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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Internet businesses that offer data storage for companies today are referred to as cloud providers, but actually these kinds of businesses have been operating since at least 1964 when the label then was timesharing1. So in 1986 the US Congress established laws dealing with the protection of data stored remotely, under the Stored Communications Act (‘SCA’)2, part of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (‘ECPA’)3.
Pending in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is an appeal filed by Microsoft from an order denying its motion to vacate a warrant issued pursuant to the SCA. At the centre of the dispute between Microsoft and the US Government is the court’s interpretation of the ECPA. Cloud data storage facilities, even if owned by a US-based company, may be subject to foreign laws and may store non-US citizens’ information. The US court’s ruling may have far-reaching implications for US-based companies’ international operations and individual privacy expectations around the world.
In September 2014, a bill was introduced into the US Senate - the LEADS Act. In February 2015, a companion bill was introduced into the House of Representatives. The LEADS Act proposes to amend the ECPA. If passed, the bill may not resolve the dispute between Microsoft and the US Government, but it could provide a path forward for similar disputes in the future.
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