George H. Wang counsels senior executive officers of, and drives overall legal strategies for, domestic and multi-national corporations, funds and family offices in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities, private equity and venture capital and related matters. George also serves as de facto general counsel for the United States operations of several global clients, providing his strategic legal experience to multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions as well as litigation, corporate, joint venture and strategic alliance matters.
Whether leading a complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions transaction or guiding an international client in establishing its U.S. corporate presence, George has the experience and judgment to advise clients as to recommended courses of action and strategies to achieve desired outcomes. George led the New York corporate team in advising Grupo Fermaca S.A. de C.V., which operates the 237-mile long Tarahumara natural gas pipeline from El Paso, Texas to Chihuahua, Mexico in connection with the $750 million acquisition of a control stake in Grupo Fermaca by Zug, Switzerland–based Partners Group from New York private equity firm, Ospraie. In August 2014, the Fermaca transaction was recognized as 2014 Cross-Border Deal of the Year by Global M&A Network. George also led the New York corporate team in the 2013 acquisition for $1.7 billion by Afore XXI Banorte from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria of Afore Bancomer which was awarded 2013 Domestic M&A Deal of the Year by LatinFinance. George has assisted private equity funds and family offices in acquiring North American, Asian and European platform companies, portfolio companies and strategics in completing serial acquisitions, multi-continent M&A transactions, acquisitions of U.S. public companies and “going private” transactions. Working with litigation colleagues, George has also led strategy for several corporate and banking clients to highly successful outcomes, including resolving a $75 million claim against a Swiss-based banking group for less than 0.4% of the demanded amount, enforcing a portfolio company’s non-compete and non-solicitation covenants against an energy services management team which, in violation of covenants, continued to service a major multi-national energy group in their offshore E&P activities in South Asia and advising on several major crisis management scenarios.
George is the 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. He was named 2014 Cornell Asian Alumni Association Honoree of the Year by his alma mater, Cornell University and The Cornell Law School. For more than 15 years, George also served as an Educational Counselor to the admissions committee of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.