Morrison & Foerster’s Facilities Management Outsourcing (FMO) practice plays an important role within our Global Sourcing Group. Our FMO team delivers the full array of capabilities necessary to forge successful and enduring facilities management sourcing relationships for our clients across the world.

Collective Knowledge, Skill and Experience

With increasing frequency, companies are seeking to manage costs more efficiently by outsourcing their facilities management operations to specialized vendors. These transactions cover the outsourcing of building maintenance and repair; cleaning, waste disposal and pest control; event support; food and beverage operations; grounds management and landscaping; laboratory and manufacturing support; mailroom and copy center services; reception services; site security operations; utilities management; space usage planning; and a wide variety of other services relating to the operation and maintenance of facilities. In recent years, these services have expanded to encompass energy management, health, safety and environmental compliance, and workplace experience enhancements.

Our attorneys have negotiated many facilities management outsourcing transactions, ranging from the outsourcing of a single service at a single office building to complex cross-border projects involving the transfer of most facilities management services across a company’s global facilities. We have represented clients in a variety of industries in initial outsourcing projects, as well as second- and third-generation projects, and in sole-sourced and competitively bid projects.

We take pride in our business acumen as well as our skills as legal practitioners. We bridge the gap between business and law with an acute sense of negotiation savvy and organizational politics. Through our relationships with key players in the FMO community, including top consultants and vendors, we lead our clients through the process of securing and maintaining successful outsourcing deals.

FMO transactions are often challenging because of the infinite range and combination of processes and functions that can be outsourced as part of the transaction. Our experience with a broad range of FMO projects allows us to help clients creatively approach and understand the key business and legal drivers for each new transaction.

Team-Based Approach

We believe that our clients achieve the best results when we collaborate. Our top-ranked outsourcing team works seamlessly with our clients’ in-house counsel and retained consultants to build enduring vendor relationships and create successful strategies that provide lasting value.

We supplement our outsourcing team with a wide range of subject matter experts in relevant areas, such as real estate, environmental law, technology, intellectual property, privacy and data security, human resources, financial services and tax.

We are prepared to handle FMO transactions of any size, in any location around the world. We are regularly asked to advise clients on outsourcing projects for multinational companies, as well as mid-size companies and startups. For cross-border transactions, we leverage our firm’s presence in key business centers in the United States, Europe and Asia, and our relationships around the globe.

Representative Recent FMO Transactions

  • A multinational pharmaceutical company and its affiliates in a global integrated facilities management outsourcing. This engagement includes research, office, manufacturing, and other sites in approximately 60 countries. Services include site security, laboratory support and metrology, janitorial, roads and grounds, waste management, food services, and maintenance and repair services. We have also advised this client on successful FMO projects in Europe, North America and South America.
  • A major U.S.-based cybersecurity and software company in the negotiation of a master agreement covering facilities management services, capital project management services, and real estate transaction management services at all of the company’s facilities in 39 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
  • A global pharmaceutical company and its affiliates in the negotiation of master operating services agreements for the outsourcing to Exel Inc., a division of DHL, of the entire U.S. warehousing operations of these companies.
  • A global pharmaceutical company and its affiliates in the negotiation of a food services outsourcing agreement with Sodexo Operations, LLC, pursuant to which Sodexo manages the cafeteria, catering, vending, office beverage and company store operations at the client’s U.S. headquarters.
  • A major non-profit medical research organization in the outsourcing of its facilities management services at the organization’s biomedical research complex, which includes laboratory space, offices, conference facilities and housing.
  • A major UK bank in the outsourcing of all its UK facilities.
  • A major global cosmetics company in the outsourcing of food services at its U.S. manufacturing facility.
  • A European government department on an outsourcing project that was implemented across 10 regions worldwide and included the establishment and management of physical visa application centers in key international cities.

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