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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For companies expanding their international operations, trade compliance is a critical business function. With a steady rise in trade enforcement actions by U.S. and foreign government agencies and an increasingly competitive international market, companies must adopt trade compliance programs that minimize legal risks while at the same time remaining cost-effective.
Our team of multilingual attorneys and trade advisors, which includes a current member of the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration and the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Aerospace in Washington, D.C., is focused on international trade compliance and proven legal strategies to advance the growth of our clients’ businesses worldwide. With offices in the U.S. and Mexico, we have extensive experience decoding complex international trade regulations and preventing millions of dollars in potential fines and penalties. Gardere’s multidisciplinary approach to trade compliance leverages the capabilities of the Firm’s multiple practice groups to ensure our clients’ global trade operations are legally structured to maximize efficiency and profitability from end-to-end.
Our team offers clients experience with a variety of substantive areas in global trade compliance:
Gardere attorneys have substantial experience advising clients on the regulations governing the export of commodities, software and technology. Notably, our team includes one of the leading practitioners in the U.S. on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the complex regulations governing the export and temporary import of defense articles. Companies across multiple industries seeking to expand their export business can rely on the extensive experience and credibility of our practitioners developed over many years of representing clients before the export enforcement agencies. These representations include:
Gardere attorneys have extensive experience with the evolving trade rules and regulations governing the export of sensitive U.S. technologies abroad and to foreign nationals in the United States, including encryption controls. Our team also calls on the experience of our immigration team when required to partner on technology export matters involving foreign nationals employed by U.S. companies under various visa categories. These representations include:
Our attorneys have experience in licensing, disclosures, denied party identification and reporting, and other critical compliance matters under the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control. Gardere assists clients with interpreting the scope of sanctions and setting up programs to proactively identify sanctions and prevent violations. We have a proven record of success in obtaining OFAC licenses for legal business activities in multiple countries.
Our attorneys have the depth of knowledge and experience required to efficiently resolve challenges related to Customs’ and trade import issues. Our attorneys assist clients with:
U.S. enforcement authorities often impose the use of compliance monitors as a condition of settling violations of the ITAR, EAR or FCPA. Our team is well qualified to serve as on-site monitors who will devote the necessary resources to learn the business of the company subject to monitorship and develop a clear and detailed work plan. Gardere’s team can assist clients to ensure that all necessary actions are taken to meet and exceed measures required by the various U.S. export and import agencies after an enforcement action.
A comprehensive trade compliance program requires regular, well-documented training for employees with trade responsibilities. Gardere attorneys have conducted hundreds of on-site or webinar-based training sessions that satisfy the standards of the enforcement agencies. Our training is practical and tailored to each client’s specific needs.
Our team also has a strategic alliance with the experienced forensic accountants and fraud investigators at Fidelity Forensics Group. As former employees of major accounting firms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FFG’s accountants and investigators work on-site with our team to offer investigatory and due diligence services in FCPA compliance matters, trade compliance audits, and investigations of books and records. FFG can deploy teams worldwide to conduct due diligence and gather relevant evidence.
For organizations that need more direct support related to their global trade compliance, Gardere can provide highly trained personnel to work off-site or on-site at clients’ facilities for any length of time required by the client.
International trade compliance is a cornerstone of successful international expansion. Gardere helps companies grow globally with a view toward both trade compliance and profitability.
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