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Morrison & Foerster Asia partners Marcia Ellis, Shirin Tang, Maria Xiao Yue Wang, Kuang (Serena) Tan, and Louise Stoupe were recently recognized with some of the most prestigious honors and awards given in Asia’s legal market for their prominent roles in complex M&A, private equity, and litigation work in the region and beyond.
Their recognition reinforces Morrison & Foerster’s outstanding credentials advising clients on high impact, complex M&A and private equity deals and litigation matters in Asia. These accolades also highlight the firm’s powerhouse team of female lawyers in Asia, which includes numerous, highly-regarded women attorneys across the region.
Marcia Ellis, co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s Asia private equity practice and a member of the firm’s global board of directors, was named Dealmaker of the Year during the Macallan Asian Legal Business (ALB) Hong Kong Law Awards ceremony. Morrison & Foerster also received recognition as Deal Firm of the Year.
Based in Hong Kong, Ms. Ellis focuses her practice on private equity transactions and complex mergers and acquisitions involving companies and assets located in Asia. She also has extensive experience representing global funds in acquisitions and dispositions of real estate assets, investments in real estate developers and establishment of real estate joint ventures.
Ms. Ellis has worked on some of the most complex M&A and PE transactions in the region, including Alibaba’s acquisition of a stake in Ant Financial, Ant Financial’s US$14 billion Series C fundraising, and SoftBank’s US$4.4 billion investment in WeWork. In the past 12 months alone, she has advised clients on deals aggregating value significantly in excess of US$60 billion. She is known for being “technically very strong, like an encyclopedia” and also “very personable and a good person to have next to you in negotiations,” according to Chambers 2018.
Asian Legal Business (ALB) recently named Shirin Tang Woman Lawyer of the Year as part of its 2018 SE Asia Law Awards. ALB also named Ms. Tang as one of their top “40 Under 40” outstanding private practice lawyers and in-house counsel in Asia in 2017.
Additionally, Asia Business Law Journal named Ms. Tang as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Singapore – a “definitive A-List of Singapore’s legal profession,” in its inaugural edition. This recognition is based on nominations from in-house counsel and law firm partners in Singapore and globally, supported by extensive research conducted by the publication.
Based in Singapore, Ms. Tang’s practice is focused on complex cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions. She has particularly strong experience in club/consortium transactions and in counseling regional clients on investments in public and private companies in the United States. In the past two years, Ms. Tang has led transactions with deal values in excess of US$29 billion in the aggregate, including multiple award-winning deals such as the US$11.64 billion privatization of GLP Pte. Ltd., the largest-ever private equity buyout of an Asian company. Clients say that "Shirin is our go-to lawyer for high value, high impact transactions” and that "having her on our side of the table during the more contentious parts of the negotiations allowed us to push back on a much larger counter party, gaining concessions while keeping the deal intact."
Maria Xiao Yue Wang
During the 2018 China Law & Practice Awards, Shanghai partner Maria Wang was named Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate & Construction. Now in its 12th year, the China Law & Practice Awards honor the most important commercial lawyers and legal matters in China. Ms. Wang was recognized for her work with highly sophisticated clients on a number of significant cross border transactions in the Chinese real estate industry.
Ms. Wang has a market-leading real estate practice in China, which includes counseling clients on complex onshore and offshore structures and documentation involving real estate assets located China. With significant knowledge and experience in both the equity and debt sides of real estate transactions, Ms. Wang’s practice prominently involves complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, disposals, and project and asset developments and managements.
Ms. Tan was named among Asian Legal Business’ top “40 Under 40” in their October edition of “The Next Generation of Asia’s Lawyers.” The annual list offers a glimpse into what’s ahead for Asia’s legal industry and recognizes the younger lawyers who are poised to drive significant changes. The competition for making this year’s list was fierce as ALB received over 300 entries.
Ms. Tan, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office, has extensive experience in forming and investing in private investment funds (including offshore funds, RMB funds, and dual-currency funds). She has been front and center in representing some of the most prominent sponsors and institutional global investors in Asia, recently representing a China-focused private equity firm in its formation of a buyout fund in excess of US$2 billion.
Louise Stoupe is co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice Group and Head of the Tokyo Litigation Department. Ms. Stoupe’s practice is focused on high tech disputes in international arbitration and litigation. She is a trial lawyer, recognized authority in multijurisdictional litigation and highly regarded counselor on IP issues to some of the largest technology companies in the world.
Ms. Stoupe was recently recognized as Woman Lawyer of the Year and Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year by the Asian Legal Business (ALB) 2018 Japan Law Awards. She also founded the firm’s Women in Business initiative, is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and its Japan Women in Law Group, and regularly mentors aspiring female lawyers both within and outside Morrison & Foerster.
Recent key work includes advising Toshiba Corporation, which was involved in seven separate disputes with its joint venture partner in 2017, including three preliminary injunction applications. Ms. Stoupe led the Toshiba litigation team in all of these disputes. The successes in the cases included defeating a preliminary injunction aimed at prohibiting the sale of Toshiba’s US$18B chip unit to a Bain consortium. She also has advised in connection with a JCAA arbitration that resulted in the first and only Japan Supreme Court ruling in arbitration.
Additional Top M&A and Private Equity Rankings and Recognition in Asia:
Some noteworthy deals our women partners in Asia have worked on, include:
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