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Vinson & Elkins LLP

666 FIFTH AVENUE, 26TH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10103-0040, USA
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Work +1 212 237 0000
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Fax +1 212 237 0100
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Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston and 10 more

James Fox

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Work +1 212 237 0131
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Vinson & Elkins LLP

Work Department

Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts

Position

Jim's principal areas of practice are corporate finance and securities law.

Education

Jim graduated from Villanova University, B.A. in 1997, and Brooklyn Law School, J.D. in 2000. Admitted to New York Bar in 2001.


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Vinson & Elkins LLP remains the market leader in energy sector M&A. It is 'very knowledgeable and responsive' and has 'great market experience'. In 2018, it advised RSP Permian on its sale to Concho Resources in an all-stock transaction valued at some $9.5bn; this was the the largest M&A deal in the oil and gas exploration and production sector since 2012, according to research outfit Wood Mackenzie. Beyond its Houston heartland, the firm has strong M&A teams in New York and Dallas. In a headline deal outside of the energy sector, the firm represented CYS Investments, an agency mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT), on its merger with Two Harbors Investment Corp, a leading hybrid mortgage REIT. The New York team was further enhanced by the arrival of John Kupiec from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, although the firm did lose a four partner team, including New York senior figure Mike Rosenwasser, to Baker Botts L.L.P..  Keith Fullenweider heads the corporate practice, which includes M&A group co-head Matthew Strock and New York managing partner James Fox. Emerging names include Stephen Gill, who 'has an extraordinary amount of experience in public company M&A matters that is very valuable', and Lande Spottswood who is 'a very knowledgeable M&A and corporate partner'. All partners are Houston-based unless stated otherwise.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Vinson & Elkins LLP continues to lead the way in energy industry private equity, and notably advises number of big-name buyout funds, as well as a growing number of financial sponsors. Major clients include Apollo Global Management, Blackstone Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, KKR, Riverstone and TPG Capital. The team advised TPG Growth on its $1.2bn sale of Discovery Midstream to a newly-formed joint venture between KKR and Williams. It also advised Global Atlantic Financial Group on its $1.17bn acquisition of a 33% minority interest in Southern Power's solar portfolio. Key names include corporate practice head Keith Fullenweider, who has advised the likes of TPG Capital, Blackstone and Crestview Partners. Co-head of the M&A group Matthew Strock and co-managing partner of the New York office James Fox are also prominent practitioners.

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