Firm profile submitted by Morrison & Foerster LLP
Chair of the Firm: Larren M Nashelsky
Managing Partners: Paul F Friedman, Craig D Martin, Eric J Piesner, Tessa J Schwartz
Number of partners worldwide: 329
Number of US partners: 247
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 692
Number of other US lawyers: 512
National Offices: Denver, Los Angeles, Northern Virginia, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, DC
International Offices: Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo
Morrison & Foerster is a global firm with approximately 1,000 lawyers across 16 offices in the US, Europe and Asia. The firm is widely recognised for providing its clients, which include some of the world’s largest financial institutions and Fortune 100, technology and life science companies, with legendary service. Clients rely on the firm for innovative and business-minded solutions. Morrison & Foerster’s lawyers share high standards, a commitment to excellence and a passion for helping their clients succeed, resulting in enduring relationships and a record of high achievement. They also are among the leaders in the field for their longstanding commitment to pro bono work and diversity.
Antitrust & Competition:
The firm’s antitrust lawyers are recognised leaders who resolve complex antitrust cases through dispositive motions but are capable of taking any case to trial. They draw on a deep well of experience to obtain successful results in criminal investigations and merger reviews. With leading antitrust lawyers in major business centers in the US, Europe and Asia, the firm provides these services seamlessly to clients doing business worldwide.
Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
The firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers are counsel to debtors, creditors’ committees, secured lenders and other participants in the distressed markets in large, complex matters. The practice is broad and varied and is a market leader in various specialty areas, including restructuring of financial institutions, crossborder insolvencies, distressed real estate, creditors’ committee representation, insolvencies involving key intellectual property and hedge fund failures.
The firm’s capital markets group is a pioneer in developing synthetic products, hybrid securities, structured products and derivatives. Morrison & Foerster ranks as one of the leading firms for issuer and underwriter representations for initial public offerings, international offerings, REIT offerings, offerings of hybrid and preferred securities and debt offerings. The firm advises in connection with private placements, PIPEs, IPOs, 144A and Reg S offerings and continuous issuance programs, including MTN and CP programs.
The firm’s financial services regulatory practice possesses decades of banking experience and an exceptional range of financial services regulatory experience. The firm regularly represents domestic and foreign banks, credit card and other payment systems companies, savings associations, industrial loan companies and other financial services organisations.
The firm has a broad-based financial transactions practice, providing services to both lenders and borrowers, with leading lawyers in finance, investment management, debt trading and infrastructure finance. The firm can handle virtually every type of real and personal property secured and unsecured financing transaction.
Morrison & Foerster has one of the largest and highestrated intellectual property practices in the world. The firm provides a full range of services, including counseling, prosecution, litigation, dispute resolution, trade secrets and licensing transactions in patent, trademark and copyright matters.
The firm’s litigators are renowned for their success in complex, high-stakes cases worldwide. The firm has top trial and appellate lawyers, as well as leading practitioners in the areas of antitrust, securities, white-collar criminal defence, products liability, class action defense, unfair competition, employment, financial services, international arbitration, intellectual property, trade secrets and patents. The firm is acknowledged for its US Supreme Court and appellate practitioners as well as being the only international law firm in Japan with a full-service litigation capacity.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Morrison & Foerster has a leading global M&A Practice. The depth and breadth of the practice, including a strong focus on cross-border transactions, reflects the dynamic nature of its clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, private equity sponsors, investment banks and privately held companies. Its lawyers work as an integrated team with colleagues with deep experience in key areas such as IP, antitrust, litigation, tax, labor and benefits, finance and bankruptcy, real estate, environmental law and securities.
Project Finance & Development:
The firm’s project finance lawyers assist clients in all aspects of the development, construction, financing, restructuring and purchase and sale of infrastructure projects around the world and are acknowledged authorities in energy, alternative energy and renewable resources. The firm’s leading international arbitration and dispute resolution lawyers regularly assist their clients in resolving disputes concerning projectfinanced assets.
Morrison & Foerster has significant experience across a broad spectrum of real estate activities, including development deals, acquisitions and dispositions, leases, market standard and complex financings and restructurings. The firm’s clients include lenders (commercial banks, investment banks, specialty finance companies and mortgage REITs), developers, equity investors (funds and fund advisors) and REITs.
Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT):
The firm has one of the top TMT practices in the world. It consistently works on the highest-profile deals and disputes, handling transactional, competition and regulatory matters for leading media and telecommunications companies.