New partner brings deep private equity experience to clients throughout Asia
HONG KONG (November 16, 2015) – Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, today announced that fund formation lawyer Jason R. Nelms has joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as a partner in its Corporate Department. Mr. Nelms has more than 10 years of relevant experience in both Asia and the U.S., and joins Morrison & Foerster from Proskauer Rose in New York.
Mr. Nelms focuses on advising Asia-based and U.S. sponsors and investors in the structuring, formation, and offering of private investment funds, including private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, co-investment vehicles, and other alternative investment products. He also advises fund sponsors regarding management company structuring, carried interest plans, shareholders’ agreements, and related internal governance matters, and has counseled investment firms and their principals in the purchase and sale of significant minority interests in asset management businesses.
“Jason is a technically sophisticated practitioner with a highly complementary set of skills and strengths to support our already strong global fund formation practice,” Eric Piesner, firmwide managing partner with responsibility for Asia, said. “His addition enhances the firm’s ability to take on work from the Asia network for private equity funds, hedge funds, joint ventures, acquisitions, and similar types of deals.”
“Jason will play a key role in further building out our fund formation expertise in the pan-Asia region,” Venantius Tan, managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office, said. “Having previously worked in Hong Kong, Jason knows and understands the market, and his strong technical experience will be an asset to our clients.”
Morrison & Foerster is recognized for its leading fund formation experience. Lawyers in California, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo have been at the forefront in representing fund sponsors and institutional investors in the formation of private equity, real estate, infrastructure, energy, buyout, growth equity, venture capital, and other types of investment funds.
“I am excited to join Morrison & Foerster and help grow the firm’s fund formation practice,” Mr. Nelms said. “Morrison & Foerster has an outstanding reputation throughout Asia, and I look forward to contributing to its success.”
Mr. Nelms’ recent notable transactions include representing Asian sovereign wealth funds in connection with multibillion-dollar private equity and hedge fund investments; the formation and offering of a $1 billion China focused private equity fund sponsored by a newly formed Hong Kong-based manager; the formation and offering of two real estate funds sponsored by a leading Singapore-based manager; the formation of emerging markets focused hedge funds sponsored by a leading U.S.-based sponsor with over $1 billion of assets under management; and the formation and offering of several venture capital funds managed by leading U.S.‐based venture capital fund managers.
Mr. Nelms received his law degree magna cum laude from Boston College Law School and his B.S. in accounting from Pennsylvania State University.