Morrison & Foerster Expands Asian M&A Strength

Morrison & Foerster Expands Asian M&A Strength

Morrison & Foerster – – – Morrison & Foerster is pleased to announce that bengoshi corporate partner Saori Nakamura has relocated to the firm’s Singapore office from Ito & Mitomi, registered associated offices of Morrison & Foerster in Japan.

A member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, Ms. Nakamura represents multinational corporations in a wide variety of corporate and commercial transactions, including acquisitions of publicly traded companies, domestic and global tender offers for both Japanese and international companies, spinoffs, restructurings, international joint ventures, and strategic alliances throughout the world. A leading corporate and M&A partner in Japan, Ms. Nakamura also has expertise in advising issuers and underwriters on international equity /debt offerings.

“As our clients look to Southeast Asia and South Asia as significant growth markets, we continue to invest in the region and our capabilities reflect the needs of our clients as they expand their business in the region,” said Eric Piesner, managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Singapore office and firmwide managing partner for Asia. “Saori is a well-respected bengoshi corporate partner and her expertise will be invaluable to our clients in Japan looking to expand and invest in the region.”

“I’m delighted to join the talented team in Singapore and help continue to expand the firm’s corporate capabilities in one of the most vibrant financial centers in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Ms. Nakamura. “I look forward to being able to better service our Japanese clients doing business in Singapore and other countries in the region,” she added.

Ms. Nakamura earned her LL.B. from Kyoto University in 1986 and graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan in 1988. She also earned an LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1992. She is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global 2015, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015, IFLR1000 2014, and Best Lawyers in Japan 2014.

Morrison & Foerster opened its doors in Singapore, its fifth office in the Asia region, in January 2013. . Since then the firm has worked on a number of market-leading cross-border transactions originating in Singapore, including most recently advising Singapore-based Global Logistic Properties in its $8.1 billion co-investment with an affiliate of Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte. Ltd. on its acquisition of one of the largest logistics real estate portfolios in the United States from The Blackstone Group.

The firm has received significant market recognition in Asia including Chambers Asia-Pacific naming the firm “Japan International Firm of the Year” for 2014, marking the second year in a row the firm has won the award. Chambers Asia-Pacific also recognized 25 practices and 45 lawyers from the firm in its 2014 edition. The firm also garnered six awards at the 2014 Asian Legal Business awards including being named “International Deal Firm of the Year” and “Tax Law Firm of the Year.” The Financial Times also named the firm to its Asia-Pacific FT 25, a list of the 25 most innovative international firms in the Asia-Pacific region.

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