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Karafotias, George

George Karafotias


George Karafotias is a partner in the firm’s M&A group.

George focuses on complex US and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions.  He advises clients on both public (negotiated and hostile) and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic investments.  He works closely with boards and senior management on their most complex and strategically significant transactions.

George joined the M&A group in New York in 1998.  He is recognized as a leading Corporate/M&A lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers USA and as a leading M&A lawyer by Legal 500 UK.

Selected Experience

  • Advising Novartis in connection with its acquisition of Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. for $3.9 billion.
  • Advising Delek Group in connection with its offer to purchase the entire issued share capital of Ithaca Energy, Inc. (other than shares already owned by Delek Group) for C$1.95 per share, or approximately C$681 million.
  • Advising Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited in connection with its acquisition of NYSE-listed Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $4.9 billion.
  • Advising The Supreme Petroleum Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in the grant to BP plc of a 10% interest in Abu Dhabi’s ADCO onshore oil concession, one of the world’s largest onshore concessions, and the issuance by BP plc of new ordinary shares representing approximately 2% of BP’s issued share capital, to be held on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Government.
  • Advising State Grid International Development Limited, the largest Chinese state-owned enterprise, as the preferred strategic investor in connection with its acquisition of a 24% interest in Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Greece state-owned Public Power Corporation.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Speaker on “In-Bound Energy and Mining Investment into The United States: What Does the Foreign Investor Face?” at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Law Institute in Anchorage, Alaska on July 17, 2015
  • Speaker, “M&A Landscape and Process: Developments & Considerations” at Key Trends for Natural Resource Companies Conference, Johannesburg, July 17, 2013 (with L. Levy)
  • Speaker, “M&A Gone Wrong – Personal Liability for Managers” at the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV) M&A Conference, Frankfurt, March 1, 2013
  • Speaker, Mergers and Acquisitions and Shareholder Activism at 15th Annual SEC Regulation Outside the United States conference, London, May 31, 2012
  • Co-author, “Expanding Borders: The SEC’s proposed changes to the Cross-Border M&A Rules,” The Deal, May 31, 2008 (with George Casey)


  • University of Pennsylvania, LL.M., 1998
  • University of Adelaide, LL.B. (Hons), 1995
  • University of Adelaide, B.Com., 1994
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