We have offices in London, Berlin and Brussels through which we meet our clients' legal needs in Europe.
We established our London office in 1980. From the start, we embraced ideas that we need not be all things to all people; that we should engage only in the practices in which we can be leaders and can deliver practical solutions to our clients’ challenges; and that we should build upon our leading technology, financial institutions, capital markets and M&A, corporate, restructuring and dispute resolution practices. Our UK-qualified lawyers are engaged in providing UK legal advice relating to transactions and matters that originate in the UK or to which English law is otherwise applicable. Like several other London offices of U.S. law firms, we have experienced U.S.-qualified corporate and securities lawyers resident in London, as well as lawyers who routinely assist clients with matters within the European Union.
We represent a diverse group of clients that include international and UK corporates, global financial institutions and investment banks, private equity and venture capital firms and technology-based enterprises of various sizes and maturities.
The lawyers in our Berlin office have a broad practice, with a special focus in mergers, acquisitions and other transactions in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector. They are known for their prowess in cross-border and Germany-bound international transactions. In addition, our Berlin team focuses on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, along with tax, labor, competition and data protection work. They also have extensive experience with corporate (board and shareholder) litigation.
Morrison & Foerster’s European offices play a leading role in the firm’s highly integrated global antitrust practice. Our competition practice represents some of the world’s largest companies on their most important matters, earning recognition in leading legal directories, such as Chambers Global and Legal 500. Lawyers in our 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 with the European Commission in Brussels, our lawyers represent clients on a regular basis before competition authorities in EU Member States.
We frequently counsel companies contemplating mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as representing them if their transactions are reviewed by the European Commission or Member State antitrust agencies. Lawyers in our Brussels office have assisted clients in obtaining approval of a number of significant mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries in recent years. In particular, we represented Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget in its acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s tissue operations, and advised Hitachi on its divestment of its hard disk drive business to Western Digital.
Lawyers in our Brussels office have played an important role in most of the cartel investigations that the European Commission has brought since 2007, including those concerning cathode ray tubes, freight forwarding, optical disk drives, smart card chips, rechargeable batteries, mobile LCDs, and auto parts. Our antitrust litigators’ record of success includes a favorable settlement for our client in the TFT-LCD cartel damages action brought by Nokia in the United Kingdom against various LCD panel manufacturers.
We are recognized as a market leader in assisting global businesses to devise practical and strategic solutions to the challenges posed by international privacy and data protection laws. We advise on all issues relating to privacy and trans-border data transfers around the world. Lawyers in our European offices have extensive experience in advising clients from all sectors on privacy and data protection issues and in consulting and negotiating with the European institutions and national data protection authorities throughout Europe on privacy matters.
In our London, Berlin and Brussels offices, we have lawyers qualified in the UK, United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Poland. We have the global reach to help clients conduct their business across multiple jurisdictions. Our lawyers in Europe work closely with their colleagues in Asia and the United States. When needed, we call upon an excellent network of European law firms with whom we and our clients work regularly on cross-border transactions. We always work with the best professionals for the project (not just with our best friends, although, over time some become that) in the relevant jurisdiction. Our experience coordinating these projects alongside our local firm collaborators in various jurisdictions ensures that our clients receive seamless advice and the best advice available in the jurisdiction on the subject matter at issue.
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