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 80 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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Gardere’s many years of practical, global experience give clients an advantage when faced with shipping, offshore oil and gas exploration and production (E&P), and other complex maritime, aviation and admiralty law issues. Our first-hand history with these industries means that we have a better understanding of our clients' needs, structure, governance and internal practices, resulting in quicker, more efficient solutions to even the most difficult and sophisticated concerns of our clients.
The members of our team have worked for major banks, freight and passenger carriers, tanker and shipping entities, offshore drilling and support services, and petrochemical corporations. Our high-profile presence in Texas and Mexico have allowed us to know – and be known by – the oil and gas majors, drillers, carriers, specialists, sources of capital and others important to energy exploration, production and commerce internationally.
Helping a Group of Asian Banks in an Insolvency
Where we started: In 2013, a group of banks in Asia asked us to help with a complex, multijurisdictional shipping company insolvency involving $1.5 billion in assets. This assignment required us to coordinate parties in Gibraltar, Ukraine, England, Asia and Mexico.
Our roadmap: We advised our clients about foreclosure options and relevant jurisdiction issues and relied on our worldwide network and years of experience with maritime insolvency claims.
And finally: We ultimately succeeded in sale of the ships and return of the banks' collateral.
Assisting an Offshore Drilling Company with the Construction and Financing of a New Class of Drill Ships
Where we started: We were asked by an offshore drilling company based in Houston, Texas, to assist it with the construction and financing of two new drill ships to be used at deep water drilling sites around the world.
Our road map: We had previously worked with this client on the acquisition, refurbishment and financing of other drilling units and we had worked with both banks and rig owners on other similar projects. We were therefore able to help the client with the negotiation and management of construction contracts with shipyards in China and Singapore, the structuring of the ownership entities for the two drill ships, the negotiation of long term contracts for the use of the drill ships with a major oil company and the negotiation and closing of two $465 million syndicated credit facilities.
And finally: The new drill ships were delivered, the financings were completed, and the drill ships are at work.
Our team handles transactions involving financial and corporate issues for aircraft, ships, tankers, drillships, drilling rigs and other maritime, aviation and offshore energy-related matters, including:
We help clients resolve domestic and foreign claims and disputes worldwide, including:
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