Administrative Partner: Alex Msimang
Number of partners: 18
Assistant solicitors: 38
THE FIRM Vinson & Elkins is a large international law firm, which has been repeatedly ranked as the world’s leading energy law firm.
Lawyers at Vinson & Elkins are committed to excellence and steeped in the energy and finance industries, offering clients experience handling transactions, investments, projects and disputes worldwide.
The firm’s deep bench of approximately 700 lawyers collaborating across 15 offices allows a multi-disciplinary approach, whether clients need guidance on complex transactions or litigation. Vinson & Elkins brings insight and know-how, building on a strong foundation that offers clients an understanding of the intersection of energy, finance and the law.
London serves as a coordinating centre for Vinson & Elkins’ operations in Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, with respect to clients operating out of Europe, the US, London, and elsewhere. The firm is accustomed to working not only in mature markets, but also in less familiar and more challenging environments, under developing local regimes and with evolving communications or infrastructure.
Since the early years of Vinson & Elkins’ existence, the firm has represented a broad cross-section of the top players in the energy industry and is now recognised as a global leader in energy-related transactions. The firm’s lawyers have worked on, or are currently working on, some of the most high-profile, complex and unique deals to take place in the international oil and gas sector.
Vinson & Elkins’ London office also has extensive experience across multiple other industry sectors, including construction, real estate finance and telecoms infrastructure.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Cross-border M&A; private equity; corporate finance and securities advice (including London Main Market and AIM listings and international equity and debt capital markets); joint ventures and other strategic alliances; banking and finance (including acquisition and bridge financings); international energy transactions; project development and finance transactions; construction; litigation and arbitration; legal and regulatory compliance; tax; real estate finance; and international telecom infrastructure transactions; and employment.
CLIENTS HgCapital, Constellation Energy Group, Mubadala Development Company, Devon Energy Corporation, The Carlyle Group, Statoil, Cairn India, Helios Investment Partners, Republic of Iraq Ministry of Oil, Riverstone LLC.
INTERNATIONAL The firm’s clients include the governments of sovereign nations as well as public and private companies from around the world, domestic and international financial institutions, investment firms, portfolio companies, cities and government agencies, new enterprises, joint ventures, project companies and individuals.
The firm has offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Richmond, Riyadh, San Francisco, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington, DC.
RECRUITMENT The firm currently offers between three and four training contracts per year, commencing each September. These are not run on a rigid seat system, but instead a trainee will gain wide experience in all practice areas, working with a wide variety of associates and partners from across the firm throughout the two years of their training contract. Whilst the trainees are based in London, the firm undertakes a regular secondment programme to other offices (particularly its offices in Dubai, Hong Kong and its headquarters in Houston). In addition to the Training Principal (currently Mark Beeley) and his supporting team, trainees will have the support of an associate mentor (appointed for the full two-year training contract for continuity) to provide an extra, and often first, port of call for support and assistance.