Morrison & Foerster beefs up private funds group with new addition

Law firm Morrison & Foerster has named Zeeshan Ahmedani as a partner for its private funds group. His appointment became effective May 1, 2019.


LOS ANGELES – (May 16, 2019) – Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that it has elected private funds lawyer Zeeshan Ahmedani to the firm’s partnership, effective May 1, 2019. Mr. Ahmedani, who is based out of Morrison & Foerster’s Los Angeles office, is a partner in the firm’s Private Funds Group. He brings to the partnership extensive global experience in the private funds space, having also practiced in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Mr. Ahmedani maintains an international practice focused on the organization and establishment of private investment funds in both onshore and offshore jurisdictions, including private equity funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, distressed debt funds, hybrid funds, and Shari’ah-compliant funds in the Middle East. He works largely with clients on matters related to close-ended funds and serves as strategic counsel to managers, sponsors, institutional investors, limited partners, and sovereign wealth funds around the world. On the investment side, he advises both domestic and foreign clients on inbound and outbound investment and distribution strategies.

Mr. Ahmedani is a key part of cross-border teams at Morrison & Foerster that work on high-profile funds matters, such as the recently announced establishment of GLP Pte. Ltd.’s US$2 billion fund in China with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC.

“Zee is an integral member of our Private Funds Group,” said Stephanie Thomas, co-chair of the firm’s Private Funds Group. “Zee’s international background, diverse experience, and robust practice in Los Angeles greatly benefit our clients, especially those looking to invest in the U.S. from abroad. This further consolidates our global private funds capabilities and also highlights the firm’s commitment to enhancing its offerings in Los Angeles.”

Morrison & Foerster’s global Private Funds Group is widely recognized, by both fund sponsors and institutional investors, as leading counsel in the field. The group advises clients throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe. In recent years, the group has welcomed a number of lateral partners, including Serena Tan in Hong Kong, Jason Nelms in Singapore, and Rob Mailer and Oliver Rochman in London.

“Morrison & Foerster is an exceptional firm with the global platform to support the growth of my practice,” said Mr. Ahmedani. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Private Funds Group to continue to help clients succeed in the formation and operation of their biggest funds.”

Mr. Ahmedani is part of a team of more than 75 lawyers in Los Angeles. The firm’s Los Angeles office provides full-service counsel and premier representation in both market-leading transactional matters and high-stakes litigation.

“Los Angeles is an important market for the firm,” said Eric McCrath, co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Department. “Adding Zee to the partnership underscores our commitment to providing our corporate clients with superior counsel from the country’s largest business hubs.”

We are Morrison & Foerster — a global firm of exceptional credentials. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, and Fortune 100, technology, and life sciences companies. The Financial Times has named the firm to its list of most innovative law firms in North America every year that it has published its Innovative Lawyers Reports in the region. In the past few years, Chambers USA has honored MoFo’s Privacy and Data Security, Bankruptcy, and IP teams with Firm of the Year awards, the Corporate/M&A team with a client service award, and the firm as a whole as Global USA Firm of the Year. 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 poor children, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, winning asylum for the persecuted, and safeguarding the environment.