George R. Bason, Jr.
  1. Partner

Mr. Bason is 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':
    • Combination with GE Oil & Gas
    • A series of long-term agreements that amend the commercial and technological relationships with General Electric Company
    • Joint venturing of its Pressure Pumping business 
    • Proposed $38 billion sale to Halliburton
  • 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
  • Tyson's:
    • Contested $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands
    • $4.2 billion acquisition of AdvancePierre Foods
    • $2.16 billion acquisition of the Keystone Foods business from Marfrig Global Foods
  • Shire's:
    • £46 billion acquisition by Takeda
    • $5.2 billion acquisition of NPS
    • $54 billion proposed acquisition by AbbVie
  • Traton’s $3.7 billion acquisition of Navistar International
  • MSG Networks’ all-stock acquisition by Madison Square Garden Entertainment
  • CenterState's all-stock $6 billion merger of equals with South State to create a leading Southeastern-based regional bank
  • Kyocera's $1.03 billion acquisition of the shares of common stock of AVX Corporation not already owned by Kyocera
  • Kosmos Energy's $1.225 billion acquisition of Deep Gulf Energy from First Reserve
  • HSN’s $2.6 billion acquisition by Liberty Interactive
  • CSX's settlement with Mantle Ridge and its simultaneous hiring of a new CEO
  • Charoen Pokphand's $1.08 billion acquisition of Bellisio Foods
  • Electrolux's proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of GE Appliances
  • CNOOC’s $17.9 billion acquisition of Nexen
  • Advanced Semiconductor Engineering’s contested proposed acquisition of Siliconware Precision Industry
  • 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
    • $52.5 billion capital realignment and $20.5 billion capital raise in 2009
    • Termination of the loss protection agreement with the U.S. government in 2009
  • Gillette’s acquisition by Procter & Gamble
  • J.P. Morgan’s $38.6 billion merger with Chase

 

Recognition

  • American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Year,” 2008, 2014 and 2016
  • American Lawyer – "Transatlantic Corporate Dealmaker of the Year," 2015  
  • Law360 – “M&A MVP of the Year,” 2014 and 2015
  • Chambers Global – Corporate/M&A (International & Cross-Border), Band 1
  • Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A, New York, Band 1
  • IFLR1000 – M&A, United States, Highly regarded
  • Legal 500 U.S. – M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+), Hall of Fame
  • Expert Guides – Best of the Best USA (Top 30), Corporate Governance
  • Who's Who Legal – Corporate Governance, M&A

Of Note

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

Professional History

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

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York

Education

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

Languages

  • French