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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Law360 interviewed White Collar Criminal Defense Partner Thomas A. Hagemann of Gardere's Houston office. Among Law360's most well-received content, Law360 Q&As offer practice leaders at top law firms the opportunity to share their experience and insight. An excerpt may be viewed below.
Q&A with Gardere's Tom Hagemann
Q: What is the most challenging case you have worked on and what made it challenging?
A: Although every post-indictment case is invariably challenging when you're on the criminal defense side of the bar, the Nigerian Barge case – in which the Enron Task Force indicted four Merrill Lynch bankers and two Enron employees for a small year-end transaction – stands out somewhat for me. It wasn't just the fact that the Task Force would do or say anything to win, or that the city of Houston was then like a boiling anti-All Things Enron cauldron – although both those things were true. It was primarily because the criminal statute used by the prosecution was so hopelessly vague that it allowed ordinary businessmen to be indicted, tried and convicted for victimizing Enron based on a transaction that Enron wanted, designed and urged upon Merrill Lynch. This was the nonsensical heyday of "honest services fraud," before the 5th Circuit reversed all such convictions in the Barge case and the U.S. Supreme Court then pulled back the statute's reach in U.S. v. Skilling. The challenges can last a long time in my world: Our client was indicted in 2003, and it took until 2010 for us to convince the U.S. Department of Justice to drop the charges against him.
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