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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National Tier 2, Litigation - Securities
Metropolitan Tier 1, Houston
Litigation - Securities
Gardere’s securities litigators represent public corporations, officers, and directors when major financial, accounting, or compliance problems arise and the stakes are high. We also represent stakeholders in private companies in major disputes over control as well as the value of ownership interests. What sets us apart is our ability to understand complex financial and accounting issues combined with our ability to efficiently handle complex cases without sacrificing quality or strategic advantage. We staff our cases with small teams of highly experienced lawyers that contribute value rather than simply billing time. For these reasons, Director and Officer insurers know us and rely on us to aggressively and effectively defend these actions more efficiently than many of our peers. When necessary, we rely on the resources inherent to a full service firm, including our seasoned securities transactional partners, to bring subject matter expertise to technical compliance issues.
Our securities litigators have a vast breath of experience:
We recently represented the former audit committee members of Penson Worldwide, Inc., a publicly-traded a provider of financial clearing services and related operational and technology products, in both fiduciary duty litigation and a formal investigation commenced by the SEC in connection with the disclosure in 2011 of a $42 million dollar write down of receivables. In January 2013, the company was forced to liquidate its business in bankruptcy. The representation drew upon the extensive background in handling complex financial and accounting cases of the partner leading the effort, and also involved extensive testimony before the SEC. The civil litigation, which sought damages in excess of $30 million, was resolved at mediation well within the policy limits of available D&O insurance.
One of our experienced securities litigation partners led a team of lawyers in the defense of high-profile securities and fiduciary litigation filed in Dallas and New York, by what was then one of the largest plaintiffs’ firms in the country, alleging fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties against the CEO of one of the world's leading industrial providers of fluid motion and control products. The litigation sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, spanned over 5 years, involved over 90 fact and expert witness depositions, 13 million pages of documents, and an appeal of a summary judgment ruling to the Fifth Circuit heard by a panel that included the Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (Ret.), sitting by designation. The facts involved in the matter required an in-depth understanding of complex accounting, audit, and finance issues and well as the ability to manage a sizable team effectively and efficiently to conserve the available D&O insurance. The representation also involved the defense of a STET investigation by the SEC. The litigation ultimately settled at mediation well within the policy limits of available D&O insurance.
The Firm represented the CEO of a failed federally insured bank in the only case brought in Texas by the SEC’s Financial Fraud Task Force arising from the financial crisis of 2008. The representation involved (1) shareholder lawsuits, which were dismissed, (2) a DOJ investigation, which resulted in a declination, (3) an FDIC administrative action and threatened professional liability lawsuit, which were settled favorably, and (4) the SEC case, in which we obtained a near-disposition partial summary judgment, resulting in the case’s extremely favorable disposition.
We are seasoned securities litigators providing clients with aggressive, efficient representation. This often involves:
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