Paul J. Shim's practice focuses on public and private merger and acquisition transactions.

He also provides advice regarding governance matters and the fiduciary duties of officers and directors to corporations and their boards.

He repeatedly has been recognized by the business and legal press for his work on behalf of clients, including twice being named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer.

Paul joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1996.

Notable Experience

  • Acts as regular outside counsel to TPG Capital in a diverse array of transactions; recent matters include its investment in Uber; $1.7 billion acquisition of Savers; $525 million acquisition of Primedia; $1.4 billion acquisition of Vertafore from Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity; acquisition of a 35% non-controlling interest in Creative Artists Agency; and acquisition with Riverwood Capital of a majority interest in Aptina Imaging Corporation from Micron Technology.

  • Also acts as regular outside counsel for TPG’s portfolio companies; notable representations include DTZ in its pending acquisition of Cushman & Wakefield and in its previous acquisition of Cassidy Turley; and Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings in its $2 billion sale to Rite Aid Corporation; also previously represented TPG in its acquisition of Envision.

  • American Express Company in a wide range of strategic transactions; recent matters include the formation of a global business travel joint venture with an investment group that includes Qatar Holding, BlackRock, Macquarie and Certares; and its $685 million acquisition of Loyalty Partner, a leading marketing services company, from Palamon Capital Partners.

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a number of significant transactions; recent matters include the sale of its non-U.S. wealth management business to Julius Baer Group Ltd.; the sale of its U.S. and European-based securitization trust administration business to U.S. Bank; and the $1 billion sale of its Columbia Management business unit to Ameriprise Financial.

  • Actavis in its $70.5 billion white knight acquisition of Allergan.

  • Entities controlled by Jeffrey Bezos in their $250 million purchase of The Washington Post and various regional publishers. 

  • Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in connection with its $2.3 billion merger with Hertz Global Holdings. 

  • Reed Krakoff in the acquisition of his eponymous business from Coach, Inc.

  • Nortel Networks in the Section 363 bankruptcy sale of its residual patent assets to a consortium consisting of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony for $4.5 billion; and in the sale of its CDMA and GSM wireless infrastructure assets to Ericsson. 

  • Suntory Holdings in its $16 billion acquisition of Beam Inc. 

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