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Overview

A trilingual and bicultural lawyer, George focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, investment management and general corporate governance matters.

George has experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, governance, negotiating joint ventures and partnerships, and general corporate matters. Private fund clients rely on George for advice on formation, governance structure, regulatory and investment matters.

A frequent contributor to the startup community in Kansas City, George is proud to represent closely held and emerging companies. He works hand in hand with clients to help their businesses grow and excel.

An accomplished writer, George has been published numerous times in law journals and has received prestigious awards for his writing. During law school, George served as judicial extern for the Hon. Patricia Breckenridge of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Dedicated to pro bono service.
Dedicated to pro bono service.

Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2018-2019

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
    • Dean's List
    • Journal of Dispute Resolution, Editor in Chief
    • John E. Burrus Memorial Prize for Outstanding Overall Journal Contribution
    • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Best Original Student Article Award Recipient
    • Board of Advocates, Mediation Competition Director
    • Honor Code Committee Student Representative
    • Diversity Committee Student Representative
    • CALI Excellence Award: Highest Grade, Professional Responsibility
    • Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, Vice Justice
  • B.A., University of Balamand
    • Political Science & International Affairs
    • Graduated with distinction and first in class

Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Elwood L. Thomas American Inn of Court, 2017-2018
  • International Relations Council

Languages

  • Arabic, fluent
  • French, conversant
Experience
  • Assisted payment platform startup client navigate $1M+ capital investment made by New York–based venture capital and private equity firm.
  • Represented financial marketplace client in connection with $200M minority investment by multinational holding company, including New York–based venture capital firm.
  • Represented client in connection with agreement to purchase from electric utility holding company a 115-MW, wood waste biomass-fueled power plant providing 100 MW of renewable power to publicly owned utility via 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
  • Works with B12 Capital Partners on their acquisition transactions.
  • Advised U.S.-based business in its acquisition of a majority stake in an European-based manufacturer of Motor Controllers.
  • Represented national and international clients in major internal restructuring transactions, including initiatives to unwind subsidiaries or otherwise rationalize complex corporate structures.
  • Advised Canada-based company in acquisition of U.S.-based electric utility.
  • Advised company through series of U.S. acquisitions in the gas, water and wastewater utility industries.
  • Provided counsel and legal guidance to a variety of tech startup companies.
  • Counseled North American transportation company regarding corporate governance and management matters.
  • Represented 50-year-old family business in sale of all of its stock to employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
  • Represented Wincove Private Holdings, LP, in its acquisition of Fortbrand Services, LLC, a leading provider of maintenance and support equipment to the aviation industry.
  • Assisted with a CFIUS filing in connection with the acquisition of a U.S.-based company by a Japanese company that entailed responding to numerous rounds of questions from the CFIUS staff.
Case Studies
Interplay

Ever since high school, Jonaie Johnson had a vision for an interactive and automated pet crate that would represent a significant advancement over other options available in the marketplace, and as she advanced to college and began to further develop the idea, it became clear to her that translating her vision into reality required a trusted resource that could provide a practical legal and business framework.

Jonaie teamed up with Husch Blackwell as part of the E-Scholars program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City at a biannual Speed Lawyering event where Husch Blackwell attorneys regularly volunteer their time to help early-stage entrepreneurs and companies address and overcome growth-stage legal issues.

News Releases | April 19, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents Austin Energy in $460 Million Acquisition of Biomass-Fueled Power Plant

The $460 million transaction is expected to close during the summer of 2019.

Outside the Office

Since moving from his hometown, Aleppo, Syria, George enjoys discovering new places in the United States.

George has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe. Now, with his home in Kansas City, Missouri, he explores within the United States. George also enjoys jogging and hiking outdoors and reading books about politics and economics.

Community Leadership
  • Deddeh Public School - Lebanon, Taught French language to Syrian refugees, 2013
  • Jesuits Scout - Syria, Worked with underprivileged youth and Iraqi refugees, 2004-2012
  • University of Roehampton, London, Service Learning & Civic Engagement Training, 2014
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