Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Adds Veteran M&A and Private Equity Partner in New York

Arrival of Peter Rooney further strengthens Morrison & Foerster’s global M&A platform and enhances its private equity offerings on the East Coast

23 Apr 2019

NEW YORK (April 23, 2019) – Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Peter Rooney has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in its market-leading Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Mr. Rooney will also play an integral role in further building out Morrison & Foerster’s Private Equity practice. He brings to the firm 25 years of experience representing private equity funds and their portfolio companies, as well as other public and private companies.

Throughout his career, Mr. Rooney has frequently represented non-U.S. companies and investment funds, including sovereign wealth funds, from over 20 countries investing into the United States. Mr. Rooney also represents several financial services firms, including broker-dealers, securities exchanges, and trading venues. Much of this work involves matters at the convergence of technology and financial services.

“Pete is an accomplished attorney with decades of experience serving private equity clients in their most important business deals,” said Eric McCrath, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Department. “His well-established practice in the mid-market private equity space will add significant value to our corporate platform in New York, while complementing our growing private equity capabilities across other U.S. markets. We’re pleased to welcome Pete to the firm.”

Spencer Klein, co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group, added: “I’ve known Pete for many years. He is an incredibly skilled and highly respected corporate lawyer who will be an invaluable asset to our clients. I look forward to working with him again.”

Mr. Rooney is admitted to practice in both New York and Delaware. He earned his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. from Amherst College.

“Morrison & Foerster is well-known for its high caliber M&A work advising global corporate heavyweights,” said Mr. Rooney. “The firm’s international reputation, combined with its strategic corporate growth on the East Coast, makes it a great fit for growing my practice. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and counseling our clients on their complex M&A and private equity needs.”

Mr. Rooney joins a growing list of lateral partners who have recently joined Morrison & Foerster in New York. Within the last year, the firm has welcomed privacy + data security partner Kristen Mathews, finance partner Jonathan Jacobs, executive compensation partners Ann Becchina and Ron Aizen, capital markets partner John Owen, federal tax partners Jay Blaivas and Anthony Carbone, and securities litigation partner Michael Birnbaum.



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