Vinson & Elkins LLP

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

A Houston-based powerhouse in the energy space, particularly excelling in oil and gas transactions and regulatory work. Continues to have a fantastic reputation for its work in upstream transactions and represents a fine choice of counsel for LNG matters. Offers leading representation in the midstream space, with expertise in matters including presidential permit applications and rate cases. Also noted for advising power and renewable clients on large-scale transactional matters. With its strong international presence, clients are offered exceptional expertise in various energy-producing regions around the world. Draws on additional competencies in tax, environmental compliance and project finance, to assist players in both the oil and gas and electricity sectors.


Clients highlight: "Their strengths include subject matter knowledge, responsiveness and preparation of written materials."

Sources say: "In terms of technical prowess and overall client service, V&E is among the top law firms focusing on the energy infrastructure sector."

Interviewees report: "The firm has exceptional expertise in the oil an gas area. The attorneys have extensive knowledge of the industry which makes V&E a go-to firm for every complex transaction."

Commentators observe: "The whole team at Vinson & Elkins are fantastic; their creativity has stands out among the best."

Interviewees say: "They're the best of the best in the market."

Another client says: "They have their finger on the pulse of the market and are very involved in the energy world," adding: "They are the best for energy transactions and they really know our business."

Work highlights

Represented Riverstone Holdings in connection with the formation of Onyx Strategic Investment Management, a newly formed European independent power producer, and assisted with its acquisition of a fleet of coal and biomass-fired power stations from affiliates of ENGIE S.A.

Advised Jordan Cove on all federal regulatory issues relating to the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, a proposed $10 billion liquefied natural gas export project and associated 229-mile pipeline.

Advised Felix Energy on the sale of Felix to WPX Energy in a $2.5 billion transaction.

Notable practitioners

Anita Wilson deftly manages a broad array of regulatory issues, with a particular focus on major rulemaking and policy disputes before FERC. She regularly represents pipeline companies in complex proceedings.
"Truly well-versed in the natural gas space and very well thought of by clients."

Bryan Loocke focuses his practice on upstream and midstream oil and gas matters, with expertise spanning M&A and a broad range of commercial agreements concerning gathering and processing.
"A go-to energy transactional lawyer."

Damien Lyster fields significant regulatory expertise for which he is routinely sought by upstream and midstream oil and gas companies.

Danielle Patterson is noted for her expertise in oil and gas transactions. She has particular experience acting on behalf of hydrocarbon exploration companies.
"She is pragmatic and does an excellent job on buy-side transactions."

David Cohen is adept at handling domestic and cross-border transactions, including large-scale M&A and joint venture formation in the oil and gas space.
"He has deep experience in the space, a high intellect and is extremely thorough."

Douglas Bland has an impressive track record assisting clients across the oil and gas sector on high-value transactions. He is looked to for his advice on strategic investments and joint venture formation.
"A fantastic attorney who works toward getting the best deal for his clients."

James Seegers has considerable expertise in regulatory issues surrounding the construction and operation of natural gas pipelines.
"A very fine, thorough and knowledgeable attorney." "A tough negotiator and a great adversary."

John Connally has extensive experience advising clients in the upstream and midstream sectors on acquisitions, divestitures, private equity investments and joint ventures.
"One of the godfathers of oil and gas transactions, John is absolutely superb." "A go-to transactional lawyer. He's very efficient, practical, reliable and quick to respond."

John Grand 's oil and gas practice spans M&A, joint ventures and investments, with a particular focus in the upstream and midstream sectors.
"Excellent at managing the details of complex transactions."

John Decker offers comprehensive regulatory counsel to clients in both the oil and gas and electricity sectors, often advising on the regulatory aspects of large transactions. He is particularly noted for his cognizance of international regulatory regimes.
"An excellent FERC lawyer who has a tremendous knowledge of regulatory issues. He's pragmatic, highly responsive, a great communicator and excellent at working with other counsel. He is always an advocate you want on your team."

Keith Fullenweider expertly advises private equity firms on the full spectrum of oil and gas transactions, including M&A, financing and securities matters.
"An absolutely stellar, incredible lawyer who is very organized in complicated transactions. He focuses on what's important and keeps transactions moving along." "Practical, has a 'can do' attitude and rolls up his sleeves."

Suzanne Clevenger acts for major energy clients in rate and tariff matters before FERC. She has additional experience handling Natural Gas Act Section 4 cases.
"Very smart and very easy to work with."

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Vinson & Elkins is best known as a world-leading energy law firm, particularly in oil and gas, with a client base that includes many of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies, premier private equity firms, midstream companies, and master limited partnerships. Our experience includes, among other things, the purchase and sale of oil and gas assets and projects, and we have extensive knowledge related to these kinds of transactions worldwide. Our practice is further bolstered by our regulatory team's extensive experience representing oil and gas clients in every type of regulatory proceeding before numerous state and federal agencies. V&E's Energy & Natural Resources practices leverage this significant experience to effectively and seamlessly serve our clients' oil and gas transactional, regulatory and litigation needs.

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USA - Nationwide

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)

John S Decker
Band 4

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation)

Anita Wilson
Band 2
Damien Lyster
Up and Coming
James D Seegers
Band 2
John S Decker
Band 4
Suzanne Clevenger
Up and Coming