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Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Corporate Tax

Research for this chapter identified 20 leaders in corporate tax law from 13 firms in the state. These professionals possess a wide range of specialisations. International tax specialists are included alongside domestic experts, direct taxation practitioners feature in a list that also includes indirect tax lawyers and specialists on transfer pricing and tax issues deriving from M&A and dispositions, as well as generalists.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Product Liability Defence

Texas remains a hive of activity for product liability litigation, dominated on the whole by established Texas firms. Beck Redden & Secrest LLP is one such example, represented by three lawyers in its Houston office. Its case record includes the defence of a multinational corporation in five recent trials, in which the plaintiffs alleged that the company defectively designed, manufactured and marketed respiratory equipment that had failed to protect them from exposure to silica dust. The client was held liable in none of the cases.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Commercial Litigation

Texas boasts a phenomenal amount of litigation talent – 22 firms receive special mention here because of the quality of their lawyers. Vinson & Elkins LLP is a national litigation firm with five US offices – three of which are in Texas. The Texan heavyweight’s litigation section has been described as “a force to be reckoned with” on the national and international stage, with contributors noting its handling of complex cases, especially in the energy sector.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Trademarks

Trademarks have become an increasingly important consideration for global business and companies are looking to protect their IP portfolios. As befits a large industrial state, trademarks are big business in Texas, and this is reflected in the quality of lawyers dedicated to this area.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Environment

Texas boasts the second-largest economy in the United States and according to Fortune magazine’s 2007 ranking of America’s largest corporations by revenue, it is home to over 10 per cent of the Fortune 500. Many of these corporations operate in environmentally sensitive areas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the largest comprehensive state environmental agency in the US, with approximately 2,900 employees, 16 regional offices and an operating budget of $480.7 million for 2007.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Mergers & Acquisitions

As one of the major contributors to the US economy, Texas is rightly viewed as the commercial hub of the South. Both Houston and Dallas are centres for high levels of corporate activity and transactional work. Our research identifies 27 practitioners as leaders in this field.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 – Project Finance

Nine individuals at seven firms form this project finance chapter. They make the grade thanks to a proven record representing sponsors and lenders in project financing and refinancing transactions. Six of the nine also feature in the oil & gas chapter, demonstrating the strength of the energy – more specifically oil and gas – industry in Texas.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Corporate Governance

Boards of directors at public companies often require advice from their outside counsel on sensitive matters relating to corporate disclosure, governance and policy issues, as well as dealing with new laws, regulations, stock exchange rules and governance principles. The lawyers in this chapter have proven track records in providing this advice, and will counsel corporations on issues arising in routine operations and in extraordinary transactions.

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