San Francisco, CA (December 15, 2011) – M&A Advisor has named Morrison & Foerster "Law Firm of the Year" for the second year in a row, and also named M&A practice co-chair Rob Townsend "Dealmaker of the Year." The awards, which were given at the 10th annual M&A Awards Gala on December 13, 2011, honored deal teams, dealmakers, and firms whose activities set the standard for the industry.
Morrison & Foerster has worked on some of the largest and most high-profile transactions during the last few years. Announced just yesterday, the firm represented Novellus Systems in its $3.3 billion all stock merger with Lam Research. The firm represented Intel on its $7.7 billion acquisition of McAfee, the largest technology deal in 2010, and on its $1.4 billion acquisition of Infineon Technologies' Wireless Solutions Business. The firm also represented ON Semiconductor in its acquisition of SANYO Semiconductor, the first-ever acquisition of a major Japanese semiconductor company by a U.S. company, and one of the largest inbound investments into Japan to date. In addition, Morrison & Foerster represented Terumo Corporation in its $2.6 billion acquisition of CaridianBCT, which was the largest acquisition ever by a Japanese company in the medical device sector as well as Hitachi in the $4.3 billion sale of its hard disk drive and data storage business to Western Digital. That transaction is one of the largest technology deals announced in 2011.
"We are delighted to be the recipient of these prestigious awards," said Keith Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster. "Our global M&A practice continues to thrive, and this recognition is further affirmation of our success at delivering great results for our clients."
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