SINGAPORE May 28, 2019
Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, has named Shirin Tang, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department, Managing Partner of its Singapore office, effective June 1, 2019. Ms. Tang, who has been a partner at Morrison & Foerster for five years, succeeds Eric Piesner and Paul McKenzie who were Co-Managing Partners of the Singapore office. Mr. Piesner, who founded the Singapore office in 2013, will continue to serve as the firm’s Asia Managing Partner. Mr. McKenzie will continue to be Managing Partner of the firm’s Beijing and Shanghai offices.
Ms. Tang specializes in private equity and M&A transactions, with a particular focus in the technology and real estate sectors and in counseling clients in Asia on public and private company investments in the U.S. In the last three years, Ms. Tang has led transactions with deal values in excess of US$29 billion in the aggregate, including multiple award-winning deals.
Ms. Tang also serves on Morrison & Foerster’s Women’s Strategy Committee, highlighting her commitment to advancing women in the legal profession. Ms. Tang joins numerous other women at Morrison & Foerster holding a leadership position. For example, women chair or co-chair approximately 20 of the firm’s practice groups, and 40% of the members of the firm’s Board of Directors are women.
“I am pleased to welcome Shirin to the management team. Shirin’s strategic focus and proven leadership abilities make her an ideal fit as our Office Managing Partner in Singapore,” said Larren Nashelsky, Chair of Morrison & Foerster. “I am also grateful to Eric and Paul for their many contributions to the Singapore office. Under their leadership, we have significantly expanded our presence in Singapore and the region, building an award-winning team of approximately 20 lawyers with corporate, finance, investigations and dispute resolution, and project finance experience.”
Since opening its Singapore office six years ago, Morrison & Foerster has been continuously recognized for excellence in the South and Southeast Asia region. The firm’s Singapore-based lawyers represent clients in the region’s biggest transactions in the areas of corporate, fund formation, real estate, and FinTech, and they are frequently the preferred counsel for dispute resolution and anti-corruption, investigations, and compliance matters. Mergermarket recently reported that the firm achieved the highest gross M&A deal value among international law firms for Southeast Asia in the first quarter of 2019. Practitioners in the Singapore office across all practice areas are also ranked as leading lawyers by prestigious legal directories including Chambers Asia-Pacific and the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.
“I am honored to lead our thriving Singapore office and to have the opportunity to build on Eric and Paul’s successes,” Ms. Tang said. “I look forward to working even more closely with our dynamic team in Singapore and the wonderful clients that we represent.”
Ms. Tang received her LL.B. (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and her LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Asian Legal Business named Ms. Tang Woman Lawyer of the Year in its 2018 Southeast Asia Law Awards and one of the “40 Under 40” most outstanding private practice lawyers and in-house counsel in Asia in 2017. Ms. Tang was also named by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 as a leader in her field and is listed in Asia Business Law Journal’s 2019 A List for Singapore, IFLR’s 2019 Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms, and the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific for 2019.
Morrison & Foerster is a global firm of exceptional credentials. We collaborate across a global network of 17 offices located in key technology and financial centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, and Fortune 100, technology, and life sciences companies. We also represent investment funds and startup companies. Our lawyers are committed to achieving innovative and business-minded results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. The firm also has a long history of commitment to the community through providing pro bono legal services, including litigating for civil rights and civil liberties, improving public education for children below the poverty line, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, winning asylum for the persecuted, and safeguarding the environment.
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