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.
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Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Corporate Partners George T. Lee III and Evan D. Stone, along with Associate Rebecca Brame, to the Firm's Dallas office.
The attorneys join Gardere from Lee & Stone LLP, a Dallas boutique law firm co-founded by Mr. Lee and Mr. Stone in 2009, where they focused their practice on representing advisers to private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds, as well as public and private corporations. In addition to sophisticated transactional and structuring work, the attorneys built a leading practice in the regulatory and compliance arena for private fund advisers and family offices.
"Bringing this highly talented group of attorneys on board provides an exciting opportunity to expand our corporate and private equity capabilities," says Gardere Chair Holland N. O'Neil. "This group has a proven track record of achieving outstanding results on behalf of their clients, and we are pleased to have them joining the Gardere team."
Mr. Lee represents clients in connection with fund formation, investment adviser registration and regulatory compliance matters. He has worked closely with regulators on proposed rule-making, and he was instrumental in helping shape the SEC's "Family Office Rule," the family office exemption to regulation under the Dodd-Frank Act. Mr. Lee also has significant transactional experience. A 1987 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Lee previously practiced in New York, Dallas and Houston for other international law firms including Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP and Baker Botts LLP. He is active in the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and chairs the Investment Funds Committee.
"Evan and I, along with our team, are privileged and excited to be joining Gardere," says Mr. Lee. "The Firm's reputation for leadership and excellence will be instrumental in developing a market leading investment management and family office practice, and we look forward to helping the Firm achieve this goal. In addition, we believe the broad resources and capabilities of the Firm will benefit our existing clients as well as the industry broadly."
Prior to co-founding Lee & Stone, Mr. Stone served as general counsel for Newcastle Capital Management LP, a Dallas-based activist manager. Mr. Stone advises clients on control transactions, proxy contests, complex financings, corporate governance matters and '34 Act filings, as well as a range of private fund matters, including adviser registration, fund formation, marketing and compliance. He previously worked for the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he represented private equity funds and Fortune 500 companies on mergers and acquisitions, and on securities matters. Mr. Stone graduated from The University of Texas School of Law and The University of Texas Graduate School of Business in 1997.
Ms. Brame is a 2012 cum laude graduate of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Prior to joining Lee & Stone, she worked in the private wealth management space of the banking and construction industries.
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