Morrison & Foerster's Capital Markets practice in China is one of the largest and most active capital markets practices of any international law firm in the region, advising clients on a broad range of corporate financing matters involving Hong Kong, U.S., and English law. Our multi-jurisdictional law capabilities and bilingual teams enhance our competitive position representing both issuers and underwriters on international offerings and cross-border corporate finance matters from our three offices in China.
Our capital markets group is supported by the full resources of more than 220 capital markets lawyers in 17 offices worldwide. The practice consistently ranks as one of the most active securities firms in the United States and Asia, representing issuers and underwriters in hundreds of securities offerings raising more than US$100 billion each year.
Equity Capital Markets
Morrison & Foerster is consistently ranked among the top legal advisers for initial public offerings and other equity-related transactions in Greater China. The firm has extensive experience in representing issuers, underwriters, and sponsors throughout the region in connection with equity offerings, including listings on the Main Board and the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, SEC-registered offerings in the United States (both New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ), global securities offerings pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S, PIPEs, and issuances involving ADR programs.
Debt Capital Markets and Equity-linked Transactions
Morrison & Foerster's debt capital markets team advises on a variety of transactions across the Asia Pacific region, including convertible and exchangeable investment-grade debt securities, high-yield debt, and RMB-denominated bonds.
Corporate Advisory and Compliance Practice
Morrison & Foerster regularly advises a broad range of privately-owned and state-owned PRC enterprises, as well as Hong Kong-based companies, on their ongoing compliance with Hong Kong and U.S. securities laws and regulations following their listing on the Hong Kong and U.S. markets. We are also familiar with the disclosure issues and reporting obligations faced by dual Hong Kong- and PRC-listed companies with both listed H and A shares.
Our lawyers have close working relationships with the securities regulatory bodies and other PRC governmental authorities, allowing us to assist clients in the resolution of complex regulatory compliance, approval and other administrative issues that arise when doing deals in China.
Our capital markets practice has developed considerable industry-specific experience in areas involving life sciences, energy and natural resources, automobile, financial services and financial institutions, Internet, semiconductors, and technology.
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019Hong Kong: Capital Markets (Equity)
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: EquityChina: Capital Markets: Equity: International Firms
IFLR1000 2018Hong Kong: Capital Markets: EquityHong Kong: Capital Markets: Debt
Here is what they say about us:
"They are responsive, precise and constructive when giving advice. They always bear clients' needs in mind and think through all the relevant issues, providing thorough analysis with practical suggestions. This firm is particularly strong in both legal and practical aspects when advising clients. It is also outstanding in being responsive when serving clients."(Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019)
"The team is great and can always give practical advice."(Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018)
"Well respected and active in the equity sphere, regularly advising major Hong Kong and PRC companies on their IPOs and secondary offerings."(Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018)
The MoFo Guide to Hong Kong IPOs English Version and 中文版
The MoFo Guide to U.S. Privatizations English Version and 中文版
Our Hong Kong Capital Markets Quarterly News publication summarizes the latest market and regulatory developments in Hong Kong. 美富的香港资本市场业务季刊主要概述上一季度的香港市场和监管发展状况。
"Well respected and active in the equity sphere, regularly advising major Hong Kong and PRC companies on their IPOs and secondary offerings."
"They are responsive, precise and constructive when giving advice. They always bear clients' needs in mind and think through all the relevant issues, providing thorough analysis with practical suggestions. This firm is particularly strong in both legal and practical aspects when advising clients. It is also outstanding in being responsive when serving clients." (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019)
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