Paul co-founded Sard Verbinnen in 1992 and is actively involved with many of the firm’s clients, including public corporations, high-profile executives and educational institutions. He has worked on numerous M&A transactions and proxy contests, as well as crisis situations including product recalls, data breaches, litigation, regulatory matters and executive transitions. Paul works with many companies and boards on corporate positioning, scenario planning and preparedness. Previously, he was executive vice president, International for a major public relations firm and, prior to that, helped start a sports marketing firm.
Some representation highlights include:
- Dollar Tree on its contested acquisition of Family Dollar, Rock-Tenn on its acquisition of MeadWestvaco, GTECH on its acquisition of IGT, Alexion on its acquisition of Synageva and Owens Illinois’ acquisition of Vitro Packaging assets, Dell’s going private transaction, Stanley Works acquisition of Black and Decker, and Mosaic and Cargill on their split off
- Working with Illumina and Ventana against an unsolicited takeover bids by Roche; and Vulcan on its defense against Martin Marietta
- Working with numerous collegiate and K-12 educational institutions on crises
- Hess in a proxy contest against Elliott Advisors; Forest Laboratories in proxy fights against Carl Icahn; and The New York Times on two proxy fights
Paul has a B.A. degree in political science from Syracuse University. He is Finance Chairman for the Watch Hill, R.I. Fire District, a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and of a member of the Brookings Council.