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Vinson & Elkins LLP


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What the team is known for

Dominant force in the Texas market with capabilities in energy and infrastructure, among other areas. Has extraordinary bench strength, with expertise across the whole corporate and M&A spectrum, including corporate governance issues and private equity investments. Also active in the real estate, utilities and technology fields, regularly acting on behalf of major public and private companies and sponsor clients.


Clients say: "The firm is best in class across all disciplines, which is incredibly unique for a firm in my experience."

Sources report: "Even though it is a very large law firm, I receive the attention and dedication of a smaller firm because the team's responsiveness and care to my matters is second to none."

Work highlights

Advised Noble Energy on its $13 billion sale to Chevron.

Notable practitioners

Alan Bogdanow 's practice sees him work on complex M&A, among other matters.
"He is one of the greatest lawyers in the Dallas market."

Douglas McWilliams is based in the firm's Houston office and handles a range of transactional work. He chairs the equity capital markets team at the firm.
"He is well versed, knowledgeable, very pragmatic and practical."

Wesley Jones is highly regarded for his experience advising venture capital firms and public and private companies on transactional concerns. He offers particular expertise in the technology sector.

Jeffery Floyd has a strong transactional practice that sees him act across a variety of industries.
"He is a great, technical lawyer."

Keith Fullenweider cochairs the corporate team. His leading transactional practice sees him regularly work with the foremost private equity firms.
"He is a leading partner known for his private equity work."

Lande Spottswood is noted for her capabilities handling transactions involving energy and industrial clients.
"She is very talented and very smart."

Michael Saslaw has over 35 years of experience in the field and focuses on M&A and corporate governance work.
"He is good at finding solutions and compromise and a pleasure to work with."

Milam Newby regularly advises investors and emerging businesses on private financing transactions. His clients also include Fortune 100 companies.

Robert Kimball advises on a host of corporate matters including securities, M&A and governance issues.
"He is great, he is very professional and a good attorney."

Scott Neal Wulfe has a longstanding practice advising on large-scale M&A. His practice also covers issues such as private equity investments.
"He is an exceptional lawyer."

Stephen Gill typically handles public company M&A. He works with clients in the energy sector.
"He is a very good lawyer and good to work with."

Mark Kelly is the current sitting chairman of the firm. He is well versed in a host of corporate matters and M&A.
"He is a trusted adviser who crafts practical solutions to challenging issues."

Matthew Strock is best known for his work with private equity firms and their portfolio companies on transactional matters.
"He is commercial and pragmatic." "He is a zealous advocate for our positions."

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Vinson & Elkins’ preeminent Mergers & Acquisitions practice leverages the firm’s global presence with a deep, talented bench of attorneys. Clients such as public and private companies, private equity and other financial sponsors, boards of directors and special committees, and financial advisors ask V&E to execute their most complex and high profile transactions. By leveraging the full capabilities of V&E’s offices worldwide, the M&A lawyers efficiently handle even the most complex, cross-jurisdictional deals. V&E has extensive experience representing public and private sellers, purchasers and targets in executing complex acquisitions and financings of private and public companies, joint ventures, carve-out transactions, going private transactions, spin-off transactions, control and minority investments and other strategic business combinations.

V&E is consistently recognized as one of the world’s leading energy firms and has an impressive track record in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, and other strategic transactions within all subsectors of the entire energy industry: upstream, oilfield services, midstream and downstream. Astute in advising on matters involving conventional and unconventional assets and drilling operations, our Energy M&A team is well regarded for its technical prowess and understanding of the many effects market conditions have on our clients’ bottom line.


Vinson & Elkins LLP


1001 Fannin Street

Suite 2500




TX 77002-6760

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.



Alan J Bogdanow
Band 5
Douglas E McWilliams
Band 5
Jeffery B Floyd
Band 5
Keith Fullenweider
Band 1
Lande Spottswood
Band 3
Michael A Saslaw
Band 3

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