Representing clients in complex outsourcing transactions requires the ability to navigate vital challenges with a high degree of experience. Morrison & Foerster’s Global Sourcing Group has, collectively, well over a century of outsourcing experience, and has handled more than 300 outsourcing deals in the past five years and has received top accolades from many industry organizations, including Chambers & Partners Global, Chambers USA and Legal 500. Through creative approaches, astute negotiation and deep legal acumen, we offer the understanding and know-how necessary for our clients to achieve long-term successes.

Deep Bench Strength

With over 50 attorneys with expertise in outsourcing transactions, we have one of the largest outsourcing groups of any law firm, giving us deep bench strength at all attorney levels and allowing us to effectively staff large projects, close transactions under intense deadlines and advise on multiple transactions at any given time.

Global Team

With offices on three continents—North America, Europe and Asia—we are a global law firm with dedicated, Chambers-ranked outsourcing and technology transactions lawyers located in key countries. Clients rely on our global presence and expertise to navigate and execute complex, multinational outsourcing transactions. Learn more about our global team.

Broad Range of Transactions and Industries

We advise clients ranging in size and sophistication, from early-stage companies to the world’s leading multinational enterprises, in virtually every sector and on every transaction type—from financial services to pharmaceuticals and from traditional information technology and business process outsourcing to bet-the-company transformational deals. Read more about our full range of transactions and industries.

Subject Matter Expertise

With leading practices in global privacy and data security, financial services, real estate, cloud computing, energy and clean technology, clients rely on us not only for our outsourcing expertise, but also for our global subject matter expertise across a range of sectors and markets.

Thought Leaders in New Market Trends

We leverage our many years of outsourcing experience to stay at the leading edge of the industry. One of our most recognized differentiators is our ability to harness new market trends and evolving technologies to structure and implement innovative outsourcing mechanisms, including cloud-based solutions, robotic process automation and strategic integrator models. Read our recent publications.

Tools, Processes and Practices

With many years of sourcing experience, we offer our clients a collection of tools, processes and practices to navigate through complex transactions—from team preparation to negotiation strategy. Our knowledge of risk, reward and deal success enables us to craft workable long-term pricing and value-for-money mechanisms. Read more about our tools, processes and practices.

Top Industry Rankings

Our Global Sourcing Group is consistently ranked at the top of industry rankings such as Chambers & Partners Global, Chambers USA and Legal 500. With over 10 Chambers-ranked lawyers in our outsourcing and technology transactions practices worldwide, we are celebrated for “act[ing] on cross-border outsourcing initiatives” and for our “adept formation of strategic alliances, frequently involving the integration of new technologies, as well as acquisitions, licensing and service agreements.” See our rankings.

Amtrak
Represented Amtrak in the outsourcing of its IT platform in a third-generation, multi-sourced transaction valued at $500 million. Morrison & Foerster included innovative governance and service level structures that aligned the providers’ financial goals with Amtrak’s requirement of fully coordinated service delivery.
Kaiser Permanente
We represented Kaiser Permanente in a transaction valued at over $500 million to outsource Kaiser's four major data centers and several ancillary operations to IBM. We counseled Kaiser Permanente in its strategic outsourcing contract with Accenture. In addition, we assisted Kaiser Permanente in designing and implementing a comprehensive severance program as part of a larger outsourcing initiative.
Phoenix Group
We advised Phoenix Group on its outsourcing of life and pension payment execution functions and services to Diligenta, a subsidiary of Tata Consultancy Services. This was a complex deal involving the transfer of 950 staff, and we were involved in all aspects of the transaction including down selection of the final bidders; preparing the term sheet; agreeing to the pricing and performance structure; ensuring FSA compliance; defining the scope; tax structuring; putting in place the key controls over people and assets; defining exit procedures and principles; and advising Phoenix on all legal and business issues relating to the transaction. Phoenix Group is a closed-book life insurer.
UK Border Agency
We advised the UK Border Agency on its £297 million business process outsourcing contracts relating to the operation of the UK's visa application process. Services in-scope include the establishment of physical visa application centres; the provision of information services; the capacity to enrol biometric details of all visa applicants; and the secure transmission of all visa applicant details. Over 200 countries are in scope to receive services. We helped UKBA to deliver this hugely challenging project on budget and within timescales. This project won the award for “e-Government excellence: Innovation in strategy” at the e-Government National Awards 2007.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2016
Law Firm of the Year: Information Technology Law (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
National: Technology Law (Tier 1)
National: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Technology Law (Tier 1)
New York City: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
San Francisco: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Technology Law (Tier 2)


Chambers Global 2016 
Global: Data Protection
Global: Outsourcing
Global: TMT
USA: Outsourcing


Chambers USA 2016
National: Outsourcing
California: IT & Outsourcing (Tier 1)
New York: Technology & Outsourcing (Tier 1)
Washington, D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing 


Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016
Asia-Pacific Region: Technology, Media, Telecoms
China: Technology, Media, Telecoms: International Firms


Chambers UK 2017 
UK-wide: Outsourcing
London: Information Technology


Chambers Europe 2016 
Germany: TMT: Media


Legal 500 US 2015
Data Protection & Privacy 
Outsourcing
Technology Transactions 


Legal 500 UK 2015 
IT & Telecoms


Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017 
China: Foreign Firms: Technology, Media & Telecoms 
Hong Kong: Technology, Media & Telecoms 
Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms and Joint Ventures
Japan: Technology, Media & Telecoms
Singapore: Foreign Firms: Technology, Media & Telecoms


Corporate INTL Global Awards 2016
Technology & Outsourcing Law Firm of the Year in New York


Vault Guide 2014
#1 Technology Law Firm 

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Partner
New York
(212) 468-8040

Chris Ford
Partner
Washington D.C.
(202) 887-1512

Vivian L. Hanson
Partner
New York
(212) 506-7393

Alistair Maughan
Partner
London
44 (20) 79204066

Global Sourcing Trends in 2016
Global Sourcing Trends in 2016

 


IAOP’s The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors 2013


“They understand the need to deliver practical and creative solutions that provide appropriate resolutions and advance the business issues.”
(Chambers USA 2015)


“They have a growing reputation in Asia, and they are a quality outfit globally too.”
(Chambers Global 2015)

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