Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the SEC amended Regulation FD (PDF) to eliminate exemptions for disclosure of material nonpublic information to credit rating agencies. Regulation FD provides that when a company (or a person acting on behalf of a company) discloses material nonpublic information to certain persons, it must publicly disclose that information. The purpose of Regulation FD is to limit the selective disclosure of material nonpublic information by requiring that information is not slectively disclosed to market professionals (or anyone else) without being disclosed to the public first or at the same time. While legislative changes in 2006 removed certain credit rating agencies from the purview of Regulation FD, a number of credit rating agencies are still covered by Regulation FD. Thus, public companies should take the necessary precautions and plan accordingly by using confidentiality agreements or provisions to protect material nonpublic information disclosed to credit rating agencies.
OUR TAKE: Before engaging in discussions with representatives of credit rating agencies, public companies should require credit rating agencies to either enter into written confidentiality agreements or add confidentiality provisions to their engagement letters.
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