Firm Profile > Vinson & Elkins RLLP > London, England
Vinson & Elkins RLLP Offices
20 FENCHURCH STREET
Vinson & Elkins RLLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Oil and gas Tier 2
Vinson & Elkins RLLP handles the full range of issues across the entire oil and gas production chain, from upstream transactions and pipeline arrangements to downstream LNG work and day-to-day operational support. Group head Alex Msimang has a strong focus on M&A transactions in the upstream sector, especially in Africa, while global projects finance head Nabil Khodadad is advising SOCAR GPC on its proposed development and financing of a greenfield gas processing plant and polypropylene petrochemicals facility in Azerbaijan. Andrew Nealon is experienced in EPC contracts, offtake and supply arrangements, process licensings and project financing work. Counsel Alistair Wishart and senior associate Nadine Amr are noted for energy infrastructure projects and corporate transactions.
‘V&E has been helpful in tackling issues swiftly, especially seen as time constraints are very important in our business. I value the advice provided on a number matters. They are thorough and solid.’
Africa Oil Corp.
Delonex Energy Limited
MCC EuroChem OJSC/Joint Stock Company EuroChem Northwest
Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq
SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S.
Construction: contentious Tier 3
Vinson & Elkins RLLP is praised for its 'very business-minded and solution oriented team' led by Nick Henchie, who primarily focuses on international arbitration for construction and engineering clients. His most prominent work has included acting for the Panama Canal Authority in a number of ICC arbitrations, and is described as 'a masterful tactician'. Scott Stiegler is also noted for his expertise in energy and infrastructure disputes, especially in the international arena. An area of growth in his practice is energy from waste disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘This is a very business-minded and solution-oriented team; this separates them from other law firms. I have not worked such a law firm that is so good at providing solutions. They’re good team players. They also work very closely with business colleagues – they don’t proceed without input or approval from in-house legal counsel. They take quick actions and respond in time. They have a capable team, experience and expertise. I would highly recommend working with them.’
‘Nick Henchie is a fantastic lawyer and has built a great practice.’
‘Nick Henchie is a masterful tactician and has the rare ability to skilfully handle multi-faceted large scale construction disputes. Nick’s strength lies in his technical ability to dissect complex disputes and to cut through to the true issues that are at play and driving the parties’ positions. Such precision and acumen brings with it decisiveness of action. In short, he is a fearsome opponent – clients want him on their side and despair when he crops up on the other side against them.’
‘Scott Stiegler has been critical to the growth of the team in London and the profile of the practice globally. Scott is highly competent, exceptionally capable and a broad strategic thinker.’
Panama Canal Authority
Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (Limited Publication)
High yield Tier 3
Vinson & Elkins RLLP climbs the ranking this year due to involvement in high yield offerings for energy industry participants, including upstream oil and gas companies, midstream companies, and oilfield service companies. The firm also handles deals in other industries including automotive, consumer products, manufacturing, financial services, food and drink, mining and metals, and retail on behalf of investment banks, issuers and sponsors, but it is best known for its work in the energy sector. Jeffrey Eldredge leads the practice and handles a broad range of work in the energy and telecommunications sectors, in which high yield bond issuance is a key element. Leveraged finance partner Noel Hughes advises issuers, underwriters and alternative capital investors on high yield debt, liability management and US securities law matters.
International arbitration Tier 5
Vinson & Elkins RLLP's 'very knowledgeable' London international dispute resolution and arbitration team is well known for its representation of energy and oil and gas clients in complex and significant disputes worldwide. It also acts for clients in the technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and engineering sectors. Louise Woods and counsel Alexander Slade lead the international arbitration team in London, where Nick Henchie and Scott Stiegler are also key members.
‘Louise Woods is, in a word, brilliant.’
‘The team was very knowledgeable about the rules and regulations of the the Arbitration process. They knew how it should be handled when dealing with authorities and Arbitrators for the case.’
‘Louise Woods – Partner, is an excellent lawyer with impressive level of detail and broad knowledge of the oil and gas industry. She is always available, and keen to support client in all legal matters.’
‘Georgina Barlow – Associate, is a rising star in international dispute. We have been working with her for several years, and have seen her gain more experience and are sure she will continue succeeding.’
‘Alexander Slade – process lead, focused to important details, high level professional, confident.’
Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq
Panama Canal Authority
Saipem S.p.A .
Exxon Mobil Corp
Khaitan Holdings (Mauritius) Ltd.
UAB E energija
Corporate tax Tier 6
Andrew Callaghan heads up the tax group at Vinson & Elkins RLLP, which is active in international tax planning in relation to the natural resources, energy and telecoms sectors. In addition, it plays a key role in cross-border private equity transactions and restructurings. Jenny Doak left the firm for Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP in November 2019.
Africa Oil Corp.
Apollo Global Management
Energy Growth Momentum
Groupe Bruxelles Lambert
Helios Investment Partners
Kingsley Capital Partners LLP
Peninsula Capital Advisors
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
Sixth Street Partners
Vinson & Elkins RLLP > Firm Profile
Vinson & Elkins is one of the largest international law firms and has repeatedly been ranked among the world’s leading energy law firms, while offering first-class services across a range of other sectors. Its London office focuses primarily on corporate finance and securities, energy, mergers and acquisitions, tax, construction, project finance and international dispute resolution.
The firm: For over a century since it was founded, V & E’s lawyers have provided innovative business solutions for clients whose needs are as diverse as the entities they represent. The depth and breadth of its lawyers’ experience, combined with the responsiveness and efficiencies of the firm’s global reach, enable V & E to serve clients from start-up to the negotiating table and boardroom, before legislative and regulatory bodies, in the courtroom and beyond.
The London office opened in 1971, making V & E one of the first US-based law firms to establish an office in the UK. It operates a large, successful and expanding international business group, primarily comprised of English solicitors and US lawyers, with several also licensed in other jurisdictions. London serves as a co-ordinating centre for the firm’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the former Soviet Union, with respect to clients operating out of the US, London and elsewhere.
Types of work undertaken: The London office advises on virtually every aspect of the energy industry, including upstream and downstream oil and gas, power, LNG and pipeline projects, terminal processing arrangements, marketing agreements, power purchase agreements and related concession agreements, energy trading arrangements and other energy-related contracts. Clients include international energy companies, as well as governmental entities.
A wide range of corporate finance and securities matters are handled from London for investment banks, private equity funds and public and private companies, as well as other clients. Services include AIM and other market listings. In addition, the office advises clients on matters relating to compliance with the securities laws of the US.
The London office also has a large and expanding mergers and acquisitions practice, including financing experience. Clients are drawn from a variety of sectors, including hi-tech corporates, private equity houses and multinationals in the oil and gas, petrochemicals and energy industries. Clients include indigenous European corporates and individuals, and US companies investing in Europe and elsewhere.
Project development and finance is also an area of practice, including advising lenders, developers, sponsors, governments and others regarding major international projects, ranging from power and energy to telecommunications and infrastructure in general. The London office regularly advises on a wide variety of other matters, including those governed by laws of England and Wales, the US and other jurisdictions. These include litigation and arbitration, intellectual property, licensing, employment, joint ventures, taxation, construction, regulatory, trusts and estates, and environmental matters.
V & E’s London office will continue to develop as a cornerstone of the firm’s global success, carrying out work of the highest quality for a growing range of clients.
Other offices: Austin, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, New York, Richmond, Riyadh, San Francisco, Tokyo, Washington DC
|Chairman||T Mark Kelly|
|Administrative partner||Alexander Msimang|
|Managing partner||Scott Wulfe|
|Capital markets and securities|
|Corporate governance and compliance|
|Employee benefits and executive compensation|
|Employment litigation and labour|
|Insolvency and reorganisation|
|International arbitration and litigation|
|Mergers and acquisitions|
|Private equity/venture capital|
|Project finance and development|
|Andrew Callaghan||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Paul Dunbar||Partner||View Profile|
|Jeffrey Eldredge||Partner||View Profile|
|Susanna Fidoe||Disputes Counsel||View Profile|
|Federico Fruhbeck||Partner||View Profile|
|Nick Henchie||Partner||View Profile|
|Nabil Khodadad||Partner||View Profile|
|James Loftis||Partner||View Profile|
|Alex Msimang||Partner||View Profile|
|Andrew Nealon||Partner||View Profile|
|Alexander Slade||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Louise Woods||Partner||View Profile|