Law firm Morrison & Foerster opened an office in Boston to further extend its technology and life sciences capabilities. The move also expanded the firm’s Finance and Emerging Companies and Venture Capital (ECVC) practices.

The new office will additionally strengthen existing transactional, private equity, real estate and intellectual property practices.

The expansion will add a group of 23 finance attorneys from a Boston headquartered boutique finance firm, including eight partners: David Ephraim, who also becomes the office managing partner in Boston; Charles (Chuck) Stavros; Beth Tunstall; David Givner; Joseph O’Donnell; Jonathan Jacobs (joining in New York); Alexander Rheaume; and Gregory Bilton.

Ori Solomon, a leading ECVC lawyer, has also joined the firm’s Boston office as a partner and Co-Chair of the ECVC practice. Solomon primarily serves clients operating and investing in the life sciences and technology sectors that are located in Boston, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was previously at Proskauer Rose, where he was hiring partner for the Boston office.

“We are a premier global firm that leads on market-shaping technology and life sciences matters and offers innovative solutions to our clients. It is a natural extension and synergy for us to open an office in Boston, a city known as a hub for innovation and technology and the epicenter for life sciences on the East Coast,” said Morrison & Foerster Chair Larren Nashelsky. “We are committed to growing aggressively to meet the needs of our clients. Establishing a significant presence in Boston further builds on our momentum following our two most successful years ever, which included continuing to work on complex, headline-grabbing matters for clients such as SoftBank and Novartis.”

The new office complements Morrison & Foerster’s strong presence in other markets in the U.S., such as the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Washington, D.C. region, and Southern California. Establishing an office in Boston further enhances the firm’s global platform as well, which includes five offices in Asia and three offices in Europe.