Matthew Lau is a tax partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. His practice focuses on the tax structuring aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings, particularly in the United States, China, Japan, and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region. He also regularly advises U.S. and Asia-based fund sponsors and institutional investors on tax issues related to the formation of, and investments in, private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, co-investment vehicles and other alternative investment products.
Mr. Lau has represented multinational corporations and funds in acquisitions and restructuring transactions across more than 30 jurisdictions. He has advised clients from a wide range of industries, including consumer, energy, health care, media, natural resources, real estate, technology and telecommunications.
In addition, Mr. Lau has extensive experience advising clients on compliance and structuring issues related to U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) and similar information-sharing regimes. He also represents clients in connection with equity and debt offerings, securitizations, syndicated loans and swaps.
Mr. Lau received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a three-year Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Lau worked for another leading U.S. law firm in New York.
Mr. Lau is a native English and Cantonese speaker.
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