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Paul L. Choi

Paul L. Choi

Sidley Austin LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

PAUL CHOI is a partner in Sidley’s Corporate group, which advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions and securities and corporate governance matters. He is the global co-leader of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice.

In the mergers and acquisitions area, Paul focuses on public and private mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs and joint ventures. His practice also includes counseling clients on takeover defense and proxy contests and stockholder activist situations. Paul has advised on a broad range of mergers and acquisitions transactions, from small private transactions to dozens of public multi-billion dollar mergers.

In the corporate finance area, he has represented issuers and underwriters in numerous private and public equity and debt offerings. These capital markets transactions have included a variety of initial public offerings, including subsidiary or “carve-out” offerings in the energy, technology, financial services and real estate sectors, and other acquisition financing transactions. His practice also includes private equity and debt offerings, Rule 144A transactions, and high yield debt, equity derivative and hybrid securities offerings.

In addition to his transactional work, Paul advises public company clients on a broad range of corporate governance and general securities law matters, including Sarbanes-Oxley, board of director, fiduciary duty, audit committee, disclosure policy and related issues. He is a regular speaker at numerous seminars and conferences on topics relating to directors’ duties and M&A developments.

Paul was named by Crain’s Chicago Business in its annual “40 Under 40” list of leading Chicago area business executives and professionals. He is included in the Corporate/M&A section of Chambers Global and Chambers USA. Additionally, Paul has been recommended by The Legal 500 for Capital Markets: debt offerings and M&A: large deals.

Paul served as a law clerk to the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1989–1990.

He is a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and is former President of the Harvard Alumni Association.


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