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

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

  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in its $5.2 billion acquisition of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals.

  • Regular outside counsel to TPG Capital in a diverse array of transactions; select matters include its acquisition of RCN and Grande Communications; $2.5 billion sale of Surgical Care Affiliates to OptumCare; sale of Travelocity to Expedia by Sabre Holdings Corporation; investment in Uber; acquisition of DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield; acquisition and subsequent $2 billion sale to Rite Aid of Envision Pharmaceutical Services; $1.7 billion acquisition of Savers; $525 million acquisition of Primedia and Primedia’s subsequent acquisition of eBay’s; $1.4 billion acquisition of Vertafore; and acquisition of a majority interest in Creative Artists Agency.

  • Temasek Holdings in its investments in Dell/EMC, ADT, Global Healthcare Exchange, Univar, Internet Brands and ThermoFisher and in the take-private of WuXi PharmaTech.

  • Envision Pharmaceutical Services in its $2 billion sale of Rite Aid Corporation.

  • Sabre Holdings Corporation in its sale of Travelocity to Expedia.

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

  • Acadia Healthcare in its $1.175 billion acquisition of CRC Health Group.

  • American Express Company in a wide range of strategic transactions; select 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 acquisition of Loyalty Partner.

  • 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.

  • PRIMEDIA Inc. in its acquisition of eBay’s

  • 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.

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Selected Activities

Fellow, American Bar Foundation