This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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With a history steeped in the energy and finance industries, Vinson & Elkins is recognised worldwide for its ability to handle transactions, investments, projects and disputes.
|VINSON & ELKINS|
|Commercial Litigation||2||Management Labour & Employment||1|
|Corporate Governance||1||Product Liability Defence||1|
One of the firm’s significant matters handled in 2013 was representing Anadarko Petroleum in a Kansas Supreme Court appeal in which the question was whether the district court abused its discretion in approving the settlement of a class action resolving past royalty claims covering the vast majority of Anadarko’s Kansas production and providing for an agreed royalty methodology for future royalties on production from those properties. The court rejected all of the objecting class members’ arguments, affirming the district court’s approval of the settlement.
|Total Listings in WWL||48||Established||1917|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||736|
|Number of partners||238||Number of offices||15|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
From its beginnings in Texas, the firm’s energy law practice has expanded and now has a footprint covering key jurisdictions worldwide and comprises more than 400 lawyers. Co-chair of the energy transactions/projects practice group James Cuclis has experience working on projects in more than 50 countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Western Africa. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance transactions. Douglas Bland works in the upstream, midstream, downstream and clean energy sectors advising on project finance and development, M&A transactions and joint ventures. Fielding Cochran III assists domestic and international clients in the energy business including oil and gas producers, electric power companies, private equity funds, investment banks and pension funds to name just a few. Joseph Dilg is recommended for his extensive experience in transactions in the energy sector. Managing partner of the firm’s Beijing office Jay Kolb focuses on energy transactions and projects across Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East and the US. Paul Deemer is considered “top notch” for his work in the oil and gas sector and is also noted for his project finance capabilities. Managing partner of the Hong Kong office David Lang is particularly knowledgeable on LNG project development. Alexander Msimang specialises in energy-related projects and transactions and is the managing partner of the London office. Rob Patterson recently returned to the firm’s Moscow office from Beijing where he was managing partner of the office. He advises on transactions in the oil and gas, power, petrochemicals and LNG sectors.
Mark Spivak and Mark Spradling are recognised for their project finance expertise. Spivak is global co-head of the project finance practice and Spradling represents project developers, energy companies, utilities, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies and individuals.
V&E’s environment practice covers litigation and enforcement, regulation and permitting and toxic torts. Carol Dinkins previously spent time in government and has “unrivalled expertise” in the field. She counsels clients in the chemical, energy, timber, utilities and transport sectors. Kevin Gaynor is an environmental litigator, mediator and consultant who is in “high demand”. He defends clients in civil and criminal enforcement actions, complex environmental litigation and climate change matters.
The competition practice is spread across the California, Washington, DC, and Texas offices with lawyers having worked on the largest antitrust jury verdict of its time – a $1.03 billion judgment with a net amount of $425 million ultimately received by the client. Neil Imus focuses on merger control and other competition law matters and is “sensational” according to clients. James Reeder Jr advises on claims of price fixing, group boycott, exclusive dealing, tying, monopolisation, discriminatory pricing and conspiracy. He is “greatly valued” by clients for his “strategic approach”.
Vinson & Elkins was recognised as one of leading law firms for pro bono in our inaugural pro bono survey in 2013. The firm dedicates nearly 30,000 hours of free legal service each year and the practice is managed by a full-time pro bono counsel and pro bono chair Harry Reasoner, who is also noted for his litigation and competition expertise. The firm’s proudest moment of 2013 was the establishment of the V&E Guardianship Programme in Dallas. Since 2007 lawyers in the Houston office have been assisting families to obtain guardianship over their incapacitated adult children and following the success of the programme it has now been expanded to the Dallas office.
V&E’s commitment to maintaining a culture which nurtures diverse interests, backgrounds and perspectives is steadfast. In 2000, the firm launched its Women’s Initiative to attract, retain and promote women in the firm. According to V&E it was the first law firm in the US to take a comprehensive approach to women’s issues by forming an internal Women’s Career Development Council. While the firm has made great strides, it is continually seeking new ways to enhance and improve its diversity.
Having closed its Shanghai office in 2013 to enable the firm to consolidate its China practice in Beijing and Hong Kong, the firm is focusing closely on its energy clients in Beijing. The closing of the office is part of the firm’s careful management of its practices to ensure alignment with client needs and the firm’s overall strategic goal according to chairman Mark Kelly.
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