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:

  • 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 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

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


Super Lawyers - Paul Thompson 

  • Listed as a Best Lawyer in America©, 2014-2018
  • 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