Morrison & Foerster is a worldwide leader in representing corporations, funds, investment banks and other entities as they engage in a wide range of transactions. With more than 280 lawyers across 16 offices worldwide, our Corporate Department is comprised of strong specialized practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity funds, private equity investments and buyouts, emerging companies and venture capital, corporate governance, capital-raising and public companies counseling.

We assist our clients with all of their most important corporate needs, whether that involves mergers, acquisitions or complex strategic transactions, securities offerings, including early-stage financing through initial public offerings and subsequent debt and equity offerings, complying with securities laws around the world, establishing a private equity fund, or engaging in a leveraged buyout. Further, in an increasingly global corporate environment, our expertise in cross-border transactions is particularly well-established, as a result of several decades of highly focused growth in Asia and Europe. Our overriding goal is to provide innovative solutions for the issues that arise in our clients' transactions through a highly collaborative approach that draws on our broad and deep areas of expertise in representing corporations, funds and investment banks.

While our Corporate Department has experience representing clients in a wide variety of industries, we have notably deep experience with clients in consumer products, energy, clean technology, renewable energy, financial institutions, life sciences, real estate investment trusts, retail, technology (information technology, computer products and peripherals, semiconductors, and software), defense and government contracting, and telecommunications and media. Working effectively with companies in these diverse industries requires proficiency in a number of areas that are core components of what we have done for decades and in which we are known to excel, such as bank regulatory, intellectual property, real estate, and technology transactions, come to mind.

The Corporate Department represents clients across a broad spectrum of size and complexity. We represent companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks in public and private mergers and acquisitions of all sizes, including both domestic and cross-border transactions. We are equally comfortable assisting with financing transactions at all points along the financing continuum—from early stage and venture financings, to private placements, to IPOs, to PIPEs and registered directs, to offerings by large public companies. The Corporate Department also assists private equity funds and other private investment funds of all types in their formation, including buyout funds, venture capital funds, distressed company funds, mezzanine funds, funds-of-funds, hedge funds and real-estate funds, as well as providing advice to private equity funds and other investors in domestic and cross-border buyout and investment transactions, real estate investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Our Corporate Department clients often look to us for ongoing counseling on all of their corporate needs. In addition to our work on specific transactions describe above, our clients are able to take advantage of our thought leadership in the areas of corporate governance, executive compensation, public disclosure and similar issues that typically arise for both private and public companies. We are primary outside counsel to over 100 public companies, ranging from small-capitalization companies to Fortune 500 companies, and these clients routinely seek our advice on all aspects of corporate governance and securities law compliance on a worldwide basis.

Corporate Board Member
America’s Best Corporate Law Firms –Top 25 2017


Law360 2016
Named one of the M&A Practice Groups of the Year
M&A MVPs: Rob Townsend


Chambers Global 2017
Corporate/M&A: United States
Corporate/M&A: Asia-Pacific Region
Corporate/M&A: International Firms: China
Corporate/M&A: International Firms: Japan
Corporate/M&A: International Firms: Singapore
Corporate/M&A: Experts Based Abroad: Israel
Corporate/M&A: Germany

Corporate/M&A: Private Equity: Asia-Pacific Region

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: United States
Capital Markets: Derivatives: United States
Capital Markets: Equity: Asia-Pacific Region
Capital Markets: Equity: International Firms: China
Capital Markets: Equity: Global-wide
Capital Markets: Domestic: Japan
Capital Markets: International (US Law): Japan


Chambers USA 2016
Corporate/M&A: Nationwide (“Elite”)
Corporate/M&A: Northern California
Corporate/M&A: Southern California
Corporate/M&A: New York (“Highly Regarded”)
Corporate/M&A: Northern Virginia (Band 1)

Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital: California

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation: California

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Nationwide
Capital Markets: Derivatives: Nationwide

REITs: Nationwide

Startups & Emerging Companies: Nationwide


Chambers Asia 2016
Corporate/M&A: International Firms: Japan (band 1)
Corporate/M&A: Asia-Pacific Region
Corporate/M&A: The Elite – International Firms: China
Corporate/M&A: International Firms: Singapore

Corporate/M&A: Private Equity: Asia-Pacific Region

Capital Markets: Equity: Asia-Pacific Region
Capital Markets: Equity: International Firms: China
Capital Markets: Domestic: Japan
Capital Markets: International (US Law): Japan

Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment: International Firms: China


Chambers UK 2016
Capital Markets: Debt: London Firms

Chambers Europe 2016
Corporate/M&A: Germany – Mid-Market


U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2017
Mergers & Acquisitions Law:
Tier One: National | San Francisco | Washington D.C.

Corporate Law:
Tier One: National | Sacramento | San Diego | San Francisco | San Jose | Washington D.C.
Information Technology Law: Law Firm of the Year

Venture Capital Law:
Tier One: National | Washington D.C.

Securities/Capital Markets Law:
Tier One: National | San Diego | San Francisco | Washington D.C.

Securities Regulation Law:
Tier One: National | Los Angeles | Washington D.C.

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law:
Tier One: San Francisco


Legal 500 2016
M&A: U.S. Large Deals ($1bn-5bn)
M&A: Upper Mid-Market: London
Corporate/M&A: International Firms & JVs– Japan
Corporate/M&A: Foreign Firms – China
Corporate (Including M&A): Hong Kong
Corporate/M&A: Foreign Firms – Singapore

Capital Markets: Debt Offerings – Advice to Issuers: United States
Capital Markets: Debt Offerings – Advice to Managers: United States
Capital Markets: Equity Offerings – Advice to Issuers: United States
Capital Markets: Equity Offerings – Advice to Managers: United States
Capital Markets: Global Offerings – Advice to Corporates: United States
Capital Markets: Global Offerings – Advice to Financial Institutions: United States
Capital Markets: International Firms and JVs – Japan
Capital Markets (Debt): Hong Kong
Capital Markets (Equity): Hong Kong

Mutual/Registered Funds: United States
Investment Funds: Hong Kong

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation: United States

Venture Capital & Emerging Companies: United States

Real Estate Investment Trusts: United States

Private Equity/Venture Capital: Foreign Firms – China
Private Equity: Venture Capital: Germany (“Other Recommended Firms”)
Private Equity: Hong Kong

Named to the 2017 list of ”America’s Best Corporate Law Firms” as designated by directors and general counsel of publicly-traded companies
(Corporate Board Member/FTI Consulting)


2016 M+A Annual Review
M+A 2016 Annual Review

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