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Outward Bound

As Chinese companies have matured, they’re eagerly looking to the U.S. as a source for technology innovation, talent and market penetration, says Jackie Liu, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office.  Until recently, Chinese companies have had a low success rate in acquiring companies abroad.  But that has started to change as Chinese… Continue Reading

Far Beyond the Valley

Global tech hubs are a source of technology, talent, and funding While media coverage of the technology industry focuses largely on Silicon Valley, savvy tech and life sciences executives have been looking much farther afield, well beyond American borders. Americans are engaging with overseas companies in more diverse ways, fueling our thirst for knowledge about… Continue Reading

The People Paradox

The marketplace for tech-savvy engineers and managers has become so competitive that companies like Yahoo! and Facebook are looking for new ways to find talent. One fresh approach they’re taking is to buy high-tech startups and absorb their talent. In May, Yahoo! tweeted about adding 22 entrepreneurs to “our growing mobile team” by buying three… Continue Reading

All That Glitters

Getting what you pay for—and then some More companies looking to keep pace with the fast-changing mobile market are busily buying up app developers. Google spent almost $1 billion in June to acquire traffic app developer Waze. Apptopia is a growing online marketplace for the buying and selling of rights to apps. But companies should… Continue Reading

China Seeks Technology

Acquiring rights to U.S. and European technologies has become a priority for Chinese companies—as well as national policy. “Large state-owned companies possess phenomenal production capacity, but generally lag in R&D and technological advancement,” says Morrison & Foerster Beijing-based partner Sherry Xiaowei Yin. “Acquiring technology assets allows them to diversify their products and ascend the global… Continue Reading

The Rise of Mobile Payments – Impact on M&A Activity in 2013

What’s involved? A recent study by Juniper Research predicted that the total value of mobile payments for digital and physical goods, money transfers and near field communications transactions – short-range wireless technology that enables communication between devices over a distance of less than 10 cm. – will reach $670 billion by 2015 and $1.3 trillion… Continue Reading

Maximizing Mergers and Acquisitions: An in-depth look behind the headlines at some important emerging trends

Mergers and acquisitions are back in the headlines. Following two years of sharp decline, deal making increased 12 percent in 2010, according to Bloomberg. Cross-border deals shot up 41 percent. With companies sitting on record cash war chests, the trend looks likely to continue. A small sampling of recent activity: Sanofi-Aventis completed its $20.1 billion… Continue Reading