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 60 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.
*Not admitted to practice law.
While most IT professionals are well aware of the evolution of Internet 2.0 computing services which offer on-line applications and large storage, in many ways this seems like an evolution of time-sharing from the 1960s when the likes of General Electric offered remote computing services to dumb terminals. Now Cloud Computing is one of the hot buzz words describing Software as a Service (SaaS) (sort of an updated term for ASPs- Application Service Providers) coupled with large amounts of storage. Major players are offering these services including IBM’s Blue Cloud, Amazon’s S3, Google’s Apps, and Salesforce’s CRM. These Cloud Computing services allow users to collaboratively work on projects over the Internet using proprietary and open source applications.
Collaboration is Great
One of the great benefits of using Cloud Computing like wiki tools is allowing collaboration, and many large companies including IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle use collaboration tools to develop new technologies. It is hard to believe that Wikipedia started in 2001 and now has more than 2.5 million English articles since it reached a major milestone of 1 million articles in March of 2006. Clearly there are many other wiki success stories, but yet still skeptics about the accuracy and authenticity of the content.
How Secure is the Data?
Virtually no one reads the Click Agreement terms or Terms of Service when accessing Internet sites, downloading software, or registering on a website, nor do business people generally consult their attorneys about these Click Agreement terms or Terms of Service. So is any wonder that the vendors generally provide the services “as is,” without warranties and limit their liability and damages, and make jurisdiction and venue as inconvenient as possible to the user? Probably not, but when there are service outages that even the Service Level Agreements offer a reimbursement for down time, but not consequential damages. Another major concern is privacy of data since such laws such as HIPAA and the EU Data Directive restrict use of certain person information, and yet depending on how the Cloud Computing provider operates, these data privacy issues can be lost.
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