With approximately 1,000 lawyers in 16 offices, Morrison & Foerster is a preeminent global law firm dedicated to delivering business-oriented results to clients across the United States, Europe and Asia. Dynamic technology and life science companies, large financial institutions, leading consumer product companies and other market leaders come to MoFo for knowledge, innovation and business aptitude. MoFo handles some of the world’s largest crossborder transactions and resolves major disputes across multiple jurisdictions. The firm has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work and social justice.
Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust & Competition: The firm’s global antitrust lawyers are recognized leaders who resolve complex antitrust cases through dispositive motions, but are capable of taking any case to trial. They draw on a deep well of experience to obtain successful results in criminal investigations and merger reviews.
Business Restructuring & Insolvency: MoFo is counsel to debtors, creditors’ committees, secured lenders and other participants in the distressed markets in large, complex matters. The firm is a market leader in the restructuring of financial institutions, crossborder insolvencies, distressed real estate, creditors’ committee representation, insolvencies involving key intellectual property and hedge fund failures.
Capital Markets: The firm is a pioneer in developing synthetic products, hybrid securities, structured products and derivatives. MoFo ranks as one of the leading firms for issuer and underwriter representations for initial public offerings, international offerings, REIT offerings, as well as offerings of debt, hybrid, preferred and structured securities. The firm advises in connection with private placements, PIPEs, IPOs, 144A/Reg S offerings, continuous issuance programs, including MTN,CP and covered bond programs.
Financial Services: MoFo has one of the most recognized and most experienced banking and financial services regulatory practices in the United States, with more than five decades of work in the field. The firm represents domestic and foreign banks, credit card and other payment systems companies, savings associations, industrial loan companies and other financial services organisations.
Finance: The firm’s financial transactions practice provides a wide range of services to both lenders and borrowers, with leading lawyers in finance, investment management, debt trading and infrastructure finance. The firm handles virtually every type of real and personal property secured and unsecured financing transaction.
Intellectual Property: MoFo has one of the largest and highest-rated intellectual property practices in the world.The firm provides a full range of services, including counseling, prosecution, litigation, dispute resolution, trade secrets and licensing transactions in patent, trademark and copyright matters.
Litigation: The firm’s litigators are renowned for their success in high-stakes, complex cases worldwide.MoFo has some of the top trial and appellate lawyers in the United States, as well as leading practitioners in antitrust, securities,white-collar criminal defense, products liability, class action defense, unfair competition, employment, financial services, international arbitration, intellectual property, trade secrets and patents. The firm is noted for its US Supreme Court and appellate practice. MoFo is the only international law firmin Japan with a full-service litigation capacity.
Mergers & Acquisitions: Morrison & Foerster has a leading global M&A practice. The depth and breadth of the practice, including a strong focus on cross-border transactions, reflects the dynamic nature of clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, private equity sponsors, investment banks and privately held companies. Lawyers work as an integrated team with colleagues with deep experience in key areas such as IP, antitrust, litigation, tax, labor and benefits, finance and bankruptcy, real estate, environmental law and securities.
Project Finance & Development: The firm’s project finance lawyers assist clients in all aspects of the development, construction, financing, restructuring and purchase and sale of infrastructure projects around the world with a focus on energy, alternative energy and renewable resources. They also provide political risk insurance counseling.
Real Estate: MoFo is a recognized leader across a broad spectrum of real estate activities, including development deals, acquisitions and dispositions, leases, market standard and complex financings and restructurings. Its clients include lenders, developers, equity investors and REITs.
Tax: MoFo’s tax practice enjoys a global reputation for innovative tax planning and the successful resolution of important tax controversies. The group advises on state and local tax, federal tax, compensation, benefits and ERISA, and trusts, estates and nonprofit organizations.