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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At Gardere, our international tax attorneys are adept in identifying a buffet of opportunities to improve the tax efficiency of client operations on our multinational client representations. We regularly provide advice for clients on significant international tax issues, including subpart F, foreign tax credit, treaty-based issues, permanent establishment issues and U.S. trade or business issues. Our team of experienced international tax and transfer pricing attorneys in our Mexico City office leads the advisement strategies that often form the basis of our clients' FIN 48 positions. We also assist clients with structuring international merger and acquisition transactions, whether it be inbound, outbound, joint ventured or otherwise.
Our international tax attorneys have been engaged in transfer pricing matters for many years with a primary focus on finding transfer pricing solutions to specific client needs that we are confident can be successfully presented to global tax authorities. Gardere's team includes lawyers well versed in experience handling transfer pricing planning and controversy matters internationally as well. We take a common sense approach to managing major tax planning and controversies.
An emerging issue for all multinational entities is the rapidly expanding use of permanent establishment theories by tax authorities seeking to increase the tax base of their countries. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development revised many of the pertinent treaty commentaries to facilitate such theories and has even proposed a new approach to permanent establishment matters altogether. These developments have been used opportunistically for some time by certain OECD member countries, and are now used by many nonmember source countries. Our team stays ahead of these developments so that we are ready to efficiently address permanent establishment issues.
Our team is at the forefront of a new practice area - the interface with financial accounting developed as a result of the enactment of the Sarbanes - Oxley Act and the efforts of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FIN 48) to prevent inappropriate manipulation of taxation matters to achieve desired financial accounting results. In this new world, auditors are understandably vigilant in evaluating the controls and uncertain tax positions of their clients. However, we often find that auditors challenge their clients on tax issues that could have a material impact on the financial statement and may also propose a material adjustment which would impact client earnings. In such contexts, we are routinely asked to join in the discussion and broker an agreement between auditor and client. In certain cases, we are asked to seek advance agreement with respect to the issue. Our in-house tax leadership and accounting firm experience enables us to develop optimal solutions based on the needs of our clients. Discussions with auditors will be critical elements of future tax authority examinations. Our experience in handling such examinations frames our interface with auditors.
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