Chair of the Firm: Larren Nashelsky
Managing Partners: Paul Friedman, Craig Martin, Eric Piesner, Tessa Schwartz
Number of partners worldwide: 321
Number of US partners: 239
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 725
Number of other US lawyers: 516
Headquarters: San Francisco
National Offices: Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Northern Virginia, Palo Alto, San Diego, and Washington DC
International Offices: Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo
European Offices: Berlin, Brussels, London
With more than 1,000 lawyers across 17 offices, Morrison & Foerster is a preeminent global law firm dedicated to delivering business-oriented results to clients across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Dynamic technology and life science companies, large financial institutions, leading consumer product companies, and other market leaders come to MoFo for knowledge, innovation, and business aptitude. MoFo handles some of the world’s largest cross-border transactions and resolves major disputes across multiple jurisdictions. MoFo’s European offices provide a gateway to the technology and finance global markets for its clients’ most complex transactions, disputes and cases. The firm has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work and social justice.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
MoFo’s finance practice covers all the bases. From debt capital markets, through private placements to the more traditional, but constantly changing, senior and secured lending market across all asset types, MoFo’s lawyers have the experience and the expertise. The team’s knowledge and track record makes the firm a first port of call on finance matters for clients, whether financial institutions, institutional investors, funds or corporates.
Business Restructuring & Insolvency:
MoFo’s business restructuring and insolvency group is at the vanguard of the profession and handles, among other things, financial institutions restructurings, cross-border insolvencies, distressed real estate, insolvencies involving key intellectual property, and hedge fund failures.
The firm’s capital markets team advises investment banks, issuers, investors and other providers of financial services on national and international capital market transactions, initial public offerings and private placement of shares, equity and debt-linked instruments, bonds and structured products, as well as trading of securities.
The firm’s competition practice represents some of the world’s largest companies on their most important cases relating to antitrust, including cartels. Lawyers in the Brussels, London and Berlin offices are qualified to practice under the national laws of a number of European countries. In addition to frequent appearances before the European Commission in Brussels, they represent clients on a regular basis before competition authorities in EU Member States.
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions:
Morrison & Foerster has a leading global M&A practice, which includes advising on national and cross-border M&A transactions, including on related financing, due diligence and regulatory issues. The team is an acknowledged market leader in the TMT sector. The attorneys advise on squeeze-outs, corporate structuring and restructuring, foreign investments and acquisition financing, private equity and venture capital, and start-ups, including on related financing structures.
Dispute Resolution, Compliance, Regulatory & Investigations:
The firm’s litigators represent public- and private-sector clients in complex national and cross-border litigation of all types, including international fraud and asset tracing, international trust litigation and insolvency, regulatory compliance and corporate investigations, as well as alternative dispute resolution procedures. The firm also advises and represents clients in corporate and capital market lawsuits, in post-M&A disputes and commercial litigation.
The European employment team provides comprehensive advice on all areas of UK and German employment and data privacy law. MoFo also uses its expert US and Asia network to work on cross-border projects. MoFo regularly assists clients with the multijurisdictional employment aspects of domestic and international corporate and group change, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings.
Privacy & Data Protection:
MoFo has extensive expertise in advising multinational companies on complex data protection issues, in particular in the context of pan-European and global compliance assessments, on the introduction of data protection and IT policies, as well as on whistleblowing systems. MoFo’s advice includes the assessment and optimisation of new business models and online platforms with regard to data protection aspects, and the introduction of binding corporate rules (BCR). In addition, the firm advises on responding to security incidents and investigations by data protection authorities.
MoFo’s tax practice enjoys a global reputation for innovative tax planning and the successful resolution of important tax controversies. The group advises on mergers and acquisitions, international corporate tax planning, tax efficient domestic and cross-border financing structures, capital markets transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, private equity and venture capital formation, planning for IP intensive companies, transfer pricing matters, outsourcing, employee equity participation and executive compensation, and matters relating to VAT, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax.