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Paul P. Chen

Paul P. Chen


East Palo Alto, CA, USA

Paul Chen is a partner in DLA Piper's Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity practice groups, based in both Silicon Valley and New York. Mr. Chen's practice focuses on advising domestic and international clients on mergers, acquisitions, investments, divestitures and other corporate transactions. He has worked on engagements in a broad range of industries, including financial services, healthcare and technology. Mr. Chen was formerly the managing partner of the Hong Kong office of an international law firm and continues to focus on advising both domestic and international clients on cross-border transactions involving Asia and Asia investors. In 2012, Chambers Asia recognized Mr. Chen for his cross-border M&A practice commenting that he is "very smart at capturing his global knowledge and being able to apply it to the local markets." Mr. Chen has also been recognized by Legal 500 for his M&A practice.

Mr. Chen is also a member of DLA Piper's Insurance Transactions and Regulation group. He has over 15 years of experience in working on insurance industry matters, including advising clients on buying and selling insurance businesses, investing in enterprises that are part of the insurance industry ecosystem (including information technology companies providing insurance related services), raising capital through public offerings and private placements and transferring insurance risk through insurance linked securities.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Chen was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and was head of strategy and business development at NamTai Electronics, an OEM manufacturer of mobile devices and other consumer electronics.

Selected Representations

US Domestic
  • Aegon in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Merrill Lynch’s life insurance business
  • Artemis in the sale of its interest in New California Life Insurance Company for over $365 million
  • Blackstone and other private equity investors in the sale of the business divisions of HealthMarkets to CIGNA and UnitedHealth Group
  • Hillenbrand Industries in its $280 million sale of Forethought Financial Services to a private equity investor
  • JPMorgan Chase in its $1.2 billion sale of Chase Insurance Group to Protective Life
  • Liberty Mutual in its acquisition of PRUPAC companies from Prudential Financial
  • Los Angeles Dodgers in its $2 billion sale to a buyout group led by Guggenheim Partners and Magic Johnson
  • MetLife in its $11.8 billion acquisition of Travelers Life Insurance Company from Citigroup
  • Strategic Resources Company in its $240 million sale to Aetna
  • Union Central in its merger with Ameritas Acacia and formation of UNIFI, a mutual life insurance holding company


  • Alibaba.com in its acquisition of Auctiva, a US-based auction software company
  • China Aviation in its $210 million acquisition of Cirrus Aircraft, a leading US-based personal aircraft manufacturer
  • China Environmental Energy Holdings, a China-based renewable energy company, in its investment and strategic partnership with Novasolar, a US-based solar company
  • Fosun and other private equity investors in the proposed $10 billion acquisition of AIA, a Hong Kong-based life insurance company
  • Fosun in its acquisition of a Bermuda reinsurance company with operations in Asia
  • Fosun in its investment in, and strategic partnership with, Folli Folli, a European fashion brand
  • Idapted, a Chinese online education company, in its merger with US-based Eleutian Technology
  • MOL, a Malaysia online gaming company, in connection with its investment in Rixty, a US-based e-commerce payments company
  • Zynga in its acquisition of China-based online gaming company, XPD Media


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