Professional Biography
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Georges H.G. Yates Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, International Trade & Transactions Practice

  • Seattle

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    F +1.206.359.4402


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099


  • Taipei

    T +886.2.8101.2031

    F +886.2.8101.2038


    Taipei 101 Tower, Suite F, 45th Floor, No. 7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District




Georges Yates, a partner and chair of the firm's International practice, focuses his practice on: international business transactions and joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions; cross-border business operations, investment and taxation; real estate acquisitions, syndications, finance, leasing and development; and corporate finance (equity and debt).  He serves as outside general counsel to a number of public and private companies.  He also coordinates strategic relationships between Perkins Coie and various law firms around the world.

Professional Recognition

  • Named Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for International Trade and Finance Law, 2016
  • Named Best Lawyers’ Seattle "International Trade and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year," 2014
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: International Trade and Finance Law, 2011 – 2024
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, "Rising Stars of Washington Law," 2001

Professional Leadership

  • Perkins Coie Foreign Legal Affairs Attorneys at Law, Taipei, Taiwan, Partner, 2011 – present
  • Perkins Coie LLP, Firmwide Hiring Partner/Hiring Committee Chair, 2005 – 2009
  • Perkins Coie LLP, Beijing Office Chief Representative/Managing Partner, Beijing, China, 2005 – 2008
  • Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation, Director, 1999 – 2002; General Counsel, 2002 – 2011
  • Washington-Primorsky Krai Russian Rule of Law Partnership, Executive Committee Member
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce, Director
  • Washington State China Relations Council, Director
  • Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, Director
  • American Bar Association, International Section, Canada Committee Steering Group

Community Involvement

  • Shawnigan Lake School Society, British Columbia, Canada
  • World Affairs Council

Related Employment

  • Washington State House of Representatives, Legislative Assistant, 1988 – 1990
  • Interstate Pump and Drilling Supply Inc., Vice President, 1985 – 1987 (international distributor of industrial equipment)
  • International Coordination & Design, Inc., Seattle, WA, Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, Project Manager, 1984 – 1985 (oil field equipment disposal agent for Northern Alaska drilling operations)


  • Hon. Charles Johnson, State Supreme Court of Washington, 1993
  • Washington State Department of Revenue Appeals Division, 1991 - 1992




Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • Alaska
  • England and Wales, Solicitor
  • Taiwan, Foreign Legal Affairs Attorney
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993, Lead Articles Editor, Seattle University Law Review
  • University of San Diego, Paris Institute on International and Comparative Law, Paris, France, 1991
  • University of Paris-Sorbonne, Certificat des Conferences de Civilisation Francaise, 1991
  • University of Washington, B.S., 1987
  • Princeton University, Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association, 1987


  • English
  • French


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