Morrison & Foerster Secures Another Year of Strong Rankings in China and Singapore in the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019 Edition

These rankings embody the firm’s continued excellence in legal services in various markets within the Asia-Pacific region.

01/29/2019

Gordon A. Milner, Jake M. Robson, Marcia Ellis, and Venantius Tan

Technology, Media + Telecommunications | China, Private Equity Investments + Buyouts, and Capital Markets | China

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Morrison & Foerster’s China and Singapore offices celebrate another year of outstanding legal service, as recognized by the firm’s successful rankings in the 2019 edition of Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.

The firm continues to be ranked Tier 1 in the following category, further underscoring its position as market leader:

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT): Foreign Firms (China) – Morrison & Foerster is highly regarded for cross-border transactions, particularly involving US clients looking to enter into the China market, as well as domestic clients on outbound mandates. Its dedication in the TMT space, coupled with its strong venture capital and private equity practice, makes it the 'go-to' firm for technology investors and start-up companies.

Additionally, four of Morrison & Foerster’s partners in the region were commended as “Leading Individuals” in their respective practices:

  • Marcia Ellis, co-head of the firm’s Asia Private Equity practice, was recognized for her exceptional work in Hong Kong Private Equity. She focuses her practice on private equity transactions and complex mergers and acquisitions involving companies and assets located in Asia.
  • Gordon Milner, head of the firm’s China Technology practice, continues to be acknowledged as leading practitioner in the field through his ranking in the Hong Kong TMT category. He has particular expertise in respect of cross-border commercial technology transactions in Asia and has worked with clients in respect of a variety of projects from traditional technology transfer arrangements to complex collaborative development relationships.
  • Jake Robson, Singapore corporate finance partner, has been recognized for his outstanding work in the Singapore Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms space. He has extensive experience in cross-border acquisitions, disposals and joint venture arrangements as well as cross-border regulatory advice, both in South and Southeast Asia and in Europe.
  • Venantius Tan, who heads up the firm’s Capital Markets practice in China, received the Leading Individual status in Hong Kong Capital Markets (Equity) for the second year in a row. He has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including Hong Kong IPOs, dual listings, secondary offerings, corporate restructuring and private and public M&A transactions.

Other highlights for Morrison & Foerster’s China and Singapore offices from Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019 edition are:

  • Four new rankings for the following practices:

    • China Fintech: Foreign Firms (Tier 2)
    • China Healthcare and Life Sciences: Foreign Firms (Tier 2)
    • China Investment Funds: Foreign Firms (Tier 3)
    • Singapore International Arbitration (Tier 4)

  • Three practices enjoyed improved rankings:

    • China Dispute Resolution: Foreign Firms (Tier 5)
    • Hong Kong Investment Funds (Tier 2)
    • Hong Kong Intellectual Property (Tier 5)

  • New recommendations for the following individuals:

    • Stephen Birkett: Hong Kong Investment Funds
    • Timothy Blakely: China Dispute Resolution: Foreign Firms
    • Craig Celniker: China Dispute Resolution: Foreign Firms, Singapore International Arbitration, Singapore TMT: Foreign Firms
    • Thomas Chou: China Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms, China Fintech: Foreign Firms, China TMT: Foreign Firms
    • Marcia Ellis: China Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms
    • Catherine Liu: Hong Kong Private Equity
    • Gordon Milner: China Fintech: Foreign Firms, China Healthcare and Life Sciences: Foreign Firms, Hong Kong Intellectual Property
    • Jason Nelms: China Investment Funds: Foreign Firms
    • Chuan Sun: China Healthcare and Life Sciences: Foreign Firms, Hong Kong Intellectual Property
    • Serena Tan: China Investment Funds: Foreign Firms
    • Shirin Tang: Hong Kong Investment Funds
    • Janet Xiao: China Healthcare and Life Sciences: Foreign Firms
    • Adrian Yip: China Dispute Resolution: Foreign Firms
    • Gigi Yuen: Hong Kong Private Equity, Hong Kong TMT

  • The following practices continue their market leading positions with top rankings:

    • China Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms (Tier 3)
    • China Intellectual Property: Foreign Firms (Tier 4)
    • China Private Equity / Venture Capital: Foreign Firms (Tier 2)
    • China Projects and Energy: Foreign Firms (Tier 4)
    • China Real Estate and Construction: Foreign Firms (Tier 2)
    • China TMT: Foreign Firms (Tier 1)
    • Hong Kong Capital Markets (Tier 3)
    • Hong Kong Corporate Including M&A (Tier 3)
    • Hong Kong Private Equity (Tier 3)
    • Hong Kong TMT (Tier 2)
    • Singapore Banking and Finance: Foreign Firms (Tier 4)
    • Singapore Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms (Tier 3)
    • Singapore TMT: Foreign Firms (Tier 2)

  • The following individuals continue to be recommended:

    • Thomas Chou: China Private Equity / Venture Capital: Foreign Firms, Hong Kong Corporate (including M&A), Hong Kong Private Equity, Hong Kong TMT
    • Marcia Ellis: China Private Equity / Venture Capital: Foreign Firms, China Real Estate and Construction: Foreign Firms, Hong Kong Corporate (including M&A), Hong Kong Private Equity
    • Matthew Lau: Hong Kong Investment Funds
    • Gordon Milner: Hong Kong TMT, China TMT: Foreign Firms
    • Paul McKenzie: China Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms, China Projects and Energy: Foreign Firms, China TMT: Foreign Firms
    • Jason Nelms: Hong Kong Investment Funds
    • Jake Robson: Singapore Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms, Singapore TMT: Foreign Firms
    • Maria Steeples: Singapore Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms
    • Chuan Sun: Hong Kong TMT
    • Serena Tan: Hong Kong Investment Funds
    • Venantius Tan: Hong Kong Capital Markets (Equity)
    • Shirin Tang: Singapore Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms, Singapore TMT: Foreign Firms
    • Yemi Tépé: Singapore Banking and Finance: Foreign Firms
    • Sherry Yin: China Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms, China Projects and Energy: Foreign Firms
    • Vivian Yiu: China Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms, Hong Kong Capital Markets (Equity), Hong Kong Corporate (including M&A)

These excellent rankings attest to Morrison & Foerster’s ongoing commitment and continued momentum to providing exceptional legal work in the key markets of Asia and beyond.

More information and the complete set of the firm’s Legal 500 rankings can be found: China, Hong Kong, Singapore.

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