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.
*Not admitted to practice law.
Sarah Walters is a member of the Firm's corporate team and global supply network industry team. She counsels national and global clients on a broad spectrum of commercial transactions, including supply chain management (research and development, procurement, logistics, distribution, corporate and social responsibility and social compliance and cooperatives), transportation (managed transportation, freight forwarding), technology, licensing and business process outsourcing.
Sarah also advises both emerging and mature companies on planning, structuring and implementing national and international franchise, distribution and licensing programs, including assessing the applicability of federal and state franchise and business opportunity laws, preparing and negotiating franchise agreements and multi-unit development agreements, ancillary agreements and regulatory compliance, including the preparation of franchise disclosure documents and securing registration and franchise offerings within and outside the United States. Sarah also assists franchise companies in establishing non-traditional franchise programs and advises on franchisor/franchisee relationship matters, franchise workouts and resale programs and dispute resolution.
Sarah’s international experience as a franchise attorney and with commercial transactions includes Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Iceland, India, Kuwait, Mexico, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
In addition to prior law firm experience, Sarah served as general counsel of a national franchisor, where she was responsible for the company's franchise transactions, regulatory and corporate governance matters, and supply and distribution transactions, in which she negotiated and drafted a wide range of commercial and supply chain contracts. In addition, Sarah also managed a variety of acquisitions, franchise disputes, and litigation.
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