The 50,000 Foot View
Morrison & Foerster is a leading capital markets law firm, advising issuers, agents and underwriters in a broad range of domestic and international private and public financings. Some of the relevant statistics: over 60 capital markets lawyers in 17 offices worldwide; consistently ranked as one of the most active securities firms in the United States and Asia; representing issuers and underwriters in hundreds of securities offerings raising over $100 billion each year....
There are more numbers and accolades. But we don't think that's the primary reason you should choose to work with us.
Zeroing in on Solutions
Helping our clients accomplish their capital-raising needs in ever changing markets is challenging. It's not always amenable to simple solutions. It requires equal measures of understanding and listening. We work hard to understand our clients' businesses and listen intently as they describe their objectives. Our clients appreciate our dexterity and experience in crafting new financial products and offering methodologies when off-the-shelf approaches do not work. It's true, we like complex financings. Complexity often permits us to help our clients create value that others have been unable to unlock. Just because we're not put off by complexity, doesn't mean we don't appreciate simplicity. We readily acknowledge that the most elegant solutions frequently are the simplest.
A Continuum, Not a Roller Coaster
We think of financings as existing on a liquidity continuum from the less liquid (private financings) to the highly liquid (public offerings of investment grade debt). Our capital markets experience spans the continuum, including:
The capital markets practice has developed considerable industry-specific experience in areas involving biotech and life science, business development companies, energy, financial services and financial institutions, insurance, REITs, and technology.
Client Stories - We're Only as Good as Our Last Deal
Read more about what we've been up to lately (documents in pdf format):
Derivatives and Structured Products
Structured Finance and Insurance-Linked Products
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Morrison & Foerster’s FAQs book is written and published by MoFo lawyers on an annual basis. The FAQs provide plain English explanations of the most popular types of financing or capital formation transactions, as well as discussions of securities law issues. Selected chapters are below.
Corporate Board Member America's Best Corporate Law Firms - Top 25 2018
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity China: Capital Markets: Equity: International Firms Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law
Chambers Global 2018 Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity China: Capital Markets: Equity: International firms Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law United States: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives
Chambers UK 2018, 2019 Debt Capital Markets
Chambers USA 2019 National: Capital Markets: Derivatives National: REITS
EQDerivatives Awards 2016 Equity Derivatives Law Firm of the Year
Financial Times: US Innovative Lawyers Overall winner of the Innovation in Social Responsibility category, 2016 One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of New Products and Techniques, 2016 One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Enabling Clients Business, 2015 One of five firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Finance, 2012
GlobalCapital Americas Derivatives Awards Americas Law Firm of the Year 2015 – 2017 U.S. Law Firm of the Year – Transactions 2018
GlobalCapital Global Derivatives Awards 2016, 2017 Global Law Firm of the Year
GlobalCapital Syndicated Loan, Leveraged Finance and Private Placement Awards 2016 Private Placements Law Firm of the Year
IFLR1000 2019 Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Debt Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Equity Japan: Capital Markets: Debt Japan: Capital Markets: Debt Foreign Firms Japan: Capital Markets: Equity Japan: Capital Markets: Equity Foreign Firms United States: Capital Markets: Debt United States: Capital Markets: Equity United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives United States: Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitization United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Debt United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Derivatives
IFLR Americas Awards Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year, 2013 Structured Finance and Securitisation Team of the Year, 2015
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018 Japan: Capital markets: International firms and joint ventures Hong Kong: Capital markets (equity)
Legal 500 UK 2017 Debt Capital Markets Derivatives and Structured Products
Legal 500 US 2019 National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Underwriters National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Issuers National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to UnderwritersNational: Structured Finance: Derivatives and Structured Products National: Structured Finance: Securitization
StructuredRetailProducts.com 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 (shortlist) Best Law Firm in the Americas
Structured Products magazine 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 Law Firm of the Year, Americas
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018 National: Derivatives and Futures Law (Tier 1) National: Securities/Capital Markets Law (Tier 1) National: Securitization and Structured Finance Law (Tier 1) National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1) National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
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