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George A. Casey

Partner

George Casey is global head of Shearman & Sterling’s Corporate business unit and the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group and a member of the firm’s Executive Group. From 2009 until 2016, George served as an elected member of the firm’s Policy Committee. George has extensive experience in U.S. domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, ranging from public company acquisitions to complex carve-outs, strategic investments and joint venture transactions, representing many of the largest U.S. and non-U.S. corporate and investment banking clients. In addition, he regularly advises Boards of Directors and management on corporate governance and shareholder relations issues.

In 2016, The American Lawyer named George a “Dealmaker of the Year” and “Transatlantic Corporate Dealmaker, M&A (U.S.).” George has been recognized and recommended as a leading M&A practitioner by Chambers GlobalChambers USA, Legal 500 USIFLR1000 and PLC Which Lawyer? and has been named to the Global M&A Network’s “Top 50: Global M&A Lawyers” list. Chambers quotes clients who describe him as a “phenomenal lawyer” who is "very good at giving very strategic advice" and say that his “experience and perspective…makes him one of [their] most trusted advisers.”

George is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches a course in mergers and acquisitions.  He also gives regular guest lectures on US M&A at l’École de Droit de la Sorbonne – Université Paris I.

Selected Experience

  • Dow Chemical in its transaction with DuPont, its $5 billion Reverse Morris Trust transaction with Olin for the Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives business, its negotiations of the $17.4 billion K-Dow joint venture with PIC of Kuwait and in the ensuing arbitration over PIC’s refusal to close in which Dow was awarded and was paid $2.16 billion in damages and costs; in its $4.8 billion strategic ownership restructuring of Dow Corning; the $1.5 billion sale of its MEGlobal joint venture interest to EQUATE; its $1.63 billion auction sale of Styron to Bain Capital; its $1.67 billion auction sale of Morton Salt to K+S Aktiengesellschaft; its auction sale of the global polypropylene business to Braskem; and its divestiture of the Calcium Chloride business to Occidental Petroleum
  • Liberty Global in its $8.2 billion acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications plc,  its $23.3 billion acquisition of Virgin Media in a stock and cash merger transaction, its investment in Lions Gate Entertainment, and on the creation of its tracking stock under English law for operations in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Nokia in its sale of the HERE digital mapping business to a consortium comprised of Audi AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG, and in its $8.1 billion acquisition of NAVTEQ
  • The Board of Directors of a public company in its interactions with an activist shareholder
  • LANXESS AG in its acquisition of the Clean and Disinfect business of Chemours

Conferences & Selected Publications

  • Tulane Corporate Law Institute M&A Conference, panelist, March 2017 
  • “Special Committees of the Board in M&A Transactions,” chair of a panel on Board governance and special committee considerations and  best practices, NYSE Annual Boardroom Summit 2011-2016
  • “Shareholders and Boards of Directors in US Mergers and Acquisitions,” chapter in The Mergers & Acquisitions ReviewFifth, Sixth and Seventh Edition, Law Business Research, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Transaction Advisors’ Chicago M&A Conference, The University of Chicago Gleacher Center, chair of a panel on Cross-Border M&A, September 2016
  • “US or EU: Which has – as a Matter of Fact – A More Open Market for Corporate Control,” chair of a conference moderated by Hon. Leo Strine, February 2014
  • “What to Do When an Acquiror Knocks?”—led a panel on how the Board of Directors and senior executives should respond to an unsolicited takeover proposal at the Seventh Annual Boardroom Summit 2010
  • “Special Committees of the Board in M&A Transactions”—featured in a Corporate Board Member “Board Member Series” video interviews
  • “Trends in global M&A activity,” Financier Worldwide, 2015
  • USA:  Trends & Developments, Corporate M&A, Chambers Legal Practice Guides, 2013 and 2014
  • Q&A interview with Bloomberg on  the global M&A market, cross-border transactions and key Delaware case law developments, April 2013
  • “Current Trends in M&A,”—featured in the NYSE Corporate Board Member “The Boardroom Channel Series” 2012 video interview
  • “Current Trends in US Mergers and Acquisitions,” Global Reference Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financier Worldwide, 2012
  • “Expanding Borders:  The SEC’s Proposed Amendments to its Cross-Border M&A Rules Acknowledge the Increasing Global Nature of Dealmaking,” The Deal, June 2-8, 2008
  • “Proportionality Between Ownership and Control:  Comparative Legal Study (United States),” External Study Commissioned by the European Commission, 2007
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Education

  • Boston University, J.D., 1994, cum laude
  • University of Kiev, Diploma in International Law (with honors), 1984
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