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George R. Bason, Jr.
Partner
Mr. Bason is the global co-head of Davis Polk’s mergers and acquisitions practice. His practice is devoted primarily to the merger, acquisition, 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

  • The proposed $54 billion acquisition of Shire by AbbVie
  • Tyson's contested 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
  • PepsiCo’s acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods and its acquisitions of its anchor bottlers 
  • Gillette’s acquisition by Procter & Gamble
  • J.P. Morgan’s $38.6 billion merger with Chase
  • Exxon’s $81 billion merger with Mobil

Recognition

Mr. Bason was 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.


The American Lawyer named Mr. Bason:

  • “Dealmaker of the Week” in December 2010 and July 2012
  • “Dealmaker in the Spotlight” for October 2009
  • “Dealmaker of the Year” for 2008

He is listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Band 1, USA: Corporate/M&A – Chambers Global 2013
  • Band 1, New York: Corporate/M&A: The Elite – Chambers USA 2012-2013
  • Band 1, Nationwide: Financial Services Regulation: Financial Institutions M&A – 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

Of Note

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

Professional History

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

Contact

  • 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

Education

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

Languages

  • French