Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

London P +44 (0)20 7031 3763 F +44 (0)20 7031 3799 Denver P +1 (303) 629-3423
London P +44 (0)20 7031 3763 F +44 (0)20 7031 3799 Denver P +1 (303) 629-3423



Having completed transactions involving over 45 countries, clients benefit from Paul’s global perspective and substantial international corporate transactions experience.

Known as a strategic thinker, a result driven project and team manager, and a proactive problem solver, Paul assists a broad range of clients including:

  • the largest international cable television company and its UK, Chile and Puerto Rico subsidiaries
  • one of the world’s largest international engineering and construction firms
  • a Czech Republic-based international engineering and manufacturing company that provides hydro turbines for small hydroelectric power plants worldwide
  • a fully integrated US-based pharmaceutical company focused on the development, approval, and commercialization of specialty pharmaceutical products
  • a Canadian financial services company operating primarily in the specialty finance industry and its US equipment leasing subsidiary

Paul has lived and practiced in London for over 10 years and co-chairs Dorsey’s Europe Practice Group. He also lives and practices in Denver.

Education & Admissions

University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1989)

University of Iowa (B.B.A., 1985), with highest distinction


  • Colorado
  • New York
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England & Wales


Representative Transactions

Mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures

  • Formation of Leo Cable LP, a venture between a subsidiary of Liberty Global and investment funds affiliated with Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P.
  • USD 585.0 million enterprise value acquisition of a Puerto Rico cable operator, counsel to buyer
  • USD 422.0 million share-for-share acquisition of the remaining minority stake in Chilean cable television and mobile telephone companies, counsel to majority shareholder buyer
  • Limited auction of TV programming channels, counsel to seller
  • Cash-for-shares acquisition of a minority stake in a US holding company of a Czech Republic engineering and manufacturing concern, counsel to buyer
  • Acquisition of sales and marketing rights by a US-based pharmaceutical company, counsel to buyer

Lending transactions

  • Amendment and extension of USD 1.1 billion revolving credit facility for CH2M HILL Companies Ltd, counsel to obligors
  • USD 85.0 million term loan, USD 40.0 million royalty stream financing, USD 20.0 million revolver, and USD 10.0 million construction financing, counsel to borrowers
  • Euro 130.0 million construction financing and term loan facility for a German borrower, counsel to borrower
  • 50.1 billion and 104.9 billion Chilean peso syndicated senior secured credit facilities for a Chilean company borrower, counsel to borrower

Debt capital markets transactions

  • GBP 300.0 million and USD 500.0 million senior notes due 2024 of Virgin Media Finance plc, co-counsel to issuer
  • GBP 430.0 million and USD 425.0 million senior secured notes due 2025, and GBP 175.0 million and GBP 225.0 million senior secured notes due 2029 of Virgin Media Secured Finance plc, co-counsel to issuer
  • USD 225.0 million convertible senior subordinated notes offering due 2018 of B2 Gold Corp., US counsel to issuer

News & Resources

Legal Writings

  • Adjunct Professor, International Corporate Finance, University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies, 2004
  • Author, A Single Regulator for the Financial Industry in the United Kingdom: Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, 10C International Capital Markets and Securities Regulation (Harold S. Bloomenthal & Samuel Wolff eds., Clark Boardman Callaghan 2002)
  • Author, Doing Business in the EU: An Overview of Common Legal Issues, The Colorado Lawyer (July 2002)

Industries & Practices

  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Europe
  • Health Care
  • Latin America
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining & Natural Resources
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Telecommunications

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Board of Directors, Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain, Inc., 2003-present
  • National Board of Advisors, Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, 2003-present
  • Board of Directors, Denver Montclair International School, 2009-2012
  • Regional Advisory Board, Institute of International Education Rocky Mountain Regional Center, 2010-2012 
  • Co-President, Denver Montclair International School Board of Directors, 2009-2010
  • President, Montclair Academy Board of Directors, 2005-2008
  • Chair, Colorado Bar Association International Law Section, 2005-2006


  • Listed as a Best Lawyer in America©, 2014-2016
  • Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2015
  • Listed in London Super Lawyers, 2014-2015
Paul Thompson