Thomas Chou is a partner in Morrison & Foerster LLP’s worldwide partnership, based in our Hong Kong office. He is co-head of the firm’s Asia private equity practice and chairs the firm’s leading China private equity practice, which is consistently ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific. Mr. Chou is also a leader in the firm’s China M&A group, which is ranked in China: Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms) by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017.
Mr. Chou has an active corporate practice, focusing on cross-border mergers and acquisitions (inbound and outbound), joint ventures, private equity, venture capital and debt financings and corporate restructurings. His clients include global private equity and venture capital firms, emerging growth companies, family offices, (including corporate VCs), sovereign wealth funds, and multinational corporations in the Technology, Media and Telecom, Healthcare and Life Science, Consumer and Retail, and Film and Entertainment sectors.
Mr. Chou is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital by major independent lawyer ranking organizations, including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific and IFLR1000.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 notes that he “can stand his ground and be very strong without being inflammatory.” He is also praised for his negotiation skills, and that “he is just generally a good deal-maker.”
Mr. Chou frequently speaks on current topics in M&A, private equity and venture capital for organizations such as the American Bar Association, Asia America MultiTechnology Association, Asian Venture Capital Journal, China Venture Capital Association, Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, and Mergermarket.
Mr. Chou was ranked as a leading individual for Private Equity (Buyouts) and Corporate/M&A in China by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017. He was also recommended for Private Equity in both Hong Kong and China by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017. IFLR1000 2017 has also recognized him as a leading individual in Hong Kong for Private Equity and M&A.
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