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

  • American Express Company in a wide range of strategic transactions; select matters include the formation of its Global Business Travel joint venture; its acquisition of Loyalty Partner; and various co-branded credit card programs.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • TPG Capital in a diverse array of transactions; select matters include its acquisition of RCN and Grande Communications; sale of Travelocity to Expedia by Sabre Holdings Corporation; investment in Uber; acquisition of DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield; acquisition and subsequent sale to Rite Aid of Envision Pharmaceutical Services; acquisition of Primedia and Primedia’s subsequent acquisition of eBay’s; and acquisition of a majority interest in Creative Artists Agency.

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

  • 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.

  • A consortium of banks in their establishment of the Zelle payment platform.

  • 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