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George R. Bason

Partner and Global Head of M&A
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

George R. Bason, Jr

Mr. Bason is the global 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

  • Citigroup’s $306 billion loss protection agreement with the U.S. government in 2008, its joint venture of the Smith Barney business with Morgan Stanley in 2009, its 2009 $52.5 billion capital realignment and $20.5 billion capital raise, and the 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 
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s investment in AIG
  • The proposed acquisition of Sallie Mae by an investor group
  • Heinz’s director election contest in 2006
  • Gillette’s acquisition by Procter & Gamble
  • J.P. Morgan’s $38.6 billion merger with Chase
  • Exxon’s $81 billion merger with Mobil


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.’”

He was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” for 2008, “Dealmaker in the Spotlight” for October 2009 and most recently “Dealmaker of the Week” in December 2010 by The American Lawyer.

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

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers USA: America’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