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.
Gardere attorneys, based in Texas and Mexico, have years of experience helping both public and private entities of all types and sizes with their international legal needs. We represent a wide range of clients, from U.S.-based startups to global Fortune 100s, and frequently handle in-bound and out-bound transactions, financing, regulatory, compliance and commercial matters. Many of our international clients are individuals and middle-market companies with sales of $50 million to $500 million, who rely on us to be their outside general counsel for day-to-day legal advice.
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.
*Not admitted to practice law.
Brent Gardner has a national and international practice representing individuals and businesses in complex federal and state tax controversies, litigation and administrative resolutions.
Brent represents clients in tax cases heard in U.S. District Court, U.S. Tax Court and the Texas courts and in administrative proceedings with the IRS and various state tax authorities. He recently represented the taxpayer in the seminal U.S. Tax Court trial of Rent-A-Center Inc. v. Commissioner, 142 T.C. No. 1 (2014), in which the taxpayer prevailed on all issues and was entitled to deduct premiums paid to a Bermuda captive insurance company.
Brent also represents clients making voluntary disclosures related to tax compliance issues, and interests in offshore financial accounts and entities.
In addition to his tax controversy practice, Brent counsels public and private companies regarding their existing operations, focusing on mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.
Brent has prepared private letter ruling requests on various issues, including the deductibility of charitable contributions of conservation easements; prepared numerous tax opinions; prepared partnership agreements and limited liability company agreements; and performed due diligence, including extensive document review in English and Portuguese.
Brent has earned a reputation for his responsiveness, broad experience, thoroughness and a track-record that instills confidence. He closely monitors tax-related issues and trends, such as transfer pricing, captive insurance and international tax compliance.
Brent co-teaches International Tax at Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law.
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