George Yates


17, rue Guénégaud

75006 Paris, France


T +33 789 455 014 (Fr)

M+351 924 262 202 (Pt)


George is a Franco American lawyer licensed to practice in New York,California, France, Brussels, London and Lisbon. His US legal training includes his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia and his Master of Laws (specializing in French law) at Columbia University. As a Jervey Scholar at Columbia he also obtained his University Doctorate (specializing in French corporate law) at the University of Paris II. He is a noted expert on enforcing foreign judgments. He has written widely on compensation arrangements for persons having suffered nationalization of assets in foreign states.
George is an authority on corporate law and cross border transactions. He has substantial experience in regulatory and competition law matters. Industry sectors in which he has worked include everything from luxury and consumer goods to automobiles and nuclear power. His geographical coverage includes not only the US and Europe but also Asia where he has represented clients and particularly in emerging markets such as China.

A skilled negotiator and manager of people, George has managed law offices in the US and France and has an excellent sense of business. He has a record of achieving results for clients not only in corporate transactions but also international litigation and arbitration. He is quite active in international arbitration and a member of various arbitration associations listed below. George has a specialty in Sports Arbitration having successfully argued on behalf of a US Olympics Team before the Tribunal for Sports in Lausanne. He brings to the table a practical, business approach to client problems. He has a global view and thrives on challenge. 



University of Virginia
Degree: B.A. (International Relations), June, 1970 Activities: Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Eta Sigma; Intermediate Honors, Government and Foreign Affairs Honors Program. 

Law Schools: 

University of Virginia
Degree: J.D., June, 1973
Activities: Virginia Law Review, Editorial Board; Virginia Journal of International Law, Editorial Board;  Research Assistant to Professor Richard Lillich on issues of property nationalization; Co-Chairman, Law of the Sea Conference on the Limits of National Jurisdiction, 1971; J.B. Moore Society of International Law, Editor, 1971. 

Columbia University
Degree: LL.M. (Comparative Law), May 1974 Activities: Jervey Fellowship in Foreign and Comparative Law. Studied French Law (including Civil Law, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law and Private International Law) under the Direction of Professors Charles Szladits, Henry de Vries and Nina Galston. 

Universite de Paris II
Program: Doctorat d’Université, 1975. Studied French Commercial Law (including Corporate Law and Bankruptcy Law) and Private International Law.

Bar Admissions
New York, California, Paris, England and Wales (European Lawyer), Brussels (B List) and Lisbon (European Lawyer).

Other Professional Organizations
– Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Fellow (FCIArb) London Court of International Arbitration Arbitrator (Database of Neutrals)
– Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP), Arbitrator
– International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
– Comité Français de l’Arbitrage
– Panel of Experts on the Treatment of Foreign Law at the Hague Conference on Private International Law (2007)


– Fulbright Scholar, 1973
– Jervey Fellow in Foreign and Comparative Law, 1974-75
– French Legion of Honor, July 2002.


Lecturer in Foreign and Comparative Law, University of Virginia School of Law, September 1976 to January 1982.


– International Law and the Delimitation of Bays, 49 N.C.L. Rev. 943 (1971);
– The Rhodesia Chrome Statute : The Congressional Response to United National Economic Sanctions Against Southern Rhodesia, 58 Va. L. Rev. 511 (1972), earlier version published in 119 Cong. Rec. H4798 (daily ed. May 22, 1972);
– Postwar Belgian International Claims : Their Settlement by Lump Sum Agreements, 13 Va. J. Int’l L. 554 (1973);
-Substantive Law Aspects of Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Between Foreigners in France: The Competence Question, 9 Int’l Lawyer 251 (1975);
– Foreign Law Before Domestic Tribunals, 18 Va. J. Int’l L. 725 (1978). 

Book Chapters 

– International Claims : Contemporary Belgian Practice (with Thomas E. Carbonneau) in International Claims Contemporary European Practice (R. Lillich and B. Weston, eds. 1982);
– Non-Wealth Claims – State Responsibility for Non-Wealth Injuries to Aliens in the Postwar Era (published by the American Society of International Law).

Limits to National Jurisdiction Over the Sea (G. Yates & J. Young eds. 1974). 




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