Morrison & Foerster is a leading law firm advising issuers, agents and underwriters in a broad range of private and public financings. Our lawyers 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. We think of financings as existing on a liquidity continuum from private financings to public offerings of investment grade debt. Our deep experience spans the continuum, including:

We have developed considerable industry-specific experience in areas involving biotech and life science, energy and utilities, financial services and financial institutions, REITs, and technology. We are recognized for our thought leadership and frequently provide our clients with legal updates, webinars and our popular FAQs, which provide plain English explanations to questions about types of financing or capital formation transactions, as well as discussions of securities law issues. Selected chapters can be found here.

Client Stories - We're Only as Good as Our Last Deal

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Capital Markets

Derivatives and Structured Products

Structured Finance and Insurance-Linked Products

Hybrids

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 Underwriters
National: 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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