Outstanding Performance in Asia

Morrison & Foerster Asia partners Marcia Ellis, Shirin Tang, and Maria Xiao Yue Wang 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 and private equity work in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Southeast Asia, and Singapore.

Their recognition reinforces Morrison & Foerster’s outstanding credentials advising clients on high impact, complex M&A and private equity deals 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

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.

“I am honored to have been chosen as Dealmaker of the Year, and recognize that I would not have received this award without the support of the best M&A team in the market. I cannot say enough about the tremendous job that our team does in structuring and executing complex transactions for our very demanding clients.”

Shirin Tang

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."

“I am honored and deeply grateful to have been chosen as Woman Lawyer of the Year. I am thankful every day to work with clients and colleagues who are also friends, to be surrounded by a fantastic team, and to be a partner at a firm that values, empowers, and promotes women.”

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.

“Awards like these are not possible without the support of talented colleagues which Morrison & Foerster has in abundance both in China and around the world. This award also highlights the firm’s continued success and expansion of its global real estate practice, especially in Asia.”

Recent Deals

Between the three of them, Ms. Ellis, Ms. Tang, and Ms. Wang have worked on numerous noteworthy deals. Here are a few recent examples:

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