Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

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 leading broadband, mobile telephony, media, engineering, food and beverage, payment card production and services, specialty finance, equipment leasing, specialty pharmaceutical products, and other clients.

Paul has lived and practiced in London for over 15 years and co-chairs Dorsey’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions 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

  • $1.95 billion enterprise value acquisition of AT&T’s wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, counsel to buyer, a leading telecommunications company
  • $200.0 million cash-for-shares acquisition of 84% of a leading U.S.-based ice cream ingredients business, counsel to buyer, a Norwegian-based, leading supplier of branded consumer goods
  • Formation of a U.S. boxing joint venture between a U.K.-based, leading international direct-to-consumer sports streaming service and a U.K.-based sporting events promoting company
  • Formation of a venture between a leading telecommunications company and a private investment firm, counsel to the telecommunications company
  • $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
  • Acquisition of sales and marketing rights by a US-based pharmaceutical company, counsel to buyer

Lending transactions

  • $200.0 million syndicated senior secured term and revolving credit facilities for a U.S.-based pharmaceutical company, counsel to obligors
  • Asset backed warehouse credit facilities, counsel to borrower and servicer/sponsor
  • First and second lien acquisition financing, counsel to buyer/borrower
  • U.S. dollar syndicated unsecured term loan facility for Brazilian, Colombian and Uruguayan borrowers, BVI and Mexican guarantors, counsel for obligors
  • €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

  • £214.4 million private offering of sterling senior secured variable funding notes and subordinated notes, co-counsel to issuer
  • $675.0 million, $250.0 million, €500.0 million, $650.0 million, £600.0 million, €950.0 million, $1.35 billion, £235.0 million, and $265.0 million 144A/Reg S offerings of senior secured notes, co-counsel to issuer and guarantor
  • £500.0 million private offering of vendor financing notes
  • $346.6 million, $356.1 million, $183.5 million, and $254.2 million 144A offerings of various classes equipment lease receivables-backed notes, co-counsel to issuers and servicer/sponsor

News & Resources


SEC Updates FAQs Regarding the Ongoing Government Shutdown
Government Shutdown Limits SEC Operations and Affects U.S. Public Companies and Stock Markets
U.S. Government Shutdown Impacts SEC Operations, EDGAR and Other Filings, Enforcement and Regulatory Activities

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Dorsey London Attorneys Receive Multiple Rankings from The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2024
200 Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in 2024 Best Lawyers in America, Lawyers of the Year, and Ones to Watch
Super Lawyers Recognizes Five Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Six Dorsey Attorneys Named to Denver’s Top Lawyers 2023 List
Super Lawyers Recognizes Five Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Six Dorsey Attorneys Named to Denver’s Top Lawyers 2022 List
Super Lawyers Recognizes Six Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Six Dorsey Attorneys Named to Denver’s Top Lawyers 2021 List
Super Lawyers Recognizes Five Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Dorsey & Whitney Counsels Liberty Latin America on its Acquisition of AT&T Operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Super Lawyers Recognizes Seven Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
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

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Capital Markets
  • Europe
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 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


Super Lawyers - Paul Thompson 

  • Listed as a Best Lawyer in America©, 2014-2024
  • Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2022, 2024
  • Listed as a Top Lawyer in Denver by 5280 The Denver Magazine, International, 2017 and 2020-2023

Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2021

  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2021
Paul Thompson