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George R. Bason, Jr.

Mr. Bason is global co-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

  • CSX's settlement with Mantle Ridge and its simultaneous hiring of a new CEO
  • Baker Hughes' proposed:
    • Combination with GE Oil & Gas
    • Joint venturing of its Pressure Pumping business 
    • $38 billion sale to Halliburton
  • Shire's:
    • $5.2 billion acquisition of NPS
    • $54 billion proposed acquisition by AbbVie
  • Charoen Pokphand's proposed $1.08 billion acquisition of Bellisio Foods
  • Electrolux's proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of GE Appliances
  • Tyson's:
    • Contested $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands
    • Proposed $4.2 billion acquisition of AdvancePierre Foods
  • CNOOC’s $17.9 billion acquisition of Nexen
  • Advanced Semiconductor Engineering’s contested proposed acquisition of Siliconware Precision Industry
  • Exxon Mobil’s:
    • $81 billion merger with Mobil
    • $31 billion acquisition of XTO Energy
    • Acquisition of InterOil
    • Acquisition of certain companies owned by the Bass family
  • 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
  • Gillette’s acquisition by Procter & Gamble
  • J.P. Morgan’s $38.6 billion merger with Chase


Mr. Bason is consistently recognized for his work in the legal industry:

  • The American Lawyer Transatlantic Legal Awards – "Transatlantic Corporate Dealmaker (U.S.)," 2015  
  • Law360 – "M&A MVP of the Year," 2014, 2015
  • The American Lawyer:
    • “Dealmaker of the Year,” 2016, 2014 and 2008
    • “Dealmaker of the Week,” December 2012 and July 2010
    • “Dealmaker in the Spotlight,” October 2009

Mr. Bason is recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in various legal industry publications, including:

  • Chambers Global – Corporate/M&A: USA, Band 1, 2016
  • Chambers USA:
    • Corporate/M&A: The Elite: New York, Band 1, 2012-2016
    • Financial Services Regulation: Financial Institutions M&A: Nationwide, 2012-2016
  • IFLR1000
  • Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers:
    • The Best of the Best
    • Leading M&A Lawyers
    • Leading Private Equity Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal:
    • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
    • International Who's Who of Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers
    • International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers
    • 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.'"

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
    P: +1 212 450 4340
    F: +1 212 701 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