Firm Profile > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Dallas, United States

Vinson & Elkins LLP
TRAMMELL CROW CENTER
2001 ROSS AVENUE, SUITE 3700
DALLAS, TX 75201-2975
United States

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

Vinson & Elkins LLP operates across the industry with particular strength in the upstream segment. It handles many of the biggest ticket cases across the US, including matters in Texas, Delaware, Colorado, Oklahoma and West Virginia. The practice has also been notably active in climate change and environmental disputes, and is also at the forefront of bankruptcy and restructuring cases linked to the downturn in oil prices; it also has extensive experience in royalty disputes. James Thompson is global head of litigation and is a former petroleum engineer with substantial oil and gas experience. Guy Lipe chairs the energy litigation practice and is an experienced figure in big-ticket disputes, including royalty cases. Other key names include Marie Yeates, who is singled out for appellate matters; Dallas based Matthew Stammel and energy litigation specialist Nicholas Shum, who was elected partner in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

James Thompson; Guy Lipe

Key clients

Linn Operating

Antero Resources

Denbury Resources

Anadarko

Vitol

Apache

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 1

Vinson & Elkins LLP's energy regulatory practice has a strong focus on the natural gas and LNG sectors, and frequently acts for clients on the regulatory aspects of major infrastructure projects. The group has also achieved prominence in rate cases and certificate proceedings before FERC, while maintaining a strong presence in midstream and LNG export projects. John Decker is noted for transactions involving the production and transportation of natural gas and LNG, gas-fired power plant developments, and natural gas asset sales and acquisitions. Houston partner James Seegers is a key figure for regulatory and compliance work relating to natural gas pipelines, and Anita Wilson regularly represents natural gas clients before FERC, regulatory bodies and appellate courts. Counsel Chris Terhune is noted for LNG matters including offtake agreements, and Houston-based counsel Damien Lyster is a key name for midstream work including intrastate pipeline developments in Texas, while counsel Andy Beach represents clients before FERC. In Houston, Suzanne Clevenger made partner in 2020. All those mentioned are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

James Seegers; Anita Wilson

Key clients

Fortress Investment Group

AltaGas

Linn Operating

Marathon Oil

Jordan Cove Energy Project

Antero Resources

TC PipeLines

Plains All-American Pipeline

East Cheyenne Gas Storage

Sabal Trail Transmission

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Deeply imbued in the energy ecosystem since its foundation over 100 years ago, Texas headquartered powerhouse Vinson & Elkins LLP has a peerless track record across the full spectrum of oil and gas transactions throughout the value chain, where it 'can be relied on for complex, bespoke transactions'. A balanced client roster, which includes private equity sponsors, public companies, independent oil and gas exploration and production companies, ensures that it is well hedged and is well-versed across the gamut of both private and strategic M&A. As well as transactional lawyers with core oil and gas industry expertise, the firm is also able to draw upon practitioners with the requisite regulatory, tax and environmental knowledge. Corporate head Keith Fullenweider has excellent private equity-related oil and gas credentials and recently advised TPG Pace Energy Holdings on its $2.66bn acquisition from EnerVest of the oil and gas assets within EnerVest’s South Texas Division. The 'very experienced, practical and responsiveJohn Connally co-heads the firm's overarching energy transactions and projects group alongside Kaam Sahely, and has vast experience in the midstream and upstream areas, in particular. Bryan Loocke 'is a wizard when it comes to oil and gas and market knowledge', and alongside Danielle Patterson is one of the younger generation of partners at the firm who is garnering significant praise from clients. All named practitioners are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

John Connally; Kaam Sahely; Keith Fullenweider

Other key lawyers:

Doug Bland; David Cohen; John Grand; Bryan Loocke; Danielle Patterson

Testimonials

The firm has deep knowledge and experience in all aspects of upstream oil and gas operations, financing and transactions.

The team is very knowledgeable of current industry trends and deal complexities.

They know the “nuts and bolts” of the oil and gas industry better than most of their peers.

The team can be relied on for complex, bespoke transactions.

Bryan Loocke is a wizard when it comes to oil and gas and market knowledge.

Key clients

Blackstone Energy Partners and Blackstone Capital Partners

Caerus Oil and Gas LLC

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

The Carlyle Group

Charger Shale Oil Company

Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC

Devon Energy Corp.

Driftwood LNG LLC and Tellurian Inc.

Energy Transfer Partners

Gastar Exploration Inc.

Lucid Energy Group II, LLC

Noble Midstream Partners

Northwoods Energy LLC

Oasis Petroleum Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc.

Quantum Energy Partners

Rice Energy

Rosehill Resources, Inc.

RSP Permian, Inc.

SandRidge Energy

Select Energy Services, Inc.

TPG Growth

TPG Pace Energy Holdings Corp.

Unit Corporation

Valorem Energy, LLC

Ward Energy Partners, LLC

DCP Midstream and an Affiliate of Targa Resources

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Texas-headquartered Vinson & Elkins LLP is distinguished by its firepower in energy-related capital market transactions, in line with the wider firm’s premier oil and gas practice. The increasingly diverse group also shines in offerings by REITs and financial institutions. Equally adept in issuer and manager-side work, the largely Houston-based team counts public and private companies, investment banks and private equity funds among its key clients. David Oelman co-heads the M&A and capital markets teams and draws on a strong record in advising issuers and underwriters on IPOs. Firm chairman Mark Kelly maintains an active equity capital markets practice, with his recent experience spanning IPOs and other high-profile public offerings. Additional contacts include up-and-coming partner Ramey Layne and department co-head Matthew Strock, who is noted for private equity-related matters.

Practice head(s):

David Oelman; Matthew Strock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Vinson & Elkins has more experience in connection with public offerings of companies in the oil and gas industry than any other firm. As a result, their depth of experience leads directly to positive results for their clients, including their ability to spot and solve issues, reduce delays and achieve the best results.’

Key clients

ACRE Realty Investors, Inc.

Alliance Holdings GP, LP

Alon USA Energy, Inc.//Alon USA Partners, LP

Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc.

American Housing REIT Inc.

Antero Midstream Partners LP

Antero Resources Corporation

Approach Resources, Inc.

Arc Logistics Partners LP

ArcBest Corporation

Archrock Partners, L.P.

Asta Funding, Inc.

Belden Inc.

Berry Petroleum Corporation

Bimini Capital Management Inc.

Black Stone Minerals, L.P.

Blue Racer Midstream, LLC

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP

Bonanza Creek Energy Inc.

BP Midstream Partners LP

Breitburn Energy Partners L.P.

Brigham Minerals, Inc.

Buckeye Partners, L.P.

California Resources Corporation

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.

Carriage Services, Inc.

Carvana, LLC (private company)

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

Cirrus Logic, Inc.

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.

Cloud Peak Energy, Inc. / Cloud Peak Resources LLC

Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc.

Concho Resources Inc.

Contango Oil & Gas Company

Continental Resources, Inc.

Core Laboratories, N.V.

Covey Park Energy LLC

Crestwood Equity Partners LP

CryoLife, Inc.

CSI Compressco LP

CVR Partners, LP

CVR Refining, LP

CYS Investments, Inc.

Daseke, Inc.

Devon Energy Corporation

Dominion Energy, Inc.

Dominion Resources, Inc.

New Fortress Energy LLC

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc.

Newfield Exploration Company

Nexeo Solutions, Inc.

Nine Energy Service, Inc.

Noble Midstream Partners LP

Oasis Midstream Partners LP

Southwest Airlines Co.

Spark Energy, Inc.

Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp

B. Riley FBR

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America Securities, LLC

Bank of American Corporation

Barclays Capital Inc.

BMO Capital Markets

Citibank, N.A.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Compass Point Research & Trading LLC

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs & Company

J.P. MorganJ

MP Securities, LLC

JonesTrading

Ladenburg Thalmann

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

Morgan Stanley

MUFG

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Stifel

US Bancorp

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Finance > Project finance

Vinson & Elkins LLP is best known for its market-leading expertise in the oil and gas sector, particularly through its strong Houston office where practice heads John Connally and Kaam Sahely are both based. LNG-related projects remain high on the agenda, although the team has an extremely strong reputation for sponsor-side advice in the power sector having advised on several significant conventional and renewables projects. Transport infrastructure is another area of expertise, particularly in Texas, where partners such as Mark Brasher have strong experience. Other key individuals in Houston include Keith Fullenweider and Mark Spradling, while in New York, partners such as Karen Smith, David Wicklund, and Eamon Nolan (who also has strong Latin America experience) are all very active in the market.

Practice head(s):

John Connally; Kaam Sahely

Testimonials

‘Good client service and deep sector experience, especially in energy’

‘Very knowledgeable, professional, commercial, responsible and show deep understanding of the industry and the issues, both commercial and legal’

‘An outstanding team of individuals who go beyond the expectations to make the deal happen’

‘Key partner Eamon Nolan invests the time and effort to understand the needs of the client and work to tailor solutions. The team has a deep bench of experts that they can call upon’

‘Alan Alexander and Kaam Sahely are outstanding lawyers’

Key clients

Avant

Babson Capital

Blackstone Energy Partners

Buckeye Partners

DCP Midstream and an Affiliate of Targa Resources

EagleClaw Midstream Ventures (EagleClaw), a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners

Enbridge

Enbridge/Valley Crossing Pipeline

Enviva Development Holdings

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Goldman Sachs

Gulf Coast Ammonia

Investec

Jordan Cove Energy Project

LNG 21

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy

Pattern Energy Group Holdings

Riverstone

SandRidge Energy

SemGroup Corporation

Tellurian

TPG Sixth Street Partners

Tyr Energy

Woodside Petroleum

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Active in the aerospace and defense, healthcare, engineering and construction industries, Vinson & Elkins LLP's government contracts group is 'one of the best' according to one client. David Johnson leads the team alongside co-chair and experienced litigator Daniel Graham, who together handle a huge range of issues for long-term government contractor clients such as BAE Systems. On top of the traditional bid protest work, the group has a specialism in cost-accounting matters and also handles transactions. Newly made partner Jamie Tabb has considerable experience in litigation and investigations, and Tyler Robinson represents contractors in suspension and debarment proceedings. Senior associate Ryan Stalnaker is recommended for his advisory work on national security matters.

Practice head(s):

David Johnson; Daniel Graham

Testimonials

V&E is the best firm with which I’ve ever worked. Its attorneys are smart, responsive, creative, and affable. Never have I felt like V&E over-staffed my cases, and we’re on a 15-year winning streak with them in bid protests – something which is unheard of.

‘Jamie Tabb is a rock star. Jamie’s work is exceptional. In over a decade of work with Jamie, there’s never been a time he hasn’t been available. Moreover, his work for us is creative and efficient. Dan Graham also supports us, and is well-known for his work in cost or pricing and in cost accounting standards.’

This firm provides a lot of partner engagement and attention, while still making efficient use of associate time absent the partner’s involvement.

Dave Johnson is incredibly responsive and quick on his feet. He also is willing to brain storm with you on arguments and ideas.

V&E has a group of solid lawyers.’

Key clients

ABM Industries

Agility Logistics

AMTEC Corporation

BAE Systems

The Boeing Company

Macro Vantage Levant DMCC

Consortium Management Group

Doyon Utilities

EmblemHealth Services Co.

Group Health (GHI)

Financial Management Systems

Fincantieri USA

First Coast Service Options

FMS Investment Corp.

Johnson Controls

VOX Space

KPMG

Marinette Marine Corporation

Maxar Technologies and subsidiaries

New Fortress Energy

NCI Information Systems and its subsidiary, AdvanceMed Corp.

Inmarsat Government

Noridian Healthcare Solutions

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp. (WPS)

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

Vinson & Elkins LLP combines standalone regulatory credentials with a strong track record in transactional regulatory matters. The team frequently represents clients before FERC, the DoE, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and RTOs. Before FERC, the practice has experience in transmission issues, transaction approvals, litigation and enforcement proceedings. The group has traditionally represented major utilities, and has recently expanded its focus to act for a growing number of investors seeking to acquire regulated assets. Washington DC's John Decker has a key reputation in transactional and standalone regulatory matters, while Jo Ann Biggs in Dallas is an established name for electric utility regulatory mandates. Promoted to the partnership in 2019, Dallas-based Jaren Taylor regularly advises on electric transmission lines in Texas. James Seegers and Anita Wilson are the key contacts and are based in Houston and Washington DC, respectively.

Practice head(s):

James Seegers; Anita Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Among the very best global practices in knowledge, experience, and depth when it comes to energy regulations. Very well complemented by the firm’s energy transactions practice, which is the best in the world.

The energy regulatory lawyers at V&E stand-out from the rest, not because of just knowledge and experience, but by their ability to work with and explain issues to the lay business client. They make complex matters understandable, provide an excellent service and handle matters effectively and efficiently.

‘V&E has an unmatched strength in Texas PUC proceedings, and FERC/NERC/Texas RE proceedings.’

‘Jo Ann Biggs’ availability and dedication to our account is unmatched.’

‘Jo Ann Biggs and Jaren Taylor truly act as members of our company’s team. Our business teams know them well and respect their work and their expertise.’

Key clients

Oncor Electric Delivery Company

Tyr Energy

Pattern Energy Group

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Global Infrastructure Partners

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Texas-based energy heavyweight Vinson & Elkins LLP has successfully followed the market and has continued to keep abreast of the fast-changing renewables sector, enabling it to provide a compelling combination of 'excellent subject matter asset knowledge', allied to strong product expertise relating to the M&A, financing and the day-to-operational needs of a primarily investor/borrower focused client base. As the principal adviser to Goldman Sachs' renewable power group, the team has been kept extremely busy over the past 18 months, advising the fund on numerous high-profile transactions, including its $350m acquisition of South Jersey Industries' solar portfolio. Located out of Houston, John Connally and Kaam Sahely co-head the firm's overarching energy transactions and projects group, with Sahely regularly involved in renewables work for core investor clients and a key member of the team that also includes the 'excellentDanielle Patterson. Patterson has significant coverage across both transactional and commercial work in the sector, and as well as regularly handling renewables asset M&A, also regularly advises on commercial contracts in the sector, including on power purchase agreements (PPA) and joint development agreements. The team was strengthened on the finance front by the arrival in January 2019 by New York-based partner Eamon Nolan from Linklaters LLP.

Practice head(s):

John Connally; Kaam Sahely

Other key lawyers:

Eamon Nolan; Danielle Patterson; Peter Marshall; Stephanie Coco; Matthew Greenberg

Testimonials

The team displays excellent subject matter asset knowledge.

Danielle Patterson is excellent.

Key clients

Babson Capital

Enviva Development Holdings

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Goldman Sachs Asset Management Renewable Power Group

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Pattern Energy Group Holdings

Riverstone Holdings

TPG Sixth Street Partners

Tyr Energy, Inc.

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 2

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 2

Vinson & Elkins LLP assists clients in defending against activist shareholders in a range of industries. The team is jointly headed by Lawrence Elbaum in New York ('unsurpassed experience in, and knowledge of, this space') and Jeff Floyd in Houston. Another name to note is recently promoted partner Patrick Gadson, 'a vital asset to the team' who serves as New York chair of the shareholder activism practice. Elbaum and Gadson led a number of standout activist defense matters in 2019, successfully preventing campaigns against clients such as Hilton Grand Vacations, comScore, and Amber Road. Stephen Gill leads the public company M&A practice in the Houston office.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Elbaum; Patrick Gadson; Stephen Gill; Jeff Floyd

Testimonials

‘The activism team at Vinson & Elkins are hands-down the most experienced and the most knowledgeable. This means they’ve seen just about everything, know what to expect and how to handle it, and have the processes, materials and other resources needed, teed up to go, and are able to react quickly in these situations which can often be incredibly important. The two partners who run the team do a fantastic job working with clients, working seamlessly with our clients’ regular corporate counsel, and engaging and negotiating with the other side and their legal counsel. They are professional and work well with other advisers, and these are situations that often involve a very fully staffed advisory team. The two partners who run the team, Lawrence and Patrick, are fantastic at leading the effort and coordinating all the work, which really is needed for clients in these situations, so it takes up less of the client’s day-to-day time and they can focus on running their regular business. In short, they are just the best, and they are my go-to legal advisor for any of my clients in these situations.’

‘Lawrence Elbaum has unsurpassed experience in and knowledge of this space. He’s done more corporate defenses and proxy fights that anyone else on the street. When I recommend Lawrence to a client, the client is usually in a tense and high profile difficult situation, and I know Lawrence will take good care of them and immediately put them at ease that is ‘under control’. Lawrence also treats even smaller clients with the care and attention they need.’

‘Patrick Gadson, though just recently promoted to partner, has a unique perspective on these situations, as he started out working as a legal advisor on the investor/activist side, so he understands how the other side thinks. This can be of key importance to understanding the other side’s tactics, their goals and objectives, reaching an amicable settlement, or if need be to win a heated proxy battle. He’s a vital asset to the team.’

‘Lawrence Elbaum is a measured, thoughtful, sober lawyer and those personality traits serve him well as a war-time counselor. He is more level-headed and clear eyed than other lawyers who practice in this area.’

‘Lawrence Elbaum is a very, very strong lawyer. Highly connected and knowledgeable about the activism industry, and a great tactician.’

‘A very strong team of people that are highly focused on shareholder activism defense work. Great marketers and do a great job of getting in the door because of their specialization.’

‘When the wine glass spills, my first call is Lawrence Elbaum.  His calm, analytical demeanour coupled with astute business acumen make him my preferred business confidant.  Ironically, our relationship commenced as adversaries during a proxy fight 5 years ago but we developed so much respect for each other in battle, it was an easy decision to combine forces.  After almost 25 years in private equity, I have worked with countless senior partners at top tier law firms, but I have only developed one strategic, go- to, legal relationship. That relationship is with Lawrence Elbaum.  Recently I introduced our house counsel and the Board to Lawrence.  All parties came away highly impressed and ready to work together.  Shortly thereafter, the Company engaged Lawrence’s firm, Vinson & Elkins, as Company Counsel.  Additionally, I have referred Lawrence to one of the world’s largest private food companies who utilized V&E in their activism campaign as well as two other confidential activist matters.   Lawrence’s business judgment and deal making prowess allow him to balance legal requirements with commercial objectives. With Lawrence, there is no start or stop time, he is constantly accessible. There is no ego or drama working with other lawyers, either at his firm or competitive law firms.  He humbly refers less familiar issues. Uniquely, Lawrence doesn’t take advantage of client challenges but rather keeps in mind his clients’ long term objectives and establishes and maintains fair billing and fee structures.  Not surprisingly, Lawrence continued to seamlessly lead and successfully maintain the stature of V&E’s activist practice even in the wake of a senior colleague’s departure to a competitor.  True to form, the practice has only thrived under Lawrence’s leadership. I enthusiastically endorse Lawrence Elbaum for his pristine track record of success, ethical leadership and tireless efforts to solve client problems.’

‘Vinson & Elkin’s team somewhat uniquely works for both companies and shareholders, which makes them better lawyers and better able to anticipate the views and moves of the other side.’

Key clients

Amber Road

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Antero Resources Corp

APEG

Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings

Argo Holdings

Arlo Technologies

Blackwells Capital

Cadiz

Carbo Ceramics

comScore

Costar Technologies

Daseke

Denbury Resources

FedNat Holding Company

First United Corporation

Goodrich Petroleum Corporation

Gulf Island Fabrication

Hilton Grand Vacations

Horizon Kinetics

Hudson Global

Liberated Syndication

Lumber Liquidators Holdings

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

NTN Buzztime

Owens Realty Mortgage

Progenics Pharmaceuticals

Primo Water Corporation

SeaChange International

Suncoke Energy

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products

Wright Investors’ Service Holdings

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

Investigations into monopolization and dominance around the world are the strong suits of Vinson & Elkins LLP's cartel group. Thanks to sector expertise in technology, energy, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive and aviation, the department headed by Washington-DC based partners Darren Tucker and Hill Wellford assists a number of stellar corporations. Operating out of the same office, Craig Seebald is involved in several cartel and price-fixing investigations, often in a multijurisdictional context. Counsel Lindsey Vaala, who also sits in the capital, provides key support in this field. Matthew Jacobs in San Francisco also fields government investigation expertise, combined with white-collar crime and IP know-how.

Practice head(s):

Darren Tucker; Hill Wellford

Testimonials

‘Based upon their expertise together with the in-depth knowledge through a long period of the case, could get a timely and appropriate advice.’

‘Very practical advice in terms of business situations.’

Key clients

AirTran Airways

Altagas

Apollo Global Management

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Blue Racer, LLC

ConocoPhillips

Covey Park

Denbury

Energy Transfer LP

First Reserve Corporation

Flywheel Energy

Google LLC

Goldman Sachs

Handa Pharmaceuticals

HeartBrand Beef, Inc.

HEB Grocery Company LP

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Huntsman International

INTEGRIS Health

Kibo Software Inc.

LifeSize Inc.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Maxell, Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America

Momentum Midstream

Magellan Midstream Partners

MoneyGram International Inc.

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Numerous shippers

New Fortress Energy

Oncor Electric

Osaka Gas

Phadia US Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline

PennEnergy Resources, LLC

Quantum Energy Partners

Riverstone Holdings

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Spredfast, Inc.

Spartan Energy

Southwest Airlines, Inc.

US Well Services

USA Compression

Vida Capital Partners

Wanhua Chemical (America) Co., Ltd.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles antitrust advice on global merger control out of its office in Washington DC, where all the following team members are based. Darren Tucker and Hill Wellford lead up the team with a core focus on tech clients in addition to sector expertise in energy, chemicals, airlines and automotive. The department excels at Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification filings and analysis: Counsel David Smith, for instance, coordinates global filings for the firm, especially since an increasing number of deals contain multijurisdictional aspects.

Practice head(s):

Darren Tucker; Hill Wellford

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AirTran Airways

Altagas

Apollo Global Management

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Blue Racer, LLC

ConocoPhillips

Covey Park

Denbury

Energy Transfer LP

First Reserve Corporation

Flywheel Energy

Google LLC

Goldman Sachs

Handa Pharmaceuticals

HeartBrand Beef, Inc.

HEB Grocery Company LP

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Huntsman International

INTEGRIS Health

Kibo Software Inc.

LifeSize Inc.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Maxell, Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America

Momentum Midstream

Magellan Midstream Partners

MoneyGram International Inc.

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Numerous shippers

New Fortress Energy

Oncor Electric

Osaka Gas

Phadia US Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline

PennEnergy Resources, LLC

Quantum Energy Partners

Riverstone Holdings

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Spredfast, Inc.

Spartan Energy

Southwest Airlines, Inc.

US Well Services

USA Compression

Vida Capital Partners

Wanhua Chemical (America) Co., Ltd.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP is most widely known for its work in the energy sector, in which the firm handles a significant volume of securities litigation and regulatory enforcement work. Nevertheless, its work is not defined by a single industry and the firm represents issuers, underwriters, accounting firms, financial institutions, and directors and officers in securities fraud class actions and other claims associated with stock-price declines, financial restatements, whistleblower complaints, short-swing and insider trading allegations across a number of business sectors including pharmaceuticals. James Thompson in Houston and John Wander in Dallas are co-heads of the firm's litigation department. Co-heads of complex commercial litigation Michael Holmes in Dallas and Craig Seebald in Washington DC are also key to the firm's securities litigation work, as is Clifford Thau in New York. Michael Charlson  in San Francisco also handles cases involving insider trading and other breaches of fiduciary duty.

Practice head(s):

James Thompson; John Wander; Michael Holmes; Craig Seebald

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

C&J Energy Services, Inc.

Energy Transfer Equity, LP

EZCORP, Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Noble Energy

Special Litigation Committee of Zynga, Inc.

Independent Directors of Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd.

VIVUS, Inc. and various current and former officers and directors of the company

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.

Caiman II Energy, LLC and related entities and individual fiduciaries

Hudson Global

FedNat Holding Company

Cadiz Inc

Goodrich Petroleum

ClearSign Combustion Corporation

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Vinson & Elkins LLP houses a full-service capital markets offering, which is well versed across a wide range of public and private issuances and structured finance matters. Energy-related transactions provide the bulk of work, in line with the Texas-headquartered firm’s premier oil and gas practice. The group also continues to broaden its representation of issuers and underwriters in the real estate and healthcare sectors. Firm chairman Mark Kelly maintains an active capital markets practice and brings to bear strong experience in public and private debt offerings and corporate governance matters. David Oelman is recommended for his record in advising issuers and underwriters on capital markets transactions involving the energy, oilfield services and infrastructure sectors. Matthew Strock co-heads the group alongside Oelman and is noted for his private equity expertise. Other key names in the Houston-based group include Alan Beck and Ramey Lane.

Practice head(s):

David Oelman; Matthew Strock

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ACRE Realty Investors, Inc.

Alliance Holdings GP, LP

Alon USA Energy, Inc.//Alon USA Partners,

LP Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc.

American Housing REIT Inc.

Antero Midstream Partners LP

Antero Resources Corporation

Approach Resources, Inc.

Arc Logistics Partners LP

ArcBest Corporation

Archrock Partners, L.P.

Asta Funding, Inc.

Belden Inc.

Berry Petroleum Corporation

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.

Cloud Peak Energy, Inc. / Cloud Peak Resources LLC

Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc.

Concho Resources Inc.

Contango Oil & Gas Company

Devon Energy Corporation

Ellington Financial LLC

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

Enable Midstream Partners, LP

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

Enviva Partners, LP

Esta Link, Inc.

Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc.

EZCORP, Inc.

FMC Technologies, Inc.

New Fortress Energy LLC

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc.

Newfield Exploration Company

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America Securities, LLC

Bank of American Corporation

Barclays Capital Inc.

BMO Capital Markets

Citibank, N.A.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Compass Point Research & Trading LLC

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs & Company

J.P. Morgan

JMP Securities, LLC

JonesTrading

Ladenburg Thalmann

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

Morgan Stanley

MUFG

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Stifel

US Bancorp

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield

Vinson & Elkins LLP is commended for its ‘great commercial knowledge of the energy sector’ — it also has strong experience in the real estate and technology spheres. The Houston-based practice handles a mix of issuer and underwriter representations and is often engaged by leading global investment banks, including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. The group is also distinguished by its broad sector offering and it is well versed in public and private issuances across a range of high-yield products, including first- and second-lien secured notes, senior unsecured notes, subordinated notes and payment-in-kind toggle notes. David Oelman co-heads the capital markets department and specializes in representing issuers and underwriters on transactions involving oil and gas corporates and oilfield service companies. Firm chairman Mark Kelly is another key contact and maintains an active capital markets practice, with a strong emphasis on energy-related work. Matthew Strock co-heads the capital markets group and is noted for his record in private equity-related matters.

Practice head(s):

David Oelman; Matthew Strock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Great commercial knowledge of the energy sector.

Key clients

ACRE Realty Investors, Inc.

Alliance Holdings GP, LP

Alon USA Energy, Inc.//Alon USA Partners, LP

Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc.

American Housing REIT Inc.

Antero Midstream Partners LP

Antero Resources Corporation

Approach Resources, Inc.

Arc Logistics Partners LP

ArcBest Corporation

Archrock Partners, L.P.

Asta Funding, Inc.

Belden Inc.

Berry Petroleum Corporation

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.

Cloud Peak Energy, Inc. / Cloud Peak Resources LLC

Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc.

Concho Resources Inc.

Contango Oil & Gas Company

Devon Energy Corporation

Ellington Financial LLC

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

Enable Midstream Partners, LP

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

Enviva Partners, LP

Esta Link, Inc.

Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc.

EZCORP, Inc.

FMC Technologies, Inc.

New Fortress Energy LLC

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc.

Newfield Exploration Company

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America Securities, LLC

Bank of American Corporation

Barclays Capital Inc.

BMO Capital Markets

Citibank, N.A.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Compass Point Research & Trading LLC

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs & Company

J.P. Morgan

JMP Securities, LLC

JonesTrading

Ladenburg Thalmann

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

Morgan Stanley

MUFG

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Stifel

US Bancorp

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Finance > Commercial lending

Vinson & Elkins LLP is one of the leading firms in the market when it comes to energy-related financings, where the firm is regularly instructed by borrowers and lenders. Its expertise covers a range of areas, including upstream, downstream, and midstream oil and gas, as well as renewables. In terms of financings, the lawyers have a broad skillset that encompasses asset-based loans, leveraged buyouts, and DIP financings. The firm has strong relationships with most of the major financial institutions, as well as direct lenders who are increasingly active in the energy space. The firm also has good expertise representing lenders to the retail sector. Borrower clients include major corporates and private equity sponsors. Brian Moss and Erec Winandy co-head the team from their respective Houston and Dallas offices. The New York office also boasts several experienced debt finance lawyers, including David Wicklund and Brett Santoli. Another name to note is Chris Dewar in Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Brian Moss; Erec Winandy

Testimonials

‘Erec Winandy and Chris Dewar provide excellent legal advice and highlight areas where the bank needs to be protected versus when a more commercial solution is acceptable. I feel significantly better about each credit agreement drafted by this V&E team than any other firm. Both pay great attention to detail, are commercial when necessary but focus on risks to the bank, great ability to negotiate across the table without being combative, able to clearly articulate legalese in a simple manner’

‘The team is able to combine an intimate knowledge of oil & gas law with superlative finance advice, leading to an unbeatable combination of skills when it comes to energy finance. Stand out lawyers one and all (and I’m likely missing a few): Brian Moss, John Connolly, Keith Fullenweider, Guy Gribov, James Longhoffer, Bryan Loocke. They really know their oil & gas law and market, and can provide both strategic and legal advice in a seamless fashion’

Key clients

Wells Fargo Bank, NA/ Wells Fargo Strategic Capital

JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA

Bank of America, NA

Citibank, NA

Barclays Bank

Warburg Pincus

Société Générale

Vantage Energy

Global Partners LP

Bellatrix Exploration

Earthstone Energy

W&T Offshore

EIG Global Energy Partners

The Blackstone Group

Goldman Sachs

EnCap Investments

Apollo Investment Corp.

TPG

The Carlyle Group

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 3

Combining industry and product knowledge, Vinson & Elkins LLP's multi-disciplinary offering -  which utilizes experts from across the firm's M&A, project development and finance, regulatory and tax groups -  provides a very comprehensive service to a wide range of clients, including electric generating, transmission, and distribution utilities, independent power producers, financial institutions, power traders, and private equity and venture capital investors. Houston-based team head Trina Chandler is the cornerstone of the firm's power transactional practice and is regularly at the forefront of the most significant M&A, joint ventures and finance transactions in the space, including her recent work for Riverstone Holdings on the formation of a new European independent power producer, Onyx Strategic Investment Management I BV, and its subsequent acquisition of a fleet of coal-and biomass-fired power stations from affiliates of ENGIE. Kaam Sahely is also based in Houston and regularly handles conventional power work as part of his broad-ranging transactional energy practice.

Practice head(s):

Trina Chandler

Other key lawyers:

Kaam Sahely; Kaam Sahely; Matthew Greenberg

Key clients

AltaGas Ltd.

Ares Capital Corporation

Arroyo Energy Investment Partners

Avenue Capital

Babson Capital

The Carlyle Group

Clean Line Energy Partners

Enviva Holdings

Direct Energy

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Goldman Sachs and Co.

GSO Capital Partners

Investec

LS Power

Lone Star

Oncor Electric Delivery Company

Pattern Energy

Quantum Utility Generation

Riverstone Holdings

Sundevil Power Holdings

Talen Energy Corporation

TPG Special Situations Partners (TPG Capital Management, LP)

Temple Generation

Wayzata Investment Partners

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 3

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 3

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice has as strong focus on the oil and gas and energy sectors, solidified by a solid Texas footprint including teams led by George Gerachis in Houston and David D’Alessandro in Dallas. Routine mandates involve negotiating equity-based compensation arrangements, severance packages and the complicated tax questions of M&A, capital markets transactions and investment rounds. Dallas-based Brian Bloom is notable for handling large-cap transactions for infrastructure clients.

Practice head(s):

George Gerachis; David D’Alessandro

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Affiliates of Quantum Energy Partners and Post Oak Energy Capital

AltaGas, Ltd.

BCP Raptor Holdco, LP

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Blackwells Capital

Brigham Minerals, Inc.

Daseke, Inc.

Deep Gulf Energy Companies

EagleClaw Midstream

EnCap Investments

Flywheel Energy, LLC

Focus Financial Partners Inc.

ForeFlight, LLC

Kibo Commerce

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Sumitomo Forestry America, Inc.

Talos Energy LLC

Thorntons Inc.

WildHorse Resource Development Corporation

Vyze, Inc.

YouEarnedIt, Inc.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP ’s international construction group is overseen by Nicholas Henchie from the firm’s London office. However, Ferguson McNiel – known for his broad litigation handling – and Kaam Sahely – an infrastructure and finance specialist – lead a 'highly-skilled and seriously client-focused' US department in Houston. One of the team’s main strengths lies in its 'ability to find viable legal solutions to complex commercial and technical topics', during public and energy sector work. To this end, Sahely is assisting Gulf Coast Ammonia with their $800m hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Texas, with backing from 'very good lawyer, but even better shepherd of projects' Alan Alexander and senior associate Stephanie Coco. Mark Brasher and Dallas-based Mark Early are representing Texas Central Partners in the development and construction of a $20 billion high-speed rail line between the DFW Metroplex and Houston, featuring an Italian contractor and Japanese technology consortium, alongside the intended domestic operator.

Practice head(s):

Ferguson McNiel; Nicholas Henchie; Kaam Sahely

Testimonials

Very highly skilled and seriously client-focused.

Alan Alexander is a very good lawyer, but an even better shepherd of projects/transactions/ventures combining real knowledge of the constituent parts with a soft managerial touch to bring all the relevant parties together for a successful experience.

Ability to find viable legal solutions to complex commercial and technical topics.

Key clients

Avant

Blackstone Energy Partners

Driftwood LNG LLC

Enbridge

Goldman Sachs

Gulf Coast Ammonia

Jordan Cove Energy Project

LNG 21, LLC

New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy, Inc.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Riverstone

Tellurian, Inc.

Texas Central Partners

Tyr Energy

Woodside Petroleum

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Praised for its ‘excellent responsiveness’, the team at Vinson & Elkins LLP has recognized ‘expertise in the REIT space, especially for mortgage REITs’. Daniel LeBey provides ‘excellent service’ from the Richmond office, and jointly chairs the practice with Houston-based duo David Oelman and Matthew Strock. Key strengths of the team include bespoke regulatory matters, REIT taxation, public offerings and financing deals, restructuring, M&A and going-private transactions. The group is also experienced in every major asset type, including offices, retail, industrial and data centers, apartments, hotels, senior living, and student and military housing, among others.

Practice head(s):

David Oelman; Matt Strock; Daniel LeBey

Other key lawyers:

Greg Cope; Chris Green; David Freed; Chris Mangin

Testimonials

‘Expertise in the REIT space, especially mortgage REITs. Excellent responsiveness, excellent advice.’

‘Daniel LeBey and Chris Green are always available, and have given us excellent service and advice for over a dozen years.’

Key clients

Alpine Income Property Trust

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT

BMO Capital Markets

BRG Manager

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation

Citigroup

Colony Capital

Compass Point

CYS Investments

Deutsche Bank

Ellington Financial

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

Global Medical REIT

Highwoods Properties

Jefferies

JMP Securities

JonesTrading

Ladenburg Thalmann

Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust

Morgan Stanley

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.

New York Mortgage Trust

Orchid Island Capital

Owens Realty Mortgage

Sandpiper Lodging Trust

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Moody National REIT I

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of MVP REIT II

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company

TPG RE Finance Trust

Wells Fargo

WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust

Tax > International tax Tier 3

'Client-focused and commercially astute', Vinson & Elkins LLP's tax group has extensive experience in the formation and tax structuring of private equity funds, REITs and master limited partnerships. The firm is known throughout the market for its strength in the energy sector, and indeed the tax team has developed deep expertise in the area of energy taxation where it acts for companies and investors at every stage of the production stream. George Gerachis heads the tax and executive compensation practice from the Houston office; Ryan Carney led the tax advice to Buckeye Partners on its $10.3bn acquisition by IFM Investors; and Christopher Mangin was involved in international securities transactions for a number of prominent underwriters, REITs and other issuers.

Practice head(s):

George Gerachis

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch; Jason McIntosh; Ryan Carney; Christopher Mangin; David Peck

Testimonials

V&E are the most client focussed and commercially astute of the U.S. law firms that we deal with.  They provide the advice we need and are equally happy to explain why we don’t need to invest in advice that will not provide material value to our Group.  V&E are always extremely responsive to emails and set realistic deadlines for targets.  Another key differentiation is the practical advice that V&E can give to implement their advice i.e. which statements within tax returns need to be completed, the dates statements need to be completed etc.

David Cole has strong and deep knowledge of U.S. tax and international considerations, excellent industry knowledge, commercially focussed.  Extremely client focussed, responding very quickly to questions asked and providing robust commercially focussed tax advice.

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Bellatrix Exploration

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Buckeye Partners

Direct Energy Enbridge First Reserve XIV Advisors

Foreflight General Electric

Global Medical REIT

Hudson Advisors

Kibo Software

Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Petroleum Company

Meritage Midstream Services III

MIP IV Holdings / Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

New Fortress Energy

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.

Riverstone Holdings

Talos Energy

Underwriters to EVOCA

Underwriters to Ithaca Energy

Underwriters to Transocean Poseidon

Underwriters to Transocean Sentry

WPT Industrial REIT

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Antitrust litigators at Vinson & Elkins LLP are spread across the country, more precisely divided among the firm's offices in Washington DC, San Francisco and Houston. Located in the capital, Darren Tucker and Hill Wellford act as joint department heads of the team with a strong client base in technology, automobile and airline industries. The Texan office is a particular powerhouse of the practice, especially with regard to follow-on litigation. The Houston-based Jason Powers shines in energy-related litigation, more specifically representing corporations from the oil and gas sector. In July 2019, James Reeder departed the firm to join Jones Day.

Practice head(s):

Darren Tucker; Hill Wellford

Other key lawyers:

Craig Seebald; Alden Atkins; Jason Powers; Stacey Vu

Key clients

AirTran Airways

Altagas

Apollo Global Management

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Blue Racer, LLC

ConocoPhillips

Covey Park

Denbury

Energy Transfer LP

First Reserve Corporation

Flywheel Energy

Google LLC

Goldman Sachs

Handa Pharmaceuticals

HeartBrand Beef, Inc.

HEB Grocery Company LP

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Huntsman International

INTEGRIS Health

Kibo Software Inc.

LifeSize Inc.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Maxell, Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America

Momentum Midstream

Magellan Midstream Partners

MoneyGram International Inc.

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Numerous shippers

New Fortress Energy

Oncor Electric

Osaka Gas

Phadia US Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline

PennEnergy Resources, LLC

Quantum Energy Partners

Riverstone Holdings

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Spredfast, Inc.

Spartan Energy

Southwest Airlines, Inc.

US Well Services

USA Compression

Vida Capital Partners

Wanhua Chemical (America) Co., Ltd.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) Tier 4

The team at Vinson & Elkins LLP is jointly led by Thomas Leatherbury and Marie Yeates, based in the firm's Dallas and Houston offices, respectively. Distinguished in part by its ability to act before trial courts in conjunction with the firm’s trial lawyers, the team often sees itself involved in disputes arising in the areas of oil and gas, energy, IP, and financial services. Austin-based Michael Heidler stands out in energy-related litigation and claims involving breaches of fiduciary duties. In addition to these sector focuses, the department is also adept at handling constitutional and administrative law issues; Jeremy Marwell in Washington DC is a go-to contact in this space. US Supreme Court attorney John Elwood departed in June 2019 to chair the appellate practice at Arnold & Porter. Jane Bland left to accept a judge appointment at the Texas Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Leatherbury; Marie Yeates

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Vinson & Elkins is a firm of the highest competence, integrity and capability. The work of the firm in the appellate area is top-notch.

Marie Yeates and her team are very knowledgeable, competent, and work very hard to frame arguments.

Key clients

AirTran Airways

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Antero Resources Corporation

Energy Transfer Partners

Huntsman International

Munger Bros

Mehmet Hakan Atilla

State of Georgia / Georgia Code Revision Commission

State Bar of Texas

Plains All American Pipeline

Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas

Herring Bancorp

Texas Access to Justice Commission

Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

The Dallas Morning News

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The team at Vinson & Elkins LLP stands out for its representations of corporates in government investigations and white-collar criminal defense matters, with recent experience in anti-corruption, FCA and securities matters, as well as cases involving government contracting. San Francisco's Matthew Jacobs regularly appears before the DOJ and SEC and leads the team. In September 2019, the department benefited from the arrival of Palmina Fava to the New York office from Paul Hastings LLP, bringing with her internal and government investigatory expertise, particularly in relation to FCPA violations, AML and anti-bribery.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jacobs

Other key lawyers:

Palmina Fava; Jeffrey Johnston; Jessica Heim

Testimonials

Their team of partners and associates from their San Francisco, Washington, New York and Houston offices operated as one tightly integrated team and seamlessly brought together the right professional expertise and tech sector industry knowledge to win the confidence of the enforcement agencies and our Audit Committee.’

Importantly, the Vinson & Elkins-led team included 1) former federal prosecutors with both broad and deep experience, 2) technology sector experience and 3) in-house compliance experience which drove a “best practices” remediation program that all combined to gain the company a fair and favorable outcome.

Key clients

Core Laboratories

EZCORP

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas and Hitachi

KBR

Special Litigation Committee of Zynga

Southwest Airlines

Maxell Corporation of America, Hitachi Maxell

Juniper Audit Committee

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

The ‘extremely professional, fast, thorough and efficient’ team at Paul Hastings LLP benefits from the firm’s network across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. In particular, the team has expertise both in commercial and investor-state arbitration, specifically focusing on disputes arising in relation to IP issues, trade secrets, and trade credit insurance. Indeed, the group has been experiencing a surge in activity in the IP sector. Contacts in Washington DC include Igor Timofeyev and practice head Joseph Profaizer. The department lost some of its firepower in Latin America-related commercial arbitration with the departure of New York-based Camilo Cardozo to Vinson & Elkins LLP in July 2019.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Profaizer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Paul Hastings LLP is extremely professional, fast, thorough, and efficient.

Joseph Profaizer and Adam Weiss, based in the Washington office, are excellent and very knowledgeable.

Key clients

American International Group

Global Gaming Asset Management

Samsung

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP is gradually moving away from its strong Texan characterization, which unavoidably used to position it as an energy-only practice, into a more national player. Although practice head Bill Wallander is still based in Dallas, key partner David Meyer has been based in New York since 2015. Not only is the practice able to act in the most relevant deals in the coal industry (examples from 2019 include the representation of Cloud Peak Energy in their Chapter 11 cases, and of the senior secured creditor and sole shareholder of New Trinity Coal), but it also works for regulated and non-regulated lenders in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, and South Carolina.

Practice head(s):

Bill Wallander

Other key lawyers:

David Meyer; Steven Abramowitz

Testimonials

‘Steven Abramowitz is a great resource; he has deep knowledge and experience and brings to bear sound judgement in sticky situations’

‘Bill Wallander is immensely experienced with more than 25 years of restructuring experience. He fights vigorously for his clients but knows how to guide the client to achievable objectives

‘Bill Wallander is a strong and well-known practice leader, exceptionally experienced on complex and high profile reorganizations. Steven Abramowitz (in New York) is highly intelligent, with phenomenal core restructuring and technical expertise, and an ability to drive creative and comprehensive solutions in a leveraged/ distressed context’

Key clients

Taco Bueno Restaurants

Cloud Peak Energy

PennEnergy Resources

Bellatrix Exploration

Harvey Gulf International Marine

Riverstone Holdings

Cyprus Amax Minerals Company and Cyprus Mines Corporation

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA

TPG

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Angelo, Gordon & Co

Apollo Global Management

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

Gavilan Resources

HPS Investment Partners

BlackRock

The Blackstone Group

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)

Bank of America, NA

Riverstone Credit Partners

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP has a 'great pulse on the industry' in its traditional wheelhouse of energy transactions, expanding outside of its core strengths in oil and gas upstream and midstream work by increasing its share of work with renewables-focused funds and energy tech clients. The practice has also diversified into industrials, chemicals, technology, and real estate, assisted by existing relationships with major funds including TPG, Apollo, and Blackstone Infrastructure. In addition to the firm's Texas base, the New York office has also assisted the expansion of the practice into a more diverse collection of industries, with practice co-head James Fox being the name to note in New York. Houston-based partners Matthew StrockDavid Oelman, and the prolific Keith Fullenweider are the other practice co-heads. On the more junior end of the partnership, Lande Spottswood has been praised for her work on complex strategic and conflicted transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matt Strock; David Oelman; Keith Fullenweider; Jim Fox

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

In the private equity space, there isn’t a better, more capable team in town; they have a great pulse on the industry and the space and are able to create user-friendly, understandable solutions to problems. They are great to work with.

Matt Strock is always great to work with, but two junior partners, James Garrett and Brittany Sakowitz have really stepped up and come into their own. They are knowledgeable, responsive and great to work with. Robert Hughes is a senior associate who operates like a partner. 

Key clients

American Insulated Glass

Apollo Global Management

Blackstone Group

Clearlake Capital Group

Clovis Point Capital

Coolsys

EagleClaw Midstream

EnCap Investments

EQT Infrastructure

Kibo Software

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Oryx Midstream Services II

PayLease

Quantum Energy Partners

Riverstone Holdings

SCF Partners

TPG Capital Management

Vida Capital

Vista Equity Partners

White Deer Management

Real estate > Real estate Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP is ‘proactive in anticipating and addressing potential issues’ and is rated for its ability to help clients 'prioritize multiple issues on the table or multiple deals that all have a hard deadline'. The team has made several new hires in 2019, which has transformed the look of the group and significantly strengthened its service in real estate acquisition and dispositions, as well as in office and retail leasing. Practice co-head Wallace Schwartz joined the firm from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP alongside Adam Endick and Julia Sanabria. Schwartz has specialist expertise in real estate development, acquisitions, and leasing, jointly leads the group with Paul Martin in Dallas. Clients include banks, private equity firms, public and private real estate investment trusts, developers, contractors, and commercial landlords and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Paul Martin; Wallace Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Adam Endick; Randy Jurgensmeyer

Testimonials

‘The team is always ready to discuss things from many different points of view so you can see both sides of the argument. They are also very responsive and will help you prioritize multiple issues on the table or multiple deals that all have a hard deadline.’

‘They are personable, smart, eloquent, have a positive attitude, and have a sense of humor when things get tough.’

‘The V&E real estate practice understands my company’s goals, requirements, hot button issues and anticipates issues accordingly. Consequently, they are able to be proactive in anticipating and addressing potential issues early in the process of getting a transaction completed.’     

‘I work with Randy Jurgensmeyer (Partner) and Courtney Hammond (Associate).  Both are outstanding. Randy has more than 30 years of experience and uses his vast experience, knowledge and attention to detail to be creative when necessary to solve legal issues in a favorable manner taking into account my goals as a client. Courtney Hammond is an outstanding young lawyer. She is highly efficient, diligent, hardworking and does a great job getting work out.  It is always a pleasure to work with both Randy and Courtney.’

Key clients

Alex. Brown Realty

Clarion Partners

CBRE Global Investors

CommonWealth Partners

Crow Holdings Capital Partners

Daseke

Enviva Development Holdings

Goldman Sachs

Hall Emery Real Estate/JP Morgan Asset Management

Hillwood Properties

iStar Financial

WeWork Companies

The Related Companies

Starwood Property Trust

Boston Properties

Rockpoint Group

Extell Development Company

Westbrook Partners

JDS Development Group

Fetner Properties

Paramount Group

Oxford Properties

Taconic Capital

GreenOak Real Estate

Taconic Investment Partners

Turnbridge Equities

Joy Construction

East End Capital

Steel Equities

L&L MAG

Deerfield Management Company

Linklaters

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles some of the most complex tax matters the energy and oil and gas industries, in support of the firm's wider strengths in these areas. In particular, the tax team has experience of energy-related tax credits, securities and financial product taxation, and international tax treaties. In the Houston office, George Gerachis heads the tax and executive compensation team, and represents clients in a wide range of tax controversy matters, and David Cole advises clients on both domestic and international controversial tax issues. Contacts in Washington DC include Gary Huffman, who focuses on domestic and international tax planning, tax transactions, and litigation. Chris Vaughn retired from the partnership in December 2018.

Practice head(s):

George Gerachis

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation

SoCal SportsNet

Andeavor Logistics

Otay Project

Energy Transfer Equity

Marathon Petroleum Company

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP is known for its core strength in energy taxation, but the tax group also has wider experience advising private equity investors and well-known corporates on transactions in the real estate, healthcare and life sciences sectors. Key figures in the team include practice head George Gerachis, who focuses on corporate spin-offs, joint ventures and REITs work, and John Lynch, an expert in federal income tax matters, especially in relation to energy and infrastructure. In Dallas, Wendy Salinas specializes in the tax elements of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, while David Peck leverages over two decades of experience handling the tax aspects of  a wide variety of corporate transactions. All attorneys based in Houston unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

George Gerachis

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch; David Peck; Wendy Salinas; Ryan Carney; Todd Way; Chris Mangin

Key clients

Affiliates of Quantum Energy Partners and Post Oak Energy Capital

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Buckeye Partners

Antero Midstream GP (now known as Antero Midstream Corporation)

Antero Midstream Partners

Antero Resources

Energy Transfer Partners

Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC)

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Deep Gulf Energy Companies

Brigham Minerals

Pegasus Optimization Partners

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Fortis Minerals

Jagged Peak Energy

Hudson Advisors

Cloud Peak

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Owens Realty Mortgage

Oncor Electric Delivery Company

CYS Investments

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

A recognized leader in energy litigation, Vinson & Elkins LLP is active in its home state of Texas as well as across the country in high-value commercial disputes. In a significant case in the Delaware Chancery Court, Michael Holmes, John Wander and Craig Zieminski defended Regency GP against unitholders challenging the 2015 stock-for-stock merger of Regency and Energy Transfer Partners and seeking over $2bn in damages. The firm is also active outside the energy space. In January 2019, Harry Reasoner and Jason Powers secured dismissal of a case brought in Texas state court against supermarket retailer HEB by a class of 1.2m pharmacy customers, who alleged that more than 7m purchases of generic drugs had been mispriced. Other key trial lawyers include Patrick Mizell, who is representing Apache in climate change litigation in California federal court; James Thompson, an expert in both complex commercial disputes and regulatory issues for energy clients; and John Wander, who focuses on litigation in the accounting, manufacturing and insurance industries.

Practice head(s):

James Thompson; John Wander

Other key lawyers:

Craig Seebald; Michael Holmes

Key clients

Energy Transfer Equity

EZCORP

Antero Resources

Plains All-American Pipeline

Herring Bancorp

Marathon Oil Corporation

Software AG USA

HEB Grocery Company

Episcopalians of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Harvey Gulf International Marine

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

K&L Gates

The University of Texas MD Anderson

Apache

Dyno Nobel

DaVitaHitachi Automotive Systems Americas

Hitachi

Maxell Corporation of America

Maxell

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Co.

Wanhua Chemical (America) Co.

Exxon Mobil

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP has an established strength in the energy sector, where it plays key roles in many of the market's major transactions. The firm's strong presence in Texas is a particular benefit in this space. Other areas of strength include venture capital investments, strategic public M&A, and technology transactions, an area where it has a 'wealth of knowledge'In line with the market, the team has been active in strategic balance-sheet transactions, most notably in the $2.27bn merger of Jagged Peak and Parsley, with both firms being taken public immediately prior to the transaction. Head of corporate Keith Fullenweider and young partner Lande Spottswood, act for a number of major investment funds, including Blackstone Infrastructure Partners and TPG. Matthew Strock and David Oelman co-head the M&A department, while co-managing partner James Fox plays a key role in the firm's expanding New York office. The practice group also benefits from the strength of the firm's activist defense team.

Practice head(s):

Keith Fullenweider; Matt Strock; David Oelman; James Fox

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

This is a group that punches above its weight and regularly counsels clients on large, complex transactions across from the traditional New York firms.

Steve Gill and Lande Spottswood are as experienced in public M&A as any practitioner in the country and it shows.

The V&E M&A team brings with it a wealth of knowledge. The teams I have worked with focus specifically on technology deals and they know every possible contingency related to those deals. One deal I worked on recently involved an incredibly difficult opposing party and the team was absolutely unflappable.

Wes Watts knows the deal documents inside and out. I have never had a question about a document, no matter how detailed or arcane, that he could not answer immediately and usually with a reference to the right section of the document for me to review. Was Watts and Paul Tobias have done an amazing job shepherding me through difficult transactions and always kept their cool even in some of the most challenging conference rooms.

Key clients

Blackstone Infrastructure Fund

Chisholm Oil & Gas

Coolsys

Covey Park Energy

Direct Energy

ForeFlight

Jagged Peak Energy

M5 Louisiana Holdings/Momentum Midstream

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Natural Resource Partners

Oncor Electric Delivery Company

Oryx Midstream Services II

Targa Resources Corp.

The Founder of Drunk Elephant

The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Owens Realty Mortgage

Thorntons

TPG Capital Management

Vida Capital

Vista Equity Partners

WildHorse Resource Development Corp

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power

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Acting for clients across a range of industry sectors, Vinson & Elkins LLP is experienced in enforcement actions as well as in the preparation for possible catastrophic events and crisis management. Leading the practice are Ronald Tenpas in Washington DC, and Houston-based Larry Nettles, who has long-standing expertise in environmental counseling and permitting matters. Also in Houston, Matthew Dobbins routinely advises complex regulatory matters, remedial issues and climate change mitigation. Other key figures in the team include Climate change risk management specialist Margaret Peloso in Washington DC, and Eric Groten in Austin, who is rated for his in-depth knowledge of the Clean Air Act. The environmental regulatory group was further strengthened by the arrival of Patrick Traylor in DC; he was previously the deputy assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.Vinson & Elkins LLP climbs the ranking this year having handled major deal-related cases, most notably in the energy sector. Beyond its strong presence in that sector, which has enabled it to develop substantial experience in master limited partnerships (MLPs), its work extends to the representation of other publicly-held acquirers and targets in class and derivative actions filed in Texas, Delaware and other states. Jim Thompson in Houston and John Wander in Dallas are co-heads of the litigation department, while the heads of complex commercial litigation Craig Seebald in Washington DC and Michael Holmes in Dallas are also central to the practice. The firm is also developing its presence on the West Coast, where Michael Charlson in the San Francisco office handles matters of insider trading and other breaches of fiduciary duty.The environmental and natural resources practice group at Vinson & Elkins LLP acts for clients in administrative claims, and civil and criminal enforcement actions before state and federal agencies. Headed by Larry Nettles in Houston and Washington DC-based Ronald Tenpas, the team also has experience in toxic tort claims and citizen suits. Also in Houston, recently-promoted partner Matthew Dobbins stands out for his experience in handling environmental indemnification claims and industrial incidents. Also recommended is Margaret Peloso in Washington DC, who specializes in complex environmental litigation and climate change risk management.Leveraging a particularly strong presence in Houston, Vinson & Elkins LLP is well known for its knowledge of the environmental risks in the energy sector. Jointly headed by Larry Nettles in Houston and Ronald Tenpas in Washington DC, the department has a track record of success in securing key permits for development projects, namely approvals for multi-state projects involving NEPA and federal lands. Other key figures in Houston include recently-promoted partner Matthew Dobbins, who advises on issues such as environmental and climate change risk mitigation, and Jennifer Cornejo, a contact for environmental permitting issues.Vinson & Elkins LLP handles international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, specializing in the energy, infrastructure and construction industries, which are areas of traditional strength for the group worldwide. Led by Houston-based James Loftis, the team often acts in conjunction with the firm’s global network, with a particularly strong reputation in matters handled alongside the dispute resolution practice in London. Of note in 2019, the team strengthened its presence in New York with the appointment of Camilo Cardozo, who joined from Paul Hastings LLP in July 2019; Cardozo has made a name for himself in arbitration work involving Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Larry Nettles; Ronald Tenpas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is able to support both state issues (local counsel), and is also well versed in federal impacts. The team has the capability to address any federal hiccups and shortfalls.’

‘The firm stands out based on the ease of interaction with them.  Eric Groten  is recommended.’

Key clients

Blackstone Energy Partners

Bluewing Midstream

Daseke

Enbridge/Valley Crossing Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners/Trans-Pecos Pipeline

Freeport-McMoRan

Greer Capital Corporation

NCS Multistage Holdings

Northwoods Energy

Oasis Petroleum

Pembina/Jordan Cove Energy Project

PennEast Pipeline Company

Popular Bank

RSP Permian

San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

SemGroup Corporation

Southwest Business Properties

Tyr Energy

Practice head(s):

Jim Thompson; John Wander; Crag Seebald; Michael Holmes

Other key lawyers:

Michael Charlson; Craig Zieminski

Key clients

C&J Energy Services, Inc.

Energy Transfer Equity, LP

EZCORP, Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Noble Energy

Special Litigation Committee of Zynga, Inc.

Independent Directors of Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd.

VIVUS, Inc. and various current and former officers and directors of the Company

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.

Caiman II Energy, LLC and related entities and individual fiduciaries

Hudson Global

FedNat Holding Company

Cadiz Inc

Goodrich Petroleum

ClearSign Combustion Corporation

Practice head(s):

Larry Nettles; Ronald Tenpas

Other key lawyers:

Eric Groten; Lewis Sutherland; Matthew Dobbins; Margaret Peloso; Brandon Tuck

Key clients

Blackstone Energy Partners

Bluewing Midstream

Daseke

Enbridge/Valley Crossing Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners/Trans-Pecos Pipeline

Freeport-McMoRan

Greer Capital Corporation

NCS Multistage Holdings

Northwoods Energy

Oasis Petroleum

Pembina/Jordan Cove Energy Project

PennEast Pipeline Company

Popular Bank

RSP Permian

San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

SemGroup Corporation

Southwest Business Properties

Tyr Energy

Practice head(s):

Larry Nettles; Ronald Tenpas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Blackstone Energy Partners

Bluewing Midstream

Daseke

Enbridge/Valley Crossing Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners/Trans-Pecos Pipeline

Greer Capital Corporation

NCS Multistage Holdings

Northwoods Energy

Oasis Petroleum

Pembina/Jordan Cove Energy Project

PennEast Pipeline Company

Popular Bank

RSP Permian

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

SemGroup Corporation

Southwest Business Properties

Tyr Energy

Practice head(s):

James Loftis

Other key lawyers:

Camilo Cardozo; Jose Sanchez

Testimonials

Initially, we appreciated the team’s reliability and honesty in regard to the possible outcome of the proceedings. In the course of the proceedings, the team stood out for its hard work and availability.

Vinson & Elkins’ lawyers are very qualified, intelligent, hardworking, and precise in giving opinion in any referred matter.

James Loftis has remarkable skills as a strategist and litigator.

Key clients

Panama Canal Authority

Khaitan Holdings (Mauritius)

Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq

Exxon Mobil Corporation

KBR

For over 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, the firm’s time-tested role as trusted adviser has become even more critical. The lawyers’ extensive experience, combined with the responsiveness and efficiencies of the firm’s global reach, enables V&E to serve clients from start-up, to the negotiating table and boardroom, and before legislative and regulatory bodies in the courtroom and beyond.

Main areas of practice: Core practice areas include: admiralty and maritime; antitrust; appellate; business transactions; capital markets and securities; climate change; condemnation and land use; construction; contracts; corporate governance and compliance; e-commerce/internet; executive compensation and benefits; employment, labor and OSHA; energy; environmental; finance; financial institutions; government contracts; infrastructure; intellectual property; international dispute resolution; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; oil and gas; outsourcing; private equity/venture capital; project finance and development; real estate; regulatory; REITs; restructuring and reorganization; securities litigation; structured finance; syndicated finance; tax; technology; telecommunications; and white-collar criminal defense.

International work: Vinson & Elkins’ 13 offices worldwide allow the firm’s 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, V&E 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 efficiently 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.

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. V&E’s lawyers work with clients to develop effective solutions to the complex problems and unique challenges of international business.

Clients: Since the firm was founded in 1917, it has attracted an outstanding and diverse group of lawyers who serve an international clientele. Clients include the governments of sovereign nations and North American states, cities and municipalities, public and private companies, domestic and international financial institutions, new entities, joint ventures and project companies.

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