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.

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

Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2013
IP Law Firm of the Year

Benchmark Litigation Awards 2013
Intellectual Property Firm of the Year (West)

BTI Litigation Outlook 2014
Named one of three “IP Litigation Powerhouses”

Chambers Global 2016
Global: Capital Markets: Equity
Global: Data Protection
Global: Outsourcing
Global: Intellectual Property
Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity
China: Capital Markets: Equity: International firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic
Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law
United States: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives

Chambers USA 2016
National: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
National: Capital Markets: Derivatives
National: Corporate/M&A
National: Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
National: Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance & Enforcement)
National: Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation)
National: Intellectual Property
National: Outsourcing
National: Privacy & Data Security
National: Startups & Emerging Companies

Financial Times: US Innovative Lawyers
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

IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2013
Recommended in Licensing (UK, USA: California, USA: New York)

IFLR1000 2017
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: Banking

IP Practice Group of the Year

Law360 Practice Groups of the Year 2012
Winner, Privacy & Consumer Protection Practice Group of the Year

Legal 500 US 2016
National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers; Advice to Managers
National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Issuers; Advice to Managers
National: Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Financial Institutions; Advice to Corporates
National: Financial Services Regulation
National: Structured Finance
National: Technology: Data Protection and Privacy; Outsourcing; Technology: Technology Transactions
National: Intellectual Property: Copyright; Portfolio Management and Licensing; Patent Litigation; Trademarks Litigation

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

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2017
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 Litigation (Tier 1)
National: Patent Law (Tier 1)
National: Securities/Capital Markets Law (Tier 1)
National: Securitization/Structured Finance Law
National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1)
National: Technology Law
National: Venture Capital Law (Tier 1)

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Law Firm of the Year 2013
Information Technology Law

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Law Firm of the Year 2014
Financial Services Regulation Law

Vault Guide 2014
#1 Technology Law Firm

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