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Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP's clients value the tax department's 'outstanding' service in relation to its key competencies, which include corporate and real estate transactions and oil and gas sector-specific tax law. UK practice head Jenny Doak combines 'technical tax excellence' with the commercial focus that arises from her 'deep practical experience'. Amongst a number of tax matters for the client, highlights included advising Saudi Aramco on the UK-tax aspects of its participation in a $1bn joint initiative to develop and accelerate the commercial deployment of low emissions technologies. The group coordinated cross-border counsel for Helios Towers Africa on the tax aspects of its debut $600m high yield bond issuance and listing on the Irish Stock Exchange. Andrew Callaghan is also recommended. Michael Thompson retired in 2017.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 7

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

The ‚Äėvery client centric, thoughtful and commercial‚Äô¬†Vinson & Elkins RLLP¬†has ‚Äėan excellent overall level of service, in responsiveness, efficiency, thoughtfulness and quality of advice‚Äô. The M&A team is noted for its industry expertise in both the energy (particularly oil and gas) and telecoms infrastructure sectors. The team is co-headed by¬†Jeffrey Eldredge¬†and¬†Shaun Lascelles. Lascelles and¬†Simon Rootsey¬†are recommended as ‚Äėvery perseverant and responsive‚Äô; the pair advised the Vitol Group on the sale of a 50% stake in the holding company of VTTI Energy Partners for $1.15bn, and represented the Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners in connection with the $250m acquisition of Shell‚Äôs 20% shareholding in Vivo Energy.¬†Paul Dunbar¬†is ‚Äėvery commercial and effective in negotiation‚Äô and ‚Äėco-ordinates his team well‚Äô; he acted for TPG Sixth Street Partners and Oaktree Capital on the acquisition of Iona Energy and the establishment of a joint venture platform.¬†Alex Msimang¬†advised Statoil on its acquisition of 25% stake in Petrobras‚Äô third-largest oil field for $2.9bn. Federico Fruhbeck¬†joined from¬†Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP 'meets the highest professional standards, respects strict deadlines and is open minded and responsive; the team also has deep knowledge of international legislation as well as focusing on important case details'. It is best known for energy-related disputes but the practice has also acted in mining, healthcare, telecoms and construction-related matters as well as investor-state cases. In one of the largest construction arbitrations of recent times, Nick Henchie, whose 'skills are outstanding and who gives invaluable strategic advice', led advice to Italian energy services company Saipem on an ICC claim it brought against a Gazprom entity over a terminated contract to build the South Stream gas pipeline between Russia and southern Europe. The 'diligent' and recently promoted Louise Woods is 'particularly strong'; Susanna Fidoe is a key counsel; and Alexander Slade is a notable senior associate. George Burn joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, while  Mark Beeley exited for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

The 'responsive, accessible and thoroughly trustworthy' oil and gas offering at Vinson & Elkins RLLP is described as 'first class' by one client. The team is 'very attentive to the needs and urgencies of the matters clients approach them with' and spearheaded by Alex Msimang who 'is a to-the-point adviser and always available'. In recent highlights, associate Nadine Amr supported Msimang to handle Statoil's $2.5bn acquisition of a 66% interest and operational capacity in the offshore Carcara field from Petrobas, and Shaun Lascelles teamed up with counsel Simon Rootsey to oversee Vitol's sale of a 50% stake in the VTTI group to Buckeye Partners for $1.15bn. Key names on the projects side include construction specialist Andrew Nealon and finance expert Nabil Khodadad who are currently assisting SOCAR with its proposed development of a gas processing plant and petrochemical facility in Azerbaijan. On the contentious side, James Loftis is representing ExxonMobil in annulment arbitration proceedings brought by Argentina with regards to an award against it on the grounds of its violation of the US-Argentina bilateral treaty agreement.

Leading individuals

Alex Msimang - Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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London: Real estate

Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Nick Henchie  leads the team at Vinson & Elkins RLLP, which focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution in the construction and engineering sectors. The team continues to represent the Panama Canal Authority on its $4bn dispute concerning the Panama Canal Expansion Project. Andrew Nealon specialises in project development and finance, primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Leading individuals

Nick Henchie - Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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