George S. Cary has decades of experience in sophisticated antitrust matters, representing companies on industry-transforming transactions and complex monopolization litigation.

He regularly guides clients through global mergers and acquisitions involving the most challenging regions and issues, and his diverse litigation docket features cases involving the application of antitrust to intellectual property and high-technology markets. Chambers and Partners has ranked George in its top tier of global antitrust lawyers every year for the last decade.

Before joining the firm in 1998, George served as Deputy Director of the United States Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition (FTC), where he oversaw a record number of merger transactions. He was lead trial counsel for the FTC in its successful challenge of the Staples/Office Depot merger, considered the most significant merger case of the decade, and he was the recipient of the Brandeis Award, awarded to the FTC’s outstanding litigator. George was a principal author of the modifications to the Federal Horizontal Merger Guidelines, which incorporated consideration of efficiencies in merger assessment. Prior to joining the FTC, George was an antitrust and litigation partner in a Los Angeles-based law firm.

Notable Experience

Merger Clearance Highlights

  • The Dow Chemical Company in numerous transactions, including its announced $130 billion all stock merger of equals with DuPont and its $5 billion agreement to separate a significant portion of its chlorine value chain and merge that new entity with Olin Corporation, as well as its previous $18.8 billion acquisition of Rohm and Haas.

  • GlaxoSmithKline in its three-part, multi-billion dollar transactions with Novartis involving the major restructuring of its Consumer Healthcare, Vaccines and Oncology businesses; named “Matter of the Year” by Global Competition Review in 2015.

  • Medtronic in its $49.9 billion acquisition of Covidien, which received global clearance less than six months after the deal’s announcement.

  • Western Digital in its $4.8 billion acquisition of Hitachi’s hard drive business.

  • Dollar Thrifty in its $2.3 billion acquisition by Hertz, as well as in the competing bids by Avis.

  • Deutsche Telekom in its proposed $39 billion sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T.

  • Google in its $750 million acquisition of AdMob.

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Antitrust Litigation Highlights

  • Keurig in monopolization litigation brought by competitors and purported class action plaintiffs, including successfully defending against a preliminary injunction seeking to block the launch of Keurig’s 2.0 coffee brewer. This decision was recently upheld by the Second Circuit.

  • Teladoc in winning a landmark preliminary injunction against the Texas Medical Board, in a case challenging the board’s actions to restrict competition.

  • Sabre Holdings in defending against litigation brought by American Airlines and US Airways challenging non-discrimination provisions in its agreement to distribute its flights and fares through Sabre’s computerized reservation system.

  • Sanofi U.S. in defeating a multibillion-dollar monopolization case by a competitor challenging Sanofi’s loyalty discounts program.

  • Gilead Sciences in winning dismissal on all counts of a purported class action alleging unfair competition and Affordable Care Act violations.

  • Travelocity in winning complete dismissal of a class action alleging an industry-wide conspiracy involving online pricing of hotel rooms.

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Selected Activities

  • Chair, Government Antitrust Litigation Committee, American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section
  • Member, California Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission (responsible for evaluating all nominees to the California state trial and appellate courts)
  • International Trade Advisory Commissioner, U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative