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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Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of James Howard, formerly of Locke Lord LLP, as a partner in the Firm's Houston office. Mr. Howard's practice will focus on international and business tax, securities and finance.
As a member of Gardere's Tax Practice Group, Mr. Howard will provide the full range of international and domestic tax services to clients in the oilfield service, private equity and real estate industries, among others. His primary focus will be evaluating tax consequences for companies and individuals, including those related to debt restructuring, repatriation and the formation of companies, partnerships and joint ventures.
"We are very excited that James decided to join Gardere," says Gardere Managing Partner Steve Good. "We are especially fortunate to have his depth of tax knowledge related to energy, private equity and real estate matters, three thriving practices at the Firm."
On the international front, Mr. Howard has significant experience with equity and debt investments both in and out of the United States, including issuing investments to foreign funds, and domestic and international companies disposing of domestic and foreign operations, most recently a foreign organized company having operations in seven countries on four continents. He also assists foreign-owned businesses investing and operating in the United States in various industries, with a particular focus in exploration and production and the oilfield services industry.
Mr. Howard provides tax advice to domestic clients on securities offerings, portfolio investments, reorganizations, developments, and mergers and acquisitions. Residing in the "Energy Capital of the World" for more than 20 years, he is well-versed in matters concerning oil and gas and consistently provides thoughtful advice on these matters to leaders in the energy sector. Mr. Howard has represented a number of management teams in the energy industry in their negotiations with private equity sponsors and their relationships with customers, vendors, banks, and other financing sources.
Mr. Howard's Tax Law practice earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America® 2013, published by Woodward/White, Inc. He is a member of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Texas, previously serving as chair of its Partnership & Real Estate Tax Committee, as well as a member of its International Tax Committee and Subcommittee on Corporate Tax Shelters.
Mr. Howard earned his law degree from the South Texas College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University.
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