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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Chris Converse serves as co-chair of Gardere's Private Equity Industry Team. He directs his practice toward mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, financings, and public and private offerings of debt and equity nationwide. Chris focuses on several sectors and industries, including information technology services, manufacturing, franchising, aerospace, product distribution, supply chain services, nutritional supplements and restaurants. Chris is known by clients for his pragmatism and responsiveness. His clients include private equity firms, including Rosewood Private Investments, Strait Lane Capital Partners, Longwater Opportunities and Luther King Capital Management – in their acquisition and disposition of portfolio companies – and family-owned businesses. His private equity clients include both funded entities and fundless sponsors.
Furthermore, Chris serves as outside general counsel for many of his clients, forming close, long-term relationships and meeting a variety of business needs.
Chris provides corporate law and mergers and acquisitions commentary to many local and national businesses, as well as to legal publications. For example, he was recently quoted in Law360's Dealmakers Q&A series: "We need to reform our tax laws to allow small and medium-sized businesses to gain greater access to capital. Simplifying the tax code will reduce the costs incurred by businesses to comply with legal and reporting requirements. In addition, we should be skeptical of so-called 'reforms' that carry with them unintended consequences."
In 2014, M&A Advisor named Chris to its 40 Under 40 list of top legal professionals in mergers and acquisitions in the United States.
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