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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Corporate due diligence is far from a new concept, and the words “due diligence” probably evoke mental images of associates plowing through stacks of documents or clicking through gigabytes of electronic files searching for potential lawsuits, unpaid bills and other scary things that turn a good-looking deal into a nightmare. Hidden in plain sight, and often overlooked, are the acquired company’s violations of U.S. trade laws, along with the associated fines, penalties and loss of productive hours in trying to figure out what the company did wrong and how to fix it in the future.
Here’s a common scenario: A U.S. company starts selling its products domestically, and as it expands, it begins exporting products and importing supplies. As sales drive more exports, the sales team grows, but the compliance team, if it exists at all, stays relatively small. Despite its lack of a robust compliance program, the company continues its international trade. The company relies heavily on its shipping companies to comply with U.S. trade laws – laws that are complicated and administered by multiple agencies, including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, the Department of Defense Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Affairs. Without a compliance program in place, it is unlikely that the growing company can keep up with the many complex laws, while the shipping companies file what they presume is accurate information but may or may not be compliant.
A second company looking to expand beyond domestic operations enters into a deal to acquire the company. The due diligence process begins, and a team crawls through the acquisition company’s records but never looks at trade compliance. The deal closes, and the acquirer is now an exporter and importer. Being inexperienced with U.S. trade laws, the acquirer continues the processes of the acquired company.
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