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

  • Regular outside counsel to TPG Capital in a diverse array of transactions; recent matters include its acquisition of RCN and Grande Communications; investment in Uber; its acquisition of DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield; its acquisition and subsequent $2.0 billion sale to Rite Aid of Envision Pharmaceutical; its $1.7 billion acquisition of Savers; its $525 million acquisition of Primedia; its $1.4 billion acquisition of Vertafore from Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity; and its acquisition of a majority interest in Creative Artists Agency.

  • 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 acquisition of Loyalty Partner, a leading marketing services company, from Palamon Capital Partners.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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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