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George R. Bason, Jr.
Mr. Bason is the global chairman of Davis Polk’s mergers and acquisitions practice. His practice is devoted primarily to the mergers, acquisitions, merchant banking and joint venture areas. He also has experience in cross-border transactions, restructurings, takeover defenses and corporate governance issues, as well as in providing general corporate and securities law advice. He has been involved in numerous and varied acquisition transactions.

Work Highlights

  • Baker Hughes' proposed $38 billion sale to Halliburton 
  • Shire's:
    • $5.2 billion acquisition of NPS
    • $54 billion proposed acquisition by AbbVie
  • Electrolux's proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of GE Appliances
  • Tyson's contested $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands
  • CNOOC’s $15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen
  • Citigroup’s:
    • $306 billion loss protection agreement with the U.S. government in 2008
    • Joint venture of the Smith Barney business with Morgan Stanley in 2009
    • 2009 $52.5 billion capital realignment and $20.5 billion capital raise
    • 2009 termination of the loss protection agreement with the U.S. government
  • ExxonMobil’s acquisition of XTO Energy
  • Gillette’s acquisition by Procter & Gamble
  • J.P. Morgan’s $38.6 billion merger with Chase
  • Exxon’s $81 billion merger with Mobil


  • "Transatlantic Corporate Dealmaker (U.S.)" – The American Lawyer 2015 Transatlantic Legal Awards

  • "M&A MVP of the Year" – Law360 2014

  • Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:
    • Band 1, Corporate/M&A: USA – Chambers Global 2014
    • Band 1, Corporate/M&A: The Elite: New York  – Chambers USA 2012-2014
    • Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Financial Institutions M&A: Nationwide  – Chambers USA 2012-2013
    • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Practical Law Company’s Cross-border: Private Equity Handbook, Corporate Governance Handbook and Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook
    • Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers; International Who’s Who of Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers; and International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers
    • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers: The Best of the Best, Leading M&A Lawyers and Leading Private Equity Lawyers
    • Euromoney’s IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
    • American Lawyer Media’s Corporate Counsel: Best Lawyers in Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law

  • Recognized as one of only 10 “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” by Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers 2010, which described him as “‘superb’…a renowned name ‘without whom any discussion of the M&A scene in New York would be simply incomplete.

  • Named by The American Lawyer:
    • “Dealmaker of the Year” for 2014 and 2008
    • “Dealmaker of the Week” in December 2012 and July 2010
    • “Dealmaker in the Spotlight” for October 2009

Of Note

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar

Professional History

  • Partner, 1986-present
  • Associate, 1978-1986
  • Paris office, 1980-1983; 1989-1991


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    P: 212-450-4340
    F: 212-701-5340

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • Paris, Avocat à la Cour


  • A.B., Harvard College, 1975
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1978
    • cum laude


  • French