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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The financial crisis has shaken virtually everyone’s confidence in the security of our financial system. Although it is tempting to concentrate on institutional or regulatory failures, there are millions of honest investors whose financial security has been compromised or sacrificed by persons in whom they placed the highest trust – persons responsible for managing resources essential for education, housing, retirement and, in some instances, survival itself.
Since the crisis began, commentators have prophesied an avalanche of lawsuits against a wide array of potentially responsible parties. See, e.g., Jonathan D. Glater, “Financial Crisis Provides Fertile Ground for Boom in Lawsuits,” N.Y. Times, Oct. 18, 2008, at B1. Certainly, the brazenness of the schemes alleged against Bernie Madoff, Allen Stanford and others are astounding, and the network of people entwined in them is surely dense and complex. With a palette of financial institutions, custodians, advisers, investment managers, facilitators, lawyers and accountants to choose from as defendants, it seems that recompense is assured – or is it?
Unfortunately for investors, the range of potentially responsible parties may be narrower than they think. Congress and the judiciary have severely curtailed the ability of investors to bring securities suits generally and to extend liability outside the context of the issuing company. In 1995, Congress passed the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, which required investors to have preliminary evidence of fraud before filing suit. Under this statute, suspicion of fraud does not justify a lawsuit; instead, investors must show that the defendants knew of the fraud or were recklessly indifferent to its existence. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court tightened the statute’s requirements even further. In Tellabs Inc. v. Makor Issues & Rights Ltd., 127 S. Ct. 2499 (2007), the court ruled that plaintiffs would have to show a “cogent inference” of an intent to deceive or defraud, thereby raising the pleading requirements for securities litigation beyond a “merely plausible or reasonable” inference.
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