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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As a market leader with offices in four of the top 12 cities for startup activity according to the Kauffman Index, Gardere’s venture capital and emerging business group is strategically positioned to help high-growth companies manage risks, maximize opportunities and expand nationally.
Our venture capital and emerging business group works with venture capital funds and other investors, as well as emerging companies, in a wide variety of industry sectors throughout all stages of development. The team’s dual focus on representing investors and emerging companies provides clients with the high-quality and market-focused advice needed in the evolving venture capital market.
Our team regularly handles angel/venture capital financings and day-to-day matters. Our primary aim is to help emerging, venture-backed and high-growth companies position themselves for exits, whether that means preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) or sale, establishing long-term equity incentive plans, or protecting IP assets. The team also assists clients in establishing intra- and inter-state crowdfunding platforms and navigating the complex regulatory scheme governing them.
As companies expand, our team provides high-growth clients access to a premier, full-service law firm as they travel through the stages of their development. Our innovative team leans on the Firm’s full-service platform to provide superior and business-oriented service. When complex tax, estate planning, international licensing or other sophisticated transaction or litigation-related issues arise, we provide the depth and breadth of experience it takes to address those matters quickly and successfully.
Gardere Catalyst is an early-stage incubator program for select early-stage, high-growth potential startups. The program provides these clients with strategic guidance and legal counsel at a price that is scaled based on growth. Catalyst’s legal services include:
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Rick Jordan, co-chair of our venture capital and emerging business group, recently handled a multimillion-dollar later-stage financing for a Texas-based bio tech company. The venture-backed client reached out to the Firm after realizing its fast growth required utilization of different areas of law, including corporate representation, and employment issues. The Firm quickly got up-to-speed regarding the client’s technology and FDA-approval status and successfully negotiated a significant financing round with a leading venture capital firm. As part of the financing, the team handled a number of other matters, including employment agreements for the executive team and implementing a long-term equity incentive program. Gardere is assisting the client with preparation for subsequent financings and a potential IPO.
Glenn Singleton, also a co-chair of the group, was recently engaged by a Texas-based SAAS and HAAS company to assist in a multi-step recapitalization. The company was saddled with out-of-market seed financing terms and convertible notes, and the founder had effectively lost control of the company as a result. Glenn was able to renegotiate the seed financing and convertible note terms, normalize the control of the company and help secure a multi-million Series A financing. In connection with both the initial refinancing and Series A financing, Gardere team members handled a number of legal matters, including the creation of an employee stock option plan, filing numerous patent applications and negotiation of employment agreements for the executive team. The Firm currently is assisting the company with preparing for Series B financing, handling various day-to-day outside general counsel matters such as customer, vendor and partnering agreements, beta testing agreements, nondisclosure agreements and the creation of an expanded board of directors and board of advisors.
Adam Hull was engaged by Texas-based NextSeed US LLC to assist in the formation and registration of a national web-based crowdfunding portal. A team of Gardere specialists, led by Adam Hull and Rick Jordan, advised NextSeed on securities and broker-dealer laws, lending regulations, internal structuring and tax-related matters. In April of 2016, NextSeed became the first online funding portal in history to be approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. NextSeed’s national crowdfunding portal facilitates the offer and sale of debt securities of small U.S. businesses to the general public, pursuant to the Regulation Crowdfunding rules under Title III of the JOBS Act, which went into effect May 16, 2016. In July 2016, The Native, a luxury hostel located in Austin, Texas, utilized NextSeed’s online crowdfunding platform to become the first issuer under Title III of the JOBS Act to close an offering after achieving its funding goal.
Our team assists clients in every critical area:
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