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Vinson & Elkins RLLP

20 FENCHURCH STREET, 24TH FLOOR, LONDON, EC3M 3BY, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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. Cross-border structuring expert Jenny Doak heads the department.

Practice head(s):Jenny Doak

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'

'Jenny Doak is an outstandingly capable tax lawyer. She displays deep experience in the energy sector, excellent technical skills and service delivery on large transactions'

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Vitol and Helios Investment Partners on tax aspects of Vivo Energy’s initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Advised J.P. Morgan Securities, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Deutsche Bank Securities as the initial purchasers on the issuance by Neptune Energy Bondco plc of $550m of senior notes due 2025
  • Advised Vitol Group in its joint acquisition, with IFM Global Infrastructure Fund, of Buckeye Partners LP’s 50% equity interest in VTTI B.V., the leading global independent provider of energy storage

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

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium, including PetroVida, on all aspects of its acquisition of a 50% interest in Petrobras Oil and Gas B.V. from Petrobras International Braspetro B.V. for $1.4bn.
  • Advised Vitol Group in its joint acquisition, with IFM Global Infrastructure Fund, of Buckeye Partners LP’s 50% equity interest in VTTI B.V.
  • Acted for Vivo Energy Holding in in connection with its strategic acquisition of ENGEN’s downstream business in 9 countries in Africa in a share and cash transaction, valued at $203.9m.
  • Advised Equinor in connection with its acquisition of a 25% interest in the offshore Roncador field, one of Brazil’s largest producing oil fields, from Petrobras, for $2.9bn.
  • Advised EQT Infrastructure in relation to its sale of Tampnet AS to 3i Infrastructure plc, for approximately €500m

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London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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

Other key lawyers:Nick Henchie; Louise Woods; Alexander Slade; Georgina Barlow

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

Work highlights

  • Represented the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq (and its agency, SOMO) in the arbitration of a dispute concerning the operation of the Iraq-Turkey pipeline.

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London: Finance

High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 4

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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:Noel Hughes; Federico Fruhbeck

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

Work highlights

  • Advising JPMorgan Securities, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and others as the initial purchasers on the issuance by Neptune Energy Bondco plc,  an exploration and production company, of $550m of senior notes due 2025.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Barclays Capital Inc., Nordea Bank AB and others. as the initial purchasers on the issuance by Aker BP ASA, a Norwegian oil and gas company, of $500m of senior notes due 2025.
  • Advising JPMorgan Securities LLC, Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc., Standard Chartered Bank etc. as the initial purchasers on the issuance by Tullow Oil Plc, an oil and gas exploration and production company, of $800m of senior notes due 2025.
  • Advising First Quantum Minerals Ltd., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed metals and mining company with assets in Africa, Australia, Europe and South America, on its issuance of $1.85bn Senior Notes Due 2024 and 2026.
  • Advising Vistra Energy Corp., a Texas-based power retail and generation company listed on the NYSE, on its issuance of $1bn principal amount of 5.500% Senior Notes due 2026 and the related $1.7bn cash tender offers for certain of its existing notes.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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; Shaun Lascelles

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

Work highlights

  • Advised PetroVida Holding B.V. on all aspects of its acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Petrobras Oil and Gas B.V. from Petrobras International Braspetro B.V. for $1.407bn.
  • Advised Equinor in connection with its acquisition of a 25% interest in the offshore Roncador field, one of Brazil’s largest producing oil fields, from Petrobras.
  • Advising SOCAR GPC on its proposed development and financing of a gas processing plant and petrochemicals facility in Azerbaijan.
  • Providing ongoing advice to STAR Rafineri, a subsidiary of SOCAR Turkey Energy AS, on the expansion of the SOCAR Turkey Aegean Refinery (STAR).
  • Representing Saipem in its ICC claim against a Gazprom entity over a terminated contract to build the South Stream gas pipeline between Russia and southern Europe.
Leading individuals

Alex Msimang - Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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London: Real estate

Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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

Work highlights

  • Advising on series of arbitrations for the Panama Canal Authority arising out of disputes with Grupo Unidos por el Canal, a consortium of European and Panamanian companies hired to design and build the third set of locks for the Panama Canal expansion project.
Leading individuals

Nick Henchie - Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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