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 3, Litigation - Tax
Metropolitan Tier 1, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston
Metropolitan Tier 1, Dallas/Fort Worth
Litigation - Tax
Corporations and individuals both foreign and domestic rely on our tax lawyers to help with complex state, federal and international tax issues and disputes in a practical, cost-effective way. We have deep, across-the-board experience on which clients rely to design and implement transactions and business structures to minimize taxes – especially in the middle market real estate and energy industries.
We understand tax planning for all phases in the life cycle of a business, from startup through capitalization, operations, growth and disposition or exit strategy. Our clients include:
In addition to our corporate tax planning and counsel, we are highly regarded for our representation of clients in tax controversies, administrative hearings and in the courts. We also have a strong presence in lobbying and government relations.
We have represented clients in tax matters relating to foundation self-dealing and unrelated business taxable income, bankruptcy, charitable organizations, qualified settlement funds, low-income housing tax credits and taxation of intellectual property. In addition, our tax lawyers have extensive experience in:
Gardere's tax lawyers are recognized consistently as one of the best controversy practices in the state of Texas. This comes from years of experience in the courtroom, including U.S. Tax Court and U.S. district courts and in administrative negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service.
Our lawyers are experienced with international tax planning, transfer pricing and controversies, representing U.S. and foreign-owned multinationals in a variety of matters.
We have assisted numerous taxpayers in making Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative disclosures. Taxpayers who have unreported foreign assets or income may voluntarily disclose those assets or income to the IRS pursuant to the ongoing OVDI.
Gardere's tax lawyers have developed strong working relationships with tax officials at the highest levels in Texas and the U.S. federal government. We actively monitor tax legislative and regulatory developments that may impact the interests of our clients and their industries. We regularly participate in the taxpayer comment process for tax regulations, obtain private letter rulings for clients and work with the negotiators of international tax treaties.
Our tax practice provides experienced state tax planning advice and representation in controversies regarding all aspects of state revenue and income tax (particularly the Texas “margin” tax), sales and use tax, ad valorem tax and other state and local taxes as they apply to both in-state and out-of-state businesses.
Our lawyers are at the forefront of matters involving enactment of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act and efforts of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to prevent the inappropriate manipulation of tax matters to achieve desired financial accounting results (FIN 48). We routinely evaluate tax positions that have given rise to client-auditor disagreements. In some cases, we are asked to seek advance or pre-filing agreements or letter rulings with respect to the issue.
Although we have assisted and represented taxpayers in almost every industry, as a Texas-based law firm, many of our clients, particularly those of our Houston office, are in the energy industry. As a result, we have developed a significant depth of experience in the application of specialized rules applicable in all energy industry contexts.
Our tax lawyers are experienced in the tax treatment and issues associated with choice of entity, including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and master limited partnerships for energy related businesses, and in guiding clients through their structuring choices.
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