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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Elsa Manzanares is an experienced international trade and compliance partner who advises clients on U.S. and international regulations governing export of dual-use commodities, defense articles, software and technology, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations, and the various embargo and sanctions programs administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). With Export Control Reform (ECR) in place, clients are concerned about consistency in their compliance with the new rules. Since the effective date of ECR, Elsa has regularly assisted companies plan for and implement procedures to mitigate the risks arising in the transition.
In addition, as companies continue importing more products into the United States, Elsa works to get clients up to speed on the regulations administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including valuation, classification and country of origin/marking issues and seizures at the border. Elsa also advises clients on antidumping/countervailing duty matters before the U.S. Department of Commerce and trade litigation in the U.S. Court of International Trade.
She also frequently advises U.S. and foreign clients on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and has represented clients on covered transactions before the Treasury Department's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Clients headquartered around the U.S. and abroad hire Elsa and her international trade and compliance colleagues because of their broad experience in all aspects of moving people and goods across borders. For example, few FCPA lawyers in the Southwest have export controls, ITAR, OFAC and EAR experience – but Gardere’s team is consistently hired and referred because of this deep experience and coverage addressing these issues in tandem, especially when clients are facing the highest risk transactions. Few trade compliance lawyers also handle customs and trade-related litigation in the Court of International Trade, district courts, and courts of appeal – Elsa and her team do.
She works across various industry sectors, including:
As a former in-house counsel for a multinational company on trade, corporate and litigation matters covering both Latin America and Canada, Elsa has a unique understanding of how trade and compliance matters can disrupt global business and operations. She is a sensitive listener of clients’ needs and quick study who has a knack for effectively communicating the best strategy and compliance path for each client.
After law school, Elsa served as law clerk for U.S. District Judge David Briones in El Paso, Texas and law clerk for Justice Ann C. McClure of the Eighth District Court of Appeals of Texas. Elsa also sits on the Firm’s business development and hiring committees. She is fluent in Spanish.
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