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Morrison & Foerster Secures Several Band 1 and New Top Rankings in China and Singapore in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 Edition

Recognition reinforces the firm’s continued excellence in the delivery of legal services in East, South and Southeast Asia

17 Dec 2018

Morrison & Foerster’s China and Singapore offices continue to build momentum and gain recognition for excellence in legal services as evidenced by the firm’s recent rankings in the 2019 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific.

The firm secured a Band 1 practice ranking in China in the following category:

  • Technology, Media, and Telecoms (TMT) Information Technology: International Firms (China)  –  Morrison & Foerster’s TMT practice in China is known for handling an array of cutting-edge work spanning all areas of TMT, including recently representing SoftBank in its US$5 billion and US$4.6 billion investments in DiDi and advising Tencent on its patent cross-practice license arrangement with Google.

Additionally, two Morrison & Foerster partners in the region received Band 1 individual lawyer rankings:

  • Singapore partner Daniel Levison received a Band 1 ranking for Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption for the second year in a row. Mr. Levison is well versed in FCPA matters and regularly advises on fraud, corruption, data security and competition matters.
  • Hong Kong partner Gordon Milner, head of the firm’s China Technology practice, was recognized in the China TMT: Information Technology (International Firms) category. Mr. Milner specializes in advising on intellectual property, licensing, outsourcing and technology transactions.

Other highlights for Morrison & Foerster’s China and Singapore offices from the 2019 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific include:

  • Four new rankings for the following practices:
    • Singapore Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: International (Band 2)
    • China Investment Funds: Private Equity: International Firms (Band 3)
    • Asia-Pacific Region Investment Funds: Private Equity (Band 3)
    • India Corporate/M&A: International Firms (Band 4)
  • Three improved rankings for practices in Singapore and China:
    • China Real Estate: International Firms (Band 2)
    • Singapore Corporate/M&A: International (Band 2)
    • China Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (Band 4)
  • Three new rankings for individuals in China, including:
    • Jason Nelms, Investment Funds (International Firms) (Band 4)
    • Serena Tan, Investment Funds (International Firms)  (Band 4)
    • Marcia Ellis, Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms) (Band 5)

The China team continues its market-leading position with top rankings in:

  • Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms) (Band 4)
  • Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital (International Firms) (Band 3)
  • Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms) (Band 3)
  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms) (Recognized Practitioner)
  • Life Sciences (International Firms) (Band 3)

Continued individual rankings for the China team include:

  • Tim Blakely, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (International Firms) (Band 3)
  • Craig Celniker, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms) (Band 3)
  • Thomas Chou, Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms) (Band 3) and Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital (International Firms) (Band 3)
  • Marcia Ellis, Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital (International Firms) (Band 2)
  • Amit Kataria, India: Corporate/M&A (International Firms) (Band 3)          
  • Gordon Milner, TMT: Telecommunications and Broadcasting (International Firms) (Band 3) and Life Sciences (International Firms) (Band 4)
  • Venantius Tan, Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms) (Band 3)

Additionally, the Singapore team continues to be highly recognized for its Insurance practice, and continued individual rankings for the Singapore team include:

  • Jake Robson, Corporate/M&A (International Firms) (Band 2)
  • Shirin Tang, Corporate/M&A (International Firms) (Band 3)
  • Yemi Tépé, Banking & Finance (International Firms) (Band 3)

These rankings build on Morrison & Foerster’s ongoing recognition for exceptional legal work in Asia. Recently, four women partners in Asia won some of the most prestigious honors and awards given in Asia’s legal market for their prominent roles in complex M&A, private equity, fund formation and litigation work in the region and beyond.

More information and the complete set of Chambers rankings can be found here.

About Chambers Asia-Pacific

Chambers Asia-Pacific recognizes domestic and international law firms across the Asia-Pacific region for their pre-eminence and notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.



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