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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 2017
Law Firm of the Year: Information Technology Law (2012 - 2017)
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 2018
Data Protection & Privacy 
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 

Global Sourcing Trends in 2016
Global Sourcing Trends in 2016

Best Lawyers 2017
Information Technology
“Law Firm of the Year”
U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2017

IAOP’s The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors 2013

“Morrison & Foerster offers service to key players in the pharmaceutical, financial services, media and telecoms sectors, and particularly stands out for its strength in the IT field.”
(Chambers Global 2017)

“High-quality outsourcing team…Represents business at all stages of the life-cycle, but has particular expertise negotiating multisource deals on behalf of multinational companies.”
(Chambers USA 2017)

Our team “has a long history in the outsourcing market and acts for clients in a broad spectrum of industries from pharmaceuticals to financial services."
(Legal 500 US 2018)

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