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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP

The level of service in Vinson & Elkins LLP’s antitrust group is rated as ‘excellent’, with ‘very short response times’. The firm represented Southwest Airlines in sprawling federal and state government investigations and litigation with regard to allegations that major airlines have conspired to restrict capacity in order to maintain higher prices. Craig Seebald is recommended and co-heads the department out of Houston alongside James Reeder.

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Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP

At Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston-based James Reeder and Washington DC-based Alden Atkins were involved in several high-profile disputes including a range antitrust claims. Atkins is defending Southwest Airlines in numerous civil lawsuits filed following government investigations into an alleged conspiracy by major airlines to restrict capacity in order to maintain higher ticket prices. Reeder, who jointly heads the practice with Craig Seebald, is acting for HeartBrand Beef in private litigation brought by a competitor seeking to invalidate a contract for the purchase of Akaushi cattle and alleging that the beef supplier had attempted to monopolize this specific cattle market. Hitachi and Huntsman International are also clients.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team, which has a ‘full understanding of the appellate procedure’, is jointly headed by Marie Yeates, whose ‘oral arguments bring the other side to its knees’, and Thomas Leatherbury. John Elwood led the defense of KBR in the Supreme Court in a case involving allegations of fraudulent action under the False Claims Act. The firm also acted on criminal sentencing cases in the Supreme Court in 2014. Unsurprisingly for a firm based in Texas, it has a strong focus on the energy sector, and frequently acts for energy companies in high-profile and high-value appeals. Of note is the team’s representation of oil and gas handling company Valerus in tax proceedings in Texas.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Energy sector clients frequently engage Vinson & Elkins LLP, which is noted for its broad trial expertise. Highlights included the successful representation of Gastar Exploration in two lawsuits in Pennsylvania and West Virginia concerning fracking activities; James Thompson and Phillip Dye led the team. Clients outside of this space include eBay, Software AG and UBS Securities.

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M&A: litigation: defense
M&A: litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP remains highly active in M&A litigation relating to the energy sector, and it has substantial expertise in both MLPs and the legal processes of the Delaware courts. Jim Thompson in Houston and Dallas-based John Wander are co-heads of the complex commercial litigation practice, while Michael Holmes in Dallas and Steven Paradise in New York lead the securities group. Highlights included representing the general partner and directors of an MLP in litigation arising out of a multibillion-dollar merger alleging conflicts of interest.

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP provides ‘solid value and excellent service’. Highly recommended are Clifford Thau in New York and securities group co-heads Steven Paradise, also in New York, and Michael Holmes in Dallas. The ‘practical and knowledgeableMichael Charlson in San Francisco is ‘a cut above - a seasoned and smart securities litigator’ and Jennifer Poppe in Austin is ‘very knowledgeable about SEC processes’. In Houston, John Wander, who leads the firm’s complex litigation department, acted for KBR in a complex SEC investigation into confidentiality agreements. The firm has a strong presence in the energy sector but also advises clients such as Medical Action Industries, Cohmad Securities and Lone Pine Resources.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP acts for clients in relation to FCPA investigations by the SEC and DOJ, FCA litigation, and internal investigations. San Francisco-based practice co-head Matthew Jacobs, along with Washington DC’s Craig Seebald and others, advised Hitachi on a number of matters, including a DOJ investigation into alleged international price fixing. Washington DC-based Craig Margolis defended engineering company KBR in multiple qui tam cases, including one filed by a former subcontracts administrator who accused the company of suppressing competition for subcontracts and thereby defrauding the US government. Margolis also represented technology distributor Avnet in a qui tam FCA case relating to the provision of telecoms products and services to schools and libraries in Texas. Washington DC-based practice co-head William Lawler has expertise in handling major anti-corruption cases.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

The team at Vinson & Elkins LLP, jointly headed by the Houston-based David Oelman and Keith Fullenweider, is praised for its excellence and for being ‘proactive instead of reactive’. It is a major player in the debt space and routinely ranks as one of the largest practices nationally in terms of deal volume and deal count. Much of this work originates from issuers in the energy sector, but the group also represents underwriters and has industry expertise in areas such as aviation, real estate, financial services and technology. Highlights included advising Plains All American Pipelines on notes offerings totaling $2.95bn; Oelman led on this matter along with Alan Beck. Other active clients in the energy space include NiSource, MarkWest Energy and Energy XXI. Outside of energy, the firm has acted for Southwest Airlines, Apollo Global and Cardtronics.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP is particularly noted for its strength in the energy space, and has also been highly active in the transport, telecoms, real estate and technology sectors. David Oelman and Alan Beck are key figures; they recently represented Plains All American Pipelines in three securities offerings with a combined transactional value of $3bn, including a $1bn equity offering. James Prince acted for the underwriters to Baytex Energy Group in two securities offerings totaling $1.8bn, including an equity offering valued at $632m. On the issuer side, Mark Kelly handled Anadarko Petroleum’s $400m public offering of tangible equity units. Keith Fullenweider, who co-heads the firm’s M&A and capital markets practice, is the other leading practitioner. All named lawyers are based in Houston.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

In 2015, Vinson & Elkins LLP’s capital markets team handled a considerable volume of high-yield transactions for issuers and underwriters. Highlights included Mark Kelly and Sarah Morgan advising Energy XXI Gulf Coast on its $1.45bn private offering of senior secured second lien notes, the proceeds of which were used to repay outstanding debt and fund a portion of its 2015 capital expenditure. Also in 2015, David Stone assisted SandRidge Energy with its $1.25bn offering of senior secured notes, and acted for the underwriters in Halcón Resources’ $700m senior notes offering and a subsequent $1bn debt exchange offer for its outstanding senior notes. Michael Harrington is also singled out for recognition. All named attorneys are based in Houston.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

The practice at Vinson & Elkins LLP is headed by Mark Spivak in the Washington DC office and James Cuclis in Houston. Mark Brazzil advised Noble Energy, operator of the $6bn Leviathan gas project off the Israeli coast, on the development of a floating system for production, storage and offloading. The gas will be sold to neighboring countries, requiring several cross-border submarine pipelines. The Houston-based Kaam Sahely assisted SemGroup with construction and transportation agreements concerning the development, ownership and operation of the $500m Maurepas Pipelines, three new pipelines in the Gulf Coast region of Louisiana. He also acted for Gulf Coast Ammonia, a joint venture between Agrifos and Borealis, in the DBFMO aspects of a $1bn hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Texas. On the acquisition side, Katy Gottsponer advised Riverstone Holdings on a master transaction agreement with SunEdison, which purchased AES Corporation’s 50% stake in 336MW-worth of solar photovoltaic projects owned by Silver Ridge Power, a company in which Riverstone invested significantly. Regulatory specialist David Andril advised Parallax Services on the financing aspects of the Live Oak LNG project development on the Calcasieu River, Louisiana. Other clients of the department include Goldman Sachs, Clean Line Energy Partners and Brookfield Renewable Energy Group.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 6

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s marked aptitude for Texas-filed oil and gas Chapters 11s was reflected in debtor-side work for Kentucky-based RAAM Global Energy and for Canadian fracking company GASFRAC Energy Services. In a notable New York-led matter, Steven Abramowitz continued to advise United Airlines as the largest creditor on various matters subsequent to the 2012 filing of Pinnacle Airlines. The highly regarded William Wallander, who divides his time between Dallas and New York, heads the largely Texas-based group.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP has a broad practice handling subcontractor / prime contractor disputes, suspension and debarment proceedings, FCA suits, and FCPA investigations. A highlight victory was achieved for KBR in a qui tam suit filed by former subcontract administrator Barko, which alleged that KBR and its subcontractor suppressed competition for the performance of subcontracts and submitted false claims to the government; the team was granted a writ of mandamus to protect from the disclosure of attorney-client privileged materials created during an internal investigation. David Johnson provides ‘excellent support’ and co-heads the team together with the ‘smart, responsive and pragmaticMichael Charness. ‘Excellent white-collar attorneyCraig Margolis and Kathleen Little are also recommended. Daniel Graham joined from Wiley Rein LLP in August 2015, adding substantial healthcare knowledge to the firm’s existing expertise in aerospace and defense, and engineering; another area of expertise for Graham is accounting.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s energy transactions team is headed by Houston-based partners Trina Chandler, Keith Fullenweider and John Connally, and includes Bryan Loocke, who joined from Bracewell LLP. Chandler advised Riverstone Holdings on the formation of Talen Energy Corporation through a $9.5bn Reverse Morris Trust transaction; the corporation is now one of the US’ largest independent power producers. Other clients include Quantum Utility Generation and Duke Energy.

Leading lawyers

Trina Chandler - Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s practice is commended for its ‘excellent service’ with ‘quick, knowledgeable and organised’ team heads Keith Fullenweider and John Connally standing out for their combination of legal and commercial skills. James Cuclis and David Oelman are also recommended, as is Bryan Loocke, who joined the team from Bracewell LLP in July 2015.

Leading lawyers

John Connally - Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Energy: litigation
Energy: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP has considerable clout in the oil and gas arena, representing its clients in litigation and arbitration. Houston partner Guy Stanford Lipe defended Denbury Onshore in a carbon dioxide royalty class action brought by mineral owners in Mississippi alleging that Denbury underpaid its royalty obligations. Marie Yeates - who heads the appellate team with Thomas Leatherbury - represented Occidental Petroleum in an appeal regarding whether or not a class of 2,200 royalty owners under thousands of different oil and gas leases was properly certified. James Thompson and Dallas office managing partner John Wander head the firm’s commercial litigation group. Former managing partner of the firm’s Houston office and head of litigation Karl Stern joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Michael Heidler was promoted to the partnership.

Leading lawyers

James Thompson - Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP has ‘extensive industry knowledge’, particularly in regard to oil and gas but also in the electric power arena. John Decker, Anita Rutkowski Wilson and David Andril - who heads the team with Dallas-based Matthew Henry - assisted Emera with obtaining long-term authorization from the DOE to export compressed natural gas from a proposed project in Florida. As well as its national regulatory expertise, the team stands out state-level work and for being ‘very connected to the Texas energy markets’, and assists clients with Electric Reliability Council of Texas and Public Utility Commission of Texas regulations. Other clients include BG LNG Services, Cross Texas Transmission and Duke Energy. Barry Smitherman joined the Austin office after his time working in-house. Stephen Angle retired.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Project finance is a key aspect of Vinson & Elkins LLP’s work in this space, along with M&A and project development work. The team advised investment bank Brock Capital Group on the recapitalization of Sunova Solar Energy, a residential solar company. In another highlight, the team advised the underwriters in the IPO of 8Point3 Energy Partners, a renewable energy partnership formed by First Solar and SunPower. Mark Spivak co-heads the global project finance practice from Washington DC.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

At Vinson & Elkins LLP, the ‘excellent’ environmental and natural resources practice represents a notable list of clients in the energy sector, including Anadarko Petroleum, Freeport-McMoRan, Maxus Energy Corporation, Tierra Solutions and White Stallion Energy Center. It advises on the full breadth of environmental administrative proceedings and litigation, and has been involved in numerous notable contamination cases as well as challenges to EPA regulations. Recent mandates include representing a client in the mining industry in a federal class action regarding alleged environmental contamination and property damage. Austin-based Susan Snyder is endorsed for her ‘deep industry expertise’ and for being a ‘fast worker and an innovative and practical lawyer’, and ‘great litigatorKevin Gaynor in Washington DC is recommended as ‘one of the finest environmental lawyers in the US’. Following the retirement of Carol Dinkins, Houston-based Larry Nettles now heads the practice.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Considered ‘one of the best law firms out there’, Vinson & Elkins LLP is well respected for its environmental regulatory work. Houston-based Larry Nettles chairs the team following the retirement of Carol Dinkins. The team has been working with clients in presenting strategies to address climate-enhanced risks in flood hazard zones. Recent additions to the Washington DC office include the former acting director of the EPA’s special litigation and projects division within the Office of Civil Enforcement, Andrew Stewart. Other notable clients include Anadarko Petroleum, Freeport-McMoRan and White Stallion Energy Center.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team has significant experience assisting clients with environmental due diligence and risk allocation relating to mergers and acquisitions, asset sales and real estate transactions, and is especially strong in the energy sector. The team has been involved in the financing aspects of a public-private partnership to supply water for hydraulic fracturing. It has also been assisting a company in the oil industry in negotiations for the purchase of a crude oil pipeline and its operating agreement. Clients include Anadarko Petroleum, Freeport-McMoRan and Maxus Energy. Houston-based Larry Nettles now leads the practice, following the retirement of former department head Carol Dinkins.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP acts for strong roster of energy clients on executive compensation and benefits matters, with a particular focus on transaction-related issues. In Dallas, David D’Alessandro advised Eagle Rock Energy Partners on its sale to Vanguard Natural Resources, while Shane Tucker assisted Targa Natural Resources with its purchase of Atlas Pipeline Partners. Outside the energy sector, D’Alessandro advised Medical Action Industries on its $207m sale to Owens & Minor. Tucker also has experience in designing employee benefits plans, including 401(k) plans, ESOPs and cafeteria plans. George Gerachis in Houston advises on tax-related issues and shares leadership of the executive compensation and benefits practice with D’Alessandro. In recent personnel developments, Sheri Dillon departed for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Houston’s Stephen Jacobson was made partner.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 6

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP is a ‘terrific law firm’ and ‘one of the best in the energy industry’, and it is ‘head and shoulders above many of the other firms’, according to one client. Other key sectors for the firm include chemicals, retail, manufacturing and industrials. A growing proportion of the M&A practice is driven by private equity sponsors. In 2015, the firm advised Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp in connection with the $7.7bn acquisition of Atlas Pipelines Partners and Atlas Energy; the deal involved two simultaneous public M&A transactions and a sizeable public company spin-off. Houston partner and co-head of the M&A group Keith Fullenweider is known for energy M&A and private equity, and is ‘quick, knowledgeable and organized’, and a ‘good businessman’ as well as lawyer. Co-head of the energy transactions and projects practice John Connally is also a ‘standout’ practitioner according to clients, with New York’s Mike Rossenwasser recognized as a leader in energy M&A, especially in the MLP space. Other notable clients include Breitburn Energy Partners, TPG Capital, Riverstone Holdings, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Southwest Airlines, Devon Energy and White Deer Energy.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP is well known for its expertise in the energy sector, where it handles transactions for a broad variety of private equity firms. There is also a focus on acquisition finance - with David Wicklund in New York the key contact - and distressed investments. The client roster includes Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners, Warburg Pincus and Crestview Partners. The firm continues to represent key client TPG Capital, and it was also engaged by Riverstone to assist with various transactions, including the formation of Talen Energy - one of the country’s largest independent power producers - via a $9.5bn Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Houston-based Keith Fullenweider and David Oelman are the key partners in the department, which recently underwent some changes: energy transactional lawyer Bryan Loocke joined from Bracewell LLP, while Kevin Lewis went to Sidley Austin LLP, Matthew Pacey went to Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Christina Tate went to Greenberg Traurig, LLP. John Grand in Dallas and Kai Haakon Liekefett in New York were promoted to partner.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP advises investors and growth companies in the energy, private equity and financial sectors on venture capital financing, M&A and joint ventures. William Volk leads the technology group from the Austin office, while Houston-based Keith Fullenweider and David Palmer Oelman are joint heads of the capital markets and M&A practice. Austin’s J. Wesley Jones advised Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures on its lead investment in 908 Devices’ $12m series C financing, while Volk assisted CS Disco with its $10m series B financing round, with Bessemer Venture Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners as lead investors. Dallas-based John Grand, who focuses on private equity investments and M&A, was promoted to the partnership.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Houston-based litigator Ferguson McNiel heads the practice at Vinson & Elkins LLP, which specializes in complex public and private energy and infrastructure projects in the US and abroad. It provides assistance at every stage of construction, from pre-contractual negotiations to post-completion disputes. A team led by Mark Brazzil has been advising Noble Energy as the operator on the $6bn Leviathan natural gas development off the coast of Israel. Kaam Sahely and New York-based Karen Smith have been acting for Gulf Coast Ammonia, a joint venture of Agrifos and Borealis, on the transactional aspects of the construction of a $1bn ammonia production facility in Texas. Sahely led a team handling the transactional matters surrounding the development of a crude oil unloading terminal in Illinois for CenterPoint Properties. Other work highlights included representing Panama Canal Authority in arbitration and litigation, and assisting SemGroup in connection with the $500m planned construction of the Maurepas pipelines system.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Texas-based practice represents clients in all facets of the real estate industry, including banks, insurance companies, developers, consultants and governmental entities. Head of practice Paul Martin advised 7-Eleven on the $130m relocation of its corporate headquarters from the Dallas Arts District to the Cypress Waters Development in Irving, Texas, while Michael Boulden handled a number of dirt transactions for GE Capital, including the sale of a 162-unit apartment complex in West Covina, California. Joel Ross and newly made-up partner Russell Oshman advised a major real estate investment management company on a number of significant REIT acquisitions. Other key players in the team are Houston-based ‘dean of real estate’ Sanford Weiner and Randy Jurgensmeyer. All named partners are based in Dallas unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP advises on cross-border transactions for private equity funds and global companies and is particularly strong in the energy sector. It advised CPP Investment Board and The Broe Group on an agreement to acquire Denver Julesburg Basin oil and gas assets in Colorado from Encana Oil & Gas for $900m. Riverstone Holdings, Apollo Global Management and PetroRio are also clients. Houston-based George Gerachis leads the department. Thomas Crichton in Dallas is also a name to note.

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles the full scope of tax controversy issues, providing expertise in relation to the Internal Revenue Code, international, state and local tax laws, tax treaties, financial products, accounting methods, partnerships, energy and tax credits, and valuation issues. Houston-based practice head George Gerachis represents BMC Software in tax litigation regarding foreign earnings repatriation under section 965 of the Internal Revenue Code. Miriam Burke retired. Sheri Dillon departed to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and David Cole was promoted to partner.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Vinson & Elkins LLP

The Houston-based tax team at Vinson & Elkins LLP advises on REITs, transactions, SALT, and employee benefits and plans, often working with the firm’s clients in energy sphere, which include numerous MLPs. Practice head George Gerachis and John Lynch, who is recommended, handled two of 2015’s key matters: advising Occidental Petroleum on all tax aspects of its spin-off of its California gas and oil assets into a separate company, and advising Targa Resources Corporation and Targa Resources Partners on the acquisition of Atlas Energy and Atlas Pipeline Partners in a simultaneous merger of the four companies. Miriam Burke retired and Sheri Dillon went to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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