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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Since 1992, our Mexico office has helped domestic and multinational clients with mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, international trade and customs, energy and infrastructure projects, tax advice and controversies, antitrust and competition matters, civil and commercial disputes and other sophisticated business needs. Gardere's Mexico office has been ranked by Chambers Latin America for multiple years in the practice areas of Competition/Antitrust, Insurance and Tax in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Our lawyers in Mexico serve cross-border clients with specialties including U.S. and Mexico Tax, International trade, Labor and employment and Litigation.
Gardere’s internationally recognized antitrust practice assists both Mexican and foreign corporate entities in various matters concerning the Mexican Federal Law of Economic Competition, including merger control and concentrations; transactional and compliance antitrust advice; cartels; abuse of dominance; notifications, investigations, public bids, consultations and any other procedures before the Mexican antitrust authority (Comisión Federal de Competencia); and antitrust litigation.
Gardere’s Mexico attorneys are often engaged to assist domestic and foreign clients in various types of international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and the formation of joint ventures. We stay up-to-date and knowledgeable on the administrative procedures are undertaken by the National Commission of Foreign Investment, frequently offering interpretation and compliance advice, and we are especially experienced in the incorporation and corporate governance of Mexican companies with foreign capital, including financing, securities offerings and bankruptcies.
Gardere is one of few law firms with a substantial presence in both Houston, the energy capital of the world, and Mexico, giving the Firm an advantage with its energy clients in Mexico and Latin America. Gardere’s clients include many of the top 10 energy companies in the world engaged in oil and gas exploration, development and operations. The Firm regularly interacts with PEMEX, CFE and the Mexican Regulatory Commission on behalf of its clients, giving the Firm invaluable experience.
Gardere is active in representing both private clients and governmental agencies involved in public sector purchases of goods and services.
We guide our clients through every stage of the bidding process, from designing labor and corporate structures that fit the specific project, to implementing and negotiating appropriate contractual schemes, through to developing bid strategies that maximize the probability of a successful bid. If and when winning bids are challenged, our team is experienced in defending the award.
The Firm’s award-winning Hospitality Team is experienced in representing hospitality industry clients worldwide, providing top-rated legal services to some of the most recognized global names in the hospitality industry.
Our hospitality attorneys have handled multiple billion-dollar acquisitions, dispositions and financings for hotels and resorts for multiple international clients, and have particularly deep and invaluable experience with hospitality projects in Mexico and throughout Latin America.
Gardere’s award-winning insurance practice in Mexico assists foreign and domestic insurance companies, brokers, reinsurers, representative offices and other entities including financial institutions, dealers and service providers offering insurance-related services. Our services in this arena include representation before Mexican insurance regulators such as the SHCP, CNSF and CONDUSEF, as well as regulatory counsel relating to corporate, tax, antitrust, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and data protection matters specific to the insurance market. Our attorneys are experts in sophisticated insurance transactions including mergers, acquisitions and restructuring procedures of insurance companies and brokers, transfer of insurance portfolio, re-insurance agreements, promotion, marketing, brokerage, policy administration and collection, distribution of insurance profits, services to and from insurance companies, and location fees (UDIS), public bids, and other types of government insurance contracts.
For companies expanding their international operations, trade compliance is a critical business function. With a steady rise in trade enforcement actions by the U.S. and foreign government agencies and an increasingly competitive international market, companies must adopt trade compliance programs that minimize legal risks while at the same time remaining cost-effective.
Our International Trade Team of multilingual attorneys and trade advisors, which includes a former Mexican Undersecretary of Commerce and a member of the former President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration and the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Aerospace in Washington, D.C., focused on international trade compliance and proven legal strategies to advance the growth of our clients’ businesses worldwide. With offices in the U.S. and Mexico, we have extensive experience decoding complex international trade regulations and preventing millions of dollars in potential fines and penalties. Gardere’s multidisciplinary approach to trade compliance leverages the capabilities of the Firm’s multiple practice groups to ensure our clients’ global trade operations are legally structured to maximize efficiency and profitability from end-to-end.
Our Dispute Resolution Team in Mexico has significant experience representing both Mexican and foreign clients before state and federal courts, administrative bodies and arbitration institutions, as well as in mediation and negotiation processes. We represent clients from different industries (e.g., insurance and energy) involved in civil and commercial disputes, tax controversies, bankruptcy proceedings, family disagreements, constitutional rights trials (“amparos”), and preventive, interim and temporary hearings. Our team also has extensive experience representing clients in commercial and investment arbitration. Several of our team members are active participants in the most important arbitration bodies such as Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM) and CANACO. Gardere is one of the few law firms that can handle any cross-border dispute entirely with its own lawyers, without having to draw expertise from outside lawyers.
Gardere has significant experience in all aspects and types of real estate transactions. Gardere has represented a substantial number of leading developers, landowners, architectural, engineering, design and construction management firms in Mexico and Latin America.
Our Mexico Team provides services to foreign and local financial institutions or financing vehicles having activities or collateral located in Mexico, including to and in connection with financial groups, banks, investment funds and SAPIS, pension funds and AFORES, multiple-purpose financial entities (SOFOMES), representative offices and affiliates of foreign financial institutions, and traders. Our representation includes a wide range of financing, credit, funding, private equity, lease and secured transactions through vehicles recognized by Mexican law including trust, mortgage and pledge in different industries including banking, real estate and construction, consumer and personal finance, vehicle financing, energy and infrastructure. We also assist financial institutions in their incorporation and licensing process, acquisitions, mergers, corporate reorganizations and corporate governance.
According to Chambers’ 2014 publication, Gardere’s Mexico office is the “leading cross-border tax firm with some of the most recognized tax experts.” From the first stages of planning and structuring to the resolution of tax disputes with authorities, Gardere is the go-to law firm. The Firm regularly deals with international tax planning; transfer pricing (including negotiation with competent authority); tax mediation and litigation; procurement of tax incentives; and customs regulations.
Gardere also provides its clients with advice in connection with reporting and disclosing requirements abroad resulting from tax contingencies in Mexico, such as FIN48.
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