George H. Wang


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


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.

Greater China Practice

Louis Meng, George Wang and James Zhang in The Wall Street Journal: Chinese Investment to U.S. Faces Hurdles In Both Countries

Louis Meng, George Wang and James Zhang in The Wall Street Journal: Chinese Investment to U.S. Faces Hurdles In Both Countries

With the rapid increase of Chinese investments to the U.S., companies need to be focused not only on complying with U.S. laws and regulations, but making sure they are taking the right steps with Chinese authorities.

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...

International Capabilities

Latin Lawyer 250 2014

Latin Lawyer 250 Directory Highlights Haynes and Boone

As it has for more than 10 years, Latin Lawyer 250 has recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers for their international and Mexico-based legal work, this year singling out 19 practitioners and seven practice groups for inclusion in the highly regarded listing of recommended law firms.

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™

Selected Client Representations

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Acquisition for $1.6 billion by Mexican pension fund, Afore XXI, of Afore Bancomer from Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria creating Mexico’s largest pension fund.
  • Numerous acquisitions for a European-based private equity firm to establish a multi-billion dollar platform business located in the United States with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
  • Represent South Korean solar panel manufacturer in auction bid for $300 million greenfield solar farm in Southwestern United States.
  • Acquisition of a Danish telecom on behalf of a Singapore investment group.
  • Various going private transactions for controlling shareholders and issuers.
  • Various tender offers and tender offer-merger transactions for European and Asian-based acquirers.
  • Sale of aviation assets by a European group to a Chinese investment fund.
  • Acquisition for various European-based clients of target companies operating throughout Asia, South America, Europe and North America.
  • Divestiture of an AMEX-listed distribution company to a publicly-traded German-based conglomerate.
  • On behalf of a French publicly-traded company, merger with a Canadian-based NASDAQ-listed technology company.
  • Various stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures and mergers.
Securities Offerings

  • Initial and secondary public offerings for issuers and underwriters.
Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Later stage venture investments in Chinese digital media and online payment processing ventures.
  • Equity roll-over and similar transactions with various private equity firms.
  • Formation of co-investment private equity, venture capital and hedge funds.
  • First and later stage convertible preferred stock and bridge financings for venture funds and portfolio companies engaged in online procurement, telecommunications, medical devices and other businesses.
  • A bridge financing for an angel investor investing in the combination of an Asian manufacturer of integrated cellular phones/personal data address book organizers, and a U.S.-based distributor of cellular products.
Technology and Life Sciences

  • Later stage venture investment in an in vivo biomarker medical technology company.
  • Acquisition for a French group of a U.S. medical reagents manufacturer.
  • A 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 manufacturer of medical devices.
  • A cross-licensing joint venture for U.K. and U.S. chip manufacturers for development of state of-the-art chipsets.
  • Licensing agreements for a variety of technology-based companies.
Other Transactions

  • Licensing agreements for a leading French fashion house for the domestic licensing of its globally known trademarks in the fashion and related industries.
  • Revolving credit, term loan and letter of credit facilities on behalf of various corporate borrowers.
  • Equity financing for a U.S. investor in a Chinese joint venture established to commercialize cosmetics products in the domestic Chinese market.

Representative Matters

  • Equity Rollover Transaction for Mexican Energy Project Developer

    Represented Grupo Fermaca S.A. de C.V., a market leader in the development and operation of energy infrastructure in Mexico, in connection with the acquisition by Partners Group, a global private equity firm headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, of a majority stake in the company from its parent, New York private equity firm Ospraie.

  • Equity Rollover Transaction

    Represent U.S. sellers in an equity rollover transaction in which a U.S. private equity firm acquired a controlling interest in the target U.S. and Canadian businesses.

  • Multi-Billion Pension Fund Purchase

    Represented Afore XXI in its bid and agreement to acquire Afore Bancomer from Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) for about $1.6 billion.

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