LONDON (November 18, 2013) – Morrison & Foerster is pleased to announce that Howard Morris will join the firm's London office as head of the Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group in London. He joins MoFo from Dentons. Mr. Morris has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency matters as well as a strong background in banking and finance.
Morrison & Foerster is a preeminent global player in restructuring and insolvency. The firm has advised on a number of high-profile recent cases, including representing Residential Capital, LLC, one of the largest real estate finance companies in the world, as the debtor in the biggest chapter 11 case of 2012. In addition, the group represented the chapter 11 trustee for MF Global in the largest chapter 11 case of 2011. MoFo was also instrumental in rewriting Iceland's insolvency law through its representation of the Resolution Committee of Landsbanki Islands hf. Chambers USA named Morrison & Foerster "Bankruptcy Firm of the Year" for 2013 and Law360 named the group "Bankruptcy Group of the Year" for 2012.
The addition of Mr. Morris comes at a time of accelerated growth for Morrison & Foerster in Europe and follows the opening of an office in Berlin earlier this month.
Gary Lee, chair of Morrison & Foerster's Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group, said, "The growth of our Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group is a key component of MoFo's strategic development. The addition of Howard comes at a crucial time with significant levels of corporate debt still to be restructured across the UK and more widely in Europe. His experience and track record make him the ideal individual to head this group in London. Distressed investors are increasingly looking for opportunities in Europe and this appointment demonstrates our continued commitment to our clients in this area."
Mr. Morris' practice will focus on cross-border and pan-European transactions and insolvency proceedings.
Trevor James, managing partner of Morrison & Foerster's London office, said, "Howard is a superb addition to the firm in London and his arrival gives a significant boost to our global restructuring capabilities. We are delighted that he has decided to join us as he is a fine lawyer with a well-deserved reputation."
Mr. Morris added, "Morrison & Foerster's terrific global reputation, coupled with the global scale of its market leading restructuring and insolvency practice, make the firm the obvious choice for me. The firm has a collegial culture, first-class lawyers and a fabulous global client base."
Mr. Morris joined Dentons' legacy firm Denton Hall in 1991 and, in addition to his core practice, held a number of senior positions during his time with the firm. Notably he played a lead integration and client development role following the merger between Denton Wilde Sapte LLP and U.S.-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP in September 2010. Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. Morris worked at Allen & Overy and practiced as a barrister for more than six years. He graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1978, qualified as a barrister in 1979 and as a solicitor in 1990.