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, which has historically operated in Mexico through a joint venture arrangement with its longtime joint venture partner, Arena y Asociados S.C., entered into an agreement on July 1, 2014 for their joint venture entity, Gardere, Arena y Asociados, S.C. ("Gardere Arena") to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Gardere, and for the separate legal operations of Arena y Asociados to be combined with those of Gardere Arena. Roberto Arena, formerly the Managing Partner of Arena y Asociados, has also been named the Executive Partner of the Gardere Mexico City office and as a member of Gardere's Board of Directors.
"Latin America, and in particular Mexico, has been an ongoing strategic focus for our Firm," says Gardere Chair Holland N. O'Neil. "As we continue to assist our clients operating in Mexico with navigating the recent substantial energy, telecom, financial and tax reforms, this agreement further deepens our capabilities to serve regional and multinational companies throughout Latin America."
Texas-based Gardere, with offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston, first established its presence in Mexico City in 1992 and joined with Arena y Asociados, S.C. in a civil partnership in 1996. Today, Gardere's Mexico City practice has expanded to a team of over 20 legal professionals, anchored by four partners in Mexico City: Mr. Arena, Fernando Camarena, Marco Nájera and Daniel Aranda, who provide legal expertise in the areas of antitrust, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, energy, hospitality, insurance, international trade, real estate, finance, procurement and tax. The attorneys in this office are consistently recognized by Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 Latin America and Tax Directors Handbook. According to Chambers' 2014 publication, Gardere's Mexico City office is the "leading cross-border tax firm with some of the most recognized tax experts."
"This agreement reaffirms our commitment to providing top-notch legal services throughout Mexico and Latin America," says Gardere Chief Executive Officer Steve Good. "With the reforms taking place in Mexico, the timing couldn't be any more perfect to solidify and strengthen our bonds with our Mexico City office partners."
Mr. Arena was the driving force behind creating the joint venture with Gardere almost 20 years ago and was instrumental in creating this new, stronger relationship.
"We are very excited with the terms of our renewed, although not new, relationship with Gardere, which is one the oldest U.S. firms in the Mexican legal market," says Mr. Arena. "The timing of this combination is perfect indeed, considering that Mexico, as a consequence of the energy, telecom, labor and financial reforms, is to begin, from our perspective, a new era of economic development that will require increasingly sophisticated cross-border services of the sort our Firm has provided in the legal market to top national and foreign clients."
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