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Morrison & Foerster is one of the leading banking and finance firms in the world, advising domestic and foreign banks, insurance companies, investment banks, investment management companies and investment advisers, and other financial institutions on regulatory and litigation matters, as well as transactional matters.

Our clients tell us that the current financial and regulatory environment makes it more important than ever for their law firms to have sophisticated bank regulatory capabilities and an in-depth understanding of the financial markets, as well as industry-specific litigation expertise. And they tell us that this is among the key reasons why they have come to rely on us.

Many of the largest financial institutions in the world turn to Morrison & Foerster for advice on bank regulatory matters. Our bank regulatory and financial services practice is one of the most active in the U.S. and provides a broad array of advice in the areas of privacy, money laundering, consumer financial services, commercial and retail banking, and regulatory capital issues.

We are one of the few firms in the United States with particular expertise in financial services, as well as outstanding capabilities in capital markets, debt trading, derivatives, financial product structuring, and restructuring. We advise financial institutions in connection with capital markets transactions, including equity and debt offerings, and offerings of hybrid instruments, as well as on broker-dealer and other regulatory matters. We work closely with investment banks to structure innovative financial products that have regulatory capital, tax, and other benefits. Our derivatives and structured products group provides product development, regulatory, trading, and compliance advice. Our finance group handles a range of secured and unsecured financing transactions, including asset-based lending, syndicated lending, secondary debt trading, equipment leasing, vendor financing, and securitizations. Our insurance group counsels some of the largest U.S. and international insurance and reinsurance companies in connection with capital markets, mergers, acquisitions, litigation, regulatory, derivatives, and other matters.

We represent banks and other financial services clients throughout the United States in both federal and state court matters. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of consumer class action litigation in the financial services industry, successfully representing banks and other financial services companies in numerous suits involving deposit and checking accounts, credit cards, real estate, mortgage transactions, consumer loans, loan-related fees, mortgage insurance, auto loans, ADR clauses, and other consumer relationships.

The consistent quality and efficacy of our work in the financial institutions and financial services sector has been well recognized by rankings and directories. When it comes to financial institutions and financial services work, the fundamental point about us is our strength across the board.

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