Capital Markets Practice Pointers

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 220 capital markets lawyers in 16 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:

  • Private Placements and PIPEs,
  • IPOs,
  • Equity Offerings,
  • Debt Offerings and Rule 144A Offerings,
  • Debt Repurchases, Exchange Offers and Tenders,
  • Global Offerings,
  • Innovative Financial Products, and
  • Derivatives, Commodities and Structured Products.

Industry-Specific Experience

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 Tools

The capital markets practice has developed a number of innovative new-media solutions to keep clients informed about developments affecting the capital markets. Tools include MoFoJumpstarter, our blog devoted to the JOBS Act, ThinkingCapMarkets, our capital markets-focused Twitter feed, and MoFoMoFi, our mortgage finance resource center. For more information about these client tools, click here.

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):

Capital Markets

Derivatives and Structured Products

Structured Finance and Insurance-Linked Products

Hybrids

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn about MoFo’s FAQs ebook, click here.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
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 2017
Global-wide: Capital Markets: Equity
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 2017
Debt Capital Markets


Chambers USA 2016
National: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
National: Capital Markets: Derivatives
National: Capital Markets: REITS
National: Capital Markets: Securitization (Individual Partners Ranked)


Derivatives Week 2013
European Law Firm of the Year


EQDerivatives Awards 2016
Equity Derivatives Law Firm of the Year


Euromoney: The Cover Awards 2012
Editor’s choice for most innovative deal – First SEC-registered Covered Bond (Royal Bank of Canada)


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 2015, 2016
Americas Law Firm of the Year


GlobalCapital Global Derivatives Awards 2016
Global Law Firm of the Year


GlobalCapital Syndicated Loan, Leveraged Finance and Private Placement Awards 2015
Private Placements Law Firm of the Year


IFLR1000 2017
China: Private Equity – Foreign Firms
Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Equity
Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Debt
Japan: Capital Markets: Equity
Japan: Capital Markets: Equity Foreign Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Debt
Japan: Capital Markets: Debt Foreign Firms
United States: Capital Markets: Debt
United States: Capital Markets: Equity
United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives
United States: Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation
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 2017
Japan: Capital markets: International firms and joint ventures
Hong Kong: Capital markets (debt)
Hong Kong: Capital markets (equity)


Legal 500 UK 2016
Debt Capital Markets
Derivatives and Structured Products


Legal 500 US 2016
National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers
National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Managers
National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Issuers
National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Managers
National: Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Financial Institutions
National: Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Corporates
National: Structured Finance


M&A Advisors Awards 2012
Debt Financing Deal of the Year – First-ever U.S. Registered Covered Bond (Royal Bank of Canada)


mtn-i Americas Awards 2013
Legal Leader


Operational Risk & Regulation Awards 2013
Law Firm of the Year


StructuredRetailProducts.com 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Best Law Firm in the Americas


Structured Products magazine 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016
Law Firm of the Year, Americas


Thomson Reuters Accelus Compliance Awards 2012, 2014
One of Five Firms Shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year


U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2017
National: Derivatives and Futures Law (Tier 1)
National: Securities/Capital Markets Law (Tier 1)
National: Securitization/Structured Finance Law 
National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1)
National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)

James R. Tanenbaum
Partner
New York
(212) 468-8163


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(Legal 500 US 2013)

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