Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief of Texas Lawyer magazine.

We all know everything is bigger in Texas. I know it sounds cliche, but it really is true. And I don’t just mean truck sizes and food portions. Case and point: Texas firms’ deal-making prowess in 2017.

Last year, four Texas firms were among the nation’s biggest deal-making firms, taking top rankings in data collected for The American Lawyer’s Corporate Scorecard. In this report, Texas-based Vinson & Elkins lead the pack.

In our cover feature this month, Texas Lawyer senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys covers these four firms and their mega-deals in our long-standing report on the world of corporate finance and capital markets work in Texas.

Our annual Corporate Scorecard looks into the Texas firms that did the most deal work in 2017, along with a summary of the largest Texas deals and initial public offerings of last year. As she reports, V&E was ranked in the top 10 for work on equities, initial public offerings, REITS and corporate debt, and was ranked at the top for representing issuers of non-U.S.-corporations for IPOs. V&E was also ranked first by value of issues, with $522.1 million, in that category.

Andrews Kurth Kenyon (Hunton Andrews Kurth following a merger in April with Hunton & Williams,); Baker Botts and McCall, Parkhurst & Horton are also ranked among the top 10 for work in various areas of corporate finance and capital markets work, according to scorecard data.

So order a giant steak and chalice of your beverage of choice, and read our large report on Big Law and the big deals they handle. Cheers!

Best regards,

Heather D. Nevitt, Esq.