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George J. Sampas


George J. Sampas

New York +1-212-558-4000+1-212-558-4000 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
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George Sampas is a partner in S&C’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group and leads the Firm’s aviation and North American energy and natural resources practices. His practice has emphasized cross-border transactions, unsolicited U.S. and non-U.S. acquisitions and private equity transactions. He has been engaged by global leaders such as Alcan, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Aventis, BBA Aviation, BCE, Columbia Pipeline Group, Enbridge, Inco, KPMG, Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group and Vodafone Group on their most high-profile and strategically significant matters.


Recently, Mr. Sampas advised on the following matters worldwide:
  • Altran (France) in its $2 billion acquisition, through its subsidiary Altran US, of Aricent (U.S.)
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev (Belgium) in its strategic relationship with a consortium of investors led by Apollo Global Management (U.S.), which acquired a $3 billion minority stake in AB InBev’s U.S.-based metal container plants; $20.1 billion acquisition of the remaining stake it did not already own in Grupo Modelo (Mexico); $1.85 billion sale of a 50% interest in Crown Imports (U.S.) to Constellation Brands (U.S.); and $2.9 billion sale of Compañía Cervecera de Coahuila (Mexico) to Constellation Brands (U.S.)
  • BBA Aviation (U.K.) in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Landmark Aviation (U.S.)
  • BCE (Canada), with respect to U.S. law, in its $3.9 billion acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services (Canada) and $3.38 billion acquisition of Astral Media (Canada)
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers (U.S.) in its acquisition of the wholesale distribution and supply business of The Grocers Supply Company (U.S.)
  • Columbia Pipeline Group (U.S.) in its $13 billion acquisition by TransCanada Corporation
  • ​Cronos Group (Canada) in connection with Altria Group's (U.S.) $1.8 billion acquisition of a minority stake in Cronos
  • DS Smith (U.K.) in its $920 million acquisition of 80% of the total issued share capital of Interstate Resources (U.S.)
  • Enbridge (Canada) in its $43 billion acquisition of Spectra Energy (U.S.), which included the indirect acquisition of Union Gas (Canada), a gas utility company in Chatham, Ontario; the acquisitions of its sponsored vehicles, including Spectra Energy Partners (U.S.), Enbridge Income Fund (Canada), Enbridge Energy Partners (U.S.) and Enbridge Energy Management (U.S.), totaling more than $18 billion; and the conversion of its IDRs and general partner interests in Spectra into newly issued Spectra common units, valued at $7.2 billion
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company (U.S.) in connection with its Singapore affiliate’s acquisition of one of the world’s largest aromatics facilities
  • Optimer Pharmaceuticals (U.S.) in its acquisition by Cubist Pharmaceuticals (U.S.)
  • Remy International (U.S.) in its $1.2 billion acquisition by BorgWarner (U.S.)
  • The special committee of the board of directors of Southern Union Company (U.S.) in Energy Transfer Equity’s (U.S.) acquisition of Southern Union
  • Suncor Energy (Canada) in its $4.6 billion acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands
  • Symbotic (U.S.) in its $5.5 billion merger with SVF Investment Corp. 3 (U.S.), a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of Softbank Investment Advisers (U.K.), and arrangement with Walmart (U.S.) to reimagine Walmart’s regional distribution network through Symbotic’s high tech systems
  • Coronado IV (U.S.), a portfolio company of The Energy and Minerals Group (U.S.), in its acquisition of the Buchanan Mine in Virginia and certain other metallurgical coal reserves from CONSOL Energy
  • United Rentals (U.S.) in its $4.2 billion acquisition of RSC Holdings (U.S.)
  • Watlow (U.S.) in its sale to Tinicum L.P. (U.S.)


Mr. Sampas is consistently recognized as a leading adviser. He has been named by Global Counsel as one of its “Highly Recommended M&A Practitioners” and was named “Dealmaker of the Year” at the M&A Advisor’s ACG New York Champion’s Awards in 2012. Mr. Sampas is also recognized in legal publications such as New York Super LawyersThe Legal 500 United States, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers and Who's Who Legal.

Clients note that Mr. Sampas is “a ‘wise head,’ ‘proactive’ and ‘goes the extra mile to understand the economics of the client’s business.’” (Legal 500 USA)