Corporate

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
and Best Lawyers®

National Tier 2, Corporate Law

Metropolitan Tier 1, Dallas/Forth Worth and
Houston, Corporate Law

Gardere has a preeminent corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions practice, comprising a depth and breadth of skills and experience handling sophisticated transactions across a wide variety of industries throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond. While we are highly regarded in every area in which we practice, we are especially known for our work with entrepreneurs and among middle-market companies, both public and private, particularly within the technology and energy sectors, as might be expected for a top-tier Texas firm with a respected, long-standing presence in Mexico.

Our clients know us as practical deal-makers who understand the value of relationships. We are an accessible, responsive team that places a premium on collaboration, on pragmatically weighing risks and benefits, and on having a personal connection to every transaction. Because of our superior industry knowledge, domestic and foreign clients rely on us for precise, efficient, client-focused solutions and the anticipation of emerging issues – whether serving as outside general counsel or involving M&A, private equity, energy, debt and equity financing, venture capital or international matters.

Corporate Practice Essentials

From entrepreneurs and early-stage enterprises to mature private and public companies, Gardere represents clients in a broad range of industries including:

  • Construction
  • Distribution
  • Energy
  • Energy services
  • Entertainment
  • Health care
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Maritime
  • Retail
  • Restaurant
  • Services
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation, and other industries

Our lawyers create all types of business structures for clients, such as corporations, joint ventures, limited liability companies and partnerships. In addition, we handle contract preparation and project review, including executive employment and compensation arrangements, master services agreements, supply contracts and construction contracts. Our lawyers often act as outside general counsel for clients, helping with a wide variety of corporate and business issues in conjunction with other legal, accounting, business and banking experts.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Gardere's corporate lawyers regularly handle mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and assets for public and private companies as well as private equity funds, venture capital groups and institutional lenders in connection with all types of equity and asset acquisitions, dispositions and financings. Our lawyers also handle other major business transactions, such as syndications, franchise arrangements, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures with roles ranging from representing the independent members of a board of directors or underwriters to representing the acquiring or acquired business and negotiating, documenting and effecting the transaction.

Corporate Governance

Our clients look to us for advice on a wide range of matters, including compliance with federal and state securities laws and securities regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and related regulations, preparation and review of filings made with the SEC and other regulatory agencies, securities transactions and public disclosures.

Investigations and Compliance

We counsel companies, board and special committees, and individual corporate officers and directors in all aspects of internal and external corporate investigations, providing guidance to determine whether an investigation is necessary or warranted, and ensuring that the client understands the risks and benefits associated with an investigation. We gather data and interview witnesses, and handle appropriate disclosures to government agencies and other third parties.

Mexico and Latin America

In 1992, Gardere was the first Texas law firm to open an office in Mexico. We maintain a full-service corporate practice for clients with operations in Mexico and Latin America. Our Mexico and Latin America Practice regularly represents U.S., European and Pacific Rim clients on investment projects in Mexico and Latin America, as well as Mexican and Latin American privately and publicly-traded corporations on domestic and international matters subject to treaties such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Mexico/E.U. Trade Agreement.

International and Project Finance

Our lawyers offer experienced help to foreign individuals and corporations investing in or operating in the U.S. as well as to U.S. entities doing business overseas. We have significant experience in energy and natural resources, equipment and project financing and maritime law. In addition, we help with such issues as customs, immigration, federal and state taxes, and regulatory and reporting requirements for various industries.

Food and Beverage

Our Hospitality Industry Team provides corporate, securities, real estate, labor and employment, alcoholic beverage regulatory and other services to businesses in the food and beverage industry. Clients include restaurants and restaurant chains, hotels, institutional food service providers, and food and beverage wholesalers and manufacturers – ranging from early-stage to mature, national restaurant chains.

Franchising, Direct Selling and Distribution

We represent franchisors and direct sellers in the development of franchising and direct selling programs for regional, national and international companies in a wide variety of business areas, including tax, corporate and transactional matters, litigation and dispute resolution. Our corporate lawyers help manufacturers, independent contractors and distributors in matters such as contract issues, dealer qualification issues, termination issues and federal, state and local tax issues.

Internet, eCommerce and Technology

Gardere's Internet, eCommerce and Technology Industry Team helps business decision-makers address legal issues surrounding company websites, companies using electronic signatures, employers monitoring employee Internet abuse, data privacy and security, and electronic document storage. We help create strategic internet business alliances and handle website evaluation, electronic contracting, domain name management, privacy policy review, click-wrap agreements, electronic signature and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.

Telecommunications

Our telecommunications practice helps clients regarding general business transactions, acquisitions and dispositions, financings and FCC and state regulatory matters. Representative clients include program distributors, domestic and international carriers, and other users of private or public rights-of-way, local telecommunications franchise authorities, companies involved in fiber-based, broadband and other network infrastructure technologies, investment bankers and other financial institutions, wireless companies (Personal Communication Systems, paging, cellular and satellite carriers), telephone companies, equipment manufacturers, broadcasters and large users of communications services.

Health Care

Gardere's experience includes health care and insurance regulatory compliance, licensure, business transactions and litigation. Our lawyers provide a full range of corporate and business assistance, including business formation, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and operational issues. In addition, we handle workouts, asset securitizations, employment contracts and divestitures.

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