For more than three decades, Paul’s practice has focused on corporate and commercial law for privately owned businesses, with an emphasis on general business counseling, commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital and international trade and cross-border transactions. He also has a niche practice representing community banks in bank regulatory, compliance, lending and workout matters.
His multifaceted practice enables him to serve the domestic and international needs of a wide range of clients, particularly those with interests in China.
Paul has counseled clients on business structuring and outsourcing transactions in China, international trade and finance matters, U.S. export controls on sales to China and acquisitions of Chinese companies. He assisted then Mayor Dannel Malloy and the Stamford Chamber of Commerce establish a sister city relationship between Stamford and Jiangdu, China.
Paul also counsels both U.S. companies doing business overseas and foreign companies doing business in the United States in matters involving:
- International private equity and venture capital transactions
- Cross-border structuring
- International debt and equity financing transactions
- Trade and trade finance
- Sales distribution agreements
- Export control compliance
- Joint ventures
- Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) compliance
- EB-5 Regional Centers
In his banking practice, Paul regularly represents lenders in commercial loan transactions and workouts, and has extensive experience representing banks on various types of regulatory matters, including compliance and consumer lending issues. He has represented a number of banks in responding to supervisory orders issued by the federal and state bank regulatory agencies, including the OCC and the FDIC, and has represented bank directors in civil money penalty proceedings. Paul also handles de novo bank formations, bank acquisitions and change of control transactions.
As a trusted advisor to corporations, businesses and banks, Paul handles complex mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions for privately held companies and community banks, including venture capital and private equity transactions, private placements, commercial and corporate finance transactions and other debt and equity financings. Paul’s extensive knowledge of angel financings, venture capital, private equity, strategic investments and private placements has made him a key player in the Stamford business community.
Paul is the former chairman of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, is the founder and former chairman of its International Trade Council and is president of the Connecticut China Council. Paul is also co-chair of the American Bar Association International Law Section’s China Committee and liaison to the Shandong Lawyers Association.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining the firm, Paul was counsel to a New-England based regional firm, where he headed its China practice, and was a member of its Privately Owned Business, Private Equity, Community Banking and International Practice Groups.
During law school, Paul was an editor of the Connecticut Law Review.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Paul is recognized within the State of Connecticut and the City of Stamford for both his professional and community activities, and has taken a leadership role in China and international activities on a local and statewide basis. He serves as co-editor of the China Law Reporter of the China Committee of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section, and has written and lectured extensively on China and international legal and business topics.
In addition, Paul spearheaded the establishment of the UConn Center for Globalization and Commerce and the Stamford Chamber International Trade Resource Program (SITREP). He has also guest lectured at the Western Connecticut State University on China.