Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide
THE FIRM Vinson & Elkins's energy group maintains its stellar reputation as one of the nation's best. Sources hold it in high regard for its attorneys' vast expertise and ability to handle the largest and most complex matters. With one of the largest teams in the area, the group is well equipped to advise on leading oil and gas mandates, and is ever-present before FERC and other bodies on various regulatory and litigation matters. It has developed strong, longstanding relationships with many large clients, including BG Group, Kinder Morgan and Apollo Global Management. On the transaction side, the group's vast experience in gas value stream cross-border work saw it instructed in the high-profile Statoil $4.7 billion acquisition of Brigham Exploration. The team also receives acclaim for its capabilities in the electricity space. It works with clients on a variety of issues including transmission matters and is highly experienced in appearing before FERC and the DOE. A recent highlight saw the practice represent LS Power Transmission in the $600 million financing of a transmission project.
Client Service "They will do whatever is necessary to keep clients very happy."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephen Angle was formerly the assistant general counsel for electricity litigation at FERC, and sources say that he "really knows his stuff." His practice includes representing the likes of TransAlta Energy Marketing and Clean Line Energy Partners in NERC compliance matters and FERC enforcement inquiries.
John Decker is lauded for his ability to "provide advice on tricky, less obvious questions." He has been very active over the past year, providing regulatory and transactional advice to both electric and oil and gas entities.
Corporate lawyer David Cohen regularly turns his hand to energy concerns, and over the past year has acted on behalf of clients such as the BG Group and GasAtacama, assisting them with major LNG projects.
Clients turn to David Andril because "the level of his knowledge and the number of projects he has worked on is great." He is also praised for his ability to handle LNG concerns, with one client commenting that "his management of these transactions is extraordinary."
Anita Wilson stands out for her solid advice on FERC-related issues. She teamed up with colleague Decker to advise the BG Group on FERC proceedings concerning an LNG export matter.
John Kennedy has extensive experience and continues to represent leading names within the oil and gas pipelines arena. He is adept at representing clients before a range of bodies including FERC, the US Supreme Court and state public utilities commissions.
Henry May enjoys an excellent reputation, representing high-profile clients nationwide in a variety of matters including transactions, regulatory concerns and policy issues. He is particularly well known for his regulatory representations before FERC and the courts.
Douglas Bland is well versed in a broad array of upstream, midstream and downstream transactional work, and is also frequently sought to advise on clean energy concerns. He is assisting Backus with the shale transaction for SandRidge Energy.
Michael Rosenwasser comes recommended for his wealth of experience in M&A, particularly in oil and gas pipeline projects.
Keith Fullenweider continues to be recognized for his adroit handling of transactions in the oil and gas arena.
John Connally has a large practice and significant cross-border capabilities, regularly working with companies across all continents. He recently assisted Devon Energy with a $2.2 billion joint venture sale to Sinopec.
James Seegers enters the rankings after having earned widespread praise for his regulatory practice. In the words of one peer, he is a "great general oil and gas attorney." He counts Spectra Energy as a key client.