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 Retail Industry Team is a highly regarded interdisciplinary practice with decades of experience serving primarily national retail chains throughout the U.S. We regularly handle complex, often international, matters involving labor and employment, infringement litigation, state sales tax, real estate leasing, acquisition and development, escheat claims, bankruptcy and reorganization, and corporate lawsuits.
While many of our retail clients are mall-based, our experience comprises local, regional, national and global retailers of virtually every size, type and location. For years, we have represented several iconic names in the industry, gaining a practical, first-hand understanding of what drives a client’s bottom line – the sale of retail products and services to consumers.
Clients appreciate our insight and holistic coverage of the issues and opportunities that only years of experience can bring. Our seasoned team delivers responsiveness, an efficient way of getting deals closed and a signature pragmatic, problem-solving attitude. Among other issues facing the retail industry, we have dealt with:
Back in Business in Record Time
Where we started: A large retail pharmacy chain decided to get back into the beer and wine business in 2009 after a several decade absence from the alcoholic beverage business.
Our roadmap: Over a 12-month period, our liquor lawyers and paralegals took all of the chain's Texas stores through the licensure process, all the way from the precinct level up to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).
And finally: Our client and its 500+ locations were back in business in Texas.
Helping a Retail Chain Switch its Licenses to a Franchise-Based Model
Where we started: A national chain of convenience stores was embarking on a new franchise strategy.
Our roadmap: Starting in 2006, we worked out a unique joint license arrangement, going from a conglomerate of corporate stores to a franchise model.
And finally: Our food and beverage lawyers relicensed the franchisees' Texas locations, including their operations permits; that is, lottery, food, tobacco, nursery and the like.
Our clients include some of the most recognized names in the industry, including online, catalog and traditional brick and mortar operations. From concept to completion, we represent owners, developers, investors, lenders, franchisors and operators. Our lawyers assist with the planning, design, development and operation of everything from specialty consumer goods to big box retailers, discount chains to automobile dealerships, and restaurants to food and beverage retailers.
We know, understand and represent retail leaders in the following areas:
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