From our office in the heart of London’s world-renowned financial district, our UK- and U.S.-qualified lawyers work with clients on complex, cross-border transactions helping them to grow their business and manage risk. We handle some of the world’s largest cross-border transactions and resolve some of the biggest disputes across multiple jurisdictions.
Get to know MoFo London through the eyes of our talented lawyers. Click on the photos to read why they chose MoFo and, more importantly, why they choose to stay.
Our name is synonymous with a commitment to client service that informs everything that we do. We are recognised throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on matters that are redefining practices and industries. But the Morrison & Foerster name tells only part of our story. In the 1970s, when teletype was used to send overseas cables, the firm purposely chose “mofo” as its address. The nickname stuck, and it has become a lasting reminder that, while we are serious about the work that we do for our clients, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
Our commitment to excellence unites us, as does our dedication to giving back to the communities in which we work and live. MoFo lawyers bring their talents and passions to bear on a range of pro bono initiatives, and the firm has been a long-time leader in the pro bono field. We’ve also been a long-time champion for promoting diversity within the legal profession. We continue to thrive and grow because of our cultural values, not in spite of them; here, you can discover your true potential.
MoFo lawyers have one compelling mission: to deliver success for our clients. Clients are clients of the firm, not of individual lawyers. We work together to find creative, business-savvy solutions to complex and routine legal matters. Clients include leading technology and life sciences companies, Fortune 100 companies, and large financial institutions. We also represent investment funds and startup companies. Over the years, we have supported many in their growth and development as leading industry players and household brands.
From day one you’ll get direct contact with clients. You’ll feel valued and involved. The hands-on experience we offer will help you understand both the legal and commercial context of the advice we give. You’ll quickly experience the satisfaction of going the extra mile for our clients. Download our graduate recruitment brochure for more information.
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We’re proud of our culture, which sets us apart. Core to this is the commitment to collaboration. Our emphasis is on working together to find solutions for our clients. We continue to thrive and grow because of our cultural values, not in spite of them.
Our dedicated pro bono team and London Pro Bono Committee provide frequent opportunities for London trainees and associates to work on a range of both domestic and international matters, from providing direct services to low income individuals to counseling nonprofit organisations and advising at law clinics.
Lawyers in our London office partner with a variety of organisations, such as Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, JUSTICE, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Advocates for International Development, and Asylum Aid. Additionally, the London office is a member of the Collaborative Plan for Pro Bono in the UK, in which law firm members commit to an average of 25 pro bono hours per attorney in their UK offices.
London Pro Bono Causes
Supporting the Kenya office of the Center for Reproductive Rights in a variety of ways to assist it in its mission of advancing reproductive rights and maternal health in Kenya. This includes drafting an amicus brief on an important case at the High Court of Kenya on behalf of an adolescent who died after suffering from complications from an unsafe abortion. The case resulted in a landmark ruling issued by the High Court of Kenya in June 2019, which strengthens access to safe abortion in Kenya, where, on average, seven women and girls die from unsafe abortions every day.
In collaboration with Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (aka Z2K), a number of lawyers in our London office are handling disability benefit appeals for clients who have mental and physical disabilities. Since the partnership began in early 2018, numerous members of the London office — including partners, associates, trainees, and paralegals — have taken on cases for low-income, disabled clients who were receiving disability benefits that were inadequate to cover their needs.
Representing Social Finance, finance and tax lawyers in our London office structured a development impact bond focused on improving infant mortality in developing countries.
We believe that lawyers with different backgrounds, interests, and experiences working together arrive at better answers and offer fresher perspectives. That’s why we continuously work to attract, develop, and retain talented lawyers from diverse backgrounds. A number of our lawyers sit on the firm’s Diversity Strategy Committee, the primary mission of which is to recommend major diversity goals and objectives to our board of directors. We also have an active London Diversity Committee and a number of affinity groups.
London Diversity Intiatives
MoFo Together is London’s Ethnic Minority Affinity Group, which addresses barriers faced by ethnic minorities through raising awareness and spearheading initiatives to create an inclusive workplace for all. Together, we celebrate our cultural differences and tackle issues that are pertinent to ethnic minorities in the legal industry and those joining the profession.
Our senior female lawyers in London also play a role in the firm’s global Women’s Strategy Committee, which works closely with firm leadership, including the firm’s chair, firmwide managing partners, and board of directors to ensure that the advancement of women is a constant strategic priority.
MoFo London’s active LGBTQ+ affinity group brings together members of that community as well as its supporters. The LGBTQ+ affinity group provides a forum to discuss issues of concern to the LGBTQ+ community and works to advance networking opportunities within the London office and the broader firm, with clients, and across the broader London business community. We’re proud that our chair emeritus was the first openly gay managing partner of an international law firm.
The London office has a Healthy Minds focus group, which provides a forum for promoting awareness of physical and mental well-being. The group has facilitated opportunities to learn about healthy eating, physical fitness, mindfulness and resilience.
We advise clients on merger control and the foreign investment aspects of complex global transactions, as well as broader antitrust issues including investigations, abuse of dominance, and complex vertical agreements. In addition, our team has extensive UK CMA experience, having acted for clients on a number of complex CMA investigations, both at Phase 1 and Phase 2, and having delivered multiple informal CMA clearances.
MoFo’s Business Restructuring + Insolvency Group is at the vanguard of the profession and handles, among other things, financial institutions restructurings, cross-border insolvencies, distressed real estate, insolvencies involving key intellectual property and hedge fund failures.
The London Capital Markets team advises investment banks, issuers, investors and other providers of financial services on national and international capital markets transactions, initial public offerings, financial regulation and private placement of shares, equity and debt-linked instruments, bonds and structured products, as well as trading of securities. Our capital markets practice annually ranks as a leader in its field. Learn more about the Capital Markets Practice Group at MoFo.
MoFo’s Corporate/M&A practice is renowned for its industry experience and its proficiency in strategic cross-border transactions. Our lawyers advise on all aspects of M&A and private equity, including raising capital, acquisitions, disposals, investments, joint ventures, due diligence, corporate governance, portfolio company transactions, incentive schemes and securities offerings.
Our 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. Learn more about MoFo’s Employment Group.
We cover a wide 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. Learn more about MoFo’s Derivatives + Commodities Group.
MoFo’s finance lawyers understand both local and cross-border finance markets. The team advises on all finance maters from debt capital markets through private placements to the more traditional, but constantly changing, senior, second lien, mezzanine, unitranche, PIK and lending market across all asset types. We prove an exciting opportunity to work with a new and growing team that includes Band 1-rated and widely known lawyers. Learn more about MoFo’s Financial Transactions Group.
Our team 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. The team advises 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.
Our Commercial Litigation Practice is renowned for its ability to succeed in complex commercial litigation cases and is consistently ranked as one of the top litigation practices. The group represents public and private sector clients in complex national and cross-border litigation for 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 and arbitration.
Our 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.
Our European Privacy & Data Security Group is an integrated destination practice poised to tackle the most complex European and global matters. The team counsels some of the largest companies in the world on high-stakes matters. Our hallmark is our ability to craft truly global strategies, owing to our deep familiarity with privacy and data security laws and regulations worldwide. We also assist clients with incident preparedness and incident response, having advised on several of the most noteworthy breaches of recent years. Learn more about MoFo’s Privacy + Data Security Practice.
Through the economic cycles of the last 20 years, our real estate finance team has gained extensive knowledge of the real estate-linked finance markets in both the United Kingdom and Europe. Acting for a mix of investment banks, private equity funds, institutional investors and advisors on the full spectrum of real estate-linked financing transactions, gives us visibility on the key developments and trends in the ever-evolving market. Our team has both an in-depth understanding of the issues that may confront our clients in the real estate market, and the tools to find pragmatic solutions to those issues. Our approach is to combine balanced, commercial advice with high-quality technical expertise, helping clients to achieve commercially desirable outcomes, whilst mitigating key risks.
Recent experience includes advising on both UK and cross-border transactions, structured in a variety of ways, including senior and mezzanine facilities, as well bilateral and syndicated facilities. We have advised on performing and non-performing portfolio acquisitions, fund finance, and more structured products such as warehouse facilities and loan-on-loan transactions.
Our London tax team is 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 mergers and acquisitions, international corporate tax planning, tax-efficient domestic and cross-border financing structures, capital markets transactions, joint ventures, private equity, planning for IP intensive companies, transfer pricing matters, outsourcing and matters relating to VAT, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax. Learn more about MoFo’s Tax Group.
Our clients include the best-known technology and media companies whose services and products bring innovation to the way we live. We actively assist both established and emerging-sector clients in creating and leveraging new technology platforms and harnessing evolving business models. We also advise a wide range of technology-enabled companies on their technology investments and projects to implement technology. Learn more about MoFo’s Technology Transactions Group.
The more you get to know MoFo, the more you’ll see that this is a law firm like no other. If you’re ready for your greatest chapter yet, we’re ready for you.