Overview

George Martin is a trusted counselor to both public and private multinational companies on their most significant international transactions, operations, compliance and personnel matters. He advises boards of directors and senior leadership teams regarding cross-border strategic transactions, market entry and growth strategies, global compliance (including FCPA) and related governance matters.
George has lived and practiced law in China and Eastern Europe for five years, and has handled transactions and compliance investigations in more than 45 countries, with a special expertise in emerging markets, including throughout Asia, India, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa.

International M&A Transactions

George has represented buyers, sellers and institutional investors as lead counsel in international mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. He represents both strategic and financial investors.

International Joint Ventures

George advises clients on structuring, documenting, negotiating and operating both U.S.- and non-U.S.-based international joint ventures. He assists with foreign government relations, negotiations and approvals, and prepares ancillary manufacturing, licensing, distribution and related agreements, including those involving trade secret protection.

International Compliance Counseling & Investigations

George provides Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) diligence in M&A transactions, representation in FCPA internal investigations (including voluntary disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice), and risk assessments, training and compliance counseling. He has handled investigations throughout the Asia-Pacific region (frequently in China and India), Russia, Africa and other emerging markets, while developing FCPA training, compliance and audit programs for both publicly traded and privately held companies worldwide.

Foreign Direct Investment & Contracting

George advises clients on the overseas establishment and operation of "greenfield" manufacturing, assembly and processing facilities, including in free trade zones, together with all ancillary contracts.

International Managing Counsel

George provides large-scale international project management, including selecting, instructing and overseeing large teams of lawyers outside of the United States in connection with structuring, negotiating and closing complex, multijurisdictional business transactions.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Education

Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M. in International & Comparative Law, with distinction (1995)

Washington University School of Law
J.D. (1989)

College of William and Mary
B.A. (1986)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Women's Foundation of Minnesota — Board of Trustees; Advancement Committee (Vice-Chair)

Firm Leadership

  • Management Board, 2011-present
  • Corporate Group — Leader, 2009-11
  • International Practice — Former Co-Chair
  • China Practice — Founder

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America — Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2013-19; Corporate Law, 2016-19
  • 2013 Deal of the Year, Consumer & Retail Products ($100M+) division, 12th Annual M&A Advisor Awards, as lead counsel for $700 Million Acquisition of Skippy® Peanut Butter by Hormel Foods Corporation
  • Guide to Leading Practitioners: China — Recognized as one of the pre-eminent practitioners with expertise in M&A involving China
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