Marcia Ellis is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. She focuses her practice on private equity transactions and complex mergers and acquisitions involving companies and assets located in Asia. Ms. Ellis also has extensive experience representing global funds in acquisitions and dispositions of real estate assets, investments in real estate developers and establishment of real estate joint ventures.
Ms. Ellis rejoins Morrison & Foerster from another major international law firm, where she was a partner in the Hong Kong office. From 2008 – 2011, Ms. Ellis was the Chief Legal Officer for Asia of the D. E. Shaw group, where she assisted various group entities in making, restructuring and exiting investments in various countries in Asia, including a number of significant and highly structured investments in China and India.
Ms. Ellis received her J.D. from Columbia University School of law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Book Review Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She received her A.B. in East Asian Studies, summa cum laude, from Princeton University. After law school, Ms. Ellis clerked for Judge Kimba M. Wood of the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York.
Ms. Ellis is admitted in New York and Hong Kong. Fluent in both written and spoken Mandarin, she has practiced in Asia since 1996.