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Trina Chandler

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Energy Transactions


Trina is a partner in the Corporate Department and her practice includes domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project finance and development, corporate finance, hedging transactions, and partnership and LLC formations. She represents major energy and utility companies, financial institutions, private equity firms, and insurance companies, primarily in power, marketing and trading, and other energy related transactions. Trina is listed as one of the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers in 2007, 2009, and 2011 and as one of the World’s Leading Women in Business Law in 2011 by Legal Media Group (Euromoney). She is also a Fellow of the American College of Investment Counsel and a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Trina currently serves as the co-head of V&E's Energy Industry Group.


  • Fellow of the American College of Investment Counsel
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section; Houston Bar Association, Mergers and Acquisitions Section
  • Member, Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and the United Way’s Women’s Initiative
  • Member, Houston Chapter of Dress for Success, 2002-2006


Trina graduated from The University of Texas, B.B.A. with Honors in 1989 and J.D. with Honors in 1992. Admitted to Texas Bar in 1993.

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Vinson & Elkins LLP is highly regarded for its expertise in handling finance mandates relating to energy and infrastructure projects. Kaam Sahely, who jointly heads the energy, transactions and projects department with John Connally, is advising Woodside Petroleum on its potential participation, as co-sponsor with Sempra, in the $10bn Port Arthur LNG project; he is also advising Gulf Coast Ammonia on the $800m development and project financing of a hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Texas. Maritza Okata and Karen Smith in New York advised Tyr Energy, alongside Trina Chandler and Washington DC-based Katy Gottsponer, on the financing and development of the Hickory Run Energy Center, a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Smith also advised Babson Capital Management on the $34.5m purchase of secured promissory notes issued by nine subsidiaries of Cypress Creek Renewables for the permanent financing of each issuer's utility-scale tilt solar array project in North Carolina. Mark Spradling, Mark Brasher and Keith Fullenweider are also recommended, as are New York-based David Wicklund and John Grand in Dallas. Senior associate Simone King in New York is also a key figure, as is Eamon Nolan who joined in 2019 from Linklaters LLP. Named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise. Former department co-head James Cuclis joined White & Case LLP in 2018.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: transactions: conventional power

Within: Leading lawyers

Trina Chandler - Vinson & Elkins LLP

Within: Energy: transactions: conventional power

Vinson & Elkins LLP is instructed by electric generation and transmission companies, distribution utilities, independent power producers, financial institutions, clean energy companies, power traders, and private equity and venture capital investors in M&A, investment transactions and project development and finance matters. According to one client, Houston-based practice head Trina Chandler is 'one of the best M&A lawyers in the industry'. Also recommended is Dallas-based Chris Rowley, who advised Oncor Electric Delivery Company on a $400m transaction with Sharyland Utilities to exchange Sharyland's retail distribution operations for a set of Oncor's transmission lines in West and Central Texas. Other key contacts include Katy Gottsponer in the Washington DC office, Maritza Okata in New York, and Houston-based Kaam Sahely, who is noted for his 'deep industry knowledge and experience'.

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