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 Experiences

  • Synopsys in its pending $35 billion acquisition of Ansys.

  • American Express Company in a wide range of strategic transactions; select matters include its sale of Accertify to Accel-KKR, the formation of its Global Business Travel joint venture and its subsequent entry into a definitive business combination agreement with Apollo Strategic Growth Capital, its acquisition of Loyalty Partner, spin-off of Ameriprise Financial, and various co-branded credit card programs.

  • Tempur Sealy International in its $4 billion announced acquisition of Mattress Firm Group, the nation’s largest mattress specialty retailer.

  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in its up to $6 billion acquisition of NDI-034858 from Nimbus Therapeutics and its $5.2 billion acquisition of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals.

  • Bed Bath & Beyond in its announced cooperation agreement with RC Ventures.

  • Sequoia and Paradigm in their $1.15 billion minority investment in Citadel Securities.

  • Anchorage Capital Group as principal stockholder of MGM in its announced $8.45 billion merger with Amazon.

  • ArcelorMittal in its $3.3 billion sale of ArcelorMittal USA to Cleveland-Cliffs.

  • Henry Schein in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction by which it spun off its animal health business and merged it with a Clayton Dubilier & Rice portfolio company to form Covetrus, a new publicly traded company.

  • Honeywell in the spin-off of its Homes and ADI Global Distribution business, now known as Resideo Technologies.

  • Cohu in its acquisition of Xcerra.

  • Entegris in its acquisition of the pure gas business of SAES Getters.

  • Surgical Care Affiliates in its $2.5 billion combination with OptumCare.

  • Allergan in its announced merger with Pfizer, and Actavis in its $70.5 billion white knight acquisition of Allergan.

  • Temasek Holdings in its investments in Eastdil Securities, Bridgewater Associates, Global Healthcare Exchange, Dell/EMC, ADT, Univar, Internet Brands, and ThermoFisher.

  • Special Committee of Spectrum Brands Holdings in its $10 billion merger with HRG Group.

  • TPG Capital in a number of transactions, including its investment in Uber, acquisition of DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield, acquisition and subsequent sale to Rite Aid of Envision Pharmaceutical Services, and acquisition of a majority interest in Creative Artists Agency.

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

  • Bank of America Corporation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a number of significant transactions, including investments in China Construction Bank and Banco Itau, 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.

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

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

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Selected Activities

Fellow, American Bar Foundation