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MoFo has 170+ lawyers located in key global business centers advising startups, emerging and growth companies, and venture capital funds, corporate venture capital clients, and other financing sources. We assist companies with a full range of services, including initial formation and financings, late-stage financings, secondary transactions and investments, mergers & acquisitions, public offerings, strategic alliances and joint ventures, licensing deals, commercial contracts, patent prosecution, executive compensation, labor & employment, and corporate governance.

Our team brings its extensive industry experience to counsel clients in cutting-edge areas of technology, including software, mobile, virtual reality, e-commerce, cybersecurity, data analytics, AI/robotics, and drones, as well as media, clean technology and alternative energy, social enterprise and impact investing, agtech and fintech. The life sciences industry is a core focus at MoFo and our experience includes working with companies and investors in the biotechnology, nanotechnology, therapeutics, medical devices, tools & diagnostics, healthcare IT, and personalized medicine sectors.

Key Statistics:

  • 1,300+ startup, emerging and growth company, and investor clients.
  • $100+ billion in venture capital raised or deployed in the last five years.
  • $725+ billion in aggregate merger and acquisition transactional value in the last five years.
  • An established thought leader team with frequent recognition in leading industry publications including Entrepreneur, VC-List, Inc., Tech Crunch, and the Venture Capital Journal.
  • MoFo ScaleUp, our website that serves as a key resource for startup founders and entrepreneurs by providing legal updates and implications, industry trends, event listings, and sample documents like incorporation checklists and certifications, bylaws, and model cap tables.

When required, the team leverages our vast resources, including intellectual property, technology transactions and licensing, privacy, tax, cybersecurity, national security, and employment practice teams.

We use our global network to connect companies and capital sources, and help venture capital investors, corporate venture capital, family offices, angel investors, high-net-worth individuals, and other funding sources form private investment partnerships and financing relationships.

Best Lawyers USA 2017
National: Venture Capital Law


Chambers USA 2019
Nationwide: Startups & Emerging Companies
California: Venture Capital


Legal 500 US 2019
Venture Capital and Emerging Companies


Chambers Asia 2016
China: Private Equity: Buyouts: International Firms


IFLR1000 2018
China: Private Equity/Venture Capital
Hong Kong: Private Equity


Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016
China: Private Equity/Venture Capital: Foreign Firms


Private Equity Analyst USA
Top 20 Most Active Law Firms: Private Equity and Venture Capital Deals


Here is what they say about us:

“The team is totally outstanding, great at teamwork and very creative.”
(Chambers USA 2018) 

“Thoughtful and informed counsel, and are very business-minded. It is a firm that inspires confidence.”
(Chambers USA 2018) 

“MoFo impressed me with their ability to harness the knowledge of their overseas offices in providing some remarkable advice.”
(Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018) 

“I cannot speak more highly of them. They understand what we are trying to achieve and they think ahead about our interests.”
(Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018)

“They combine intellectual firepower with a tremendous investigative and analytical ability, and they are brilliant on the tactical and strategic level.”
(Chambers USA 2017) 

“They have a deep knowledge of the startup space and how that relates to business models. I view them as a strategic partner in the business.”
(Chambers USA 2016)

“The team at Morrison & Foerster LLP possesses ‘phenomenal business acumen’, coupled with ‘instant response times.’”
(Legal 500 2016) 

“Exceptionally knowledgeable, succinct professionals who are very responsive, very thorough and communicative.”
(Chambers USA 2016) 

“They are very smart, responsive and flexible. They are problem solvers, not just problem spotters.”
(Chambers USA 2016)


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"They are experts in the field, they demonstrate sensitivity to the real business matters at hand and advise in a good pragmatic way." (Chambers USA 2019)


“They have a deep knowledge of the startup space and how that relates to business models. I view them as a strategic partner in the business.”
(Chambers USA 2016)


“The team at Morrison & Foerster LLP possesses ‘phenomenal business acumen’, coupled with ‘instant response times.’”
(Legal 500 2016)


“Exceptionally knowledgeable, succinct professionals who are very responsive, very thorough and communicative.”
(Chambers USA 2016)


“They are very smart, responsive and flexible. They are problem solvers, not just problem spotters.”
(Chambers USA 2016)

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