It may not be intuitively obvious that a leading technology law firm also would be one of the leading financial services regulatory firms in the country.  Morrison & Foerster has long been recognized as both.  We think that this particular expertise makes us an ideal partner for financial technology companies.  Fast-growing fintech companies appreciate that we are able to provide advice on the regulatory environment affecting financial services, as well as advice on corporate and securities, M&A, licensing, privacy, and intellectual property matters.

Consumer Financial Services

We are the leader in the field of consumer lending and payment card systems, as we have been since the early days of the Truth in Lending Act and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act.  In recent years, the growth of the mobile payments industry has provided ample opportunity to assist clients in developing and implementing mobile payment systems, in structuring, documenting and negotiating licensing agreements for mobile payment processing platforms, and in developing mobile wallets across a diverse array of technology platforms.

Securities and Capital Markets

Morrison & Foerster has for decades been known as a leading firm advising issuers and underwriters on initial public offerings.  With our depth of capital markets experience, and our expertise in some of the most active industries for offerings, we are a key partner for issuers transitioning to public ownership.  Given our roots in Silicon Valley, we are committed to emerging companies, and have championed many of the reforms that made their way into the JOBS Act.  Once the JOBS Act was enacted, we promptly launched various dedicated JOBS Act resources.  We regularly represent issuers, underwriters and placement agents in all aspects of equity capital markets transactions, including advising on public (IPO and follow-on) and private offerings, including confidentially marketed public offerings, at-the-market offerings, shelf offerings, private placements of equity securities and PIPE transactions.  We also are one of the preeminent firms advising on debt issuances.

Technology Transactions

For many years, Morrison & Foerster has been recognized as one of the world's leading law firms handling complex technology transactions.  In fact, we've been referred to as “probably the premier IT practice in the world” by Chambers and Partners. We've also been named the #1 Technology Law Firm by Vault Guide 2014 and the 2013 “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States in Information Technology Law by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers®.  Our clients include many of the most innovative technology companies and recognizable technology brands. We actively assist both established and emerging technology sector clients in creating and leveraging new technology platforms and harnessing evolving business models. We also advise a wide range of companies on their agreements and projects to implement technology.  We have one of the largest dedicated technology transactions groups of any general practice firm.

Intellectual Property

Morrison & Foerster’s Intellectual Property practice is the work of an interdepartmental group of lawyers whose practice focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, and related intellectual property matters. The firm has one of the largest intellectual property practices of any general practice firm, with approximately 300 lawyers. Our size and breadth of expertise enable us to provide a full range of cutting-edge IP services, including representation in patent and trademark prosecution, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and business and licensing transactions. The firm’s practice is ranked by independent observers, such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Legal 500, as one of the top intellectual property practices in the world.

Privacy and Data Protection

Morrison & Foerster has the leading privacy and data protection practice in the United States. We advise financial institutions and other financial services enterprises on compliance with federal and state privacy laws. For our global financial institution clients, we advise on how local privacy laws and laws applicable to regulated financial institutions may affect the sharing of data within the enterprise across multiple jurisdictions. Our attorneys have also advised clients on contracts and other approaches to comply with the EU Privacy Directive and similar privacy initiatives in other countries.

Chambers Professional Advisers: FinTech 2019
Global-wide (Legal)
U.S. (Legal)
Hong Kong (Legal: Hong Kong-based) 
Singapore (Legal)

U.S. News – Best Lawyers®
Litigation - Banking & Finance – Law Firm of the Year 2019
Financial Services Regulation Law – Law Firm of the Year 2018 and 2014
Information Technology Law – Law Firm of the Year 2018 and 2013

Chambers Global 2017
Global: Capital Markets: Equity
Global: Data Protection
Global: Intellectual Property
Global: Outsourcing
Global: TMT
Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity
Asia-Pacific: Corporate/M&A
Asia-Pacific: Intellectual Property
Asia-Pacific: TMT
China: Capital Markets: Equity: International Firms
China: Corporate/M&A: The Elite: International Firms
China: Intellectual Property: International Firms
Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic
Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law
Japan: Corporate/M&A: International Firms
Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms
United States: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives
United States: Corporate/M&A
United States: Intellectual Property: Patent
United States: Outsourcing
United States: Privacy & Data Security

Chambers USA 2018
National: Capital Markets: Derivatives
National: Corporate/M&A
National: Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
National: Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation)
National: Intellectual Property
National: Outsourcing
National: Privacy & Data Security
National: Startups & Emerging Companies
California: Intellectual Property
California: IT & Outsourcing: Transactions
California: Labor & Employment
California: Litigation: General Commercial
California: Venture Capital
New York: Corporate/M&A
New York: Litigation: General Commercial
New York: Technology & Outsourcing

Legal 500 US 2018

Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers; Advice to Underwriters
Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Issuers; Advice to Managers
Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Issuers; Advice to Underwriters
Cyber Law
Financial Services Regulatory
Financial Services Litigation
Intellectual Property: Copyright; Patent Licensing; Patent Litigation; Patent Prosecution; Trademark Litigation; Trade Secrets
Structured Finance
Technology: Transactions
Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

IFLR1000 2019
China: M&A: Foreign Firms
Germany: M&A
Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Debt
Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Equity
Hong Kong: M&A
Japan: Banking: Foreign Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Debt
Japan: Capital Markets: Debt: Foreign Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Equity
Japan: Capital Markets: Equity: Foreign Firms
Japan: M&A: Foreign Firms
Japan: M&A: Local Firms
Singapore: M&A: Foreign Firms
UK: Capital Markets: Debt
UK: Capital Markets: Derivatives
United States: Banking
United States: Capital Markets: Debt
United States: Capital Markets: Equity
United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives
United States: Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitization
United States: Financial Services Regulatory
United States: M&A

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2019
National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
National: Corporate Law (Tier 1)
National: Derivatives and Futures Law (Tier 1)
National: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
National: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
National: IP Litigation (Tier 1)
National: Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1)
National: Patent Law (Tier 1)
National: Patent Litigation (Tier 1)
National: Securities/Capital Markets Law (Tier 1)
National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1)
National: Securitization and Structured Finance Law (Tier 1)
National: Tax Law (Tier 1)
National: Technology Law (Tier 1)
National: Venture Capital Law (Tier 1)

Women in Compliance Awards
Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year, 2015 and 2016

Litigation Powerhouse 2016
IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013
Privacy & Consumer Protection Practice Group of the Year 2012

Financial Times: US Innovative Lawyers
One of five firms ranked “Highly Commended” in the category of Enabling Business Growth, 2017
Overall winner of the Innovation in Social Responsibility category, 2016
One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of New Products and Techniques, 2016
One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Enabling Clients Business, 2015
One of five firms ranked "Standout" in the category of Finance, 2012

Thomson Reuters Accelus Compliance Awards 2012, 2014
One of Five Firms Shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year

Vault Guide 2014
#1 Technology Law Firm

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