George S. Cary is a partner based in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Cary’s practice focuses on antitrust counseling and litigation. Before joining the firm in 1998, Mr. Cary served as Deputy Director of the United States Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, responsible for merger enforcement. Prior to 1995, Mr. Cary was an antitrust and litigation partner at the Los Angeles firm of Irell & Manella. Since joining Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Cary has represented companies in many industry-transforming mergers and acquisitions. Among other matters, Mr. Cary represented The Dow Chemical Company in its acquisition of Union Carbide, the largest merger in the chemical industry; Time Warner in its merger with AOL, at the time the largest merger in history; SmithKline Beecham in its merger with Glaxo Wellcome, at the time the largest pharmaceutical merger; and Conoco in its merger with Phillips Petroleum, creating the largest petroleum refining and marketing company in the U.S. Most recently he represented Western Digital in its $4.8 billion acquisition of Hitachi’s hard drive business; Deutsche Telekom in its proposed $39 billion sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T; Google in its $750 million acquisition of AdMob; and The Dow Chemical Company in its $18 billion acquisition of Rohm & Haas.

2022 Awards


Nominee, 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards: Business, Asian Antitrust. Nominee, 2017 Antitrust Writing Awards: Academic, Mergers. Nominee, 2015 Antitrust Writing Awards: Academic, Mergers. Winner, 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards: Academic, Asian Antitrust. Nominee, 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards: Academic, General Antitrust

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