With more than 950 lawyers in 16 offices, Morrison & Foerster is a leading global law firm dedicated to delivering business-oriented results to clients across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Dynamic technology and life sciences companies, large financial institutions, leading consumer product companies, and other market leaders come to Morrison & Foerster for knowledge, innovation, and business aptitude.
Areas of Practice:
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 creditors’ committee representation, cross-border insolvencies, distressed real estate, the restructuring of financial institutions, insolvencies involving key intellectual property, and hedge fund failures.
Capital Markets: We are a leading firm for issuer and underwriter representations for IPOs; offerings of debt; hybrid, preferred, and structured securities; private placements; PIPEs; 144A/Reg S offerings; continuous issuance programs; and derivatives.
Emerging Companies + Venture Capital: We have a leading startup, emerging company, venture capital, and institutional funding practice. We assist companies and their investors at every stage of the business lifecycle — from initial formation and financings, to late-stage financings and public offerings. We have assisted our clients in raising or deploying more than $60 billion of venture capital in the past five years.
Financial Services: MoFo is one of the leading banking and financial services law firms in the world, advising domestic and foreign banks, investment banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, mortgage bankers, investment management companies and investment advisers, money transmitters, and other financial services companies on regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters.
Global Risk + Crisis Management: MoFo’s Global Risk + Crisis Management Group provides critical advice for anticipating and responding to any crisis. From cyber breach to product recalls, our lawyers have decades of collective experience, across disciplines and industries, successfully guiding clients through crises at the highest levels. Our team helps companies prepare for and detect crises well before they ever occur. Should our clients ever face a crisis, our response is immediate and strategic: We develop communication, litigation, and regulatory plans, ensuring that our clients’ businesses and brands continue to thrive.
Intellectual Property: MoFo is a global IP powerhouse, developing novel solutions for protecting and enforcing some of the most prized IP in the world. MoFo is called upon to represent clients in their most high-profile and complex patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade-secrets, and licensing matters.
Investigations + White Collar Defense: Our team has experience handling internal and government investigations on six continents and in more than 65 countries, bringing significant cross-border experience to compliance and enforcement matters worldwide. We provide advice on the many U.S. and foreign laws regulating international business transactions including the FCPA; the UK Bribery Act; Sarbanes-Oxley; federal securities laws; the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act; international trade, export control, and sanctions laws; and AML/BSA. We have successfully represented many clients in obtaining favorable settlements or other resolutions — often ending with the DOJ or other government enforcement bodies closing their investigations with no action taken.
Litigation: The firm’s litigators are renowned for their success in high-stakes, complex cases — representing clients in all stages of federal and state litigation, from grand jury to trial through to appeal. We drive strategies to position our clients for the best possible outcome, whether that is winning at trial or resolving a matter quickly. Our team includes top trial and appellate lawyers, as well as leading practitioners in securities, financial services, consumer and false advertising, product liability, environmental, and employment litigation, as well as white-collar criminal defense, antitrust and unfair competition matters, and international arbitration. We are a destination firm for class actions, no matter the subject area, and understand the shortest path to winning and resolving cases.
Mergers + Acquisitions: MoFo 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 our clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, private equity sponsors, investment banks, and privately held companies.
National Security, CFIUS, Export Controls + Sanctions: The increased focus on international terrorism and non-proliferation requires companies to be vigilant about sanctions and export control laws. MoFo’s National Security, CFIUS, Export Controls + Sanctions Group helps clients navigate the myriad complex and constantly changing laws. We regularly advise clients on the national security implications of proposed transactions involving non-U.S. companies, as well as on CFIUS reviews. Our team also provides expertise and guidance to global financial institutions and multinational companies that must comply with the differing and rapidly changing sanctions rules across jurisdictions. In addition, we advise clients on investigations and enforcement actions, issues regarding extraterritorial applicability, and on compliance with U.S. sanctions and trade embargoes under the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations, as well as those of the European Union and other jurisdictions.
Privacy + Data Security: MoFo’s market-leading Privacy + Data Security Group is a destination for clients — from startups to sophisticated global clients alike — seeking advice on every aspect of privacy laws and regulations, as well as incident preparedness and response. The team helps companies fit compliance with evolving data protection laws within the context of a truly global, consistent strategy, and has also served as lead counsel and coordinated all components of clients’ responses to some of the highest-profile data breaches of recent years.
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.