What the team is known for
First-rate team in Tokyo, working in tandem with skilled corporate practitioners across the region. The Singapore and China offices continue to impress, maintaining a high-quality offering advising on M&A transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Regularly advises on cross-border work in a number of industry sectors, especially technology, manufacturing and logistics. Additionally represents major funds in the private equity space, acting for both regional and global investors. Able to offer venture capital capability from the firm's offices in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
A source praises the team's "strong knowledge in commercial negotiations," adding: "We were very impressed with the firm’s ability to handle our cross-border work; they did an excellent job of keeping the project on track and further progressing the deal."
A client appreciates the "reliable, business-savvy and responsive" team for "strong commercial acumen," adding: "Their coordination and communication are carefully managed so that their final advice is succinct and concise, leaving no confusion."
"I rate them," says another client, going on to add: "The team did a very good job; there are a lot of grey areas in Chinese law and they worked well with local counsel to cover everything."
A pleased client appreciates that the "very solid" team is "able to work quickly and creatively on a tight deadline" and "able to integrate a Tokyo-based Japanese and non-Japanese legal team in the same deal for complex international matters."
"The team balances both legal and practical needs and guides the client effectively," agrees another source, going on to add: "Morrison & Foerster's breadth of experience as a firm and as individual lawyers really shines on cross-border transactions."
Acted for SoftBank Vision Fund on its USD1.5 billion investment into Chehaoduo, a company operating e-commerce platforms for trading new and second-hand cars.
Acted for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group on the USD706 million investment by three of its entities into Grab.
Advised Ascendent Capital Partners, as a member of the buyer consortium, on the privatisation of China Automation Group.
Assisted Sprint Corp and SoftBank with the USD59 billion merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US.
Ken Siegel is the managing partner of the firm's Tokyo office and head of the firm's Japan M&A practice. Thomas Chou and Marcia Ellis are key contacts in Hong Kong, while Paul McKenzie and Sherry Yin are key contacts for the firm's Mainland China offices. Jake Robson and Shirin Tang lead the Singapore team.