Technology + Outsourcing | China


Morrison & Foerster has an in-depth knowledge and experience of sourcing transactions in China and Asia in a wide range of industries including banking, finance and insurance; manufacturing; media, communications and technology and retail. Our lawyers have provided transactional and regulatory support to both service providers and users across a broad spectrum of sourcing transactions including:

  • IT Outsourcing. The outsourcing of mainframes, servers, desktops, network infrastructure, maintenance and helpdesk functions, including issues such as offshore delivery models, transferring staff and assets, intellectual property matters, service levels, benchmarking, technology refresh, obtaining 3rd party consents and exit management.
  • Services Procurement and Delivery. The procurement and/or delivery of horizontal business functions such as HR administration, payroll, finance and accounting and procurement as well as vertical business processes such as customer helpdesk and back office administration.
  • Licensing. Intellectual property (IP) related transactions, including software development agreements, licensing models, IP registration and protection and escrow arrangements.
  • Restructuring and Hive Down Arrangements. The hive down of existing internal service providing assets within a business in order to enable the expansion of services to external clients, including due diligence, transferring staff and assets, corporate restructuring, preparation of standard contracts and IP licensing models.
  • Regulatory Support. Providing regulatory support for both service providers and users of outsourced services in China, including cross border regulatory issues such as technology transfer, telecoms licensing, data privacy and encryption control issues.

Morrison & Foerster is recognized as a leading firm for technology and outsourcing work in Hong Kong and China. The practice is ranked as a leader by Chambers Asia Pacific and by Legal 500 Asia Pacific, where the firm is in the first tier for both countries.

Our China team is supported by a Global Sourcing Practice with more than 60 experienced sourcing lawyers in our US, European and Asian offices to provide a seamless global service on all aspects of sourcing.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
Asia-Pacific: Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)
China: Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): International Firms


Chambers Global 2016
Asia-Pacific Region: Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)
Global-wide: Outsourcing
Global-wide: Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)
United States: Outsourcing


Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016
China: Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Foreign Firms
Hong Kong: Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)
Japan: Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): International Firms and Joint Ventures
Singapore: Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Foreign Firms

"They are a first-tier firm with a great reputation in the TMT space."
(Chambers Asia-Pacific: China 2016)


"They are very willing to invest time to understand our business and our issues and not coming up with a cookie-cutter solution. They impress us with their knowledge of the business and the personal relationship."
(Chambers Global: Asia-Pacific Region 2016)


"There are many firms with perfectly good expertise in these areas, but what sets Morrison & Foerster apart is the directness, clarity and concision of the advice."
(Chambers Global: Global-wide 2016)

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