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Vinson & Elkins RLLP
20 FENCHURCH STREET
24th FLOOR
LONDON
EC3M 3BY
England

Oil and gas Tier 2

Along with complex and high-profile M&A transactions, project development, financings and disputes, Vinson & Elkins RLLP's energy lawyers also advise on the day-to-day contractual, commercial and regulatory aspects of the industry. The team, led by Alex Msimang and Nabil Khodadad, is especially strong in the international upstream transactional space. In recent highlights, the firm advised on the issuance of three high-value energy company high-yield bonds for Neptune Energy, Aker BP and Tullow Oil, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Alex Msimang; Nabil Khodadad

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Nealon

Testimonials

‘In-depth industry knowledge, accessibility and high standards make this team stand apart from the rest.’

‘Alex Msimang is a trusted adviser defined by his high standards, accessibility, short turnaround time, communication skills and accurate advice.’

Key clients

Africa Oil Corp

Woodside

Uz-Kor

SOCAR

MCC EuroChem OJSC/Joint Stock Company EuroChem Northwest

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Equinor ASA (formerly Statoil)

Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq

Uzbekneftegaz

Delonex Energy Limited

Vitol Investment Partnership II Ltd.

Nauticol Energy

STAR Rafineri

SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. and BP

ProjetBecancour

Decco

Mota-Engil

Newmont Mining Corporation

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Vinson & Elkins RLLP's practice, which is considered by some as one of the 'foremost contentious construction' teams in the world, advises on disputes in the waste to energy, petrochemicals and transportation sectors. The US firm's London team is led by the 'extremely hard working, organised and dedicated' Nick Henchie, who has a wide range of experience, including a specific focus on international arbitration. Recent key work has seen him advise on series of matters for the Panama Canal Authority arising out of disputes with European and Panamanian companies working on the Panama Canal expansion project.

Practice head(s):

Nick Henchie

Testimonials

‘Nick Henchie’s team at Vinson & Elkins is one of the foremost contentious construction practices in the world. It takes on high profile disputes for clients all over the world.’

‘The firm is particularly strong in energy and major projects in the UK and overseas. They have the resources to manage big ticket cases and to handle speedy adjudication cases in the UK in the energy sector and related litigation.’

‘Well balanced group of partners and associates. Capacity to work with US and English law alike. Excellent quality, sure get a tailor made service’

‘Nick Henchie is extremely hard working, organised and dedicated. He fights hard for his clients.’

‘Scott Stiegler handles a range of issues, witnesses and experts with considerable dexterity.’

‘Nick Henchie is a hard-worker, extremely professional and quick in providing his opinions and advice.’

‘Nick Henchie has exceptional and very extensive experience in the construction industry (including technical aspects) and he is always able to adapt the legal strategy to different scenarios and to anticipate the possible reactions from counter-parties.’

‘Great litigation work in the construction and oil and gas sector.’

Key clients

Panama Canal Authority

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG

SOCAR

STAR Rafineri

Nauticol Energy

Decoo

High yield Tier 4

Vinson & Elkins RLLP joins the ranking this year having added to its corporate practice lawyers with expertise in high yield debt transactions. The firm is a major player in high yield issuance in the energy sector, and co-head of the corporate department Jeffrey Eldredge, newly promoted corporate finance specialist Federico Fruhbeck, and new hire Noel Hughes from Sidley Austin LLP are the key practitioners. In 2018, the practice acted for a range of issuers including Helios Towers Africa, First Quantum Minerals and Petra Diamonds, as well as advising underwriters and private equity sponsors on new issuance by energy companies. The firm is now actively broadening the scope of its practice in London to attract work in a broader range of industry sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Eldredge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

“The firm has exceptional market contacts and knowledge, which greatly adds value to its excellent technical abilities. The team has a great balance across the experience levels, offering excellent leverage and value for money.”

“Noel Hughes is genuinely a lawyer who actually does more than help a transaction along, he is often at the vanguard of progressing the deal and ensuring it happens. He provides sound and calm judgement in what can often be fast paced work and choppy market waters.”

“Noel Hughes is well connected in the market and on current trajectory I expect him to be at the epicenter of the high yield market in London for years to come.”

“Christianne Williams has excellent technical skills and experience. She is extremely responsive, and has a very useful habit of only raising problems to which she already has solutions!”

Key clients

J.P. Morgan

Bank of America, N.A.

Goldman Sachs

Deutsche Bank

Citi

ING

Lloyd’s

First Quantum Minerals Ltd

Petra Diamonds Limited

Helios Towers Africa

Vistra Energy

Corporate tax Tier 5

Drawing on a strong transatlantic presence, Vinson & Elkins RLLP's main focus is international tax planning, with a particular emphasis on the natural resources, energy and telecoms industries. The team also advises on cross-border acquisitions by private equity funds, as well as restructurings.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Callaghan; Evlogi Kabzamalov

Testimonials

The Vinson & Elkins London tax team is an excellent team for large transactions and complex tax matters

Technically excellent in all respects; attention to detail is outstanding

Key clients

Africa Oil Corp. (“AOC”)

Vitol Group

Vitol Investment Partnership II

Vivo Energy

Helios Investment Partners

TPG Sixth Street Partners

Woodside Petroleum

J.P. Morgan

International arbitration Tier 5

Vinson & Elkins RLLP 'produces excellent work and is fully available to clients'. The practice is well known for its significant energy sector roots, but it has also expanded into advising financial services, technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, construction and engineering clients. In addition, the firm has a robust investor-state arbitration practice. James Loftis leads the group from Houston; the London names to note are Nick Henchie, Louise Woods and Alexander Slade, who was recently promoted to counsel, and senior associate Georgina Barlow.

Practice head(s):

James Loftis

Testimonials

It is a great team that has broad knowledge of arbitration and the oil and gas industry‘.

Nick Henchie is an exceptional lawyer‘.

Louise Woods is an excellent lawyer who is very sharp and easily accessible‘.

Senior associate Georgina Barlow stays on top of everything and handles pressure very well‘.

Key clients

Panama Canal Authority

Saipem

Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq

ExxonMobil

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 6

Vinson & Elkins RLLP's corporate M&A team has a strong focus on energy-related transactions, with notable matters in emerging markets and continental Europe. In addition to advising energy sector clients on strategic transactions, the team is experienced in acting for private funds on corporate transactions and high-value asset transfers. The team is led by Jeffrey Eldredge, who has experience advising energy and telecoms clients and investment funds respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Eldredge

Other key lawyers:

Paul Dunbar

Testimonials

An experienced team with a wide skillset

‘An understanding of the client’s needs combined with partners who are always available, commercial acumen and speedy drafting

Key clients

Vitol Group

Vitol Investment Partnership II

Helios Investment Partners

Goldman Sachs

TPG Sixth Street Partners

Vivo Energy

Equinor (formerly Statoil)

Riverstone

Apollo Global Management

Helios Towers

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

KPR Towers

Energy Growth Momentum

ASCO Group

Elevation Capital

Africa Oil Corp.

Delonex

Peninsula Capital Advisors

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, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, Moscow, New York, Richmond, Riyadh, San Francisco, Taipei, Tokyo, Washington DC

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman T Mark Kelly
Administrative partner Alexander Msimang
Managing partner Scott Wulfe
Antitrust
Appellate
Biotechnology
Capital markets and securities
Climate change
Condemnation
Construction
Corporate governance and compliance
Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employment litigation and labour
Energy
Environmental
Finance
Insolvency and reorganisation
Intellectual property
International arbitration and litigation
Litigation
Maritime
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity/venture capital
Project finance and development
Public policy
Real estate
REITs
Tax
Technology
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrew Callaghan  photo Andrew Callaghan Senior Associate
 Camilo Cardozo photo Camilo Cardozo Partner
 Paul Dunbar  photo Paul Dunbar Partner
 Jeffrey Eldredge  photo Jeffrey Eldredge Partner
 Susanna Fidoe  photo Susanna Fidoe Disputes Counsel
 Federico Fruhbeck  photo Federico Fruhbeck Partner
 Nick Henchie  photo Nick Henchie Partner
 Nabil Khodadad  photo Nabil Khodadad Partner
 Shaun Lascelles  photo Shaun Lascelles Partner
 James Loftis  photo James Loftis Partner
 Alex Msimang  photo Alex Msimang Partner
 Andrew Nealon  photo Andrew Nealon Partner
 Simon Rootsey  photo Simon Rootsey Partner
 Alexander Slade  photo Alexander Slade Senior Associate
 Louise Woods  photo Louise Woods Partner
Number of UK partners : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 48

The Lex 100 Verdict

Recruits at Vinson & Elkins have the benefit of 'working in a small office, but still being part of a big American firm'. By no means just a satellite office, London trainees undertake work which is 'complex and challenging – this firm does not do straightforward transactions'. The V&E training contract is non-rotational, which means that 'often you end up doing work from all over the firm even though you are technically sat in one particular department'. Thanks to the small cohort, trainees benefit from 'more acknowledgement of our work and contact time with all members of the team, from associates to counsel to partners' who 'make time to develop you as a lawyer'. Four Lex 100 Winner awards have been secured by Vinson & Elkins, among which are job satisfaction and international secondments. Elaborating on the latter, respondents particularly enjoyed seats in the Houston and Dubai offices. Training is 'less structured,' meaning that 'you have to be more outgoing, confident and seek out work for yourself'. The upside of this proactive approach is that trainees 'tend to do work more likely to be undertaken by first or second year associates in other firms'. The downside is that 'workloads can be uneven'. Another pitfall is that a 'lack of support staff late at night can leave you doing time-consuming printing jobs or other administrative tasks'. Although there can be long nights at the office, on the whole trainees consider 'the work challenging enough to to justify the hours when it gets tough'. Research Vinson & Elkins if you want to be 'surrounded by lawyers that are excellent at their job but are also fun, interesting people'.