneer in home frozen food delivery in the U.S. The Vinson & Elkins team was led by partner Gabriel Silva, with assistance from senior associate Patrick Whelan and associates Libby […]

06 Mar 2023
Advised a Controlling Shareholder in Connection with the Sale of Ridgeback Resources, Inc. to Saturn Oil & Gas, Inc.

Vinson & Elkins represented a controlling shareholder in connection with the sale of Ridgeback Resources, Inc., a privately held oil and gas producer focused on light oil in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada, to Saturn Oil & Gas, Inc. for CAD$525 million, including cash and stock consideration. The Vinson & Elkins team was led by partner Stancell […]

06 Mar 2023
Advised Enbridge Inc. with a $335M Acquisition of Tres Palacios Holdings LLC

Vinson & Elkins advised Enbridge (U.S.) Inc. in a definitive agreement with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP) and Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP) to acquire Tres Palacios Holdings LLC for $335 million. Tres Palacios is comprised of three natural gas storage salt caverns with a total FERC-certificated working gas capacity of approximately 35 Bcf, as well […]

06 Mar 2023
Vinson & Elkins Expands Energy Regulatory Practice with Addition of Prominent Litigation Team

Partners William Scherman, Jeffrey Jakubiak and Jason Fleischer, plus a team of four counsel, have handled many of the nation’s highest profile disputes involving federal energy regulation Vinson & Elkins has added a team of eight litigators to its Energy Regulatory practice. Led by partner William Scherman, the team includes partners Jeffrey Jakubiak and Jason Fleischer, counsel Laura Swett, Jennifer Mansh and Thomas […]

28 Feb 2023
Vinson & Elkins Adds Leading Tax Controversy Lawyers

Partners Kathleen Pakenham and Adriana Wirtz Strengthen Firm’s Tax Controversy and Litigation Practice Vinson & Elkins announced today it has expanded its nationally recognized Tax Controversy and Litigation practice with the addition of New York partners Kathleen Pakenham and Adriana Wirtz. They were previously with Cooley, where Pakenham served in numerous leadership roles, including as chair of the […]

03 Feb 2023
Vinson & Elkins Adds ESG and Corporate Governance Attorney from The Clorox Company

on Solorzano Joins Vinson & Elkins as Co-head of Its ESG Task Force Vinson & Elkins has added Jon Solorzano, who has an extensive background in environmental, social and governance (ESG), mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and corporate governance, as counsel in its Los Angeles office. He most recently served as Senior Director of Legal & […]

03 Feb 2023
Adds Key Leader to London Corporate Practice

Ben Higson joins the firm as a corporate partner and new head of the Corporate practice for the London office  Vinson & Elkins announced today that Ben Higson has joined the firm as a partner in London, where he will add valuable leadership and experience to the firm’s Corporate practice. In addition, Higson will take on the […]

30 Nov 2022
Elects 20 New Partners, Names 20 New Counsel

The largest Partner class in Vinson & Elkins’ history includes lawyers across multiple practice areas and offices. Vinson & Elkins is pleased to announce the election of 20 lawyers to its partnership, the largest Partner class in its history, and the promotion of 20 lawyers to Counsel, effective January 1, 2023. The new Partners and […]

30 Nov 2022
RiceBran Technologies Announces Closing of $1.5 Million Registered Direct Offering

Vinson & Elkins advised RiceBran Technologies (“the Company”), a global leader in the development and manufacture of nutritional and functional ingredients derived from rice and other small and ancient grains for human food, nutraceutical, pet care and equine feed applications, in connection with its registered direct offering to institutional investors for the purchase and sale […]

08 Nov 2022
ProPetro Acquires Silvertip Creating a Leading Completions-Focused Oilfield Services Company

Vinson & Elkins advised ProPetro Holding Corp., an oilfield services company providing completions services to upstream oil and gas companies, in its acquisition of Silvertip Completion Services Operating, LLC, a provider of wireline perforating and pumpdown services solely in the Permian Basin, creating a leading completions-focused oilfield services company headquartered in the Permian Basin. The […]

08 Nov 2022
Vinson & Elkins: Quinbrook Sells Scout Clean Energy to Brookfield for US$1 billion

inson & Elkins advises Brookfield Renewable Power Inc. in the acquisition of Scout Clean Energy from Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners for approximately $1 billion in cash. The V&E team was led by partners Peter Marshall and Kaam Sahely, with assistance from senior associate Alexander Baker. Other key team members include partner Lauren Collins; partner David D’Alessandro; partner Sean Becker; partner Michael Joyce and senior associate Brent […]

04 Oct 2022
Vinson & Elkins Secures Defamation Case Win on Behalf of Black-Owned Community Newspaper

On August 30, 2022, the Tyler Court of Appeals ruled for Vinson & Elkins’ clients, The Dallas Weekly, a Black-owned community newspaper, and its reporter, Steven Monacelli, in a defamation case. Dallas businessman Monty Bennett and his fledgling website, The Dallas Express, sued The Dallas Weekly and Monacelli for defamation because of an article written by Monacelli and published […]

04 Oct 2022
MAZ Group enters industrial Joint Venture with Rheinmetall Air Defense

The Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas in association with Vinson & Elkins has represented Saudi-based MAZ Group in its Joint Venture (JV) with Swiss-based Rheinmetall Defense to create RAD Arabia Co., which will be a manufacturing and development center of air defense systems and technologies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Rad Arabia […]

01 Sep 2022
Vinson & Elkins: ioneer Signs Binding Lithium Offtake Agreement with Ford

Vinson & Elkins advised ioneer Ltd, an emerging lithium–boron supplier, in a binding offtake supply agreement with Ford Motor Company. Under the agreement, ioneer will supply Ford with lithium carbonate from its Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project in Nevada. The V&E team was led by partner Kaam Sahely, with assistance from counsels Josh Heideman and Alistair Wishart, associate Louise Fischel-Bock and senior […]

01 Aug 2022
Litigator Matthew R. Friedenberg Joins Vinson & Elkins in New York

2 Matthew R. Friedenberg has joined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s New York office, focusing on commercial and real estate litigation. He has extensive experience in complex and high-value disputes across a variety of industries, including real estate, retail and hospitality and private equity. Friedenberg will work closely with the firm’s renowned Real Estate practice in […]

01 Aug 2022
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
Vinson & Elkins: 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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