Firm Profile > Morrison & Foerster LLP > London, England

Morrison & Foerster LLP
The Scalpel
52 Lime Street
EC3M 7AF
England

IT and telecoms Tier 2

With a roster of technology clients ranging from established players to start-ups, Morrison & Foerster LLP focuses on the corporate and regulatory aspects of projects utilising technology such as AI, cloud computing and blockchain. In addition, the team has a strong pro bono practice, which assists NGOs with a wide range of matters, including IP agreements and the adoption of new technology. Alistair Maughan leads the team, advising clients on outsourcing transactions, licensing agreements and sales contracts. Maughan is also well-regarded for his focus on emerging areas of technology, such as robotic process automation and e-commerce. Associates Mercedes Samavi and Sana Ashcroft  are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Mercedes Samavi; Sana Ashcroft

Testimonials

‘I have worked closely with Alistair Maughan and have experienced outstanding legal advice and fast responses in all aspects of our collaboration. His legal advice is excellent and it is complemented by his exemplary commercial insight, where Alistair leaves anyone else behind! He provides exceptional and elegant guidance throughout our projects.’

‘Strategic thinkers with an ability to see the big picture and hone in on the key details. Helping us with complex contracting issues.’ 

‘The firm’s data privacy team provides valuable and pragmatic data privacy advice and has assumed the role of quasi-in house counsel for these matters.’

‘Morrison & Foerster provides exceptional all round support for our technology scale-up. They really understand the technology space and emerging technologies such as AI and AR, and the full spectrum of law that is necessary to support our business. Their M&A team is also exceptionally competent.’

‘Sana Ashcroft is the associate who does most of our commercial work, and really understands our business. She is thorough, but provides very clear and easy to understand guidance and contracts to support us.’

‘Mercedes Samavi is an exceptional support on regulatory matters.’

‘Exceptional combination of legal know-how and commercial acumen. No issue too small for their time. Exceptional knowledge of the wider market/sector. Exceptional experience in negotiations.’

Key clients

Candide

UPS

Infobip

Imerys

Loyalty Juggernaut

Ubitricity

Smart Communications

ChainThat

Randstad

Debt capital markets Tier 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP exhibits 'a tremendous amount of knowledge, competency and diligence on every transaction'. In the debt space, the firm focuses predominantly on private placements, though it also advises on MTN and commercial paper programmes. It has deep experience in key sectors such as consumer products, energy and cleantech, financial institutions, life sciences, retail, technology, and telecommunications, and the firm is known for its bank regulatory capabilities across the globe. Brian Bates, Scott Ashton and Jeremy Jennings-Mares are the key partners in London, all of them handling debt, equity, lending and leveraged finance transactions. Ashton recently acted for Radius Housing Association on its issuance of £105m in Senior Secured Notes, which was the first cross-border private placement by a Northern Irish housing association.

Other key lawyers:

Brian Bates; Scott Ashton; Jeremy Jennings-Mares

Testimonials

‘The Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) team display a tremendous amount of knowledge, competency and diligence on every transaction, and they worked seamlessly with bankers to get a transaction executed for our issuers in the smoothest possible way. Their legal advice is second to none and they have a well resourced team able to turn around documents in short order. What’s great about the MoFo team is that they really do have an edge in knowing what are the latest developments and acceptable market terms, just given the sheer amount of deal flow they consistently see come through the PP market.’

‘I’ve worked extensively with Scott Ashton and Brian Bates over the last few years on cross border USPP transactions. They are truly the go-to PP counsel for corporate issuers in Europe and have an excellent reputation in the market, so much so that repeat issuers never hesitate to re-hire them. Their strong commitment to clients is apparent on every deal, whether it be in quickly turning around legal documents or being available at very short notice. Both Scott and Brian are very approachable, and their unrivalled credentials and deal experience make them a natural and easy choice for debut issuers.’

‘We have worked closely for a number of years with Brian Bates and now with Scott Ashton on matters related to the US private placement market. They have an excellent handle on issues related to the private placement market and what issuers and investors want to see. Scott in particular is very hands on and responsive and provides pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Radius Housing Association Limited

Britvic plc

JPMorgan American Investment Trust plc

Tate & Lyle International Finance PLC

Vesuvius Holdings Limited

Stonewater Funding Plc

Birmingham Airport plc

bpha Limited

Iput Plc

Irish Residential Properties REIT PLC, IRES Residential Properties Limited

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC

SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Blackrock Smaller Companies Trust PLC

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s privacy and data security practice handles a broad range of work encompassing data protection, data privacy and cybersecurity matters including incident responses. The firm, which often works on a cross-office basis, handles both non-contentious and contentious matters, including multi-jurisdictional litigation. Annabel Gillham heads up the London team.

Practice head(s):

Annabel Gillham

Testimonials

‘A very capable, pragmatic and knowledgeable team’.

‘Annabel Gillham is detail-focused and client-minded’.

Key clients

Marriott Hotels International

Salesforce

Facebook

SoftBank Group Corp.

ON Semiconductor

Infobip

Visa

Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Morrison & Foerster LLP is 'very professional always giving precise relevant legal advice in an efficient manner'. The firm is best known for its work on equity derivatives and margin loans, though it also provides cross-border regulatory advice and is active in structured products and CLO warehousing transactions. Lead partner Vladimir Maly is 'always prepared to go the extra mile, thinks outside of the box and is proactive in his thinking'. He recently worked with Jeremy Jennings-Mares, who handles structured securities such as equity-linked, credit-linked and fund-linked securities, OTC derivatives and receivables financings, to advise investment banks on the effects of financial regulatory reform on derivatives trades. Polly Ehrman handles bespoke transaction structures within the context of M&A, emerging markets and margin lending.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Maly

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Jennings-Mares; Polly Ehrman

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge and insight into ISDA and the ability to structure and value the derivative instrument and reflect it into the documentation. Experience handling complex commercial agreements.’

‘Tenacity, patience, high communication skill, and the team shows creativity and innovation.’

‘Vlad Maly is great at keeping close contact with clients, following up with updates/news that might be relevant to projects that are already closed. His involvement with practices in NY and London make him a universal specialist with immediate knowledge of peculiarities in both jurisdictions, which is valuable both in projects relevant to just one of them and cross-border items.’

‘The Morrison & Foerster team is very professional, always giving precise relevant legal advice in an efficient manner. They have always worked around the clock to ensure deadlines for transactions are never missed. The quality of legal advice is to a high standard and the team are very experienced in the area of corporate equity derivatives and margin loan financing products. The team have been a very valuable partner to us for the growth plan intended for corporate equity derivatives and margin loan business, numerous transactions have already been successfully concluded in a relative short period of time.’

‘Morrison & Foerster partner Vlad Maly has been invaluable to our deal team covering both EMEA and the US, as well as APAC. Vlad is always available at even short notice to provide legal advice on urgent matters and is a subject matter expert, we struggle to find a time when Vlad could not provide us with the right guidance. Vlad distinguishes his firm from the rest of the competitors, as he is always prepared to go the extra mile to assist us, in certain occasions providing detailed term sheets and structuring advice. Vlad provides an excellent customer service, very attentive and regularly checking in on the progress of various files. Vlad has an excellent network and good breadth of the overall market, he is able to provide the latest updates and changes in the regulatory landscape and provided us with in depth views for certain countries such as Russia and on-going sanctions. Morrision & Foerster is the trusted legal partner for ING in the corporate equity derivatives and margin loan business, we look forward to continuing working in close corroboration for the future.’

‘Strong knowledge and commercial acumen.’

‘Vlad Maly is a great guy, knows his stuff, thinks outside of the box, helps clients in a unique way that I haven’t seen from other law firms, engages and is proactive in his thinking.’

Key clients

CIBC

ING

Santander

SoftBank Group

RWE

UBS

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

Bringing together a transatlantic team of litigation and regulatory experts, Morrison & Foerster LLP is well placed to advise corporate clients on myriad compliance and corporate crime matters, from UK agency reporting and investigations to alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The team has enjoyed a period of growth, which saw the arrivals of Hayley Ichilcik and Gareth Rees QC from King & Spalding LLP, and the promotion of Saqib Alam to the partnership. Ichilcik and Rees have been particularly standout since joining in March 2020. Jonathan Wheeler heads up the wider litigation group.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Ichilcik; Gareth Rees QC; Paul Friedman; Saqib Alam

Testimonials

Hayley Ichilcik is hugely effective in dismantling a prosecution case and putting the SFO to task. She is a driven lawyer who works tirelessly for every client. Her legal knowledge of corporate crime is A1 and she is a formidable opponent. Any corporate would be wise to have her on their side in a complex financial crime investigation.

Hayley Ichilcik is a calm and assured white-collar crime adviser. She has nuanced experience from a robust long term defence practice augmented by a period of time seconded to the SFO which enables her to give clients real insight into their risk. She is a consummate professional, treats people well and a pleasure to be part of a team with.

An accomplished international white collar and investigations practice drawing on a truly specialist ensemble of criminal litigators including former senior government counsel.

Hayley Ichilchik is massively experienced with an enormous breadth of knowledge when dealing with the most complex cross-border regulatory investigations. She combines an excellent intellect with really practical application. Top quality.

Gareth Rees QC is an accomplished criminal advocate at his core with the added dimension of having run a regulatory agency.

Gareth Rees QC is a hugely experienced and knowledgeable silk who knows from his time at the Bar what lands and what does not in corporate investigations. He has a calm manner and a real presence. Always on top of the latest law.

Acquisition finance Tier 5

Increasingly visible in the London finance market as a result of a number of notable hires in recent years, Morrison & Foerster LLP continues to make inroads into the banking, credit funds and private equity sponsor markets, with clients appreciative of its ability to handle complex US/UK financing structures. The 'hugely experienced and knowledgeableChristopher Kandel is the star attraction and has had a real galvanising effect on the team since his arrival at the beginning of 2019 from US heavyweight Latham & Watkins. Benoit Lavigne  recently joined King & Spalding LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Kandel; Caroline Jury; Matthew Dunlap; John Burge; Amber Pledge; Ian Chin

Testimonials

A very hardworking and dedicated team.’

Has the ability to organise and summarize complex/multi-folded issues.’ 

The team is resilient and tenacious with a deep knowledge into past precedent transactions.’

Chris Kandel is hugely experienced and knowledgeable. He has seen pretty much every type of transaction from both borrower and lender’s point of view.’

Key clients

EQT Credit (recently acquired by Bridgepoint Credit)

Pemberton Asset Management and GoldPoint Partners

Tate & Lyle PLC

DNB Bank ASA

Hellman & Friedman

SoftBank Group Corp.

Macquarie Capital

Barings Private Credit

Swedbank

Ares Management Limited

Electrocomponents

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

Although it has had more of an impact in the leveraged finance arena, Morrison & Foerster LLP's London-based finance team, which has rapidly grown from a standing start in 2018 to now include a core team of four partners, also picks up its fair share of corporate lending and investment grade acquisition finance work, for both lenders and borrowers. Vastly experienced partner Christopher Kandel is a 'market leader in finance' and is a pivotal member of the team that is particularly well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional mandates involving US and UK-governed debt products. Benoit Lavigne  joined King & Spalding LLP in June 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Kandel; Caroline Jury; Matthew Dunlap; John Burge; Amber Pledge; Ian Chin

Testimonials

Matthew Dunlap’s patience, coupled with his ability to simply explain complex issues to the broader deal team, made his contributions invaluable.’

Chris Kandel is a veteran and market leader in finance and someone who I want on the team when doing complex bank finance and debt capital markets deals.’

Key clients

EQT Credit (recently acquired by Bridgepoint Credit)

Pemberton Asset Management and GoldPoint Partners

Tate & Lyle PLC

DNB Bank ASA

Hellman & Friedman

SoftBank Group Corp.

Macquarie Capital

Barings Private Credit

Swedbank

Ares Management Limited

Electrocomponents

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 5

Morrison & Foerster LLP's disputes team is particularly strong for technology and finance sector litigation but also counts manufacturing, retail and media sector companies among its clients. The 'superb' Jonathan Wheeler leads the team, which includes Gemma Anderson (who focuses on technology, contractual, and privacy and data protection matters) and Chiraag Shah, who counts disputes involving white collar, fraud and corruption issues among his area of specialism.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Anderson; Chiraag Shah; Shawna Pasquale; Richard Jerman; Pietro Grassi

Testimonials

Practical; efficient; always have client’s views in mind; including in-house counsel as active, valued members of the team.

Jonathan Wheeler  is superb. He always has a deep understanding of his cases and maintains complete control of them. He is brilliant to work with. His technical and strategic contribution to any case is immense. Jonathan is a very tough litigator but a wise and considered player, at the same time.  Richard Jerman is everything you want: serious, very capable, and a master of detail, so great to have on your side in any dispute.

I was particularly impressed with Shawna Pasquale, who managed a large number of stakeholders (based in North America and Asia) to present a coherent and persuasive case. She is very hardworking and has an eye for the points that win cases.

High-quality international team. The service is tailored to the client and the individuals are accessible at all times.

The team is very ‘client driven’, keeping you informed about every possible step we can take. Very diligent.

The team has sound legal expertise and develops a comprehensible strategy in the negotiations. The analyses/assessments in advance were very valuable in the further course of the negotiations.

Pietro Grassi:  stands out for his extreme knowledge of details of a case, his level of coordinating all process matters and very friendly attitude.

Key clients

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited

Louwman Group

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Morrison & Foerster LLP is best known for handling cross-border fraud investigations and disputes, including asset tracing and fraud claims with trust elements. The firm is also experienced in domestic fraud investigations and enforcement actions brought in by the serious fraud office (SFO). Practice head Jonathan Wheeler focuses on complex cross–border disputes, notably commercial disputes, international fraud, asset tracing and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Anderson; Saqib Alam

Key clients

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited

Louwman Group

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s litigation team offers its banking and financial services clients expertise in a range of cross-border commercial and insolvency disputes. Practice head Jonathan Wheeler counts commercial disputes, international fraud, asset tracing and contentious insolvency work among his specialisms, while associate Richard Jerman has experience in claims involving complex financial products. The team works with colleagues across its international network in cross-border disputes, including in the US.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Richard Jerman; Laura Steen

Testimonials

The UK firm is modest in size but strong on talent and client commitment. Partner accessibility and case leadership is a standout, you are never fobbed off to an associate.’

The standouts for me are Jonathan Wheeler (partner), Laura Steen (associate) and Richard Jerman (Associate). All have shown commitment, high intellect and resourcefulness under difficult circumstances (not only pandemic related). There is a great team ethos and they create the same environment with the counsel team.

Key clients

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited

Lohomij B.V. and Evert Louwman

International arbitration Tier 6

'Fantastic to work with', Morrison & Foerster LLP has substantial on-the-ground Africa expertise, as well as enviable TMT sector experience. Qualified in both Kenya and England and Wales, Chiraag Shah, who 'has great instincts', represents clients in institutional, ad hoc and treaty arbitrations around the world, with a focus on arbitrations involving state entities. The broad practice of technology expert Gemma Anderson includes international arbitrations. Shawna Pasquale and Pietro Grassi are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Chiraag Shah; Gemma Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Shawna Pasquale; Pietro Grassi

Testimonials

Responsive and they deliver on time without any fuss.

Fantastic to work with – as a firm they are simply not given enough credit for the quality of their work.

I have been very impressed with the Morrison & Foerster litigation team – they were very effective in managing our clients (who were based out of the jurisdiction) and procuring clear and concise evidence on a series of complex issues. This enabled us to win our arbitration and achieve an outstanding result for the client, which was well ahead of expectations.

Chiraag Shah is very thorough and has great experience. He is great at formulating an overall strategy and articulating the merits of various options to be pursued.

Chiraag Shah is very knowledgeable and has great instincts – spot on in his assessment of cases.

Chiraag Shah is cool, calm and on the ball.

I was particularly impressed with associate Shawna Pasquale, who managed a large number of stakeholders (based in North America and Asia) and presented a coherent and persuasive case. She is very hardworking and has an eye for the points that win cases.

Associate Pietro Grassi is very approachable and always available.

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 6

Morrison & Foerster LLP's corporate team frequently represents high-profile clients on tech sector M&A and premium investment transactions, both domestically and internationally. Andrew Boyd chiefly works with the firm's tech and food sector client base, while the 'very impressive' Gary Brown is noted for his experience in high-value, cross-border tech and financial services transactions. The dual-qualified (English and US) Dan Coppel is a key contact for private M&A matters, most notably in technology, manufacturing, energy and natural resources. Amit Kataria and Jennifer Buckby  are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Boyd; Gary Brown; Dan Coppel; Amit Kataria; Stuart Alford; Simon Arlington

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Buckby

Testimonials

‘The team is technically top notch and up to speed on market trends and practice.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and efficient, with outstanding legal skills. They coordinate the work of various offices to be the sole point of contact in complex deals, they are able to understand business concerns and  provide tailored solutions.’

‘Amit Kataria is a seasoned partner who is able to negotiate our interests and give valuable insights into structure and risk. His knowledge of the subject is vast and his team works as one.’

‘Very client driven, trying to get the best result at all times.’

‘Dan Coppel stands out for his exceptional attentiveness.’

‘Amit Kataria is laser-focused on delivering high-quality commercial results and taking advantage of open opportunities to shape legal protections around the edges of definitive agreements. One of the most responsive partners we have ever worked with.’

‘Gary Brown is extremely approachable and is on my list of trusted advisors to call on speed-dial. He is a very impressive lawyer and a core part of our team for complex M&A transactions.’

Key clients

SoftBank Group Corp.

VISA

Tate & Lyle PLC

Infobip

The Yucaipa Companies

Virgo Investment Group

Hassad Food

Vonage Holdings Corp.

Meininger Hotels

Sonora Mills Foods Inc.

Zenios LLP

ON Semiconductor

TON Ventures

BlackRock

Morgan Stanley

GPI Capital

Unity Technologies

Phenomen Ventures

Longitude Capital

Hambrecht Ducera Growth Ventures

SBI Holdings

Ares Management

Elbrus Capital

Employers Tier 7

Morrison & Foerster LLP's practice, which is fronted by Annabel Gillham, provides advice on an array of advisory, contentious and transactional matters.  Continuing to grow year on year, the department handles the employment aspects of cross-border M&A and outsourcing, privacy and cross-border data transfers, business restructurings, HR advisory work, as well as investigations and disputes. Also active in this area is Oliver Spratt, who was promoted to of Counsel in January 2021.  

Practice head(s):

Annabel Gillham

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Spratt

Key clients

SoftBank

Sage Automotive Interiors

CellPoint Digital

Infobip

Doxim Striata Ltd.

United States > Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 4

Morrison & Foerster LLP‘s financial services group has noted expertise in transactional matters, wholesale banking, and consumer finance regulatory work. The team counts US and foreign investment banks, fintech companies and trade associations amongst its clients, with New York-based Barbara Mendelson leveraging more than 30 years’ experience advising foreign banks entering the US market. Joan Warrington focuses on retail financial services and is highly active in advising non-financial institutions, such as retail and hospitality companies on their credit card schemes. Marc-Alain Galeazzi specializes in anti-money laundering work (AML); his highlights in 2020 included advising a fintech start-up on ensuring its platforms comply with all existing AML regulations. Both Galeazzi and Warrington are based in New York. In Washington DC, senior partner Rick Fischer handles retail financial services for banks and non-banks, with a particular focus on the growing area of privacy and data security.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Mandell; Barbara Mendelson

Other key lawyers:

Marc-Alain Galeazzi; Joan Warrington; Rick Fischer

Key clients

Walmart

CITIC Group Corporation

THE FIRM

With more than 1,000 lawyers in 16 offices, Morrison & Foerster is a leading law firm dedicated to delivering business-oriented results to clients across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Dynamic technology and life science companies, financial institutions, 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 London office, established in 1980, is at the heart of the network, offering access to UK and US qualified lawyers who advise on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including corporate, finance, securities, taxation and restructuring issues; technology, intellectual property and commercial transactions; capital markets; employment and privacy law; real estate and white collar investigations and regulatory. The firm also offers comprehensive capabilities in litigation and dispute resolution. The firm has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work, diversity and social justice.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

M&A:

As part of MoFo’s leading global M&A practice, we advise on national and cross-border M&A transactions, including on related financing, due diligence and regulatory issues. The team is an acknowledged market leader in the TMT sector. Lawyers advise on corporate structuring and restructuring, foreign investments and acquisition financing, private equity and venture capital, and start-ups, including on related financing structures.

Tax:

Part of a global practice that enjoys a reputation for innovative tax planning and the successful resolution of important tax controversies. The group advises on all areas of tax including mergers and acquisitions, tax efficient domestic and cross-border financing structures, capital markets transactions, planning for IP intensive companies, transfer pricing matters, outsourcing, employee equity participation and executive compensation, and matters relating to VAT, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax.

Technology Transactions:

London lawyers are particularly recognised for their representation of technology providers and technology-enabled enterprises of all types in licensing, strategic partnering, outsourcing, ecommerce and new media, regulatory, contractual and other collaboration matters. MoFo’s outsourcing group is a market-leading practice and its lawyers deliver a full array of capabilities and attributes that are necessary to forge successful and enduring sourcing relationships and operate seamlessly as a team in key geographic areas.

Litigation:

MoFo’s litigators represent public- and private-sector clients in complex national and cross-border litigation of all types, including international fraud and asset tracing, international trust litigation and insolvency, regulatory compliance and corporate investigations, as well as alternative dispute resolution procedures. They also advise and represent clients in corporate and capital market lawsuits, in post-M&A disputes and commercial litigation.

Employment:

MoFo’s employment lawyers provide comprehensive advice on all areas of UK and international employment law. The team regularly assists clients with the multijurisdictional employment aspects of domestic and international corporate and group change, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings, as well as managing disputes, employee transfers and contracts.

White Collar & Investigations:

MoFo’s Investigations and White Collar Defense team is best known for handling some of the biggest and most complex cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery, sanctions and money-laundering investigations, high-profile white-collar investigations — including a significant number of high-stakes Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) matters — as well as some of the largest cross-border contentious insolvencies.

Finance:

The finance practice in London covers all the bases. From debt capital markets, through private placements and financial services regulatory advice to the more traditional, but constantly changing, senior and secured lending market across all asset types, lawyers have the experience and the expertise. The team’s knowledge and track record makes the firm a first port of call on finance matters for clients, whether financial institutions, institutional investors, funds or corporates.

Capital Markets:

The team advises investment banks, issuers, investors and other providers of financial services on national and international capital market transactions, initial public offerings and private placement of shares, equity- and debt-linked instruments, bonds and structured products, as well as trading of securities.

Business Restructuring & Insolvency:

The group is at the vanguard of the profession handling financial institutions restructurings, cross-border insolvencies, distressed real estate, insolvencies involving key intellectual property, and hedge fund failures.

Equity Derivatives

The team covers a range of derivatives and structured products used primarily in the context of corporate finance, capital markets and M&A activity, including: investments in listed companies via equity derivatives and financing of acquisitions via margin loans; disposals of strategic equity stakes with the use of collars, put and call option strategies, forward sale contracts and physically settled swaps; equity-backed capital markets transactions including convertibles and exchangeable notes; collateral transformation transactions involving swaps, repos and stock lending structures; and convertible bond hedging through warrants and capped call strategies.

High Yield

MoFo has experience in cross-border corporate and private equity finance transactions, focusing on complex cross-border transactions, including high yield and crossover debt offerings, acquisition financings and liability management exercises. They advise both issuers and investment banks, primarily representing private equity and corporate issuer clients. High yield completes the third pillar in our London leveraged finance offering, rounding out our banking and restructuring capabilities.

Real Estate

Through the economic cycles of the last 20 years, MoFo’s real estate team has gained extensive knowledge of the markets in both the UK and Europe. Acting for a mix of investment banks, private equity funds, institutional investors and advisors on the full spectrum of real estate-linked transactions, gives us visibility on the key developments and trends in the ever-evolving market.  The team has an in-depth understanding of the issues that may confront clients in the real estate market, and the tools to find pragmatic solutions to those issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chair Larren M Nashelsky
European managing partner Paul Friedman
London managing partners Alistair Maughan
London managing partners Jonathan Wheeler
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The Lex 100 Verdict

 Known for technology focus, small teams, international work and lots of responsibility, Morrison & Foerster - commonly referred to as ‘MoFo’ - is highly regarded for its approach to training. A Lex 100 Winner for its salary, MoFo has many of the characteristics of a US-headquartered global firm, such as the long hours and higher pay scale, but with ‘small teams and the ability to work with clients in the technology and innovation sector’. The firm has an ‘approachable’ culture where trainees feel like ‘they fit in, and people are from diverse backgrounds’. In terms of training, trainees comment that it is ‘more on the job’ and ‘less formal seminars, etc’. One trainee says that ‘it seems like we are given more responsibility due to the size of our intake, and generally more opportunities to learn and interact with senior associates and partners’. Trainees applaud their colleagues who are ‘approachable and willing to take the time to explain matters’ and feel they are ‘encouraged to contribute to business development ideas'. Plus 'trainee input is valued in billable, pro bono and non-billable matters’. Negatives include the long and ‘uncertain’ hours, plus seat allocation ‘could be more structured and transparent’. Training highlights included ‘preparing and attending trial in the height of the pandemic’ and ‘the litigation team social, which allowed me to get to know partners and associates in a more casual way’. One trainee comments on the ‘fantastic’ pro-bono programme', saying that ‘I’ve been able to pick up so many different projects - from IP law to contract law to data privacy law’. A tech power player, MoFo is popular with current trainees and worth investigating.