Paul Thompson
PEOPLE

Paul Thompson

Partner
thompson.paul@dorsey.com
London P +44 (0)20 7031 3763 F +44 (0)20 7031 3799 Denver P +1 (303) 629-3423

Overview

PAUL ADVISES CLIENTS ON MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, JOINT VENTURES, AND LENDING AND DEBT CAPITAL MARKETS TRANSACTIONS.

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

Admissions

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

Experience

Representative Transactions

Mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures

  • Formation of Leo Cable LP, a venture between a subsidiary of Liberty Latin America Ltd. and investment funds affiliated with Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P.
  • $585.0 million enterprise value acquisition of a Puerto Rico cable operator, counsel to buyer
  • $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

  • $145.0 million syndicated senior secured credit facilities for a US-based pharmaceutical company, counsel to obligors
  • U.S. dollar syndicated unsecured term loan facility for Brazilian, Colombian and Uruguayan borrowers, BVI and Mexican guarantors, counsel for obligors
  • Amendment and extension of $1.1 billion revolving credit facility for CH2M HILL Companies Ltd, counsel to obligors
  • $85.0 million term loan, $40.0 million royalty stream financing, $20.0 million revolver, and $10.0 million construction financing, counsel to borrowers
  • €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

  • $200.0 million private offering of 10.0% Senior Second Lien Notes due 2020 of CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd., counsel to issuer
  • £300.0 million and $500.0 million senior notes due 2024 of Virgin Media Finance plc, co-counsel to issuer
  • £430.0 million and $425.0 million senior secured notes due 2025, and £175.0 million and £225.0 million senior secured notes due 2029 of Virgin Media Secured Finance plc, co-counsel to issuer
  • $225.0 million convertible senior subordinated notes offering due 2018 of B2 Gold Corp., US counsel to issuer

News & Resources

News & Press Mentions

Nine Dorsey Lawyers in Denver Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
Dorsey Advises Perform Group on Boxing’s First Billion Dollar Deal
Super Lawyers Recognizes Nine Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Eight Dorsey Lawyers in Denver Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018
Dorsey Receives International Financial Law Review’s Europe Award for 2017 Deals of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes Seven Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Dorsey Partners Charlene Krogh, Greg Tamkin, Paul Thompson, Lee and Lisa Osman Named to 5280 Magazine's 2017 Top Lawyers
Dorsey’s London Office Named 2016 Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year
Dorsey's London Office Recognized as 2016 Global M&A Award Winner
Dorsey Wins Five 2016 M&A Awards
Super Lawyers Recognizes Eleven Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Dorsey Attorneys in London
7 Dorsey Lawyers in Denver Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 and Best Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 10 Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Super Lawyers Recognizes 10 Dorsey Attorneys in London
Super Lawyers Recognizes 10 Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Dorsey & Whitney Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year-North America by Lawyers World Law

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 & Financial Institutions
  • Capital Markets
  • Europe
  • Healthcare
  • Latin America
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Technology
  • 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

Accolades

Super Lawyers - Paul Thompson 

  • Listed as a Best Lawyer in America©, 2014-2019
  • Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • Listed in London Super Lawyers, 2014-2015
  • Listed as a Top Lawyer in Denver by 5280 The Denver Magazine​, 2017
  • Recognized by Acquisition International's 2016 M&A Advisor Awards for "2016 Excellence Award for International M&A"
  • "Excellence in Domestic Divestitures - UK," Corporate Livewire's 2016 International M&A awards
  • "M&A Law Firm of the Year – UK," Finance Monthly Global Awards 2016
Paul Thompson