George H. Wang

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Cornell Law School, 1978

M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975

B.S., Cornell University, 1973

Bar Admissions

New York

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Profile

George H. Wang practices corporate law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. He has represented domestic and multinational clients on numerous domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition, private equity, venture capital and related transactions. George has also served as de facto general counsel for the United States operations of several global clients, providing his strategic legal experience in completing multijurisdictional M&A transactions as well as corporate, joint venture, strategic alliance and licensing matters and general legal advice.

Whether leading a complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions transaction or guiding an international client in establishing its United States corporate presence, George has the experience and judgment to advise clients as to recommended courses of action and strategies to achieve desired outcomes. George recently led the New York corporate teams in several large cross-border private equity and merger and acquisition transactions, including transactions which were awarded 2014 Cross-Border Deal of the Year by Global M&A Network and 2013 Domestic M&A Deal of the Year by LatinFinance.

George has represented strategics, private equity funds, their portfolio companies and family offices in acquiring North American, Asian and European targets, completing serial acquisitions, multi-continent M&A transactions, acquisitions of United States public companies and “going private” transactions and joint ventures. He also recently guided a Texas-based E&P consulting firm client in successfully asserting employee non-solicitation covenants against a Thai-based competitor; Korean IT technology chaebol in defending trade secret misappropriation claims; and New York-based healthcare provider in a trademark infringement matter against a major hospital operator in the Northeast United States.

George was recently named Cornell Asian Alumni Association Honoree of the Year by his alma mater, Cornell University and The Cornell Law School. For more than a decade, George served as an Educational Counselor to the Admissions Committee of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and recently rolled off as Board Chair of the Asian American Federation, the leading pan-Asian advocacy organization in the New York metropolitan area working to advance the civic voice and well-being of Asian Americans.

George Wang in the New York Times

George H. Wang

The Insurance That Poses a Hidden Threat

In an April 29 note to its clients, the international law firm Haynes and Boone reported a drastic increase in the use of the insurance over the last few years, coinciding with the surge in M.&A. activity. It’s the talk of Wall Street. George H. Wang, a lawyer at the firm, wrote that although the insurance has been around since the 1990s, its cost has dropped sharply and its use has increased accordingly...

Selected Client Representations

Equity Rollover Transaction

  • Represented sellers in an equity rollover transaction for sale of a third party medical administrator to a New York-based private equity fund.

Renewables Project

  • For a South Korean-based company, $288 million bid for the acquisition of a United States-based developer's interest in 3,000 MW of utility-scale solar farm projects in the Southwestern United States.

Co-Investment Private Equity and Early-Stage Venture Capital Funds

  • Formation of a leveraged co-investment private equity fund and feeder fund-of-funds vehicle.
  • Formation of parallel domestic and offshore venture capital funds to invest in early stage digital media companies.
  • Anchor investment for a Hong Kong-based commodities trader in a United States energy mezzanine credit opportunities fund.

Chinese PIPE Transaction

  • First PIPE investment by One Equity Partners, in a China-based NASDAQ-listed company engaged in the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceuticals for the domestic Chinese market.

Serial Acquisitions for a European Private Equity Fund

  • Acquisition of the global operations of a consumer testing and inspection business operating in 18 countries throughout Asia, South America, Europe and North to establish the United States-based platform company.
  • Acquisition of an inspection certification business operating in India, Canada, China, Taiwan, Germany and the United States.
  • Acquisition from a private equity firm of a national environmental consulting business.
  • Acquisition from a private equity fund of the health and safety consulting division of a national casualty insurance group.
  • Acquisition of a regulated insurance company to establish a new line of business in North America, and nationwide insurance licensing of the acquired business.
  • Acquisition of a professional services and consulting business serving local municipalities in the Western United States.
  • Acquisition, by tender offer and merger, of a California-based testing and conformity assessment business.

For a South Asian family office

  • Establishment of a joint venture with a Chinese counterparty to source energy projects in China.
  • Acquisition from Clearwire of a controlling interest in a Danish-based telecom operating a WiMax-based cellular telephone system, and restructuring of the Danish telecom investment and renegotiation of senior and mezzanine loan facilities.
  • Later stage venture capital investments in a Shanghai-based video streaming and media group; Beijing-based internet payment processing company; United States-based biomarker technology and drug development company; and United States-based drug development company based upon investigation of traditional Chinese medicine protocols.
  • A bridge financing for investment in the combination of a South Korean manufacturer of integrated CDMA/GSM/3G cellular phones and personal data address book organizers and a California-based distributor of cellular products.

Medical Devices Acquisition

  • For a French medical reagents and test kit company, acquisition of a division of a North American-based competitor.

Nutraceuticals Acquisitions

  • For a French nutraceutical company, acquisition of a division of a publicly-traded Spanish competitor, acquisition of a privately-held United States-based nutraceutical company, and acquisition, by tender offer and merger, of a United States-based publicly-traded target.

Acquisition of Smart Card Technology Company

  • On behalf of a French Euronext-listed company, three-way merger with a U.S-based NASDAQ-listed company and a Canadian listed company to establish a global "smart cards" business to facilitate processing of consumer financial transactions.  

Fashion and Design

  • Licensing agreements for a leading French couture house for the domestic licensing of its globally-known trademarks for women’s, men’s and children’s ready-to wear clothing and fashion accessories.
  • Licensing agreements for a French-based handbag, luggage and accessories house for the domestic licensing of its globally-known trademarks.
  • Private equity investments in several United States based fashion companies and designers engaged in design and distribution of wedding dresses, women’s wear and accessories.

Technology and Life Sciences 

  • A monoclonal antibody cross-licensing transaction between a major European blood bank and a NASDAQ-traded biotechnology company. 
  • A supra-voting exchange offer and change of control transaction for a leading publicly-traded manufacturer of magnetic resonance imaging scanners. 

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association 
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York 
  • Arbitrator and Member of the Board of Arbitrators of the Financial Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA)
  • Asian American Federation, Chairman, 2011-current; Board of Directors; past Treasurer; past Annual Gala Chair 
  • Honoree, Cornell Asian Alumni Association 20th Annual Pan-Asian Banquet, 2014 
  • Co-Founder, The Geneva School of Manhattan 
  • Former member of the Board of Trustees and Development Chair of the Metropolitan Montessori School 
  • Served as an Educational Counselor for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (more than 15 years) 
  • Recipient of the 2006 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award 
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™

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