Bloomberg Law
Jan. 3, 2023, 5:00 PM

Vinson & Elkins Brings Back Former Partner in Expansion Plan

Meghan Tribe
Meghan Tribe
Reporter

Vinson & Elkins, in a move to fulfill its growth plan, has brought back a former partner in New York, the firm announced Tuesday.

Corporate finance partner Todd Triller, who left in 2017 to be managing director and co-head of energy credit for Carlyle Group Inc., is rejoining the firm.

The hires come after a successful year of growth for the Texas-founded firm as it continues to bet on what it calls the “real” economy—sectors such as infrastructure and energy—in 2023.

Though the firm’s fiscal year ended in December, the firm had been trending positive for the year, Vinson & Elkins’ chair Keith Fullenweider and vice-chair Jim Fox said in an interview in November. As demand picks up—particularly in the hard-asset portion of the market that Vinson & Elkins said it has cornered, the firm has been able to execute on its growth priorities, like expansion in New York.

“Our plan is to continue to grow,” firm vice-chair Fox said in the November interview. “The best way to grow is on the backs of your clients where the demand is and that’s where our focus point will be, and has been.”

Vinson & Elkins has about 130 attorneys in its New York office, up from about 50 lawyers three years ago, Fox said. Last year the firm picked up Kirkland & Ellis M&A partner Francisco Morales Barrón and executive compensation partners Patricia Adams and Joo Hyun Lee from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, among others, in the Big Apple.

“This is an incredible time to come back to Vinson & Elkins with the firm so well-positioned to help clients navigate the energy transition and infrastructure investments,” Triller said in a statement.

Triller has more than 25 years of experience advising and overseeing investment funds in alternative finance transactions, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sector. He has worked with Ares Capital, Barings, EIG Global Energy Partners, Carlyle, Apollo Global Management, Goldman Sachs and TPG.

Firm Growth

Demand has picked up in recent months, particularly in the infrastructure projects, transportation, energy transition, and renewables space, Vinson & Elkins’ chair Keith Fullenweider said in an interview.

“All the hard assets skills that V&E has developed in our energy practice through the decades are exactly what you need for the energy transition, and that’s why we’re so busy in that space,” he said.

Fox said the firm has also been lucky on M&A and private equity, thanks to its ties to hard-asset sectors and the Inflation Reduction Act creation of tax incentives and credits to develop clean and renewable energy.

The real estate group is having one of its “best years ever,” Fox said, thanks to high-end projects, real estate development, joint ventures and leases, and financings related to real estate projects.

In addition to its lateral growth, the firm recently elected 20 new lawyers to its partnership in December—the largest such class in its history.

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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