Firm Profile



Morrison & Foerster is an international firm with more than 1,000 lawyers across 15 offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  Founded in 1883, we remain dedicated to providing our clients, which include some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and technology and life science companies, with legendary service.  The firm is distinguished by its unsurpassed expertise in finance, life sciences, and technology; its legendary litigation skills; and an unrivaled reach across the Pacific Rim, particularly in Japan and China.   We’ve been included on The American Lawyer’s A-List for seven straight years, and Fortune named us one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”  Our lawyers are committed to achieving innovative and business-minded results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. 




We are one of the preeminent law firms in Asia, providing integrated U.S. and local law advice.  We have handled major matters in Hong Kong and greater China for more than 25 years.  Our Tokyo office is now the largest Japan office of any global firm and the firm is one of the largest law firms in Japan, domestic or international.  We have the only international litigation team in Asia, with litigation and arbitration specialists handling matters in China, Japan, and Greater Asia.  We have the largest intellectual property team in Asia and lead the region in outsourcing, licensing, and technology transactions.  Our market-leading corporate finance and capital markets practice in Asia regularly represents issuers and underwriters in debt and equity financings, as well as in domestic venture capital and private equity investments. 




Morrison & Foerster was among the first U.S. law firms to establish an office or become locally qualified to practice in each of China’s major business centers: Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.  Having been handling major matters in greater China for more than 28 years, we have more than 70 multilingual U.S.-, PRC- and Hong Kong-qualified legal professionals, coupled with more than 1,000 international lawyers worldwide.


Morrison & Foerster provides comprehensive coverage for investment, finance and regulatory matters to a wide spectrum of clients in China, including many of the world’s largest multinationals, the most substantial and active institutional PRC companies, and promising startups in the Internet, technology, entertainment, telecommunications, cleantech and life sciences industries.


Morrison & Foerster’s capital markets practice in China is one of the largest and most active capital markets practices of any international law firm in the region, advising clients on a broad range of corporate financing matters involving Hong Kong, U.S., and English law.   Most recently, the practice was recognized by Asia Pacific Legal 500 2010 as a ‘top notch’ practice and was ranked in Tier 1 for Capital Markets in China.  Our Capital Markets Group is supported by the full resources of more than 220 capital markets lawyers in 15 offices worldwide.  The practice is consistently ranked as one of the most active securities firms in the United States and Asia, representing issuers and underwriters in hundreds of securities offerings raising more than US$100 billion each year.




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