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 16 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.
Chambers Global 2011Asia-Pacific: Capital MarketsChina/Hong Kong: Capital Markets: International & Hong Kong Law: Equity
Chambers Asia 2011Asia-wide: Capital Markets: EquityChina: Capital Markets: Equity: International FirmsChina: Capital Markets: US Law: International Firms
IFLR1000 2012China: Capital Markets: Foreign FirmsHong Kong: Capital Markets: Equity
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2011-2012Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Equity
Here is what they say about us:
"Earns ranking for its 'experience and international reach'."(Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2011)
"Spot-on on the issues, very commercial and always helpful."(IFLR1000 2010)
"Interviewees applaud the 'high level of senior partner involvement' in deals, a factor that explains the team's success in heavyweight transactions."(Chambers Global 2009)
The MoFo Guide to Compliance for Hong Kong Listed Companies
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。
Tier 1 in Capital Markets in China (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2010-2011)
Leading law firm for Capital Markets: International & Hong Kong Law: Equity (Chambers Asia and Chambers Global 2008-2011)
"Sound legal knowledge and a particular edge on how to deal with Chinese clients." (IFLR1000 2011 )
"Earns ranking for its 'experience and international reach'." (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2010/2011)
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