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Morrison & Foerster is a leading international law firm with more than 35 years of experience in Asia. Strategically located in major financial centres in China, Japan and Singapore, the firm’s disputes and investigations practice handles all types of complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, international arbitration, intellectual property and compliance and investigations matters (including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-corruption, securities litigation, white-collar investigation and enforcement). With more than 50 disputes specialists, the Asia- based team is one of the largest in the region. It includes lawyers from Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, China, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States, and provides multilingual language capability in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.
The firm’s extensive trial experience before courts, administrative agencies and arbitral tribunals across the globe equips the team to manage the full life cycle of matters, comprising strategy development, case management and advocacy. Because of the firm’s trial lawyer tradition, its legal teams are very experienced in conducting highly effective oral representations and witness examinations before arbitral tribunals.
The firm’s global coverage allows it to handle disputes before tribunals in Asia, Europe and North America. The Asia team has deep experience of the diverse cultures within the region and can work effectively with clients, witnesses, counsel and arbitrators from many different countries in cross-border disputes. The firm has represented clients in disputes involving commercial contracts, joint ventures, power and infrastructure projects, insurance coverage, distribution agreements, investment disputes, patent and intellectual property licence and joint development agreements, securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust issues, real estate and employment issues.
The firm has advised clients on the drafting and interpretation of arbitration clauses invoking the services of all major providers of international arbitration and is experienced and skilled in litigation proceedings related to arbitration, such as motions to compel arbitration, challenges to the composition of the arbitral panel, challenges to the enforceability of arbitration clauses, and motions to enforce arbitral awards. The firm’s lawyers have been selected to serve as arbitrators in international disputes and often speak on the cutting-edge issues involved in international litigation and arbitration.
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