Morrison & Foerster LLP

Capital Markets (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for Well respected and active in the equity sphere, regularly advising major Hong Kong and PRC companies on their IPOs and secondary offerings. Experienced team able to provide both Hong Kong and US legal advice. Maintains solid relationships with PRC investment banks, earning plaudits for its understanding of the PRC legal context. Handles a range of ECM-linked cross-border transactions involving companies listed in Hong Kong.

Strengths Market commentary indicates appreciation for the team's experience. A client says: "We are impressed by their professional knowledge and insightful advice. Every project is different but they are able to share their past experience with us in fruitful suggestions, not only from a purely legal perspective but also with commercial considerations."

Another client adds: "They are responsive, precise and constructive when giving advice. They always bear clients' needs in mind and think through all the relevant issues, providing thorough analysis with practical suggestions. This firm is particularly strong in both legal and practical aspects when advising clients. It is also outstanding in being responsive when serving clients."

Work highlights Represented BOCOM International as sole sponsor in the HKD495 million H-share IPO of Luzhou Xinglu Water on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Assisted Haitong International Securities as placing agent with Northeast Electric Development's HKD374 million issue of new shares to HNA Group.

Notable practitioners

Venantius Tan "is very client-oriented and considerate of clients' needs," remarks one client. He primarily advises Chinese clients on cross-border IPOs and placings.