Morrison & Foerster has a leading global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. The depth and breadth of the practice reflects the dynamic nature of our clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, private equity sponsors, investment banks and privately-held companies.
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Our M&A lawyers work as an integrated team with experts in key areas such as intellectual property, antitrust, litigation, tax, labor and benefits, finance and bankruptcy, real estate, environmental, and securities. Our internal approach is highly collaborative.
Clients rate our services with commentary such as "intensely dedicated to achieving the client's objectives" and "highly creative problem solvers" -- in short we know how to get deals done.
We also work closely with our clients to achieve practical resolution of the many issues -- both expected and unexpected -- arising in M&A transactions. We create solutions to resolve issues, close transactions and help the combined companies prepare for post closing operations.
We have one of the world's preeminent intellectual property practices. This expertise is a critical discipline that we bring to our M&A practice. Our intellectual property experience covers virtually every aspect of intellectual property including patents, copyright, trademark, trade secrets, licensing, litigation and counseling.
Our M&A experience reflects our focus on cross border transactions. As a leading global law firm, we are truly international in many aspects -- from our client base to the people who work here. A large number of our lawyers have spent substantial time overseas. Where needed, we seamlessly staff M&A projects both in the U.S. and from our offices in Asia and Europe. Many of our M&A lawyers are multi-lingual.
Some of the industry areas where we have deep transactional experience include technology and Internet, life sciences, media, consumer and branded products, energy, clean technology, renewable energy, financial services and financial institutions, telecommunications, and retailing and leisure.
A representative list of some areas of our M&A expertise includes:
Some clients we have represented in M&A projects include Astellas Pharma, Boyd Gaming Corporation, The Clorox Company, Fujitsu, Gruppo Campari, Hitachi, Intel Corp/Intel Capital Corp, Angang New Steel Company, Japan Airlines, Korn/Ferry International, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mitsui, Nikon, Restoration Hardware, Ricoh, SoftBank, TDK, Technicolor, Toshiba and Visa.
American Lawyer 2013 Global M&A Deal of the Year, U.S.: SoftBank/Sprint
M&A Advisor 2013 International Law Firm of the Year 2013 International M&A Dealmaker of the Year-Law: Ken Siegel
Law360 2012 and 2013 M&A Group of the Year
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2011-2013 Corporate Law/M&A Tier One: National | San Francisco | Washington, DC
Chambers Global 2015 - Corporate/M&A Asia-Pacific Region International Firms: China (band one) International Firms: Japan (band one) International Firms: Singapore Desk Based Abroad: Israel United States of America
Chambers Asia 2015 - Corporate/M&A International Firms (band one)
Chambers USA 2015 - Corporate/M&A Nationwide ("Elite") New York ("Highly Regarded") Northern California Southern California Northern Virginia (band one)
Chambers UK 2015 - Corporate/M&A London – Lower Mid-Market (band one)
Major Markets M&A Atlas Awards 2014 Cross-Border Deal of the Year Asia Pacific Private Equity Deal of the Year Emerging Markets Deal of the Year Technology Deal of the Year
IFLR1000 2015 China and Hong Kong M&A Japan M&A: Foreign Law (band one) Singapore M&A: Foreign Firms United States M&A
Legal500 2015 M&A: U.S. Large Deals ($1bn-5bn)
Corporate Board Member America’s Best Corporate Law Firms – General Counsel Rankings Top 20 2014 America’s Best Corporate Law Firms – Directors’ Rankings Top 25 2014
M+A Law Tier One: National | San Francisco | San Diego Tier Two: Washington, D.C.
M+A 2015 Annual Review
M&A Leaders Survey
2013 Grand Prize Am Law Global M&A Deal of the Year 2014 Am Law Global M&A Deal of the Year: China Private Equity
Named International Law Firm of the Year for the past two years (2012 & 2013)
Named M&A Group of the Year for the past two years (2012 & 2013)
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