Adnan Amkhan Bayno

Adnan, a Chartered Arbitrator, is a highly experienced international lawyer and international arbitration practitioner, both as counsel and arbitrator. He has developed a reputation for his extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of international law, international energy law, the Energy Charter Treaty and Middle Eastern investment and commercial laws. Adnan served as Head of the Legal Affairs Department of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels from 2000-2004, during which time he was heavily involved in the negotiation of the Transit Protocol and the drafting of Model Agreements on the transportation of energy.

Before and after his time at the Energy Charter Secretariat, Adnan has advised governments, international organizations, multinational corporations and private clients on a wide range of issues relating to international law, energy law, international investment law, international commercial arbitration, Energy Charter Treaty, and Middle Eastern and Islamic laws. Adnan has given expert legal opinions before domestic and international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Most recently, Adnan was a member of an international legal team that advised the Government of Bahrain on the implementation of BICI’s recommendations.

In addition to his practice, Adnan has extensive academic experience: he has taught and supervised postgraduate students in a range of courses including energy security, international law, international economic law, international and European energy law, international investment and commercial arbitration, and the commercial laws of the Middle East.

Firm Description

Mena Chambers Bahrain is a boutique law firm, a branch of the Mena Chambers group with its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Mena Chambers Bahrain provides advice to governments, companies, banks and private individuals on issues pertaining to the laws of Bahrain and other Arab jurisdictions.

Our areas of expertise include:

• BCDR-AAA Disputes

• Corporate, Commercial & Investment Law

• Constructions & Real Estate Disputes

• Energy Disputes

• International Arbitration

• Commercial Litigation

We are committed to providing our clients with first class legal assistance and support. Our commitment to existing and potential clients is driven by our core principles and values: trust, professionalism, transparency & integrity.

 

Ismaail Askerov

Ismail is the Managing Partner of MGB Law Offices with over 23 years of experience in corporate, project finance, telecom and aircraft finance. He has been representing oil and gas corporations, export credit agencies and international financial institutions (such as EBRD and IFC) on cross border financing and high profile M&A projects. His experience also extends to advising consortium of international and investment banks and credit agency in downstream financing in connection with a multi-million facility for the development, construction of a major refinery in Turkey (“Project Star”) as well as syndicated finance of the foreign lenders on the well-known BTC pipeline project. He has been regularly advising oil and gas service companies on creation of joint venture companies and strategic alliances with Azerbaijani companies.

Ismail has also extensively assisted his multinational clients on various legal matters including energy, data protection, franchising/distribution and aircraft finance/lease  matters. For many years he has been providing practical regulatory advice in heavily regulated industries, such as oil and gas, banking, insurance, aviation and pharmaceuticals. Ismail is Leading Lawyer and highly recommended by Legal 500, IFLR and Chambers Global.

Education

Diploma in Law, , Moscow Academy of Economics, Finance and Law1989

Academic Study in Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, University of London, 1994

Admitted to Practice

Azerbaijan and Russia – 1989

Member of the Collegium of Advocates of the Republic of Azerbaijan entitles, inter alia, to appear before the Supreme Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan), since 2004

Member of International Bar Association, since 1992

Professional Honours

Leading Lawyer, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate, 2016-2017

Leading Lawyer, Legal 500 EMEA 2017

Highly Ranked Lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

Expertise

Corporate and M&A

Project Finance 

Oil and Gas

Contracts Aviation

Firm Description

Established in 1995, MGB Law Offices is an independent full practice business law firm based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Our team of experienced attorneys offer specialist support that prioritises accuracy, reliability and consistency. We offer legal advice on corporate and business transactions in Azerbaijan, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, real estate investments, cross-border finance, tax aviation and telecommunication matters, as well as intellectual property and technology licensing issues. 

Our expertise span a range of industry sectors, with recent clients including blue-chip multinationals, international financial institutions, insurance companies and businesses involved in energy, consumer goods and retail, healthcare, telecoms, transport and logistics. We have also become one of the first practices in Azerbaijan to provide comprehensive legal support for foreign investors, cooperating successfully with both English and American law firms. And our strong team of litigation lawyers regularly represent international clients on their commercial, tax and employment related disputes before local courts.

Our in-depth knowledge of the local business environment has made us one of the leading firms in Azerbaijan. Our dedication to offering a high quality and cost-effective service has meant that we have consistently ranked as the top tier law firm by the IFLR1000 and Legal500, and by Chambers and Partners as the leading practice.

 

Martin Klapper

Martin is a strategic and big picture thinker and his clients value the whole of project expertise he offers. His lengthy career has seen him advise on the development of legislation, negotiate with governments and regulatory bodies, and in many cases, break new ground in his work on many ‘first-of-its-kind’ projects or agreements. He is a skilled negotiator and a very accomplished legal adviser.

Martin is a former President of Australia’s Resources and Energy Law Association (AMPLA), a chair of the Queensland Law Society Mining and Resources Committee, and a member for the Queensland advisory board for AMEC (Association for Mining Exploration Companies).

Martin was included in The Best Lawyers™ in Australia 2021 for Energy Law; Mining Law; Oil and Gas Law.

Firm Description

We solve legal and commercial problems by bringing together the right people with the skills and experience required to navigate the issues at hand. When required, that will be a very large team from across our practice, but more often than not, it’s a much smaller team than our clients expect. That means we deliver the solutions that our clients are looking for in a way that keeps value high and costs low.

 

Joao Bravo da Costa

Practice Areas

  • Corporate / M&A
  • Banking & Finance
  • Energy and Natural Resources

Academic Background

  • Law degree from the law faculty of Universidade Católica de Lisboa, 2005
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association in 2008
  • Admitted to the Angolan Bar Association in 2009
  • Candidate to the New York State Bar Association
  • Postgraduate course in business management law from the law faculty of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2007
  • LLM in banking, corporate and financial law from Fordham Law School, New York, May 2011

Professional Background

  • Miranda, Correia, Amendoeira & Associados law firm, Lisbon and Luanda offices, 2007

Conferences

  • Participant at the Workshop “Training for Panel of International Finance Corporation (IFC) Local Transaction Counsel – World Bank Group”, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2009
  • Lecturer at the Seminar “Legal Aspects of Procurement of Services by Oil Companies” in the Angolan Liquefied Natural Gas Project, Soyo, Angola, 2009
  • Lecturer at the Seminar “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)”, Luanda, Angola, 2009
  • Lecturer at the Seminar “Angolanization: Laws and Compliance”, Luanda, Angola, 2014

Awards and Rankings

  • 2016 IFLR recognised João Bravo da Costa as Rising Star for the areas of Infrastructure and Oil & Gas
  • 2017 Legal 500 Recommended João Bravo da Costa
  • 2018 IFLR recognised João Bravo da Costa as Rising Star for the areas of Financial and Corporate; Project Development; Energy and Infrastructure and Corporate / M&A
  • 2019 IFLR recognised João Bravo da Costa as Rising Star for the areas of Project Finance; Energy and Infrastructure; Corporate / M&A and Banking

Firm Description

BCSA is a Law Firm that brings together leading Angolan professionals who share a strong interest and satisfaction in practicing law in Angola and for Angola in strict compliance with the professional and ethical rules of the Angolan Bar Association.

BCSA’s professional team is made up of a number of lawyers with different areas of practice and levels of seniority. These lawyers have gained professional and academic experience in Angola and abroad thereby giving them an international perspective on their legal work.

BCSA’s lawyers have an unparalleled ability to provide legal support across all areas of the law and economic sectors through which they aim to provide a skilled response to their clients’ needs in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and precision.

 

Mary Mackintosh Allan

Mary Allan is a partner in the firm’s Muscat office. Her practice focuses on energy and infrastructure projects and privatisations. She has extensive experience in the Arabian legal marketplace having lived and worked in the region for over 20 years, including three years in Egypt, four years in Dubai and over ten years in Oman.

Ms Allan has a particular specialty in the power and water sectors, having advised both public and private sector clients over the last 10 years in relation to the Arab region’s ongoing programme of independent power projects. She also advised the Oman government with respect to the region’s only independent desalinated water project to date.

Ms Allan also has an extensive client base in the energy sector (both upstream and downstream), and regularly advises clients in relation to acquisitions and sales of interests in oil and gas production sharing agreements, and additionally in relation to oilfield services. Having lived and worked in Oman for over ten years, Ms Allan has also developed a particular expertise in relation to Oman commercial law, particularly as applicable to energy and infrastructure projects and privatisations.

Ms. Allan is recommended as a leading lawyer in the field of Projects & Energy in Oman by Legal 500 EMEA. She is noted for bringing her pedigree to a range of infrastructure matters, particularly in the power, electricity and water sectors. Chambers Global also recognizes Ms. Allan, whom is described as an extremely well-respected lawyer in the energy and infrastructure sector, as a leading Corporate/Commercial lawyer in Oman.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost:

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in 1830, is one of the first U.S. law firms to develop a truly international practice. Dedicated to counseling clients involved with some of the most challenging transnational transactions and complex multijurisdictional disputes, Curtis represents multinational companies, international financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, and high-net-worth individuals. With 17 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and East Asia, we are located in the key business centers in which our clients need us most.

Curtis lawyers come from diverse backgrounds, are multilingual and have been educated at some of the finest schools worldwide. Our lawyers bring a global perspective, incorporating a deep understanding of political and cultural sensitivities in addressing our clients’ legal needs, and exemplifying what it means to be international business lawyers.

Curtis prides itself in providing more than just high-quality legal counsel. Our lawyers work tirelessly to forge strong business relationships with our clients. In addition, our knowledge of the commercial and strategic aspects of our clients’ industry sectors provides us with a clear understanding of each matter’s particular economic drivers, risks and opportunities.

Clients value our ability to offer creative, sophisticated, yet pragmatic solutions to their many challenges. Our client teams, led by a relationship partner, are made up of lawyers who collectively have the requisite skill set and experience to meet the client’s needs. Matters are staffed efficiently and cost-effectively with teams comprised of both senior and junior lawyers who leverage the firm’s collective capabilities and international platform, while deploying the most current and secure communications technology. Clients receive updates on legal developments in a variety of ways, including in-house seminars, client alerts and blogs.

Our culture emphasizes respectful and constructive collaboration and communication not only with our clients, but also with counterparties and their advisors. Curtis lawyers strive to ensure the success of complex, fast-moving transactions and high-stakes disputes that typify today’s global business environment. For over 180 years, our dedication and commitment has earned us the confidence and trust of our clients, many of which have been turning to the firm for advice for decades.

Salman Mahmood

Salman has been in the legal profession since 1996 and has extensive experience in the energy sector of Pakistan.

His practice with the firm focuses on oil and gas business, commercial contracts, agencies, media, intellectual and industrial property, telecommunications, hospitality industry, project finance and engineering, procurement and construction.

He advises a diverse range of corporate and institutional clients in the areas of dispute management and negotiations, public tenders and awards, human resources management and contract drafting and negotiations.

Salman has an LLB degree from University of Punjab in Pakistan and an LLM degree in Commercial and Corporate Law from the University of London in the United Kingdom.

He is licensed as an Advocate of the High Court by the Punjab Bar Council in Pakistan.

He is fluent in Urdu and English.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners:

We aim to provide clients with comprehensive legal support for their business activities in Qatar. Our firm is recognised for its strong practice and it ranks among the top law firms in Qatar in the principle areas of law.

Our social responsibility mission and strategy is to provide high quality legal services to our clients and engage in active community involvement.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners is actively participating in programmes like mentoring and externship programmes with the College of Law in the Qatar University. We are aiding legal talents to help prepare the new generation of Qatari legal professionals to help them cope with requirements of the present market needs.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has clients from many different industry sectors. Our client base has grown significantly and includes both established businesses looking to increase market share and new market entrants, multinational corporations, growing national and international companies turning to us for our expertise and legal assistance.

Fadjar Kandar

Fadjar Widjaksana Kandar, the founder of Kandar & Partners, is a legal practitioner with more than 20 years of experience and is recognised as a leading Indonesian lawyer in the energy and natural resources as well as infrastructure sectors.

Fadjar obtained his Sarjana Hukum (equivalent to Bachelor of Laws) degree majoring in Civil Law from the Universitas Katolik Parahyangan in 1991, his Master of Laws (LL.M) specialising in International Business and Corporate Law from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1998, and his MBA in International Business from Johns Hopkins University in 2000.

Before establishing Kandar & Partners, Fadjar was a Partner in Soemadipradja & Taher. Prior to this, he had worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in its Singapore office for more than 4 years and previously for Mochtar Karuwin & Komar for more than 5 years and other prominent Indonesian law firms.

Fadjar’s main areas or practice include energy and natural resources (particularly oil and gas, and mining), infrastructure (including toll road, road, water and electricity), project finance, corporate, M&As, foreign investments, telecommunication, aviation and shipping/maritime.

Fadjar is a licensed Advocate and an active member of several professional associations, both local and international organisations including the Indonesian Advocates Association (Peradi), Indonesian Petroleum Association and International Bar Association. He is also a member of various professional societies including the Indonesian Air Law Society (or Masyarakat Hukum Udara), Indonesian Telecommunications Society (or Masyarakat Telekomunikasi Indonesia), and Indonesian Electricity Society (or Masyarakat Ketenagalistrikan Indonesia).

Fadjar has been branded by IFLR as a Leading Regulatory and Government Lawyer, and by the Asialaw Profile as one of the leading lawyers in Indonesia, including the leading lawyer on Energy and Shipping, Maritime and Aviation.

Kandar & Partners:

Kandar & Partners is an Indonesian law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to meet the interests and objectives of our clients, both domestic and foreign.

The firm is supported by a team of high-profile professionals with a deep understanding of Indonesian law and demonstrated knowledge of the commercial and business environment.

We combine discipline, integrity, and flexibility in our provision of services, taking a business approach to the practice of law.

All our lawyers are Indonesian nationals, fluent in both English and Bahasa Indonesia, and qualified to practice as licensed advocates.

We, as a team, are passionately committed to achieving our clients’ commercial and legal needs. Kandar & Partners maintains strong professional networks with prominent regional and international law firms as well as other professional and advisory firms.

The Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Practice:

Kandar & Partners’ team of specialists has worked alongside national and multinational companies in the energy, mining, power and natural resources sector, assisting them in securing concessions and interests as well as in the development, financing and operation of long-term projects in Indonesia.

As part of our capabilities in infrastructure projects, we have advised financiers, guarantors, contractors and developers of toll-road, railway, port and water projects.

Our substantial experience in this sector also extends to telecommunications and ICT companies as well as aviation and shipping/maritime companies.

Per Hemmer

Per Hemmer is an expert on energy law and the environment and has long-standing experience advising large Danish and international energy and utility companies.

Per has advised on several energy transactions affecting government and municipal institutions as well as private companies, including the reorganisation and separation of energy companies/utilities, the purchase and sale of CHP plants, gas storage facilities and transmission and distribution networks as well as offshore wind farms.

Moreover, Per advises Danish and foreign oil and gas clients on license and contractual matters in Denmark and Greenland.

Per is highly experienced in the establishment of public utilities, district cooling, waste-to-energy, biogas and geothermal energy, wind turbines as well as offshore wind farms and offshore infrastructure.

Energy Law Practice:

We have long-standing experience in advising leading oil and gas companies and public authorities on exploration activities in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. We assist both offshore and onshore oil and gas companies and represent many of the major players in the Danish market and in the North Sea.

Our expertise includes oil and gas permits, standard agreements and the conclusion of individually negotiated agreements. We also specialise in the establishment of pipelines and technical plants on offshore platforms as well as the dismantling of offshore plants.

We have in-depth knowledge of the legal framework governing oil, gas and raw materials in Greenland and the Faroe Islands as well as environmental impact surveys and the taxation of oil and gas activities.

The oil and gas sector is undergoing rapid development. Significant exploration activities are taking place in Greenland and the Faroe Islands and expectations are high among industry experts.

Bech Bruun:

Bech-Bruun is a modern and international law firm with specialist advisers committed to making complex issues simple. A new video outlines who we are and what we aim at.

Academy Client and easy-to-understand newsletters for clients wishing to stay updated on the latest legal developments. Online legal templates for clients who have a framework agreement in the areas of labour and employment law, real estate law and competition law. And an online virtual data room designed to streamline and optimise due diligence processes.

These are just a few of the services that Bech-Bruun has developed over the years to simplify complex issues for our clients.

With a new vision, mission and set of values, we emphasise our commitment to being the law firm capable of making even the most complex legal issues simple.

Martin T. Booher

Marty Booher practices within the oil and gas, renewable and clean energy, utilities, power, and pipeline industries. He has significant experience representing and advising clients on complex compliance, transactions, financing, remediation, and project development matters throughout the United States and Latin America. With a strong environmental background and understanding of the issues facing the industry, Marty brings a multilayered and practical approach to his practice.

Marty serves as co-leader of the firm’s national Energy team, which was named a 2015 Practice Group of the Year by Law360.

Experience

Energy Sector Transactions and Financing

Develop and implement due diligence strategies for merger, stock and asset purchase/sale, and financing transactions involving some of the largest project finance, mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry within the past several years, including the negotiation of provisions of purchase and sale agreements and side agreements governing post-closing allocation of environmental attributes and liabilities associated with the company or asset being transferred or financed.

Shale Development and Hydraulic Fracturing

Advise energy companies on the environmental and regulatory risks and opportunities presented by the production of shale in the United States.

High Stakes Environmental Litigation and Permit Appeals

Represent the developer of a $1.2 billion (Phase I) greenfield steel mill in securing environmental permits necessary to construct and operate the mill, including the ongoing defense of a challenge by a competing steel producer to the client’s Clean Air Act permit issued by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

Drilling Programs

Advise oil and gas companies in the preparation and implementation of drilling programs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including advice on compliance with state and federal securities laws, tax treatment of intangible drilling costs and the use of 1031 reverse like-kind exchanges and its impacts on the structure of the preferred drilling programs.

Natural Gas Project Development

Advise clients regarding the siting, licensing, development and acquisition of liquefied natural gas terminals in the United States under the Natural Gas Act and the Deepwater Port Act, and natural gas pipelines and storage facilities under the Natural Gas Act, including but not limited to assistance with Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act (Sections 401, 402 and 404), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Maritime Administration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Coastal Zone Management Act licensing matters, compliance counseling related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and General Conformity obligations, development of preemption and public trust doctrine arguments and strategies, and administrative appeals related to the Coastal Zone Management Act.

International Trade Finance

Advise London-based hedge fund and structure and prepare credit agreements and supporting documentation to provide short-term working capital to iron ore mines and sugar production facilities in Mexico on a per-trade basis.

Renewable Fuels/Ethanol

Counsel clients in the renewable fuels sector, including advice on compliance and participation in the federal renewable fuels program, EPA enforcement related to Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), contracting and trading of RINs (including disputes), ongoing regulatory initiatives to revise the federal renewable fuels program and to increase ethanol blend restrictions, and ethanol/sugar cane opportunities in Brazil.

Wind Turbine Manufacturers and Developers

Represent leading supplier of wind turbines and several wind energy developers on various issues, including the preparation of responses to calls issued by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for offshore lease blocks, providing strategic counsel in resolving disputes with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Federal Aviation Administration, and working with state and federal resource agencies to address concerns related to potential environmental impacts associated with proposed projects.

Offshore Wind Energy Projects

Acted as project development counsel to the developer of the Atlantic Wind Connection, a proposed 350-mile subsea electric cable carrying 6,000 megawatts of power from future offshore wind turbines off the U.S. East Coast, including providing strategic advice and support on federal and state permitting/licensing efforts and environmental review requirements and successfully obtaining a determination of no competitive interest for the right-of-way grant to be issued by BOEM.

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)/Non-Attainment New Source Review (NSR)

Advise companies on PSD/NSR applicability issues for planned changes and expansion activities and in obtaining new and revised Clean Air Act permits, including the approvals required to address greenhouse gas emissions and to incorporate the impacts of historic and unpermitted facility modifications.

Climate Change

Advise clients on various issues related to climate change, including the generation of offsets and emission reduction credits, participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project, the development of strategic responses to shareholder proposals and institutional investors seeking enhanced climate change-related disclosures, the applicability and impact of domestic initiatives to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and the identification and analysis of potential climate change risks and liabilities associated with assets and companies targeted for acquisition.

EPA Rulemaking Proceedings

Representing natural gas industry trade association in developing the association’s comments and strategic legal response to the EPA’s proposal to overhaul its regulations governing the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in natural gas pipelines and related equipment. Represented wood furniture manufacturer in developing comments on the EPA’s proposed air toxic standards for industrial boilers (known as the Boiler MACT), which led to several beneficial changes to EPA’s final regulations.

Renewable and Clean Energy Project Development and Financing on Brownfield Sites

Provide strategic advice to clients regarding issues related to the siting, licensing and financing of a biomass-fired electric generating facility and a bio-diesel manufacturing facility on historically contaminated properties, including the negotiation of liability protections/covenants with federal and state environmental regulators and implementation of other “outside the box” environmental risk management solutions.

EHS Compliance and Business Counseling

Providing strategic compliance and business counseling to several manufacturing and energy clients in all EHS areas with a particular emphasis on federal and state programs under the Clean Air Act.

Remediation and Natural Resource Damages

Represent performing parties at Superfund sites in efforts to negotiate consent decrees/administrative settlements and resolve natural resource damage claims with state and federal regulators, resolve and negotiate private party settlements and implement investigation activities, interim actions and final remedies.

Brazil Environmental Laws

Work with Brazilian legal counsel to advise manufacturing and energy clients in understanding the environmental liability regimes in Brazil and in developing effective risk management solutions to address potential liability issues.

SEC Disclosures

Advise electric utilities concerning the disclosure of climate change and EHS risks in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EHS Audit Protocols and Management Systems

Assist clients in the development, preparation, implementation, evaluation and integration of EHS management systems and audit programs.

Trustees and Lenders

Advise trustees and lenders on the development of environmental management systems and policies to assist in screening potential business opportunities and provide guidance and advice on the potential environmental risks associated with customer activities including but not limited to 1031 reverse like-kind exchanges in the oil and gas industry.

Power Purchase and Tolling Agreements

Assist clients in the analysis, preparation, and negotiation of power purchase and tolling agreements between electricity generators and off-takers which allocate risks and liabilities associated with compliance with greenhouse gas and other environmental compliance obligations, including the allocation of responsibility for emission allowance costs and capital expenditures.

 

Natalya V. Morozova

Natalya V. Morozova is the Managing Partner of the Moscow office. She joined Vinson & Elkins in 1991, when the firm opened its Moscow office, and became a partner in 2000. She has extensive experience in, and has worked on, a significant number of complex international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities, general corporate practice, and other corporate and project development transactions, principally focused on the energy/natural resources sector.

Her practice has involved many of the high-profile issues shaping Russia’s corporate environment in recent years, including protection of minority shareholders, creating joint ventures, and structuring corporate relationships between Russian and non-Russian shareholders. She has recently worked on significant projects involving Russia-destined joint ventures of major Chinese companies, including oil and gas upstream, mining, and petrochemical projects.

Firm Overview:

Vinson & Elkins LLP is an international law firm with approximately 700 lawyers worldwide headquartered in the First City Tower in Downtown Houston, Texas. Vault’s 2018 and 2019 rankings placed V&E as the most prestigious firm in Texas and the #1 firm in the U.S. for Energy, Oil and Gas Law.