George Wang is a Litigation Partner who focuses on securities litigation, class action litigation and other complex commercial litigation. Over the past year alone, George has defended a wide range of clients in securities class actions, including:
- Alibaba in dismissal of securities class action alleging false and misleading statements in connection with Alibaba’s IPO;
- Best Buy in securing landmark decisions denying class certification in securities class action;
- Cresud Sociedad Anónima Comercial, Inmobiliaria, Financiera y Agropecuaria (CRESUD) in securities class action alleging inaccuracies in financial statements;
- Inversiones y Representaciones Sociedad Anónima (IRSA) in securities class action challenging non-consolidation of an affiliate’s financial statements;
- Pfizer in defense of securities class action litigation alleging false and misleading statements made in connection with Bextra and Celebrex;
- Regional Management and former private equity shareholders in obtaining the successful dismissal of securities class action alleging false and misleading statements about loan loss reserves;
- Sterling Partners in securities class action relating to Adeptus Health;
- Virtus Investments in securities class action alleging false and misleading statements concerning coal mining operations;
- Walter Energy in securities class action alleging false and misleading statements concerning coal mining operation; and
- Weight Watchers in obtaining the complete dismissal of securities class action.
Other securities class action clients include American Electric Power, Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, First Horizon, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Vitamin Shoppe and Wells Fargo. George’s defense of securities class actions routinely includes representation of directors and officers, whom he also defends in shareholder derivative litigation.
At the same time, George handles sensitive, high-profile internal investigations and governmental inquiries, including before the Department of Justice, the Department of Treasury (OFAC) and other governmental regulators. George has extensive experience with economic sanctions issues in particular, including over nearly two decades of advising clients on OFAC and other economic sanctions issues in connection with governmental inquiries, internal investigations and corporate transactions.
George also represents clients in antitrust litigation and other competition matters involving price fixing, cartel and other restraint of trade allegations. He has litigated antitrust and competition matters in federal and state courts and before international arbitration tribunals.
In April 2013, George was recognized as a Rising Star by New York Law Journal in its inaugural class of Rising Stars.
George supervises the Firm’s pro bono work with Her Justice, an organization that provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence.
George received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1995. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. George joined Simpson Thacher in 1999, immediately following a clerkship with The Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was elected Partner in 2006.