Marcia Ellis

Marcia Ellis


Princeton University (A.B., 1985)
University of Washington (M.A., 1990)
Columbia Law School (J.D., 1995)

Bar Admissions

New York
Hong Kong (Solicitor)

Marcia Ellis is the co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s Asia Private Equity Practice and a member of the firm’s global board of directors. Her practice focuses on private equity transactions and complex mergers and acquisitions involving companies and assets located in Asia.

From 2008 – 2011, she was the Chief Legal Officer for Asia of D. E. Shaw, 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.

Having practiced in Asia for more than two decades, Marcia is one of the most experienced M&A lawyers active in the Asian market. In the past 12 months alone, she has advised clients on deals the aggregate value of which is well in excess of US$80 billion.

Marcia regularly advises leading investors on M&A transactions, including SoftBank Vision Fund, Alibaba, GLP, Bain Capital Credit, BlackRock, Farallon Capital, Ascendent Capital Partners, RRJ Capital, Summer Capital, Celadon Partners and Ark Pacific Capital.

Marcia was named Dealmaker of the Year by Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards in 2018, and is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as a leading lawyer in China for Corporate/M&A and Private Equity and as a leading individual for Private Equity in Hong Kong by Legal 500. Clients consider her a “trusted adviser on all aspects of private equity transactions” who is “highly effective and passionate about success and achieving the right outcomes.”

Marcia Ellis is ranked as a leading individual in China for Private Equity by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016. She is also recognized by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 for Real Estate in China, Corporate (Including M&A) and Private Equity in Hong Kong.

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