Morrison & Foerster Strengthens Singapore Presence with Leading Corporate Partners
Large full service law firm, Morrison & Foerster LLP , has hired Jake Robson and Adam Summerly as partners at its recently launched Singapore office. Robson and Summerly are veterans of the Singapore market in corporate as well as mergers and acquisitions practices. Robson has an experience of eight years, while Summerly holds 14 years of work experience in the market. Both partners have worked in the Singapore office of Norton Rose Fulbright and have substantial knowledge in intra-regional transactions across South and Southeast Asia. The Singapore office is Morrison & Foerster's fifth office in Asia. It has been launched in response to client requirements as explained by Eric Piesner, the Singapore Managing Partner of the law firm. Piesner is also Morrison & Foerster's firm-wide Managing Partner for Asia.
The law firm has been intensifying its operations in Asia and had recently represented SoftBank Corp., a top Japanese wireless carrier, in its US $21.6 billion going-private-transaction of Focus Media Holding Ltd. The delisting was the largest-ever going-private transaction made by a Chinese company. Additionally, the law firm has also worked on multiple major cross-border transactions based in Singapore in the previous year. Its key practice areas for the Singapore office include M&A, private equity, real estate, project finance, tax, FCPA & anti-corruption, internal investigations and dispute resolution.
The law firm has been recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific as the 2013 Japan International Law Firm of the Year. Moreover, the Asian Legal Business named the law firm as the International Deal Firm of the Year, IP Law Firm of the Year and Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Japan Law Awards 2013. Morrison & Foerster also continues to be the only law firm ranked by Legal 500 in Tier 1 for Technology across China, Hong Kong and the United States. The M&A Advisor has recognized the law firm as the MoFo Law Firm of the Year in its 2013 Annual International M&A Awards.
In the press release of the law firm, Piesner said, "As more multinational companies expand in the region, Singapore has continued to grow as a key financial and economic center. The surge of corporate deal making in South and Southeast Asia has created a significant demand for high-quality legal services." With regard to the acquisition of the new partners, Piesner added, "Jake and Adam, both of whom have extensive M&A experience, bring distinguished track records advising on large and cutting-edge transactions throughout the region. They will greatly enhance our ability to serve clients as we continue to grow our capabilities in the region."