France: George Yates, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Last Updated: 1 August 2002

By Presidential decree of July 12, 2002, France presented George Yates with the Légion d'Honneur award for 27 years of professional services rendered as an American citizen to the French nation.

George T. Yates, III is a partner with Coudert Frères in Paris. His practice concentrates on international mergers and acquisitions with a particular focus on acquisitions and divestitures in France and the United States, joint ventures, distribution, energy, chemicals, bio-technology, data communications, software and real estate.

Mr. Yates joined Coudert Brothers in Paris in 1974, was resident in the New York office from 1975 to 1983, and served as Managing Partner of the firm's San Francisco office from 1983 to 1991 before returning to the Paris office in 1991. Mr. Yates serves as Director and/or Secretary of various client companies including, in particular, companies in the automobile, food manufacturing and food distribution businesses. He is also a member of the Aventis S.A. Shareholders Committee. He is the immediate past President of the American Club of Paris.

Mr. Yates received his law degrees from the University of Virginia, Columbia University and the University of Paris II. He is a member of the New York, California, Paris, London (Foreign Lawyer) and Brussels (B List) bars. From 1976 to 1982, Mr. Yates lectured on French law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is the author of various articles on public and private international law including enforcement of foreign judgements in France.

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