Prominent Energy and Private Equity Lawyer to Join Sidley in Houston

Prominent Energy and Private Equity Lawyer to Join Sidley in Houston

HOUSTON -- Sidley Austin LLP has announced that Cliff W. Vrielink will join the firm as a partner in the recently opened Houston office. Before joining Sidley, Vrielink was a partner at Vinson & Elkins, where his practice focused on mergers, acquisitions and private equity.

Vrielink has a broad range of experience in the energy industry. He has represented public and private clients in forming shale joint ventures as well as buying and selling oil and gas properties, power generation facilities, natural gas, crude oil and CO2 pipelines, refineries, gas storage assets, oilfield service companies and energy trading businesses. He also has significant experience outside the energy industry, including work in the steel, chemical, shipping and manufacturing industries.

Vrielink earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1993 and a B.A. from the University of Texas's Plan II honors program in 1990. He has been recognized in each ranking of Legal Media Group's (Euromoney's) "Expert Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers" since 2007, has been recognized in M&A in the Legal 500 and has been selected as a "Texas Rising Star" by Texas Monthly.

In February, Sidley opened its 18th office in Houston, which represents a significant expansion of the firm's service to energy-based clients. Since opening, the office has grown from an initial seven lawyers to 20 including the addition of Mr. Vrielink. The lawyers in Houston work closely with firm colleagues around the globe, including the energy regulatory and environmental practices in the Washington, D.C., office.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's premier full-service law firms, with approximately 1,700 lawyers practicing in 18 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.