Known for his ability to bring creative solutions to complex issues in outsourcing transactions, Chris Ford represents companies in their strategic commercial transactions, including information technology and business process outsourcing; cloud-based relationships; telecommunications transactions; bank processing and network deals; ERP implementations; and general licensing, development, joint venture and related transactions. He is chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Sourcing Group and a partner in the Technology Transactions Group.
With more than 20 years of experience to draw upon, Mr. Ford has represented such clients as The State of Georgia in its landmark $2.1 billion IT infrastructure and Network Management outsourcing transactions with IBM and AT&T, respectively; Ingersoll-Rand in its IT infrastructure transaction with Computer Sciences Corporation; CB Richard Ellis in its global applications, development, and maintenance outsourcing transaction with Cognizant; and McKesson Corporation in its global finance and accounting outsourcing arrangement with Genpact.
In addition to his outsourcing practice, Mr. Ford represents financial institutions in their processing and network management transactions. For example, he represented Bank of America in its global retail, commercial, and small business credit card processing agreement with Total Systems Services (TSYS); MUFG Union Bank in its commercial card processing transaction, also adverse to TSYS; and Bank of America in its debit card processing and ATM Network management deal with STAR Networks.
Mr. Ford is regarded as one of the world’s top lawyers for Outsourcing and Technology Transactions by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Legal 500 US. Sources quoted by Chambers commend Mr. Ford for his knowledge of the IT industry and call his negotiation skills “second to none.”
Christopher Ford is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global (2016), Chambers USA (2016), Legal 500 US (2016), PLC Which lawyer? 2012, and Best Lawyers In America 2015.
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