George D. Martin



George Martin is a trusted counselor to both public and private multinational companies in connection with their most significant U.S. and global compliance, governance and related personnel matters, and strategic international transactions.

George represents audit committees, boards of directors and senior leadership teams in connection with internal investigations—especially concerning financial fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues—and frequently appears before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of firm clients. He also leads complex emerging market strategic transactions worldwide for a variety of multinationals.

George is former head of the firm's corporate group and served two terms on the firm’s management board. He lived and practiced law in China and Eastern Europe for five years. He has handled financial fraud, conflict of interest and FCPA compliance matters, together with strategic cross-border transactions, in over 50 countries. He has unique experience in emerging markets, including throughout Asia, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.

Compliance Counseling & Investigations

George leads internal investigations and teams of professionals, including forensic auditors, in connection with complex, often multi-jurisdictional fraud, bribery, conflict of interest and other compliance issues. He and his team have significant experience in a wide range of industries. His work includes appearing before the SEC and DOJ in connection with both enforcement actions and voluntary disclosures. He also provides recurring compliance counseling, including risk assessments, training and FCPA due diligence on strategic transactions. He has handled investigations throughout the U.S., the Asia-Pacific region (frequently in China and India), Latin America, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and other emerging markets, while developing compliance training as well as compliance and audit programs for both publicly traded and privately held companies for their global operations.

International M&A Transactions

George has represented buyers, sellers and institutional investors as lead counsel in international mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. He represents both strategic and financial investors.

International Joint Ventures

George advises clients on structuring, documenting, negotiating and operating both U.S.- and non-U.S.-based international joint ventures. He assists with foreign government relations, negotiations and approvals, and prepares ancillary manufacturing, licensing, distribution and related agreements, including those involving trade secret protection.

International Managing Counsel

George provides large-scale international project management, including selecting, instructing and overseeing large teams of lawyers outside of the U.S. in connection with structuring, negotiating and closing complex, multijurisdictional business transactions.


Bar Admissions



Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M. in International & Comparative Law, with distinction (1995)

Washington University School of Law
J.D. (1989)

College of William & Mary
B.A. (1986)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Women's Foundation of Minnesota — Board of Trustees; Advancement Committee (Vice-Chair)

Firm Leadership

  • Management Board, 2011-19
  • Corporate Group — Leader, 2009-11
  • International Practice — Former Co-Chair
  • China Practice — Founder


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Corporate/M&A, 2019
  • Best Lawyers®— Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2013-21; Corporate Law, 2016-21
  • 2013 Deal of the Year, Consumer & Retail Products ($100M+) division, 12th Annual M&A Advisor Awards, as lead counsel for $700 Million Acquisition of Skippy® Peanut Butter by Hormel Foods Corporation
  • Guide to Leading Practitioners: China — Recognized as one of the pre-eminent practitioners with expertise in M&A involving China

Awards Methodology

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