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The 50,000 Foot View

Morrison & Foerster is a leading capital markets law firm, advising issuers, agents and underwriters in a broad range of domestic and international private and public financings. Some of the relevant statistics: over 220 capital markets lawyers in 17 offices worldwide; consistently ranked as one of the most active securities firms in the United States and Asia; representing issuers and underwriters in hundreds of securities offerings raising over $100 billion each year....

There are more numbers and accolades. But we don't think that's the primary reason you should choose to work with us.  

Zeroing in on Solutions

Helping our clients accomplish their capital-raising needs in ever changing markets is challenging. It's not always amenable to simple solutions. It requires equal measures of understanding and listening. We work hard to understand our clients' businesses and listen intently as they describe their objectives. Our clients appreciate our dexterity and experience in crafting new financial products and offering methodologies when off-the-shelf approaches do not work. It's true, we like complex financings. Complexity often permits us to help our clients create value that others have been unable to unlock. Just because we're not put off by complexity, doesn't mean we don't appreciate simplicity. We readily acknowledge that the most elegant solutions frequently are the simplest.

A Continuum, Not a Roller Coaster

We think of financings as existing on a liquidity continuum from the less liquid (private financings) to the highly liquid (public offerings of investment grade debt). Our capital markets experience spans the continuum, including:

  • Private Placements and PIPEs,
  • IPOs,
  • Equity Offerings,
  • Debt Offerings and Rule 144A Offerings,
  • Debt Repurchases, Exchange Offers and Tenders,
  • Global Offerings,
  • Innovative Financial Products, and
  • Derivatives, Commodities and Structured Products.

Industry-Specific Experience

The capital markets practice has developed considerable industry-specific experience in areas involving biotech and life science, commercial banking, energy, financial services and financial institutions, insurance, REITs, and technology.

Client Tools

The capital markets practice has developed a number of innovative new-media solutions to keep clients informed about developments affecting the capital markets. Tools include FrankNDodd, our online proprietary resource that tracks rulemaking pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, KNOWFatca, a similar resource that tracks the development of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, MoFoJumpstarter, our blog devoted to the JOBS Act, and finally, ThinkingCapMarkets, our capital markets-focused Twitter feed. For more information about these client tools, click here.

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