Taylor English has assembled a seasoned team of subject-matter attorneys in corporate, tax, intellectual property, labor and employment, and environmental law, which enables me to help the firm’s clients buy and sell businesses in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.
George Gaskin is a deal lawyer, spending a majority of his practice advising the firm’s corporate clients in merger, acquisition and disposition transactions. Mr. Gaskin represents small and midsize private companies across industries, with a particular emphasis on professional services firms, such as accounting firms and IT service providers. He also has assisted several manufacturing companies in their strategic mergers and acquisitions, including a multibillion dollar, publicly traded plastics manufacturing company. Most of the transactions upon which Mr. Gaskin advises are structured as all-cash transactions involving strategic buyers and sellers, as opposed to representing financial buyers and sellers. Most of his transactions take the form of equity or asset sales, mergers, or joint ventures, with occasional contingent (or “earn-out”) consideration and seller financing. With more than 30 years in the mergers and acquisitions arena, Mr. Gaskin has advised in hundreds of deals, involving hundreds of millions of dollars of purchase price.
As a member of the firm’s Corporate and Business practice group, Mr. Gaskin also spends significant time advising his clients with respect to general corporate, commercial and day-to-day operational and legal matters, including contracts, corporate governance, raising private equity and borrowing from banks in secured and mezzanine debt lending transactions. In addition to more than 20 years in private practice, Mr. Gaskin spent 10 years in-house with a $500 million publicly traded company, and in that capacity was involved in all aspects of its business operations, including corporate and corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, commercial matters (manufacturing, supply, distribution and intellectual property licensing agreements), managing the company’s extensive worldwide intellectual property portfolio and monitoring, with outside counsel, all litigation matters worldwide. While Mr. Gaskin’s “Big Law” experience is a plus, it is that 10 years of in-house experience that differentiates Mr. Gaskin and helps him better understand his clients’ needs and think pragmatically regarding the best practical solution to a business issue, rather than the more ritualistic and in-the-box legal analysis.
Mr. Gaskin previously served as Taylor English’s chief operating officer and as chairman of the Corporate and Business practice group.
Prior to joining Taylor English in April 2006, Mr. Gaskin practiced law with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, a national law firm headquartered in Atlanta, from January 2001 through March 2006. From 1990 through the end of 2000, he served in various capacities for Anacomp Inc., a publicly traded document management company, with his last position being senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Mr. Gaskin began his legal career in 1984 with Trotter, Smith & Jacobs, a nationally recognized boutique law firm in Atlanta that specialized in securities and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law.
State Bar of Georgia
Atlanta Bar Association
Represented two regional banks in the workout of more than $800 million in loans and real estate, including loan modifications, collateral foreclosures, and the sale of owned real estate.
Advised Reliance Financial Corporation on its acquisition by merger by Fidelity Information Services (NYSE: FIS). The transaction, which had an aggregate purchase price of $110 million, brought together the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology and one of the largest independent trust companies in the United States. Assisted with the negotiation and preparation of the Agreement and Plan of Merger and the ancillary documents needed to ...
- Co-Author. "Closing the Valuation Gap: Earn-outs and Purchase Price Adjustments," Mergers and Acquisitions Quick Reference Guide, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, June 2006
- Reviewing Partner. Corporate Governance Quick Reference Guide, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, June 2004
- Corporate and Business
- Financial Institutions
- Lending and Corporate Finance
Indiana University, JD, cum laude, 1984
University of Notre Dame, AB, Government and Economics, cum laude, 1981
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Corporate Law, 2013-2014