Chambers and Partners Names Morrison & Foerster Corporate Law Firm of the Year (International category)

03/07/2019

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Chambers Asia-Pacific

Morrison & Foerster was recognized as Corporate Law Firm of the Year (International category) at the 2019 Chambers Japan Awards, held in Tokyo on February 26.

Based on industry research and client feedback, the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards recognize the work of domestic and international law firms in the region. Firms are evaluated on the quality of their work over the past 12 months and their dedication to client service.

Chambers recognized Morrison & Foerster as a leader in Japan, and its continuing role in many of the most complex and significant domestic and cross-border corporate transactions.

Some of the M&A transactions on which we have recently advised include:

  • Representing Renesas Electronics Corp. in its $6.7 billion acquisition of Nasdaq-listed Integrated Device Technology (IDT), a market-leading analog mixed-signal company, to create embedded solution capabilities.
  • Serving as lead legal counsel to Sprint Corp. and to SoftBank Group Corp., the controlling shareholder of Sprint, on the landmark merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US, Inc., with a total implied enterprise value for Sprint of $60 billion.
  • Representing Toshiba in the $18 billion sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, Toshiba Memory Corporation, to a consortium led by Bain Capital. The transaction was the largest Japanese M&A deal since 2018, as well as both the largest private equity and leveraged finance deal ever in Asia.
  • Serving as sole counsel to SoftBank Group Corp. in its $7.7 billion primary and secondary investment in Uber. SoftBank led an investor group including Tencent, TPG, Sequoia, and Dragoneer that in total acquired an approximately 17.5% stake in Uber for a total of $9.3 billion. This is the largest-ever private secondary transaction in the technology space. As a result of the investment, SoftBank became the largest shareholder in the ride services company.

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