Benaur has extensive experience representing individuals and international corporations in corporate transactions, investments, compliance matters, as well as complex litigations, pre-litigation dispute resolution, investigations, and contract drafting and negotiation, both domestically and internationally. He has had back-to-back successes in a broad range of high-stakes cases, which resulted in multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients.
George was co-counsel in the representation of BAE Systems Controls in a high-profile bankruptcy of A123 Systems Inc. in Delaware, resulting in $28.5 million valuation of the client’s proof of claim, successful negotiation for post-petition product supply and intellectual property rights. He also served as counsel for BAE Systems in a three-year litigation in Los Angeles federal court over a research and development agreement for a new, highly sophisticated positioning device in the drilling industry, resulting in settlement in case involving allegations of over $100 million in damages. George also served as counsel in the $2 billion restructuring of the Brazilian meat producer Independencia and obtained orders for recognition of a Brazilian reorganization proceeding and for permanent injunction enforcing the Brazilian reorganization plan in Chapter 15 proceedings in S.D.N.Y. Bankruptcy Court. George has been lead counsel for Shalva Chigirinskiy, and has also worked with Black Ocean SA and NTV America in general counsel and litigation capacity, among others. Some other clients for whom George has handled complex cases include major pharmaceutical conglomerates, international banks and high-net worth individuals.
George was born and raised in Moscow, Russia (former Soviet Union) and then immigrated to the United States in 1988. He received his B.A. in English from Lafayette College in 1999, professional degree in acting from the London Academy of Music and Drama in 2000, and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2004. George’s practice is currently principally based in New York, with affiliations and strong working relationships with select firms worldwide.