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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.
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Longview Energy Co.'s $162 million verdict in a breach of fiduciary duty case has been listed by The National Law Journal as the 15th largest verdict of 2012 in the publication's annual report on "Top Verdicts of the Year." Longview Energy was represented by Gardere Attorneys Craig B. Florence, Randy D. Gordon and Rachel Kingrey, along with Mikal Watts and Frank Guerra of Watts Guerra Craft LLP. The final judgment value of more than $500 million is believed to be the largest ever involving the Eagle Ford Shale.
"This case reaffirmed the importance of corporate fidelity and the consequences of straying from your responsibilities," Mr. Florence says. "Once you commit to a board and its shareholders, your loyalty cannot be compromised."
On June 2, 2012, jurors in Longview Energy Company v. The Huff Energy Fund L.P., WRH Energy Partners, LLC, Riley-Huff Energy Group LLC, William R. "Bill" Huff and Rick D'Angelo found that directors Bill Huff and Rick D'Angelo used The Huff Energy Fund portfolio company Riley-Huff Energy Group to breach their fiduciary duty by covertly securing approximately 46,000 Eagle Ford leasehold acres that were being explored by Longview Energy.
According to court records, Mr. Huff and Mr. D'Angelo encouraged Longview Energy to explore an investment in the Eagle Ford Shale. However, shortly before the Longview Energy board was to make its final vote on the investment, Huff Energy and Mr. D'Angelo directed Riley-Huff Energy to begin purchasing the same leases.
Judge Amado Abascal of the 365th Judicial District Court in Zavala County ordered Riley-Huff Energy Group to transfer title to the Eagle Ford leased acres and all related wells and production facilities to Longview Energy. Additionally, Mr. Huff, Mr. D'Angelo, The Huff Energy Fund, WRH Energy Partners and Riley-Huff Energy Group were ordered to pay Longview Energy $95.5 million for past revenues, along with production proceeds earned from the leasehold acres since the June jury verdict, an estimated $5 million per month. The judgment also carried an award of 5 percent annual post-judgment interest.
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