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George A. Hagerty

New York

George A. Hagerty

A recognized leader in corporate law, George Hagerty advises companies, private equity firms, and investment banks on transformational events and capital raising activities.

His practice spans all aspects of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and debt financing. George's many years in New York, London, and Colorado give him a global perspective on diverse dealmaking scenarios. According to Chambers USA, clients say he "is a very smart guy, has a lot of experience on cross-border transactions and is easy to work with."

With his decades-long technical experience woven in with practical knowledge, clients look to George as a trusted adviser. He helps structure and negotiate private equity investments, stock and asset acquisitions, mergers, tender offers, leveraged buy-outs, going-private transactions, and acquisition financings. He also counsels public companies on compliance, corporate governance, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting. George is a seasoned adviser to issuers and investment banks in domestic and international private placements and public offerings of debt and equity, including Rule 144A, Regulation S, and dual-listed offerings.

George has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, noted in particular for his work in private equity, and Chambers USA, where he has been recognized as a leader in the corporate/M&A field. In 2013, George was named as Colorado's "Barrister's Best" attorney for private equity law by Law Week Colorado. He currently serves on the firm's corporate leadership team and its private equity coordinating committee. George is a trustee of the Eisenhower Foundation, the nonprofit that coordinates the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. He is also a former member of the board of directors of the World Trade Center Denver and the Crestmoor Community Association.

"He is a very smart guy, has a lot of experience on cross-border transactions, and is easy to work with."


Representative Experience

Regular outside counsel to a leading leveraged buyout firm with US$4bn in invested or committed capital on its acquisitions and debt financings.

Regular outside counsel to a leading investment bank on its M&A advisory and corporate finance engagements.

Regular outside counsel to a multibillion-dollar NYSE-listed master limited partnership on its acquisitions, SEC filings, and acquisitions.

Counsel to a NYSE-listed mining company on a US$800m cross-border public takeover.

Counsel to a NYSE-listed natural resources company on three SEC-registered exchange offers with a combined value of approximately US$410m.

Counsel to a NYSE-listed natural resources company on several equity public offerings.

Counsel to a consortium of private equity funds on its approximately US$735m purchase of a transportation services company.

Lead representation of the underwriters of a €2.9bn initial public offering of a European Internet and telecommunications services provider.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., cum laude, Harvard University, 1985


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, The Law Society of England and Wales

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado
  • New York
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, UK


Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

Chambers USA


Colorado Super Lawyers


Top Lawyer - Mergers and Acquisitions


2007 and 2011-2013

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts - Private Equity Buyouts

Legal 500 US


Law Week Colorado, Best Private Equity Lawyer

Barrister's Best

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