George C. Gaskin

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

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 Department, 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.

Mr. Gaskin previously served as Taylor English’s chief operating officer and as chair of its Corporate and Business Department.

Prior to joining Taylor English in April 2006, Mr. Gaskin practiced law with 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 a nationally recognized boutique law firm in Atlanta that specialized in securities and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law.

Affiliations

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia

Recognitions

  • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, Corporate Law, 2013-2014, 2016

Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Business
  • Emerging Companies
  • Finance & Securities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Manufacturing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Education

  • Indiana University, JD, cum laude, 1984
  • University of Notre Dame, AB, Government and Economics, cum laude, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

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