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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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John Lynch

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Over the last 20 years John has built a practice concentrating primarily on the federal income tax aspects of domestic and international transactions. This work includes advising clients on the formation of business ventures; mergers and acquisitions; capital restructurings; spin-offs; and asset and stock dispositions.

John has substantial experience representing energy clients in a broad range of transactions and tax planning matters. In addition, John represents numerous private equity funds in connection with capital formation and transaction planning. His practice also includes advising master limited partnerships (MLPs) on capital formation and acquisition activities. His extensive experience in tax law has earned John recognition by The Best Lawyers in America® as one of its leading lawyers in 2003 and 2006 - 2011; and by Texas Monthly as a "Super Lawyer" in 2005 and 2006.


  • Member, Tax Section and Committee on Partnership Taxation, American Bar Association; Tax Section, Houston Bar Association


John graduated from Baylor University, B.B.A. in 1983, and The University of Texas, J.D. in 1986 (Fraternities: Order of the Coif and Beta Alpha Psi). Admitted to Texas Bar in 1986.

United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team specializes on taxation within the energy sector, advising upstream, midstream and downstream companies as well as energy-focused private equity funds. M&A, business reorganizations and joint ventures are particular areas of strength. Houston’s John Lynch assisted Canada-based diversified energy infrastructure business AltaGas with tax aspects of its agreement and merger plan to acquire public utility holding company WGL in a $6.4bn all-cash transaction. Dallas’ David Peck advised Saudi Arabia-based petroleum and gas company Aramco as one of ten member companies providing a $1bn pioneering investment in the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative to address climate change. Houston-based George Gerachis is another key contact.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles capital markets and M&A taxation, as well as MLP and fund formation matters, especially in the energy, transport and real estate industries. Washington DC-based Gary Huffman represented Sunoco Logistics Partners in its merger with Energy Transfer Partners, whereby the former acquired the latter in a $20bn unit-for-unit transaction. Other highlights included John Lynch’s work on client AltaGas’s $6.4bn cash acquisition of WGL Holdings. David Peck in Dallas assisted Saudi Aramco with its investment in the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative. The current client roster further includes Royal Dutch Shell, Blackstone Energy Partners, Concho Resources and Hess Midstream Partners. George Gerachis leads the practice from the Houston office.

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