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Chairman: Larren M. Nashelsky
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US offices: Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Northern Virginia, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.
International offices: Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo
Partners: 311
Associates: 507
Other Attorneys: 196

"The firm provides outstanding quality and client service. They have a sensible approach and are business oriented."

Morrison & Foerster is a global firm with more than 1,000 lawyers across 17 offices in the US, Europe and Asia. The firm is widely recognised for providing its clients, which include some of the world’s largest financial institutions and Fortune 100, technology and life science companies, with legendary service. Clients rely on the firm for innovative and business-minded solutions. Morrison & Foerster’s lawyers share high standards, a commitment to excellence and a passion for helping their clients succeed, resulting in enduring relationships and a record of high achievement. They also are among the leaders in the field for their longstanding commitment to pro bono work and diversity.

Antitrust + Competition:
The firm’s antitrust lawyers are recognised 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. With leading antitrust lawyers in major business centers in the US, Europe and Asia, the firm provides these services seamlessly to clients doing business worldwide. 

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.

Corporate Finance | Capital Markets:
MoFo is 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 and continuous issuance programs. MoFo is a pioneer in developing synthetic products, hybrid securities, structured products and derivatives.

Finance + Projects:
MoFo has one of the most experienced finance practices in the US. Finance attorneys maintain an impressive borrower-side client roster, working extensively for private equity funds and private companies in acquisitions and refinancings, while also offering extensive experience in acting for certain lenders and credit funds. In addition, MoFo assists clients in all aspects of project finance and development around the world with a focus on energy, alternative energy, and renewable resources. The group has also become very well known in the blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts space.

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.

The 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. It provides advice on the many US 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. The team has 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. 

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. They drive strategy to position their clients for the best possible outcome, whether that is winning at trial or resolving a matter quickly. The 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, and international arbitration. MoFo is a top-tier firm for class actions, no matter what the subject area is. The firm understands the shortest pathway to win and resolve cases for its clients. 

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 its clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, private equity sponsors, investment banks and privately held companies. Its 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.  

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.

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.

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New York, NY, 10019
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Washington, D.C., 20006
District of Columbia
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Boston, MA 02116
T: +1 617 648-4700
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