George S. Cary

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
Lawyer (Partner)

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.


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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
US Department of Justice (Washington)
New York University
The Brattle Group (Washington)
Fingleton Associates (London)
George Mason University (Fairfax)
Africa Competition Appeal Court (Pretoria)
AZB & Partners (New Delhi)


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George S. Cary 23 October 2015 New York
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George S. Cary 24 October 2014 New York


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George S. Cary, Maurits Dolmans, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Graf, Leah Brannon, Richard Pepper, Henry Mostyn, Alexis R. B. Lazda, Savannah Haynes, Kristi Georgieva, Jan Przerwa Exploitative abuses, price gouging & COVID-19: The cases pursued by EU and national competition authorities


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to extreme demand and price volatility for certain products, as well as fluctuations in firms’ costs. As firms struggle to manage these changes, agencies are aggressively seeking to show they are preventing consumer exploitation—for example, as a result of (...)

Cunzhen Huang, George S. Cary, Yiming Sun Mergers in China: An overview of leading case law


This article has been nominated for the 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. 2016 marks the eighth year of the implementation of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”), which entrusted the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) in China with the authority (...)

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