Firm Profile > Vinson & Elkins RLLP > London, England
Vinson & Elkins RLLP Offices
20 FENCHURCH STREET
Vinson & Elkins RLLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Vinson & Elkins RLLP has a strong transactional energy practice which handles the full gamut of oil and gas matters for leading energy companies and sovereign states. The group is overseen by Alex Msimang (who also leads the Africa group) and handles project developments, regulatory advisory work, and complex energy disputes. Co-head of the project finance practice Nabil Khodadad is a key contact for pipelines, petrochemical and power projects and has experience acting in the Middle East and the CIS region. Andrew Nealon is another key partner in the group, alongside counsel Alistair Wishart , who advises on downstream oil & gas, petrochemicals, and infrastructure projects, and senior associate Nadine Amr. Louise Woods is the name to go to for commercial arbitration.
Other key lawyers:
Nabil Khodadad; Louise Wood; Andrew Nealon; Alistair Wishart; Nadine Amr
‘The partners and associates know how our company works, our value, culture and risk appetite. Therefore, when they provide their legal assessment, they take that into consideration. They are always available to support.’
‘In comparison with other firms, the team cares about the client’s interests more than making money out of them.’
‘Nabil Khodadad provides well-thought-out and qualified consultation on many aspects of a given transaction.’
‘Alistair Wishart does outstanding work in tackling complex issues and providing helpful solutions. Other team members also provide helpful input during review of documents and stand out with their strong discipline.’
‘Andrew Nealon is highly professional and qualified, with a good sense of humour which can take the heat off and help to stay calm in any situation. It is always a pleasure to work with him.’
‘Vinson is a very specialised law firm in energy issues with partners and associates who are very business oriented and with high energy skills.’
‘The team has unique experience in consulting and drafting agreements in the field of oil and gas in Central Asian region. This experience makes the team indispensable in reaching financial close and negotiating investment agreements, EPC contracts, and asset sale and purchase agreements that involve state enterprises and foreign investors. The team invests much effort and time to care for the needs of the client. If required, they can produce high quality documentation in a very short period of time.’
Africa Oil Corp.
Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq
Other key lawyers:
Scott Stiegler; Roberta Downey; Angus Rankin; Ben Grunberger-Kirsh
‘I have been thoroughly impressed by the V&E team. From top to bottom, they have shown great attention to detail, while at the same time having a keen eye for the points which will really matter before a tribunal. I have always felt completely supported by them, and Nick Henchie has engendered a very good spirit within his team.’
‘Nick Henchie is a first-class partner. He is very good with the client, always alive to what matters to them and thinking about how best to achieve it. He has excellent rapport with the counsel team and provides unstinting support. Ben Grunberger-Kirsh is excellent. He is always on top of the detail – he displays creativity in terms of working out what the best points are and how to get them across. Very easy to work with.’
‘Nick Henchie and Scott Stiegler are great lawyers who care immensely about their clients and are eminently qualified to delver top results.’
‘The team at V&E is incredibly impressive and has vast experience in the construction industry. Nick and Scott have developed a team of highly qualified and exceptionally capable lawyers who are all true construction and engineering specialists. Attention to detail and a passion for excellence sets the team apart from other firms. They are focused on delivering top-quality service, committed to finding the best solution for their clients and will all give absolutely everything to a case.’
‘Having worked with Nick Henchie for many years, he is truly an exceptionally knowledgeable and astute lawyer. As the head of the practice, he is the guiding mind. Nick has a depth of experience across many aspects of construction and engineering disputes which is second to none. He is a strategic thinker and focuses on the commercial realities of construction disputes when assessing and advising on the best course of action for his clients. He is a world-class construction lawyer, and the outstanding choice for construction and engineering disputes. He is also, happily, thoroughly nice company and a pleasure to spend time with (no matter the situation).’
‘Scott Stiegler is a true lawyer’s lawyer. He has a sophisticated understanding of construction and engineering disputes and can quickly reduce complex issues to their key components by cutting through the noise. He is ferociously dedicated and is an exceptionally capable problem solver. Scott is the lawyer you turn to when you need a safe pair of hands to handle challenging situations. He too is a delightful human being – a rare trait in someone so brilliant.’
‘The contentious team are client focused with excellent skills, knowledge and tactical astuteness. They create a formidable team with a focus on client results. Scott Stiegler and Nick Henchie are easy to work with – the focus is the result and working with the team to achieve that.’
‘Roberta Downey is London’s queen of construction disputes. Clients and counsel love working with her. One of the all-time greats. She may actually be without compare – the leading light of her generation perhaps. Angus Rankin is very user-friendly. Puts clients at their ease. Deep knowledge of power sector. Connects well with in-house lawyers having been on their side of the fence. Definitely one to watch.’
Panama Canal Authority
Finance > High yield Tier 3Vinson & Elkins RLLP is one of the world’s leading firms for advice to the energy industry in many practice areas, so it is a natural choice for energy industry participants, including upstream oil and gas companies, midstream companies, and oilfield service companies, in high yield transactions. Nevertheless, it continues to develop its presence in other industries, including automotive, consumer products, manufacturing, financial services and retail. Key high yield partner Noel Hughes (who is ‘exceptionally good technically, and very solution-oriented‘) and co-head of the corporate group Jeffrey Eldredge are the main practitioners - clients describe a team that is ‘extremely diligent and responsive, with strong ability to manage transactions and counterparties‘.
Noel Hughes; Jeffrey Eldredge
‘Extremely diligent and responsive, with strong ability to manage transactions and counterparties. Excellent commercial/market awareness. Very good strength in depth from partner level down to associate/trainee.’
‘Noel Hughes is outstanding. Exceptionally good technically, and very solution-oriented. Builds very good relationships across the spectrum (lenders, banks, various counsel).’
‘Strong combination of high yield and finance to deliver best-in-class service in sub-investment debt transactions both on issuer and bank side.’
‘Noel Hughes is an excellent HY lawyer. He stands out for his technical knowledge, commercial approach and brings together the team to deliver seamless execution.’
First Quantum Minerals Ltd
Vía Célere (Värde Partners portfolio company)
El Corte Inglés
Bank of America, N.A.
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
New Fortress Energy
Oasis Midstream Partners LP
Vinson & Elkins RLLP’s London international arbitration team constantly represents energy and oil and gas clients in major disputes worldwide, and it has grown its disputes practice in relation to the technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and engineering sectors. Investment treaty and international commercial arbitration specialist Louise Woods, and experienced counsel Alexander Slade co-head the London international arbitration practice, which includes Nick Henchie, who focuses on construction and engineering disputes, and international construction specialist Scott Stiegler.
Louise Woods; Alexander Slade
Other key lawyers:
Nick Henchie; Scott Stiegler
‘We have been working with the V&E international arbitration team for several years, due to the excellent hard work the members have dedicated to our matters.’
‘A very powerful team.‘
‘Working for clients across the globe, V&E has significant breadth of experience in international arbitration.‘
‘They are unbelievably hardworking and will leave no stone unturned.‘
‘Totally committed to doing everything they can to ensure the best outcome for their client.‘
‘Nick Henchie is undeniably a leading figure in international arbitration and an exceptional lawyer. He never fails to deliver clear, pragmatic, and pre-eminent legal strategies regarding complex and intricate cases.‘
‘Louise Woods is an excellent lawyer, who is always spot on and a step ahead on matters.‘
‘Louise Woods has excellent knowledge of the law, understands her clients, and has the ability to listen.‘
Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq Basrah Oil Company
Panama Canal Authority
Vinson & Elkins RLLP > Firm Profile
Administrative Partner: Alex Msimang
Vinson & Elkins is a large international law firm, which has experience across a number of industries and has been repeatedly ranked as the world’s leading energy law firm.
Lawyers at Vinson & Elkins are committed to excellence and steeped in the energy and finance industries, offering clients experience handling transactions, investments, projects and disputes worldwide. The firm’s deep bench of approximately 720 lawyers worldwide collaborating across 12 offices allows a multi-disciplinary approach, whether clients need guidance on complex transactions or litigation.
London serves as a coordinating centre for Vinson & Elkins’ operations in Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, with respect to clients operating out of Europe, the US, London, and elsewhere. The firm is accustomed to working not only in mature markets, but also in less familiar and more challenging environments, under developing local regimes and with evolving communications or infrastructure.
Since the early years of Vinson & Elkins’ existence, the firm has represented a broad cross-section of the top players in the energy industry and is now recognized as a global leader in energy-related transactions. The firm’s lawyers have worked on, or are currently working on, some of the most high-profile, complex and unique deals to take place in the international oil and gas sector. Vinson & Elkins brings insight and know-how, building on a strong foundation that offers clients an understanding of the intersection of energy, finance and the law.
Vinson & Elkins’ London office also has extensive experience across multiple other industry sectors, including construction, infrastructure (including telecoms infrastructure) and private equity.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Cross-border M&A; private equity; corporate finance and securities advice (including international equity and debt capital markets); joint ventures and other strategic alliances; banking and finance (including acquisition and bridge financings); international energy transactions; project development and finance transactions; construction; litigation and arbitration; restructuring; legal and regulatory compliance; tax; real estate finance; international telecom infrastructure transactions; and employment.
KKR, Macquarie, The Carlyle Group, Equilor, Cairn India, Helios Investment Partners, Republic of Iraq Ministry of Oil, Riverstone LLC, J.P. Morgan, Agrica Oil Corp., SOCAR, TPG Sixth Street Partners.
The firm’s clients include the governments of sovereign nations as well as public and private companies from around the world, domestic and international financial institutions, investment firms, portfolio companies, cities and government agencies, new enterprises, joint ventures, project companies and individuals.
The firm has offices in Austin, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, New York, Richmond, Riyadh, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, DC.
The firm currently offers between four and six training contracts per year, commencing each September. The training structure at V&E comprises of four seats. During the first year the trainees rotate through two different practice areas each for six months. During the second year, while trainees will be located in a further two practice groups, the year does not run on a rigid seat system, but instead a trainee will gain wide experience in all practice areas, working with a wide variety of associates and partners from across the firm. At the start of each rotation each trainee will be assigned to a supervisor with whom they will share an office, however they are expected to receive work from everyone within the assigned practice area, not just the person they are sharing an office with. Whist the trainees are based in London, the firm undertakes a regular secondment programme to other offices (particularly its offices in Dubai and its headquarters in Houston). In addition to the Training Principal (currently Andrew Nealon) and another graduate recruitment partner (Paul Simcock) and their supporting team, trainees will have the support of an associate mentor (appointed for the full two-year training contract for continuity) to provide an extra, and often first, port of call for support and assistance.
|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|
|Nadine Amr||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Andrew Callaghan||Counsel||View Profile|
|Ms Roberta Downey||Partner||View Profile|
|Jeffrey Eldredge||Partner||View Profile|
|Susanna Fidoe||Disputes Counsel||View Profile|
|Nick Henchie||PartnerCo-Head International Construction||View Profile|
|Noel Hughes||Partner||View Profile|
|Nabil Khodadad||Partner||View Profile|
|James Loftis||Partner||View Profile|
|Peita Menon||Partner||View Profile|
|Alex Msimang||Partner||View Profile|
|Andrew Nealon||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Angus Rankin||Partner||View Profile|
|Alexander Slade||Counsel||View Profile|
|Alistair Wishart||Counsel||View Profile|
|Louise Woods||Partner||View Profile|