Prominent Corporate Finance Attorney Michael Hagan Moves to Morrison & Foerster in New York


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Cross-border corporate finance attorney advises U.S., Asian, and European companies

New York, August 31, 2005 – Morrison & Foerster LLP is pleased to announce that Michael J. Hagan has joined the firm’s corporate finance group in New York as a partner.  Mr. Hagan is a senior corporate finance attorney who has practiced in Europe, Asia and Latin America. 

Mr. Hagan joins from Coudert Brothers, where he practiced in their New York, London, Hong Kong and Vietnam offices.  He was the founding partner of the Vietnam office for his prior firm.  Mr. Hagan, who has written about capital markets trends and privatization issues in emerging markets, has also done extensive project finance work in Latin America.

Mr. Hagan represents U.S., European and Asian companies on corporate finance matters related to their operations and investments in the U.S. and internationally.  His clients span a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, information technology and investment banking.  Mr. Hagan has worked on public and private securities offerings, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic alliance transactions. 

His current clients include several large manufacturing companies in Taiwan and Singapore; a leading Japanese private equity and venture capital firm; a major Dutch-owned construction company with U.S. operations; an international outsourcing company; a major Australian manufacturing and services company; and multi-national and private financial institutions.  Mr. Hagan advises his clients on their investment activities in the U.S., including stock and asset transactions, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations.

In addition to his corporate work, Mr. Hagan has represented numerous private and multilateral financial institutions on project financings in emerging markets, including Vietnam, Mexico and Brazil.

"Mike is an accomplished lawyer whose transactional work is exceptionally broad, both domestically and internationally," said Michael Braun, who heads Morrison & Foerster’s corporate group in New York.  Mr. Braun has his own prominent cross-border practice, representing major Japanese companies in their U.S. and global investment activities.

"Mike’s work connects perfectly with our strong Japan and Asia practices, and he’s also had a hand in everything from project finance in Latin America to private placements and public offerings in the U.S. technology and Internet sectors," Mr. Braun added.  "We’re pleased to add someone with Mike’s breadth of transactional and securities experience to our New York corporate group."

In recent months, Morrison & Foerster’s New York office has added a number of noted finance and international transaction attorneys, including Ko-Yung Tung, former Chair of O’Melveny & Myer’s Global Practice Group and Vice President and General Counsel at the World Bank; Thomas Humphreys, now co-head of the firm’s tax practice, from Sidley Austin Brown & Wood; and from Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, Yaacov Gross, whose corporate and real estate finance work frequently includes large international deals.

"Mike’s extensive work in all areas of corporate transactions fits well with our goals for the New York practice," added Karen Hagberg, managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office.  "His broad international clientele and transactional experience, particularly in Asia, benefit the entire firm, but especially strengthens our growing global finance work in New York."

Morrison & Foerster chair Keith Wetmore added: "It’s not often that you find a first-class corporate attorney who has practiced successfully around the world, including in the emerging markets in Asia.  Michael Hagan is a unique multi-national corporate finance lawyer, whose experience across that region, as well as in Europe, Latin America and the U.S., enhances our focus on excellence in international corporate matters."

Mr. Hagan noted:  "Morrison & Foerster has a preeminent domestic practice and leadership presence in key Asian markets that are important to my practice.  In recent years the firm has emerged as a premier financial and capital markets player.  I’m looking forward to expanding my practice here and teaming with Morrison & Foerster’s outstanding international corporate finance attorneys."

Mr. Hagan received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1982) and his B.A. from Providence College (1972).

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