Firm Profile > Morrison & Foerster > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Morrison & Foerster
EDINBURGH TOWER 33/F, THE LANDMARK
15 QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Investment funds Tier 2

Morrison & Foerster focuses on private equity funds, private equity real estate funds and venture capital funds. Clients include financial institutions, private equity firms and insurance companies. It is well-versed in advising clients on regulatory issues, carried interest plans, and operational matters. Head of team Serena Tan is recommended for the formation of, and investment in, private funds, including USD funds, RMB funds, and dual-currency funds. Nicholas Sheets joined from Kirkland & Ellis and now co-heads the team. Sheets advises Asia-based sponsors in the structuring, formation and offering of private equity funds, and co-investment activities and secondaries transactions.

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Testimonials

‘Any e-mail or request I get an answer within 24 hours’.

‘They always know the answer’.

‘Serena Tan just gets things done’.

Key clients

Ally Bridge Group

China Great Wall Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Fosun International Group

FWD Group Management Holdings Ltd

GLP PTE, Ltd. (GLP)

Hony Capital

C-Bridge Capital

Makers Fund

Sino-Ocean Capital

BHG Long Hills

SoftBank Ventures Asia

Junson Capital

Silicon Valley Bank

CICC Capital

Sympath Capital

Hopu Capital

Wheelock

Hong Kong > TMT Tier 2

Aided by a strong presence on the ground in the PRC and more broadly throughout Asia Pacific, Morrison & Foerster's Hong Kong-based TMT team advises regional and international technology-based entities across the spectrum of regulatory, commercial, and operational matters. Transactional mandates account for a significant proportion of the firm's workflow in the sector, where both investor and investee clients take comfort in the firm's strong venture capital credentials and its ability to advise start-ups on concomitant IP and commercial issues associated with their business. Team head Gordon Milner has particular expertise in respect of cross-border technology projects in Greater China and 'has extensive expertise and experiences in advising on SaaS, cloud technology, and entertainment businesses'.

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Testimonials

‘I have used the firm’s services in relation to technology agreements in Hong Kong, and they are truly specialised in this field.’

‘What makes the firm’s Hong Kong practice unique is that it understands the business needs of its customers and the pain points and business needs of foreign multinational corporations with operations in China.’

‘I have worked with Gordon Milner and appreciate his commerciality, practical advice, and speedy responses.’

‘Gordon Milner has extensive expertise and experiences in advising on SaaS, cloud technology, and entertainment businesses. He is easy to work with and can deliver high-quality results even under high time pressure.’

Key clients

Roblox

Alibaba Group

Princeton Digital

Softbank Vision Fund

Hong Kong > Capital markets (equity) Tier 3

Morrison & Foerster assists major Chinese investment banks and PRC companies with listing in Hong Kong. It is particularly experienced in pharmaceutical and biotech IPOs and regulatory matters. Head of practice Venantius Tan has over 25 years’ experience in Hong Kong capital markets transactions and his dual-qualified in Hong Kong and New York. Ke Huang focuses on international trasnactions and is experienced in advising issuers and underwriters in Rule 144A and Regulation S international equity and debt offerings throughout Asia.

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Lvji Technology Holdings Inc.

Shenzhou International Group Holdings Ltd.

China Harmony New Energy Auto Holding Ltd.

Dynagreen Environmental Protection Group Co., Ltd.

Sunshine 100 China Holdings Limited

Science City (Hong Kong) Investment Co. Limited

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A) Tier 3

Morrison & Foerster has a strong focus on the TMT sector and handles matters in the related fields of e-commerce, data centres, life sciences and healthcare. Its dedicated TMT team in China enables the firm to offer seamless on-the-ground expertise across Greater China and beyond. Key practitioner Thomas Chou handles large M&A, and venture capital mandates. Vivian Yiu acts for multinational corporations and Chinese SOEs and private enterprises on cross-border transactions. Marcia Ellis, who co-heads the Asia private equity practice, is another name to note.

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Softbank

Softbank Vision Fund

Alibaba Group

GLP

Ascendent

Ally Bridge

BlackRock

NewQuest Capital Partners

Vectr Ventures

Intudo Ventures

Farallon Capital Asia

Bain Capital Credit

Ark Pacific Capital

Celadon Partners

Hong Kong > Private equity Tier 3

Leveraging strong commercial and transactional TMT credentials throughout Asia and the US, Morrison & Foerster's sweet-spot lies in advising corporates and funds engaged in M&A and financing activity within the tech, life sciences, and healthcare sectors. Despite being less visible than some of its higher-ranked peers on traditional private equity sponsor-led deals, the team has developed strong relationships with Asia-based tech giants, including Alibaba and Softbank, ensuring that it receives a significant pipeline of transactional work in the space. Indeed, Marcia Ellis, who is now also the the global chair of the private equity group, regularly advises Softbank's Vision Fund on its venture capital investments throughout the investment lifecycle, including on a $225m Series D+ round in Hong Kong-based online travel platform, Klook. Thomas Chou co-heads the team and is well-equipped to provide commercial advice to investors and investees, on purely Asia-related deals, as well as mandates with a US nexus, by virtue of his significant Silicon Valley-related experience.

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Softbank

Softbank Vision Fund

Alibaba Group

GLP

Ascendent

Ally Bridge

BlackRock

NewQuest Capital Partners

Vectr Ventures

Intudo Ventures

Farallon Capital Asia

Bain Capital Credit

Ark Pacific Capital

Celadon Partners

Hong Kong > Intellectual property Tier 5

Led from Hong Kong by Gordon Milner and aided by significant resources in Shanghai, Morrison & Foerster has a particular focus acting for technology and life sciences clients on the commercialistion of their IPR, including advice on R&D agreements, licensing agreements, and technology transfer. The team also regularly provides the IP overlay on technology-related M&A handled by the firm's private equity/venture capital group.

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Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Co., Ltd.

Roblox

Alibaba

Everest Medicines Limited/Everest Medicines II Limited

Triastek, Inc.

Henlius

The Dairy Farm Group

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 1

Morrison & Foerster has a strong affiliation with TMT businesses and this continues to be true in Greater China, spread across its Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices. The China team has attracted engagements from a range of big-name Chinese and international TMT businesses, along with a large number of technology investors and start-ups. The firm works extensively in the fields of digital transformation and the development of proprietary technology. It frequently advises strategic investors on their investments in emerging technology businesses. It also has extensive experience in cybersecurity and data privacy. Gordon Milner leads the Asia TMT practice from Hong Kong. Shanghai partner Chuan Sun is regarded as a pure TMT lawyer and is highly rated for M&A and commercial matters. Hong Kong's Thomas Chou and Marcia Ellis are noted for private equity and venture capital investments in the technology sector. Beijing and Shanghai managing partner Paul McKenzie is another key figure.

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Testimonials

‘I have used MoFo’s services in relation to technology agreements in China, and they are truly specialised in this field.’

‘Chuan Sun has very solid expertise in the commercial technology agreements field and not only does he provide commercial practical advice, he is also able to manage his team to learn our business and turn around contracts with speed and efficiency. His scope of expertise is impressive, ranging from hardware agreements, open source software, to on-premises and cloud services to privacy law related issues.’

 

Key clients

Roblox

Alibaba Group

Princeton Digital

Softbank Vision Fund

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 4

Morrison & Foerster is known for high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional disputes in sectors such as technology, energy, chemicals, construction, manufacturing, telecommunications, private equity and real estate. The litigation practice is led from Hong Kong by Timothy Blakely who focuses on government and internal investigations and complex commercial litigation, as does key partner Sarah Thomas. Its scope spans the entire Asia region, with the Beijing and Shanghai offices playing a key role in cases involving Chinese companies and multi-national entities with local interests. The firm's work spans commercial and IP disputes, investigations and compliance and privacy crisis response.

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The firm: With approximately 1,000 lawyers in 17 offices, Morrison & Foerster is a pre-eminent global law firm dedicated to delivering business-oriented results to clients across the United States, Asia and Europe. Dynamic technology and life science companies, large financial institutions, leading consumer product companies and other market leaders come to Morrison & Foerster for knowledge, innovation and business aptitude. Morrison & Foerster handles some of the world’s largest cross-border transactions and resolves major disputes across multiple jurisdictions. The firm has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work and social justice.

For more than 36 years Morrison & Foerster has been on the ground advising clients about their most important China-related matters. The China offices have more than 50 multilingual U.S.-, PRC-, and Hong Kong-qualified professionals, who work closely with attorneys throughout the firm to deliver calibrated and sound advice to clients.

The firm counsels a wide variety of clients in China on their high-profile investment, finance, and regulatory matters, including many of the world’s largest multinationals and the most substantial and active institutional PRC companies, as well as promising startups in the Internet, technology, entertainment, telecommunications, life sciences, energy, clean technology, and renewable energy industries.

Areas of practice: Morrison & Foerster opened its Hong Kong office in 1983. It was one of the first international firms to have local Hong Kong law capabilities, approved by the Hong Kong Law Society in April 2001. The firm’s lawyers based in Hong Kong have particular expertise in working with multinationals, PRC and Hong Kong companies, foreign and China-based venture capital and private equity investors active in China’s technology industries, and technology-based PRC companies.

Capital markets: MoFo’s leading capital markets practice in China regularly represents issuers and underwriters in debt and equity financings, as well as in domestic venture capital and private equity investments. It is one of the 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, US and English law. The firm’s multi-jurisdictional law capabilities and bilingual teams enhance its competitive position, representing clients on both international offerings and cross-border corporate finance matters.

Intellectual property and litigation: MoFo has extensive experience in representing Chinese companies in their IP disputes in the US and in the development of their global IP portfolios.

MoFo has also been advising its global clients who seek to proactively protect their IP from infringement and misappropriation in China.

Mergers and acquisitions: MoFo’s China M&A practice combines senior PRC regulatory expertise with international deal execution capability. The firm’s lawyers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong have significant PRC-related, as well as Asia-wide and global cross-border M&A experience.

Private equity and venture capital: combining corporate finance expertise with diverse technology, healthcare, life sciences and real estate practices, lawyers in MoFo’s Hong Kong office are active in all aspects of the evolving private equity and venture capital market in China. The practice regularly represents private equity investors, venture capitalists, private equity fund sponsors and issuers in a wide variety of private equity transactions, including buyouts (leveraged and non-leveraged), early and late-stage venture investments and restructurings and recapitalisations.

Real estate: the China real estate practice team represents investors in the financing, acquisition, joint venture and development of real estate investments across China and internationally. The group has a robust practice representing real estate private equity firms, investment managers, sovereign wealth funds, development companies and REITs that invest in real estate assets and companies in this sector.

Technology transactions: MoFo has assisted leading media and IT companies, global banks and financial institutions, biotech companies and private equity funds in navigating legal, structuring and commercial challenges arising from handling technology projects in China’s rapidly evolving business and regulatory environment.

Dispute resolution: MoFo is one of the world’s premier litigation firms. Its full-service Asia Dispute Resolution practice is a fully integrated regional practice, working seamlessly across its five offices in Asia, to handle all aspects of complex commercial litigation, international arbitration and predispute counselling matters. MoFo also appears in Hong Kong courts and before regulatory bodies in Hong Kong

Investment Funds: MoFo’s Private Funds practice is widely recognized by fund sponsors and institutional investors as a leading group in Asia and globally. As one of the largest private funds practices in Asia, we represent fund sponsors and investors in the formation and operation of investment funds in a number of strategies. We are one of only a handful of law firms in Asia with the experience to effectively guide both GPs and LPs through the entire fund formation process.

FinTech: MoFo has long been recognized as a leading financial services and technology firm. Our Fintech practice is not just a corporate practice that happens to handle M&A deals in the very sector. We have one of the few dedicated operational Fintech teams in China, and our partners have nearly two decades of on-the-ground experience at the heart of one of the world’s fastest growing technology markets, catering to a stellar list of industry-leading companies who rely on us to help ensure the success of their most critical deals in mainland China and Hong Kong in a challenging political climate

Healthcare and Life Sciences: Leading life sciences investors and companies throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China choose MoFo to help them enter, expand within, or grow outside of the Chinese life sciences market because of our experience in complex, cutting-edge cross-border commercial transactions and financings, our legendary scientific expertise in matters from IP strategic counseling to IP due diligence, and our long and storied track record working within the Chinese life science market.

Department Name Email Telephone
Anti-bribery/anti-corruption/FCPA Timothy Blakely tblakely@mofo.com +852 25850870
Capital markets Venantius (Ven) Tan vtan@mofo.com +852 25850836
Corporate governance and internal investigations Timothy Blakely tblakely@mofo.com +852 25850870
Dispute resolution Timothy Blakely tblakely@mofo.com +852 25850870
Foreign direct investment Paul McKenzie pmckenzie@mofo.com +86 10 5909 3366
Intellectual property and litigation Sarah Thomas SarahThomas@mofo.com +852 25850771
International arbitration Timothy Blakely tblakely@mofo.com +852 25850870
Life sciences Janet Xiao jxiao@mofo.com +1 (650) 813-5736
Life sciences Thomas Chou tchou@mofo.com +852 2585 0848
Life sciences Chuan Sun csun@mofo.com +86 21 2322 5243
Life sciences Gordon Milner gmilner@mofo.com +852 2585 0808
Mergers and acquisitions Thomas Chou tchou@mofo.com +852 2585 0848
Mergers and acquisitions Marcia Ellis mellis@mofo.com +852 2585 0784
Mergers and acquisitions Paul McKenzie pmckenzie@mofo.com +86 10 5909 3366
Mergers and acquisitions Vivian Yiu vyiu@mofo.com +852 2585 0761
Mergers and acquisitions Ruomu Li rli@mofo.com +86 21 2322 5218
Mergers and acquisitions Lucy Lu llu@mofo.com +86 10 5909 3311
Private equity and venture capital Thomas Chou tchou@mofo.com +852 2585 0848
Private equity and venture capital Marcia Ellis mellis@mofo.com +852 2585 0784
Real estate Marcia Ellis mellis@mofo.com +852 2585 0784
Technology transactions Gordon Milner gmilner@mofo.com +852 2585 0808
Investment Funds Serena Tan STan@mofo.com +852 2585 0861
Investment Funds Nicholas Sheets nsheets@mofo.com +852 2585 0814
Fintech Thomas Chou tchou@mofo.com +852 2585 0848
Fintech Paul McKenzie pmckenzie@mofo.com +86 10 5909 3366
Fintech Gordon Milner gmilner@mofo.com +852 2585 0808
Fintech Chuan Sun csun@mofo.com +86 21 2322 5243
Number of lawyers : approximately 1,000
at this office : 40+
Cantonese
English
Mandarin
Contacts : Timothy Blakely (Hong Kong office managing partner)