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

Vinson & Elkins LLP
1001 FANNIN STREET
SUITE 2500
HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

Rated by clients for its 'deep institutional knowledge', Vinson & Elkins LLP has a strong roster of experienced litigators and appellate lawyers that handle a wide range of issues including energy contract disputes, royalty litigation and class actions, as well as disputes specific to shale and hydraulic fracturing. Jim Thompson co-heads the litigation practice and has an extensive background in the oil and gas industry. Energy litigation practice head Matthew Stammel is based in Dallas and represents a range of oil and gas companies and private equity firms. Nicholas Shum specializes in complex commercial disputes in the energy industry, including upstream and midstream contract disputes, fracking disputes, royalty disputes and leasing disputes. Marie Yeates is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jim Thompson; Matthew Stammel

Other key lawyers:

Marie Yeates; Nicholas Shum

Key clients

Antero Resources Corp.

Denbury Resources, Inc.

Anadarko

Vitol

Apache

Magellan Midstream Partners

Gavilan Resources Inc

CNOOC Energy U.S.A. LLC. (“CEU”)

Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 1

Vinson & Elkins LLP maintains a broad client base in the natural gas and LNG sectors and has a range of expertise in regulatory matters and trial and appellate litigation relating to major infrastructure projects, including oil and gas pipelines. Key areas of work include handling rate cases, complex certificate, tariff, abandonment and permit applications. Houston-based Jay Seegers represents clients in administrative disputes and also assists with commercial contracts and gas sale agreements, while Anita Wilson in Washington DC is recommended for agency enforcement matters involving FERC, the DOE and NTSB. A contact in the project development space is John Decker in Washington DC, who has been very active in the development of LNG facilities. Suzanne Clevenger and counsel Damien Lyster are also recommended in the Houston office.

Practice head(s):

Jay Seegers; Anita Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Damien Lyster; John Decker; Christopher Terhune; Andrew Beach; Suzanne Clevenger

Key clients

New Fortress Energy

Enable Midstream Partners/Enable Gulf Run Pipeline

Linn Operating, Inc./Linn Energy, Inc.

Marathon Oil Corporation

Jordan Cove Energy Project

Antero Resources

TC PipeLines, LP

Plains All-American Pipeline, LP

Spire Storage West LLC

Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC

Enbridge/Valley Crossing Pipeline, LLC

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC

Energy Transfer Partners, LP

Adelphia Gateway, LLC

Enbridge/Texas Eastern Transmission, LP

Enbridge/Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC

Enbridge/ East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC

Enbridge/Mississippi Canyon Gas Pipeline, LLC

Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C.

Gulfstream Natural Gas System, L.L.C.

Alliance Pipeline L.P.

Riverstone Energy Limited

Enbridge/ Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC

Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Longstanding Houston-based energy sector heavyweight Vinson & Elkins LLP has 'deep and broad oil and gas industry knowledge' and a 'real sense of what is current and commercial in the market'. It is consequently well positioned to advise a wide range of stakeholders, including independent oil and gas companies, private equity investors, banks and export credit agencies, engaged in the purchase, sale, development and financing of oil and gas assets and projects. As a result of the firm's core and focused expertise in the sector, it is able to provide a holistic service to clients on matters throughout the value chain, which require core transactional competence in addition to the requisite regulatory, tax and environmental knowledge. John Connally co-heads the firm's energy transactions and projects group alongside Kaam Sahely, and has an excellent track record advising buyers and sellers (including financial sponsors) on M&A in the upstream and midstream sectors. Of note, Sahely recently represented exploration and production company Felix Energy on its $2.5bn sale to WPX Energy. Corporate co-head Keith Fullenweider is also a key resource across upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions and generates a considerable amount of work in the space as a result of his strong private equity ties. At the more junior level of the partnership, Danielle Patterson and Bryan Loocke both have flourishing reputations for strategic companies and fund clients across a range of M&A and JV transactions. 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; Shay Kuperman; Danielle Patterson

Testimonials

‘The firm has deep and broad oil and gas industry knowledge.’

‘They have a real sense of what is current and commercial in the market.’

Key clients

Antero Resources Corporation

Blackstone Energy Partners and Blackstone Capital Partners

Caerus Oil and Gas LLC

The Carlyle Group, L.P.

Charger Shale Oil Company

Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC

Devon Energy Corp.

Driftwood LNG LLC and Tellurian Inc.

Energy Transfer Partners

Flywheel Bakken, LLC

Lucid Energy Group II, LLC

Momentum Midstream

Noble Midstream Partners LP

Northwoods Energy LLC

Oasis Petroleum LLC

Osaka Gas Co.; Osaka Gas USA Corporation

Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline

Quantum Energy Partners

Riverstone Holdings L.L.C.

Rosehill Resources, Inc.

SandRidge Energy, Inc.

Select Energy Services, Inc.

TPG Capital Management, L.P. and subsidiaries

Unit Corporation

XCL Resources

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 1

Combining national M&A, private equity and project finance expertise with a core focus and understanding of the energy sector and the underlying assets involved, Vinson & Elkins LLP is well placed to provide 'commercially-minded' advice to a predominantly investor-focused client base on their renewables transactions. The firm remains the principal adviser to Goldman Sachs on investments made through its renewables fund and has also recently advised the Carlyle Group on the first two investments and financing transactions for its renewable and sustainable energy platform. As a corollary of his broader corporate and M&A practice, the 'proactive and creative' Dallas-based partner Peter Marshall is regularly engaged in private equity-related work in the sector and is a key member of the team, as is Spanish speaking New York-based partner Eamon Nolan, who regularly advises lenders and borrowers on debt and equity financing transactions to fund the acquisition, development, and divestment of renewable assets, both domestically and throughout Latin America. In addition to advising on commercial contracts, including PPAs and joint development agreements, Houston-based partner Danielle Patterson is also regularly engaged in M&A in the sector, adding value by dint of her ability to provide detailed asset-level due diligence. Kaam Sahely and John Connally co-head the firm's overarching energy, infrastructure and projects group from Austin and Houston, respectively. Sahely is particularly instrumental to the firm's success for private equity sponsors investing in renewables and clean energy projects.

Practice head(s):

John Connally; Kaam Sahely

Other key lawyers:

Eamon Nolan; Peter Marshall; Danielle Patterson

Testimonials

‘This team has become a renewables powerhouse. The breadth and depth of expertise makes them formidable and ferocious, and commercially minded.’

‘Peter Marshall is a proactive and and creative lawyer–he doesn’t just think two moves ahead, he IS two moves ahead. He anticipates, executes and eliminates challenges.’

Kaam Sahely is the Hannibal Smith of the A-Team that is Vinson & Elkins, the glue holding the squad together.’

Key clients

Babson Capital

The Carlyle Group – Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund

Enviva Development Holdings, LLC / Enviva Partners

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Goldman Sachs’ Renewable Power Fund

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Pattern Energy Group Holdings LP

Riverstone

Sixth Street Partners

Tyr Energy

Shareholder activism Tier 1

The New York-based team at Vinson & Elkins LLP utilizes its highly praised ‘intellect and talent’ to represent boards of directors and special committees in high-profile activism campaigns. Reflecting a trend resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the team’s recent workload also encompasses multiple representations of companies facing an attack by short-selling firms the likes of Hindenburg Research. Further, the group prides itself on its pioneering approach to activism, with one example including its innovative approach to D&O liability insurance as a funding mechanism in corporate defense. It would also be difficult to match the wide-ranging expertise of the ‘extraordinaryLawrence Elbaum, who has experience as a trial lawyer in addition to maintaining an active corporate governance practice. Market sources also highlight recently promoted partner Patrick Gadson as ‘an up-and-comer in corporate defense’, a recognition owed in part to his activism experience which spans representations of both companies as well as activists. Elbaum and Gadson jointly head the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Elbaum; Patrick Gadson

Testimonials

‘One of the few firms with particularized corporate defense specialty practice group. Very deep institutional knowledge among the partners at V&E in this area.’

‘Fluent with the tactics and strategies of activism.’

‘High intellect and talent of the team; outstanding advice and work product; extraordinary responsiveness; great leadership of Lawrence Elbaum.’

‘Collaboration through designing a team that is diverse and responds to the company’s needs in the specific area of shareholder activism.’

‘Lawrence Elbaum is easy to get along with and reasonable during intense negotiations. Has a knack for dealing with people and disarming situations.’

‘Patrick Gadson is an up-and-comer in corporate defense. Very smart, thoughtful, and savvy researcher.’

‘Lawrence Elbaum is extraordinary in every respect as a leader and human being. He is responsive (24/7); has solutions that are timely and successful; provides consistent and valuable advice; talented; has a personality that is wonderful, kind and respectful; and possesses the highest integrity.’

‘Lawrence Elbaum is an outstanding counsel – steady, strategic, thoughtful.’

‘They were the first to figure out how to leverage corporate D&O Insurance to help public companies fund their defense.’

Key clients

1347 Property Insurance Holdings

AeroCentury Corp

Community Bankers Trust Corporation

Comscore

CytRx Corporation

Enviva Partners

Fiesta Restaurant Group

First United Corporation

Genius Brands

Gulf Island Fabrication

HF Foods Group

Hilton Grand Vacations

Huttig Building Products

Manning & Napier Inc.

MVC Capital Inc.

Noble Energy

Primo Water Corporation

Ranger Energy Services

SunCoke Energy Inc.

Synalloy Corporation

Wayside Technology Group Inc.

Wireless Telecom Group, Inc.

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

Vinson & Elkins LLP has an active presence in the energy regulatory space, representing clients before a variety of federal, state and non-governmental agencies, including FERC, DOE, NERC and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Highlights from the past year have included transmission cases, asset transactions, administrative litigation and enforcement proceedings. The team also advises clients on obtaining grants and loan guarantees before the DOE, as well as on compliance with NERC's reliability standards. Anita Wilson and Houston-based James Seegers jointly head the practice. John Decker advises on both transactional and regulatory matters, and is noted in particular for his expertise in the natural gas and electric power industries. Dallas-based Jo Ann Biggs does an 'outstanding job' in state and federal regulatory matters, and Michael Tomsu ('an expert in the energy field') is a contact in Austin. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

James Seegers; Anita Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Michael Tomsu; John Decker; Jo Ann Biggs; Jaren Taylor

Testimonials

‘V&E is very strong regarding Federal and State regulatory rules, bodies, procedures. I would also add strengths regarding government approved regulatory bodies of NERC, Texas RE and ERCOT rules, procedures.’

‘Jo Ann Biggs (V&E) does an amazing job for her client. She has such experience and wisdom in our regulatory and compliance matters that she can jump on issues quickly and get to final work product in a very timely manner.’

‘The top energy firm out there – across all practice areas. None better.’

‘Mike Tomsu is really an expert in the energy field – especially in power generation.’

Key clients

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (EFH)

Pattern Energy Group Holdings LP

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Global Infrastructure Partners

Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC

SoftBank and its affiliate SB Energy

AltaGas Ltd.

Goldman Sachs Renewable Power

Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 2

The Texas-based team at Vinson & Elkins LLP harnesses the firm's longstanding energy industry sector knowledge and is also able to draw from a deep pool of expertise across M&A, project development and finance, regulation, and tax. It provides an integrated and highly effective service to a myriad stakeholders, including utilities, IPPs, and financial sponsors engaged in power transactions. Co-head of the firm's energy industry group, Houston-based partner Trina Chandler has a core focus on conventional power matters and regularly advises both funds and energy companies on M&A and joint venture transactions in the space, including on the acquisition and sale of conventional and renewable power generation assets. Recent highlights include her work for Riverstone Holdings on the formation of Onyx Strategic Investment Management I BV, a newly formed European IPP, and its subsequent agreement to acquire a fleet of coal- and biomass-fired power stations from affiliates of Engie. Although perhaps best-known for his renewables expertise, Austin-based partner Kaam Sahely also regularly advises funds on their acquisitions and disposals of conventional power portfolios, single assets, and project companies.

Practice head(s):

Trina Chandler

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Patterson; Kaam Sahely; Matthew Greenberg

Key clients

AltaGas Ltd.

Ares Capital Corporation

Arroyo Energy Investment Partners, LLC

Avenue Capital

Babson Capital

The Carlyle Group

Clean Line Energy Partners LLC

Enviva Holdings, LP

Direct Energy

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Goldman Sachs and Co.

GSO Capital Partners

Investec

LS Power

Lone Star

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

Pattern Energy LP

Quantum Utility Generation

Riverstone Holdings

Sixth Street Partners

Sundevil Power Holdings LLC

Talen Energy Corporation

Temple Generation

Wayzata Investment Partners LLC

Environment: regulatory Tier 2

Environmental and natural resources lawyers at Vinson & Elkins LLP combine strengths in incident response and contamination issues, and are skilled at litigating EPA regulations of national importance. The practice is particularly active in securing and defending air, water and wetland permits for power plants and other industrial projects, and obtaining approvals for multi-state projects involving NEPA and natural resources issues (including endangered species). The practice group is managed by Houston-based Larry Nettles, whose experience spans enforcement defense, litigation, counseling and permitting; and former Assistant US Attorney General Ronald Tenpas in Washington DC. Also in DC, Michael Wigmore is experienced in matters before administrative agencies pertaining to public lands and natural resources, and Margaret Peloso specializes in climate change. Clean Air Act expert Eric Groten is recommended in the Austin office, and recently promoted partner Matthew Dobbins in Houston has significant experience in contaminated sites, water quality issues and climate change.

Practice head(s):

Larry Nettles; Ronald Tenpas

Other key lawyers:

Eric Groten; Michael Wigmore; Matthew Dobbins; Jeremy Marwell; Margaret Peloso

Key clients

Adelphia Gateway, LLC

Blackstone Energy Partners

Blue Racer Midstream

Bluewing Midstream LLC

Daseke, Inc.

Enable Midstream

Enbridge/Atlantic Bridge Pipeline

Enbridge/Valley Crossing Pipeline LLC

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Global Companies, LLC

Goldman Sachs

Greer Capital Corporation

Gulf Coast Ammonia

IAV GmbH

Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners

Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.

Midas Gold Idaho, Inc.

NextEra Energy, Inc.

NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc.

Northwoods Energy, LLC

Oasis Petroleum, Inc.

Pembina Inc./Jordan Cove Energy Project

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC

Popular Bank

Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC

Rosehill Resources

San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Sandy Creek Services

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

SemGroup Corporation

Softbank

Southwest Business Properties, Inc.

Spire Storage West

Targa Resources Partners LP

Texas Eastern Transmission, LP

The Carlyle Group

Government contracts Tier 2

Vinson & Elkins LLP's government contracts group specializes in high-stakes bid protests and claims litigation, and attracts mandates from a diverse roster of clients operating in the aerospace and defense, healthcare, construction, IT and professional services industries. Additionally, attorneys are adept at handling cost accounting matters, M&A involving government contractors, economic sanctions and False Claims Act suits. Based in Washington DC, the department is headed up by David Johnson and Daniel Graham, both of whom focus on government contracts litigation. Jamie Tabb handles the full scope of public procurement matters, with a special emphasis on federal contracts. Other noteworthy individuals include Tyler Robinson, who has substantial experience in bid protests and compliance issues, and Elizabeth McIntyre, a name to note for export controls and economic sanctions issues.

Practice head(s):

David Johnson; Daniel Graham

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Tabb; Tyler Robinson; Elizabeth McIntyre

Testimonials

‘The Government contracts practice at V&E is a hidden gem. They’re experts on the subject matter, know their clients, and treat us with the utmost respect.’

‘Jamie Tabb is a rock star. Jamie is one of the smartest, hardest-working lawyers with whom I’ve ever worked.’

Key clients

ABM Industries, Inc.

Agility Defense & Government Services

BAE Systems, Inc. and its subsidiaries

Big Ass Fans

BRCS

Consortium Management Group, Inc.

Doyon Utilities, LLC

EmblemHealth Services Co., LLC and Group Health Inc. (GHI)

Financial Management Systems, Inc.

Fincantieri USA Inc.

First Coast Service Options, Inc

FMS Investment Corp.

Group Health Inc

Inmarsat Government, Inc.

Johnson Controls, Inc.

KPMG

Lincoln Military Housing

LMI

Marinette Marine Corporation

Maxar Technologies, Ltd. / Maxar Technologies, Inc., and their subsidiaries including SSL

New Fortress Energy, LLC

NCI Information Systems, Inc. & its subsidiary, AdvanceMed Corp.

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Resolvn

SOS International LLC (SOSi) / STG LLC

TexAmericas Center

VOX Space, LLC

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp. (WPS)

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP's outstanding presence in the energy and infrastructure industries provided it with a strong pipeline of DCM engagements in 2020, both on the issuer and underwriter sides. The firm has also successfully diversified its capital markets practice to include a range of deals in the REITs sector and for other private equity portfolio companies. Mark Kelly and David Oelman are senior names in the practice, with extensive experience in energy sector offerings. Alan Beck and Ramey Layne are also emerging talents. All named individuals are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

David Oelman; Matt Strock; Mark Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Alan Beck; Ramey Layne

Testimonials

‘They have a full team of experts covering every discipline we would ever need to execute on the complex transactions that are an every day part of our business. We have used a handful of external counsels over the years and none have compared to Vinson & Elkins.’

‘James Garrett and Matt Strock are the two go-to partners I reach out to with any work related needs. They are extremely responsive and if they don’t have the expertise to help they get me in touch with a partner that does extremely quickly. I value the consistently prompt response from the entire V&E team, the quality of the work and how quick they are able to turn work product back to me. Additionally, they are commercially minded attorneys who truly understand the economic value of certain deal points in a negotiation and have the wherewithal to not fall on their sword over insignificant deal points that can all to often slow down negotiations. Again, overall best firm I have ever worked with. ’

‘The team has a ton of experience in the public energy M&A market, and that knowledge plays a pivotal role in negotiating transactions.’

‘Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and focused on my transaction.’

Key clients

Southwest Airlines Co.

Switchback Energy Acquisition Corp.

OneWater Marine Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Spark Energy, Inc.

Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Wells Fargo

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP remains a market leader in energy and infrastructure deals, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Beyond its traditional markets, it has leveraged its corporate, private equity and investment bank relationships to broaden the practice scope, most notably bringing in a steady pipeline of REIT transactions. In a series of headline deals, it represented long-term client Southwest Airlines in a number of fundraising transactions, including a $2.3bn equity offering. Houston partners David Oelman and firm chairman Mark Kelly jointly lead the practice alongside Matthew Strock, who also heads up the M&A group. Ramey Layne is also recommended in the Houston office.

Practice head(s):

David Oelman; Matthew Strock; Mark Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Ramey Lane; Alan Beck; Mike Telle

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and provides expert and practical advice in a timely manner.’

‘Mike Telle is very talented and very pleasant to work with. He provides expert advice and is practical in his approach.’

Key clients

Southwest Airlines Co.

Switchback Energy Acquisition Corp.

OneWater Marine Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Spark Energy, Inc.

Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Wells Fargo

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP is a clear leader the high-yield debt market for energy sector offerings, where it is equally prominent in issuer and underwriter engagements. With a mix of private and public issuances, the firm's relationships with big-name investment banks such as Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs, are indicative of its status in the market. It is also a growing force in private equity-related offerings. Houston partner David Stone is an experienced capital markets specialist with a key focus on the oil and gas sector, and had an active pipeline of high-yield debt transactions in 2020; he led the team that advised Endeavor Energy Resources on its $500m Rule 144A offering of unsecured high-yield senior notes and its $600m tack-on offering. Noel Hughes, who splits his time between New York and London, is another high-yield debt and leveraged finance specialist, who has helped build even tighter connections to underwriters and other issuers, including those outside the energy sector. New York's David Wicklund works with a number of private equity houses and their portfolio companies on high-yield debt offerings.

Practice head(s):

David Oelman; David Stone

Other key lawyers:

Noel Hughes; David Wicklund; Dan Spelkin

Key clients

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Goldman Sachs & Company

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Parsley Energy, Inc.

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

Enviva Partners, LP

Targa Resources Partners LP and Targa Resources Corp.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.

Endeavor Energy Resources

Range Resources Corporation

Cartel Tier 3

Active across a broad range of sectors, Vinson & Elkins LLP’s practice stands out for its representation of clients in monopolization and dominance investigations, many of which involve complex cross-border dimensions. Darren Tucker spearheads the department, which counts among its ranks price-fixing expert Craig Seebald, the technically adroit Alden Atkins, and Hill Wellford whose practice revolves around energy, technology, pharmaceutical and media sector clients. At counsel level, Lindsey Vaala and Brian Schnapp, the latter of whom was promoted to this position in January 2020, provides key support to partners during the course of cartel investigations. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Darren Tucker

Other key lawyers:

Craig Seebald; Brian Schnapp; Hill Wellford; Alden Atkin; Lindsey Vaala

Key clients

HeartBrand Holdings, Inc.

H-E-B, LP

Huntsman International

Phadia US Inc.

Magellan Crude Oil Pipeline Company, L.P.

AK Steel Corporation, et. al.

AirTran Airways

Aisin AW / AW Texas

Altagas

Apollo Global Management

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Blue Racer, LLC

BlueScope

Calumet Specialty Products

ConocoPhillips

Covey Park

Denbury

Devon Energy Corp

Direct Energy

Energy Transfer LP

First Reserve Corporation

Foreflight

Google LLC

Goldman Sachs

HighPeak Energy Partners, LP

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Integris Health

Jagged Peak Energy

Kibo Software Inc.

Liberty Oilfield Services

LifeSize Inc.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Maxell, Ltd. / Maxell Corporation of America

Momentum Midstream

Magellan Midstream Partners

MoneyGram International Inc.

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy, Inc.

Oncor Electric

Osaka Gas

Plains All American Pipeline

Quantum Energy Partners

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

The construction practice at Vinson & Elkins LLP has a notable expertise in the energy sector, where it handles transactional matters and disputes relating to major developments in the US and abroad. Jointly led in the US by Houston-based commercial litigator Ferguson McNiel and power and infrastructure specialist Kaam Sahely in Austin, the practice group also has broader strengths in public infrastructure projects, generally. Another contact in the team is Mark Brasher, who led on some of the firm's most prominent recent matters, including the negotiation of construction and operating agreements for Texas Central's Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project, and the negotiation of a $15.2bn EPC contract for Tellurian in relation to an LNG terminal. Stephanie Coco is a standout senior associate in the Houston office. Nicholas Henchie leads the wider international construction group from the firm's London office.

Practice head(s):

Ferguson McNeil; Nicholas Henchie; Kaam Sahely

Other key lawyers:

James Loftis; Mark Brasher; Alan Alexander; Stephanie Coco

Key clients

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

Blackstone Energy Partners

Driftwood LNG LLC

Enbridge

Goldman Sachs

Gulf Coast Ammonia

LNG 21, LLC

New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy, Inc.

Riverstone

Tellurian, Inc.

Texas Central Partners

Tyr Energy

Woodside Petroleum

Panama Canal Authority (ACP)

Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners

Energy Transfer LP

GTLA Holdings, LP

KBR, Inc.

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

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice has 'the technical knowledge and know-how to communicate complex topics in simple ways. They also know how to provide advice that is balanced and practical'. Oil and gas and energy are core sector strengths for the group, with large-cap M&A transactions forming the bulk of the team's recent workload. Practice head David D’Alessandro has notable expertise in advising on tax and securities-related issues relating to executive compensation matters, and Brian Bloom regularly handles prohibited transaction and fiduciary matters. Shane Tucker is notable for advising REITs and public and private corporations on equity-based compensation arrangements, as well as severance and retention packages. New York-based counsel Julia Petty is 'an excellent communicator and distills complex tax, benefits, labor and securities issues into manageable and actionable sources of advice'. Named attorneys are based in Dallas unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

David D’Alessandro

Other key lawyers:

Brian Bloom; Shane Tucker; Julia Petty; Dario Mendoza

Testimonials

The firm is always on top of cutting edge trends and best practices and balances that with a practical approach that is fit for purpose‘.

This team is extremely responsive‘.

Julia Petty is knowledgeable, practicable and responsive to client needs‘.

Julia Petty is my main contact. She is simply outstanding and terrific to work with. She is extremely bright and offers practical advice and guidance‘.

Julia is client-focused, cares deeply about achieving excellent outcomes, and works around the clock to achieve our goals. Her technical knowledge, practical focus, and deep commitment to her clients makes her stand out within her field‘.

Key clients

Southwest Airlines

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Noble Energy

Unit Corporation

Gulf Coast Ammonia

Jagged Peak Energy, Inc.

Drunk Elephant

Covey Park Energy LLC

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Carbo Ceramics, Inc.

OneWater Marine Inc.

Tortoise Acquisition Corp.

Brigham Minerals Inc.

HighPeak Energy Partners, LP

Enviva Partners

Lilis Energy

CTO Realty Growth Inc.

MultiPlan, Inc.

The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc.

Delphi Technologies PLC

Fox Corporation

Infineon Technologies AG

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Jamf Holding Corp.

Gastar Exploration Inc.

Parsley Energy

Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation

Devon Energy

Environment: litigation Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP has a record of success in assisting clients with complex environmental litigation, including multi-party cases. Securing and defending key permits for development projects, including contested water, air and wasteland permits, is a core strength of the practice. It also has demonstrated expertise in historical contamination cases. Houston-based environmental law practitioner Larry Nettles oversees the group with preeminent litigator Ronald Tenpas in Washington DC. Another name to note in DC is Margaret Peloso, who brings to the table proficiency in climate change risk management and environmental litigation.

Practice head(s):

Larry Nettles; Ronald Tenpas

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Marwell; Margaret Peloso; Conrad Bolston

Key clients

Adelphia Gateway, LLC

Blackstone Energy Partners

Blue Racer Midstream

Bluewing Midstream LLC

Daseke, Inc.

Enable Midstream

Enbridge/Atlantic Bridge Pipeline

Enbridge/Valley Crossing Pipeline LLC

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Global Companies, LLC

Goldman Sachs

Greer Capital Corporation

Gulf Coast Ammonia

IAV GmbH

Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners

Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.

Midas Gold Idaho, Inc

NextEra Energy, Inc.

NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc.

Northwoods Energy, LLC

Oasis Petroleum, Inc.

Pembina Inc./Jordan Cove Energy Project

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC

Popular Bank

Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC

Rosehill Resources

San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Sandy Creek Services

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

SemGroup Corporation

Softbank

Southwest Business Properties, Inc.

Spire Storage West

Targa Resources Partners LP

Texas Eastern Transmission, LP

The Carlyle Group

Environment: transactional Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP has built a reputation for securing key approvals for development projects in the energy sector, often involving contested air, water and wetlands permits and NEPA lands. Much of the work handled in this space is led from the firm's Houston office, which has noted strengths in structuring transactions to minimize environmental risks and negotiating outcomes that avoid litigation. Key contacts in Texas are co-head Larry Nettles and Matthew Dobbins, who are seasoned in environmental liability allocation in the context of large business transactions. The environmental practice continues to grow its presence in Washington DC, where names to note include Ronald Tenpas and Margaret Peloso, who focuses on climate change risk management.

Practice head(s):

Larry Nettles; Ron Tenpas

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Dobbins; Margaret Peloso; George Hopkins

Key clients

Popular Bank

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Blackstone Infrastructure Fund

Altivia Chemicals LLC

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Gulf Coast Ammonia

Pinto Realty Partners, Ltd.

Caerus Oil and Gas, LLC

The Carlyle Group and its affiliate Cardinal Renewables, LLC

Goldman Sachs

SoftBank and its affiliate SB Energy.

Noble Energy, Inc.

Texas Deepwater Port, LLC

Enviva Partners

New Fortress Energy

International tax Tier 3

As a leading Texas-based firm, Vinson & Elkins LLP fields an international tax team with substantial capabilities in the oil and gas and energy sectors, though the group also acts for financial services, real estate and technology clients, including SPACs. Department head George Gerachis and John Lynch in Houston and David peck in Dallas advise on project financing, ownership structures, foreign business expansions, cross-border M&A, transfer pricing planning and strategic international tax restructuring. Outside of Texas, Natan Leyva and Gary Huffman in Washington DC advise US-based multinationals. on outbound tax affairs, including foreign tax credits and the BEAT and GILTI regimes.

Practice head(s):

George Gerachis

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch; David peck; Natan Leyva; Gary Huffman

Key clients

Total E&P North Sea UK Limited and Total Oil UK Limited

Buckeye Partners L.P.

Riverstone Holdings L.L.C.

Rubicon Oilfield International

Borealis AG

Drunk Elephant

Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and its portfolio company, Empark

Marathon Petroleum Company LP

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp

WPT Industrial REIT

Helios Towers, Ltd.

First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

CryoLife

Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP is the leading firm in Texas for representing issuers, underwriters, accounting firms, financial institutions, and company directors and officers in matters arising from M&A transactions, particularly in the energy sector. The firm has substantial experience in master limited partnerships (MLPs), and proficiency in Delaware law in the Delaware Chancery Court. Craig Seebald in Washington DC and Michael Holmes in Dallas are co-heads of commercial litigation. Michael Charlson in San Francisco, who is co-head of securities litigation, and litigation group co-chairs Jim Thompson in Houston and John Wander in Dallas also oversee the practice. Holmes and Wander are handling a flagship case in the defense of Energy Transfer Equity in cases arising from its now-terminated $38bn merger between with Williams.

Practice head(s):

Craig Seebald; Michael Holmes; Michael Charlson; Jim Thompson; John Wander

Testimonials

‘Smart, practical, and zealous advocates. As knowledgeable as any big NY firm in the USA with competitive rates, top talent, and no pretention. Just good lawyers that are easy to work with and get you great results.’

‘Michael Holmes is one of the best securities, M&A, corporate governance litigation lawyers out there.’

Key clients

C&J Energy Services, Inc.

Energy Transfer Equity, LP

EZCORP, Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline, LP

Noble Energy

EnCap Investments, LP

Caiman Energy II, LLC and related entities

Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Global Atlantic

Sixth Street Partners

ComScore, Inc.

Energy XXI Ltd.

Genius Brands International, Inc., its CEO Andy Heyward, its CFO Robert Denton and members of its Board of Directors

First United Corporation and members of its Board of Directors

Standard Fiber Investors, LLC; and two officers of its operating subsidiary Standard Fiber LLC — its Class A Manager Glenn Boschetto, and its Chief Financial Officer Brett Scharff and investor WR/SF Investments, LLC.

Synalloy Corporation

Merger control Tier 3

Based in Washington DC, Vinson & Elkins LLP's global merger control practice is extremely active in Hart-Scott-Rodino filings to the DOJ and FTC, as well as in merger clearance proceedings for deals in a variety of sectors, most notably tech and energy, with a strong focus on cross-border work. Standout highlights in 2020 include representing Google in its $2.1bn acquisition of Fitbit, and acting for Noble Energy in its acquisition by Chevron. Darren Tucker heads up the team, and has a strong record in securing merger clearance, handling FTC and DOJ investigations, and defending mergers in litigation. Former DOJ attorney Hill Wellford leads the investigations team and co-heads the HSR practice, while counsel David Smith also regularly represents clients in investigations and merger review proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Darren Tucker

Other key lawyers:

Hill Wellford; David Smith

Key clients

HeartBrand Holdings, Inc.

H-E-B, LP

Huntsman International

Phadia US Inc.

Magellan Crude Oil Pipeline Company, L.P.

AK Steel Corporation, et. Al – railroad MDL

AirTran Airways

Aisin AW and subsidiary AW Texas

Altagas

Apollo Global Management

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Blue Racer, LLC

BlueScope

Calumet Specialty Products

ConocoPhillips

Covey Park

Denbury

Devon Energy Corp

Direct Energy

Energy Transfer LP

First Reserve Corporation

Foreflight

Google LLC

Goldman Sachs

HighPeak Energy Partners, LP

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

INTEGRIS Health

Jagged Peak Energy

Kibo Software Inc.

Liberty Oilfield Services

LifeSize Inc.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Maxell, Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America

Momentum Midstream

Magellan Midstream Partners

MoneyGram International Inc.

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy, Inc.

Oncor Electric

Osaka Gas

Plains All American Pipeline

Quantum Energy Partners

Real estate Tier 3

The ‘very commercial lawyers’ at Vinson & Elkins LLP operate on a national, and sometimes international scope, though are primarily focused on two key markets: New York and Texas. Practice co-head Wallace Schwartz has extensive experience across all facets of real estate with a distinguished level of expertise in hospitality and gaming assets. He is based in the New York office, which also houses commercial leasing specialist Adam Endick. In Dallas, Paul Martin co-leads the national department and has developed a noteworthy reputation among private equity funds, which seek out his advice on acquisition, finance, workout and development mandates. Another key name in Texas is Randy Jurgensmeyer (‘thoughtful and diligent'), who tailors his practice towards the representation of investment funds and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Paul Martin; Wallace Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Adam Endick; Randy Jurgensmeyer

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge base around equity work and leasing. Very commercial lawyers. Strong understanding of deal structure and client concerns. Well trained senior associate group.’

‘I have worked with Randy Jurgensmeyer and his team for approximately 20 years. Randy and his team never lose sight of the business goal of the legal work and work diligently to negotiate and paper agreements that minimize risks while achieving the business goals. In addition, having worked with Randy for quite some time he understands my organization’s risk sensitivities and he thoughtfully and proactively addresses these issues. Randy does a good job thinking through, raising and helping to mitigate risk. He is thoughtful, diligent and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Alex. Brown Realty

Clarion Partners

CBRE Global Investors

CommonWealth Partners

Crow Holdings Capital Partners

Trammell Crow Company

Transwestern Investment Management

Tyr Energy, Inc.

Western Refining, Inc.

Woods Capital Management

7-Eleven, Inc.

The Related Companies

Diamond Head Partners

WPT Real Estate Investment Trust

iStar Inc.

Deerfield Management Company

Extell Development Company

Rockpoint Group

The Georgetown Company

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP offers a full suite of services to its REIT clients and is commended for its ability to 'work well with the other side'. The team is skilled across all related regulatory and tax matters affecting the formation and structuring of public and private REITs, though it is perhaps best known for its work on capital markets and financing transactions, where it works for banks as well as for REITs themselves. The practice also boasts a wide client roster across a full array of asset classes. Contacts in the team include Daniel LeBey, who heads up the practice from the Richmond office, and Washington DC-based Christopher Mangin, who focuses on corporate tax law and compliance.

Practice head(s):

David Oelman; Matt Strock; Daniel LeBey

Other key lawyers:

Chris Mangin; Chris Green

Testimonials

‘Works well with the other side and looks for reasonable outcomes.’

Key clients

Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc.

Aspire Real Estate Investors, Inc.

Ellington Financial Inc.

Global Medical REIT Inc.

BofA Securities/Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc.

TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc.

Preferred Apartment Advisors, LLC/Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

WPT Industrial REIT

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP 'has a history of success, works hard, displays great teamwork and gets results’. The firm has a deep bench of litigators who are best known for advising clients in the energy sector, but who are increasingly active for other corporate issuers, underwriters, accounting firms and financial institutions. Jim Thompson in Houston and John Wander in Dallas lead the litigation practice, with co-heads of complex commercial litigation Craig Seebald in Washington DC and Michael Holmes in Dallas also involved in securities cases. The 'knowledgeable and successful' Mike Charlson in San Francisco, who is co-head of the securities and shareholder litigation and enforcement group, worked with Holmes and Wander to successfully defend Caiman Energy at trial before the Delaware Supreme Court in a case arising from the proposed IPO of a joint venture affiliate.

Practice head(s):

Jim Thompson; John Wander; Craig Seebald; Michael Holmes; Mike Charlson

Testimonials

‘The firm has a history of success, works hard, displays great teamwork and gets results.’

‘Mike Charlson is knowledgeable and successful. Beyond that he supports his team, educates them, and gives them appropriate responsibility.’

‘Smart, practical, and zealous advocates. As knowledgeable as any big NY firm in the USA with competitive rates, top talent, and no pretention. Just good lawyers that are easy to work with and get you great results.’

‘Michael Holmes is one of the best securities, M&A, corporate governance litigation lawyers out there.’

Key clients

C&J Energy Services, Inc.

Energy Transfer Equity, LP

EZCORP, Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline, LP

Noble Energy

EnCap Investments, LP

Caiman Energy II, LLC

Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Global Atlantic

Sixth Street Partners

ComScore, Inc.

Energy XXI Ltd.

Genius Brands International, Inc., its CEO Andy Heyward, its CFO Robert Denton and members of its Board of Directors

First United Corporation and members of its Board of Directors.

Standard Fiber Investors, LLC; and two officers of its operating subsidiary Standard Fiber LLC — its Class A Manager Glenn Boschetto, and its Chief Financial Officer Brett Scharff and investor WR/SF Investments, LLC.

Synalloy Corporation

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Best known for its work in the energy sector, Vinson & Elkins LLP assists conventional and renewable providers with a range of corporate transactions including acquisitions, the formation of MLPs, divestitures and bespoke SPAC structured offerings. In addition to its energy sector work, the firm regularly advises major companies, asset management firms and real estate players. The team is led from the Houston office by George Gerachis, a veteran practitioner who acts for high-net-worth individuals, REITs and corporations in spin-offs, divestitures, joint ventures and financing arrangements. John Lynch, also based in Houston, concentrates on the federal tax aspects of energy and infrastructure transactions. David Peck and Wendy Salinas, both based in Dallas, are noted for their wide-ranging experience in fund formations and debt and equity financings. Washington DC-based Gary Huffman focuses on transactions and tax planning for partnerships and natural resources companies.

Practice head(s):

George Gerachis

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch; David Peck; Wendy Salinas; Gary Huffman

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced, thoughtful and commercially savvy. They are a pleasure to work with due to their constructive and creative lawyering.’

‘Wendy Salinas is an outstanding partner at Vinson & Elkins. She is knowledgeable and effective at tax planning and issue spotting for her clients. Wendy comes up with creative solutions to difficult legal issues and maintains an unflappable demeanor under pressure.’

Key clients

Southwest Airlines Co

Parsley Energy, Inc.

Buckeye Partners, L.P.

Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation

Rayonier

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp.

Felix Energy

Noble Energy

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp

HighPeak Energy Partners, LP

Tortoise Acquisition Corp.

Unit Corporation

Rice Acquisition Corp.

Preferred Apartment Advisors, LLC

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund of The Carlyle Group

Enviva Partners

Global Medical REIT Inc.

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP has experience handling a wide variety of antitrust civil litigation and class actions in state and federal courts but has particular expertise in monopolization and single-firm conduct cases. Working from the firm’s Washington DC office, Darren Tucker heads up the overall practice, which is retained by clients from a number of core industry sectors. Also in Washington DC, Alden Atkins is a name to note for aviation sector cases, and Craig Seebald handles cartel investigations as well as related civil litigation, and has expertise in cases involving patents and IP law. Additionally, energy expert Jason Powers in Houston provides key support to the antitrust litigation group.

Practice head(s):

Darren Tucker

Other key lawyers:

Craig Seebald; Alden Atkins; Jason Powers; Stacey Vu

Key clients

HeartBrand Holdings, Inc.

H-E-B, LP

Huntsman International

Phadia US Inc.

Magellan Crude Oil Pipeline Company, L.P.

AK Steel Corporation, et. al

AirTran Airways

Aisin AW and subsidiary AW Texas

Altagas

Apollo Global Management

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Blue Racer, LLC

BlueScope

Calumet Specialty Products

ConocoPhillips

Covey Park

Denbury

Devon Energy Corp

Direct Energy

Energy Transfer LP

First Reserve Corporation

Foreflight

Google LLC

Goldman Sachs

HighPeak Energy Partners, LP

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

INTEGRIS Health

Jagged Peak Energy

Kibo Software Inc.

Liberty Oilfield Services

LifeSize Inc.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Maxell, Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America

Momentum Midstream

Magellan Midstream Partners

MoneyGram International Inc.

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy, Inc.

Oncor Electric

Osaka Gas

Plains All American Pipeline

Quantum Energy Partners

International arbitration Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s arbitration group stays true to the firm’s traditional strength in the energy, infrastructure, and construction industries, where it handles both commercial and investment arbitrations. The team also relies on the expertise of the firm’s highly regarded trial specialists to handle all stages of disputes. For multi-jurisdictional work, it also calls upon the expertise of a global network of over 40 dispute resolution experts. Houston-based James Loftis leads the practice. Clients have also singled out Camilo Cardozo and counsel Jose Sanchez, a New York-based duo noted for their ‘great ability to come up with innovative legal arguments’.

Practice head(s):

James Loftis

Other key lawyers:

Camilo Cardozo; Adrianne Goins

Testimonials

‘We use a small team of lawyers at Vinson & Elkins that are knowledgeable of our business. Of particular interest to us is the team’s extensive knowledge of the arbitration process, as well as its experience in handling international disputes. I have not worked with another team that has the same level of international experience.’

‘Primarily we work with Camilo Cardozo and Jose Sanchez. Their knowledge of the arbitration process, combined with a great ability to come up with innovative legal arguments to support our positions.’

Key clients

Panama Canal Authority

Khaitan Holdings (Mauritius) Ltd.

Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq

Exxon Mobil Corporation

KBR, Inc.

XTO and Exxon Mobil Exploration Argentina

Offshore Exploration and Production LLC

Tampico Beverages Inc

Prime Energia SpA

Private equity buyouts Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP offers an increasingly diverse private equity platform, regularly working with funds from the bulge-bracket to the mid-market in a number of sectors, as well as with targeted industry funds such as Blackstone Infrastructure. The firm continues to dominate the traditional energy PE market, both upstream and downstream, and has also closed a number of energy transition deals, encompassing renewable energy, green tech, and sustainability-focused transactions. Key partners such as New York-based James Fox and Dan Komarek have been active in areas such as digital transformation, technology, and industrials, working with major funds including Apollo and Riverstone, in addition to management teams and industry funds. The wider team is led from Houston by corporate chair Keith Fullenweider, a highly experienced PE practitioner with a broad client base; Matthew Strock, a key name in the energy market; and David Oelman.

Practice head(s):

Keith Fullenweider; Matthew Strock; David Oelman; Jim Fox

Other key lawyers:

Dan Komarek

Testimonials

‘The V&E team has a full complement of attorneys that represent all the core disciplines as well as specialists, which adds confidence and credibility to the types of advice that we receive. The depth of their teams means that they can work within extremely tight timeframes and get deals done at the pace that a transaction requires.’

‘The attorneys at V&E are quick to respond to our needs, regardless of when they come. They are quick to acknowledge when work is received and provide predicable timelines that they can consistently meet.’

‘Extremely responsive and they are keenly aware of the energy industry.’

‘They understand our business and provide practical insights.’

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

Active across a range of industries, Vinson & Elkins LLP has continued to cement its growing presence in New York. The firm remains a dominant name in the energy space, but has recently been developing a significant private equity platform and strengthening its service offering institutional lenders. Contacts in the New York office include practice co-head David Meyer; recent arrival George Howard, who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in June 2020 and brings extensive debtor-side experience to the team; and Jessica Peet, who made partner in January 2020. Dallas-based Bill Wallander jointly heads the team alongside Meyer.

Practice head(s):

Bill Wallander; David Meyer

Other key lawyers:

George Howard; Jessica Peet

Testimonials

‘The team has the ability to be calm, articulate and concise. Blends legal options/strategies with business reality to help create the best outcomes.’

‘Very strategic team. We can discuss various strategies and evolve our thinking together to be partners in thought development.’

Key clients

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Apollo Global Management, LLC

BlackRock

Blackstone Energy Partners L.P. and its portfolio company, Gavilan Resources, LLC

Carbo Ceramics Inc.

Cloud Peak Energy, Inc.

CSI Compressco LP

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Goldman Sachs

HPS Investment Partners

JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA

Lilis Energy, Inc.

Mercuria Energy

Meritage Midstream Services II, LLC

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, Inc.

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Royal Bank of Canada

Sixth Street Partners

Starwood Property Trust, Inc.

TPG

Unit Corporation

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Houston-based tax litigators are prominent in the oil and gas, real estate and energy sectors, and have also maintained a healthy practice in representing individuals and trading partnerships. Department head George Gerachis is currently engaged in litigation before the US Tax Court concerning unique issues of partnership taxation, while David Cole is playing an active part in a cross-departmental dispute relating to merger termination fees. Gary Huffman is a key figure in Washington DC, and has expertise in IRS audits and appeals.

Practice head(s):

George Gerachis

Other key lawyers:

David Cole; Gary Huffman

Testimonials

‘Strong delivery focus that applies legal analysis thoughtfully to the underlying commercial and tax objectives. The team takes time upfront to understand the business, the transaction and the commercial rationale which results in a higher quality practical advice output.’

‘David Cole is extremely responsive to requests and personal oversight of all engagements. Has invested time to understand our business. Will give a frank view on the scope of advice needed and actively look for ways to reduce costs where possible. Great communication on work progress. Sets behaviours for his team and exhibits active mentoring that creates a strong team dynamic both within his firm and my company’s team.’

Key clients

Energy Transfer L.P.

Total E&P North Sea UK Limited, Total Oil UK Limited

Otay Project L.P. (Oriole Management LLC)

Kevin Kalkhoven and Danny Pettit

Sixth Street Partners

General commercial disputes Tier 5

Leveraging a strong presence across Texas, Vinson & Elkins LLP has particular expertise in litigation in the energy sector, but has been involved in a range of commercial and civil litigation over the review period. In a recent matter, Matthew Moran (Dallas) represented an ad hoc group of lenders in relation to Pioneer Energy Services' Chapter 11 proceedings involving $175m in debt, resulting in a successful settlement. Jim Thompson (Houston), John Wander (Dallas), Craig Seebald (Washington DC) and Michael Holmes (Dallas) jointly lead the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Jim Thompson; John Wander; Craig Seebald; Michael Holmes

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Moran

Key clients

Energy Transfer Equity, LP

EZCORP, Inc.

Plains All-American Pipeline, LP

Herring Bancorp, Inc.

Marathon Oil Corporation

Software AG USA, Inc.

HEB Grocery Company, LP

Episcopalians of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Southwest Airlines, Inc.

AirTran Airways

Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc.

Angelo, Gordon & Co., LP

K&L Gates

The University of Texas MD Anderson

Zero Gravity Inc.

Vitol, Inc.

Apache Corp.

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

Dyno Nobel

Texas Capital Bank

Lone Star Funds

United States Pipe and Foundry Company, LLC

Carbo Ceramics

Taco Bueno Restaurants

Noble Energy, Inc.

Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of Zynga, Inc.

The San Miguel Electric Cooperative

ALTR Solutions, Inc. and current board members

Innovex Downhole Solutions, Inc

Houston Astros

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Hat Size 3 Media, Inc.

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP continues to grow its national profile, combining long-standing strength in the Texas, national, and global energy market with increasing expertise in a number of other sectors, particularly from its New York office. The firm advised on a number of major energy sector deals, including Noble Energy's $5bn sale to Chevron, in addition to a number of energy transition and technology-focused transactions, most notably within the electronic vehicles space, which has been a productive area for New York-based partner John Kupiec. In Houston, senior team leaders include Keith FullenweiderMatthew Strock, and David Oelman, who combine energy sector expertise with strong corporate M&A capabilities and relationships with investment funds. James Fox heads up the New York office, and has a broad practice covering energy, private equity, and public M&A in a variety of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Keith Fullenweider; Matt Strock; David Oelman; Jim Fox

Other key lawyers:

John Kupiec

Key clients

Noble Energy

Blackstone Infrastructure Fund

Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp.

EnCap Investments L.P.

Felix Energy Holdings II, LLC

Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation

Jagged Peak Energy Inc.

Tortoise Acquisition Corp.

The founder of Drunk Elephant and a consortium of majority equity holders

WPT Industrial REIT

Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.

Management of Ascentium Capital, LLC

Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.

Coolsys, Inc.

CryoLife, Inc.

OJO Labs

SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Rebellion Photonics

Rubicon Oilfield International

Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

According to a grateful client, Vinson & Elkins LLP is ‘second-to-none in competence, vision, strategizing, and executing’. The practice has vast experience in the state and federal courts of appeal; specifically, it has an unsurpassed strength in environmental, energy, oil and gas, and financial services litigation, among multiple areas in which it collaborates with the firm’s trial attorneys. The team’s recent standout work also includes regulatory appeals and environmental permitting issues involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Thomas Leatherbury (Dallas) and Marie Yeates (Houston) jointly sit at the helm of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Leatherbury; Marie Yeates

Other key lawyers:

Michael Heidler; Jeremy Marwell; Josh Johnson

Testimonials

‘The appellate team at V&E is responsive, hardworking and creative in their legal arguments.’ 

‘Marie Yeates and Michael Heidler are able to understand our business goals and needs, and incorporate those into legal arguments supporting our business. Their knowledge of the justices and the appellate court system is impressive. Their appellate team is available for mock arguments, strategic calls and brief editing with our executive team in the evenings and on the weekends.’

‘The team works in a very coordinated and unified manner, always striving to avoid unnecessary duplication. It is second to none in competence, vision, strategizing, and executing.’

‘There is certainly a high level of diversity and there is state-of-the-art technology available. The firm has so many significant practice areas that is a resource for any legal issue, leading to significant collaborations. In all respects, second to none.’

‘Marie Yeates is smart, passionate, and has good instincts on the points the appellate court will ask.  Michael Heidler and Marie simplified our arguments and incorporated charts to illustrate our points for the appellate panel.’

‘The team approach is truly seamless, and the team has a great depth of talent. I have personally participated in brainstorming sessions as to how to address a particular issue. It is most impressive.’

Key clients

Pembina Inc. / Jordan Cove Energy Project

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC

State Bar of Texas

Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC

Texas Central Partners

Adelphia Gateway, LLC

NCI Information Systems, Inc.

Sunoco, Inc.

Petrolink Services, Inc.

Lydia Ann Channel Moorings

Kinder Morgan CO2 Company

TPG (Post Oak) Acquisition

League of Women Voters of Texas

Human Rights Defense Center

Texas Association of Broadcasters / Texas Press Association

Commercial lending

With offices in Houston and Dallas, Vinson & Elkins LLP is well placed to advise on transactions in the energy sector; the group assists both lenders and borrowers on upstream, midstream and downstream transactions using a variety of structures. Outside of energy, the group has also been active working with borrowers looking to secure financing under the CARES Act in order to ensure liquidity through the Covid-19 pandemic. Brian Moss and Erec Winandy jointly lead the global finance group, acting for commercial banks, corporate borrowers and private equity firms. Contacts in the New York office include senior partners Brett Santoli and David Wicklund.

Practice head(s):

Brian Moss; Erec Winandy

Other key lawyers:

David Wicklund; Brett Santoli; Christopher Dewar; Guy Gribov

Testimonials

The team we use of Brian Moss, Guy Gribov and Caitlin Lawrence is extremely strong. They know the market, the document and what is important to us from a practical perspective. Guy Gribov, especially, is extremely impressive as to his knowledge of the document and how it applies to real world situations.’

Subject matter expertise, promptness and an ability to apply the document to situations that arise in our business.

Key clients

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Bank of America, N.A.

Texas Capital Bank

Mizuho Securities USA Inc.

Societe Generale

Morgan Stanley Capital Group

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Hilcorp Energy

Southwest Airlines

Talos Energy LLC

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Vinson & Elkins LLP stands out for its representation of corporations and individuals in relation to internal investigations, regulatory and enforcement matters, and grand jury proceedings. Other areas of focus include criminal antitrust law, financial crime, public corruption, FCA and FCPA matters, and congressional investigations. Key figures in the group include Washington DC’s Mike Dry and Craig Seebald, Michael Holmes and John Wander in Dallas, Jim Thompson in Houston and Matthew Jacobs in San Francisco. The practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of Christopher Duffy, who joined the New York office from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in March 2020, and Michael Ward in San Francisco, who joined a month later from an in-house role at Juniper Networks.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jacobs; Mike Dry; Craig Seebald; Michael Holmes; John Wander; Jim Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Palmina Fava; Jeffrey Johnston; Jessica Heim; Christopher Duffy; Michael Ward

Key clients

Audit Committee for Juniper Networks, Inc.

Barclays

Energy XXI Ltd.

EZCORP

Southwest Airlines, Inc.

Core Laboratories, Inc.

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. and Hitachi Ltd.

Maxell Corporation of America, Hitachi Maxell Ltd.

MoneyGram International, Inc.

University of Texas System

IAV GmbH

Geoffrey Palermo & GMP Management, Inc.

Special Investigation Committee of a public company

Frank’s International, N.V.

William Baroni

Geoffrey Palermo & GMP Management, Inc.

Frank’s International N.V.

Wells Fargo Bank Former Executives

BlueScope Steel Executive

StarKist Executive

Project finance

Well regarded for its work in the oil and gas sector, Vinson & Elkins LLP has a track record of acting for lenders, sponsors, equity investors and suppliers in innovative projects. LNG projects are a particular strength, with the firm having advised on numerous projects, both in the US and Latin America. In recent years the group has also developed first-rate expertise in ammonia projects; in 2020 the department represented Gulf Coast Ammonia LLC in financing an anhydrous ammonia plant in Texas. Kaam Sahely and John Connally co-lead the team from Austin and Houston, respectively, though the firm also has a solid New-York based team, which includes Karen Smith and Eamon Nolan, the latter of whom advises renewables-focused funds on M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Kaam Sahely; John Connally

Other key lawyers:

Mark Brasher; Keith Fullenweider; Karen Smith; David Wicklund; Eamon Nolan; Alan Alexander; Trina Chandler

Testimonials

‘The team was willing to find solutions vs. simply argue their contractual preferences.’

‘Mark Brasher and Team were very solution focused and willing to be creative in negotiations to achieve a win-win, as opposed to a zero sum.’

Key clients

AltaGas Ltd.

Ares Capital Corporation

Arroyo Energy Investment Partners, LLC

Avenue Capital

Babson Capital

Bechtel

Blackstone Energy Partners

Buckeye Partners LP

California Resources Corporation

The Carlyle Group / The Carlyle Group – Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund

Cheniere Energy

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

Clean Line Energy Partners LLC

DCP Midstream

Devon Energy Corporation

Direct Energy

EagleClaw Midstream Ventures, LLC

Enbridge

Enviva Development Holdings, LLC / Enviva Partners

Enviva Holdings, LP

EQT Corporation

ExxonMobil

Global Atlantic Financial Group

Goldman Sachs and Co.

Goldman Sachs’ Renewable Power Fund

GSO Capital Partners

Gulf Coast Ammonia

Investec

LNG 21, LLC

Lone Star

LS Power

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy, Inc.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

Pattern Energy Group Holdings LP

Pattern Energy LP

Plains All American Pipeline

Quantum Utility Generation

Riverstone Holdings

SandRidge Energy

Saudi Aramco

SemGroup Corporation

Sixth Street Partners

Sundevil Power Holdings LLC

Talen Energy Corporation

Tellurian, Inc.

Temple Generation

TPG Special Situations Partners

Tyr Energy

Wayzata Investment Partners LLC

Woodside Petroleum

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration Tier 3

Clients praise the 'highly sophisticated' service provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP, and that seems 'better prepared and more knowledgeable' than most other firms handling Latin American international arbitration work. Its predominant caseload features commercial claims and arbitration opposing states and state-owned entities following breaches of investment guarantees and/or treaty agreements – most frequently in relation to transactions in the energy or oil-and-gas segments. The team also continues to receive instructions from the Panama Canal Authority regarding proceedings with Grupo Unidos por el Canal, and other contractors, in relation to aspects of the canal's expansion project. Houston-based practice head James Loftis, who 'combines comprehensive legal knowledge, strategic thinking and remarkable availability', recently ensured a successful outcome for Exxon Mobil in its long-running bilateral treaty dispute with Argentina alongside the 'accomplished' London-based Nick Henchie. Elsewhere, the 'sophisticated and pragmatic' New York-based Camilo Cardozo is representing Prime Energia regarding design and construction contracts for five Chilean power plants. Cardozo and of counsel José Sanchez (noted for his 'fastidious attention-to-detail')are also acting for Offshore Exploration and Production against government-owned oil-companies from Colombia and South Korea.

Testimonials

I think the best thing about this team is that they are very good at what they do while being very cost-effective. We have worked with more than five large law firms on international arbitration matters and this is by far the most effective team we have worked with. This team does very good work for a fraction of the price that those other firms charge.

Our team at Vison & Elkins consists of Camilo Cardozo and Jose Sanchez. Camilo previously represented our firm in connection with an arbitration in Chile against a former licensee of our firm in Colombia. This team has shown its ability to break down complex legal issues in a manner that makes it easy for arbitrators to understand our positions. For us, the ability of this team to work with and understand conflicts in Latin America, has been key.

The team is fantastic. They are superb lawyers. Not only are they excellent lawyers, but they are also incredibly professional. They always give me complete confidence in their work. I have seen other firms that have represented clients opposed to us in international arbitrations, and in my opinion this team is always better prepared and more knowledgeable.

Highly sophisticated team with superior knowledge of the intricacies of international arbitral bodies and practice.

They are highly professional, detailed and responsible. Apart from the great knowledge they have of the subject, they surpass teams from other offices.

We have hired Camilo Cardozo and Jose Fernando Sanchez; who currently direct and are part of the international arbitration practice of Vinson & Elkins LLP; together they make a team with a deep legal structure and extensive knowledge of international arbitration procedures, which is why I consider that Vinson & Elkins LLP has an excellent international arbitration team.

Jose Sanchez is the lawyer leading our cases. Jose is an outstanding lawyer. I have worked with him on and off on several arbitrations since 2011, so I know his working style very well. He always masters all the facts and arguments better than any other lawyer on either side of the case. He is sophisticated, creative, and relentless. I’ve worked with several big US law firms and lawyers over the years on our international arbitration matters, and one big source of frustration for me has always been how those firms add up their legal fees so quickly. That has never been a concern with Jose. He is extremely efficient.

I have worked with Jose F Sanchez and Camilo Cardozo on three separate arbitrations that they have handled for us. I truly value and admire Jose as a lawyer, and will continue to trust him with our international arbitration matters. He is always attentive to every detail and is always thinking of ideas and arguments that no one else was thinking of and that strengthen our position on the cases. Throughout the years and the different cases Jose has handled for us, he has never been outworked by any other lawyer. On the contrary, he is always several steps ahead of all other lawyers on either side. I have also worked with Camilo Cardozo, who I also trust and respect as a lawyer, because he is both sophisticated and pragmatic.’

Jose Sanchez, in particular, stands out for his stellar work. Very conscientious and forward-thinking, with fastidious attention to detail. Superior job of communicating about timing, scope and parameters. Phenomenal final work product.

Nick Henchie has always stood out as a very accomplished lawyer and litigator.

Jim Loftis combines comprehensive legal knowledge, strategic thinking and remarkable availability and involvement in the matters. Tim Tyler has a thorough command of the cases, which ensures a smooth management of the matters.

José Fernando Sanchez is a great professional. He is an expert lawyer in Colombian and American law, very agile and creative. He is very studious, so his answers always have a lot of elaboration and success.

Key clients

Panama Canal Authority

XTO and Exxon Mobil Exploration Argentina

Offshore Exploration and Production

Tampico Beverages

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP remains well known for energy and infrastructure M&A, particularly in the upstream oil and gas sector and in the renewables field. It represents a wide array of international energy companies and private equity houses and recently advised Riverstone Energy on its agreement to invest $100m in independent Argentine oil and gas company Aleph Midstream. San Francisco partner Boyd Carano has strong credentials in Latin America upstream, midstream, power and clean energy deals. New York's Eamon Nolan is noted for Mexico power and renewables transactions; he led the team that advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on its 2019  acquisition of multiple renewable power portfolios in Mexico. In January 2021, the team was further strengthened by the arrival of Gabriel Silva, a cross-border transactions specialist with a particular focus on digital infrastructure, from Linklaters LLP.

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Key clients

Talos Energy

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Pattern Energy Group

Equinor (formerly Statoil)

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

IFM Investors

Aleatica

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’ 11 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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