Overview

Paul is a partner in the firm's Corporate Transactions & Securities and International practice groups. His practice focuses on international corporate and trade matters, including international mergers and acquisitions, agency and distribution, know-how licensing and joint venture transactions, as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and related suspect payment issues. Paul works closely with foreign counsel around the world dealing with local labor and employment, commercial and other contractual issues. Paul also works extensively with foreign companies expanding and investing in the United States.

Experience
  • Represented a large privately held U.S. based industrial manufacturer in separate but subsequent acquisitions of its distributors in Spain, Austria and Italy, respectively.
  • Multiple transactions pertaining to Brazil, including the establishment of wholly-owned subsidiaries of U.S. manufacturing companies, negotiating and/or termination of Brazilian distribution agreements, and miscellaneous other commercial matters.
  • Represented a variety of public and privately held companies relative to establishing manufacturing operations in China. Some transactions were structured as wholly foreign-owned enterprises (WFOEs), others as equity or cooperative joint ventures.
  • Assisted a variety of public and privately held companies in establishing global compliance, code of ethics and business conduct policies.
  • Assisted various companies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, as well as related suspect payments outside the scope of FCPA.
  • Represented a public company in an acquisition of its distributor in Mexico; structured as a stock acquisition, our client obtained a majority of shares at closing, with the remainder of shares acquired over a three-year period.
  • Represented a privately held manufacturer in acquiring a majority equity interest in its distributor in England.
  • Assisted a privately held manufacturer in restructuring an EU-wide distributor network; worked with local counsel throughout Europe.
  • Assisted a public company with corporate restructuring of its foreign subsidiaries; worked closely with counsel in 17 countries on four continents to spearhead and coordinate corporate implementation.
  • Assisted a privately held industrial manufacturer in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of its distributor in the Netherlands.
  • Represented a family-owned business during complex negotiations and the implementation of a software technology licensing transaction with an Argentinean licensee.
  • Represented a public company in the establishment of a joint venture in Mexico, owned 50 percent by our client.
  • Assisted a public company in the sale to another U.S. company of one of its divisions, including the stock held by it as a 49 percent joint venture partner in a Korean company.
  • Assisted a privately held company in the sale to a U.S. public company of substantially all of its assets, including the stock of its wholly-owned subsidiaries in Germany, Mexico, Czech Republic and Sweden. Worked closely with counsel in those countries.
  • Represented a variety of U.S. companies, both public and privately held, in the establishment of manufacturing, distribution and/or administrative headquarter operations in the European Union.
  • Represented a variety of foreign companies, in particular from Europe, with establishing manufacturing, distribution and/or administrative headquarter operations in the U.S., including negotiations of and assistance relative to investment incentives on local and state basis.
  • Provided trouble-shooting analysis to numerous companies relative to the structure and operations of their international agency and distribution network.
  • Worked with numerous client to craft tailor-made forms of international contracts that respond to the need of the business people.
  • Represented a public company in a claim of unlawful termination brought by its Dominican distributor in the courts of the Dominican Republic. Worked closely with counsel in the Dominican Republic.
  • Represented a manufacturer in a share acquisition of a company located in France.
Presentations
  • "International Business Law," National Business Institute, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, September 25, 2017
  • "Legal Issues for Foreign Companies Setting up in Ohio," Dayton Development Coalition, Tipp City, Ohio, June 26, 2017
  • "Wirtschaftsforum Markteinstieg USA (Economic Forum Market Entry USA)," Kuemmerlein, Essen, Germany, November 12, 2015
  • "US Export Controls and Foreign Subsidiaries," Biogen International, Zug, Switzerland, November 11, 2015
  • "Doing Business In and With the United States," Flanders Investment & Trade, Chicago, IL, November 20, 2014
  • "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other Forms of Suspect Payment," Cincinnati Bar Association, Cincinnati, August, 2014
  • "International Confidentiality, Licensing and Contract Manufacturing Agreements," University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Institute for the Global Practice of Law, Cincinnati, July 2014
  • "Doing Business in China: Recent Challenges," Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, September 2013
  • "International Business Transactions," University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Institute for the Global Practice of Law, Cincinnati, June 2013
  • "Belgium Business Roundtable," TeamNEO, Cleveland, Ohio, May 2013
  • "Combatting Bribery and Other Forms of Suspect Payments," American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., October 2012
  • "International Joint Ventures," University of Cincinnati College of Law's Institute for the Global Practice of Law, Cincinnati, September 2012
  • "International Business Transactions," University of Cincinnati College of Law's Institute for the Global Practice of Law, Cincinnati, July 2012
  • "The Importance of Exports to SW Ohio," Miami Valley International Trade Association, Dayton, Ohio, September 2011
  • "International Business Transactions," University of Cincinnati College of Law's Institute for the Global Practice of Law, Cincinnati, July 2011
  • "Developing Cultural Competencies: China," GE Aviation, Evendale, Ohio, June 2011
  • "Israel: Innovation Hub and Trading Partner," Miami Valley International Trade Association, West Chester, Ohio, May 2011
  • "Legal Issues in International Business," Xavier University's Williams College of Business, Cincinnati, April 2011
  • "Chinese Labor Law and Compliance," NBI National Business Institute, Cincinnati, December 2010
  • "Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Brazil," SODEC 5th Annual Trade Conference, Cincinnati, October 2010
  • "Legal Aspects of Doing Business in China," Miami Valley International Trade Association, West Chester, Ohio, May 2010
  • "Brazil: Rising Economic Power, Challenging Legal Issues," Cincinnati, April 2010
  • "International Corporate Governance," American University Washington College of Law Conference, Miami, April 2010
  • "Recent Legal Developments in the European Union," interviews on BusinessWise, broadcast on WNKU 89.7, February 2010
  • "International Business Ethics and Legal Compliance," interviews on BusinessWise, broadcast on WNKU 89.7, February 2010
  • "Business Ethics in Asia," Crown Equipment Corporation, New Bremen, Ohio, February 2010
  • "The Legalities of Doing Business in China," NBI National Business Institute Teleconference, December 2009
  • "China Revisited: Did the Promise Hold True?", Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, October 2009
  • "International Sales: Practical Tips and Legal Considerations," Miami Valley International Trade Association, West Chester, Ohio, May 2009
  • "Personal Liability of Directors and Officers in the U.S., Belgium and Germany," Munich, Germany, April 2009
  • "Doing Business in the Midwest: Location Cincinnati," Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ilmenau, Germany, April 2009
  • "Liability of Directors and Officers in the U.S., Belgium, and the Netherlands," Amsterdam, October 2008
  • "Legal Perspectives," Sino-American Business Summit presented by Miami University, West Chester, Ohio, September 2008
  • "Hot Trans-Atlantic Business Issues," Cincinnati, Ohio, September 2008
  • "Selling into the European Union," U.S. Department of Commerce, Loveland, Ohio, September 2008
  • "U.S. Manufacturing in the 21st Century: A Playbook for Competing Globally," U.S. Department of Commerce, Dayton, Ohio, August 2008
  • "Chinese Labor Law and Compliance," NBI Seminar, Cincinnati, July 2008
  • "The U.S. Goes Sustainable: Investing in the Heart of America," Amsterdam, April 2008
  • "Legislative Changes: How Will Companies Doing Business in China Be Affected?", Cincinnati, May 2007
  • "China: Risk, Reward & How To Win," US Department of Commerce, Erlanger, Kentucky, August 2006
Distinctions
  • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 to present, recognized in Best Lawyers 2016 Lawyer of the Year
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in the International practice area, Cincy Business Magazine, 2004 to present
  • Honorary Consul of Belgium for the State of Ohio, by Royal Decree, 1997 to present
  • Listed in Legal 500 in Merger and Acquisition, 2014
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • Southern Ohio District Export Council, Board of Trustees, member, 2006 to present
  • European-American Chamber of Commerce,  vice president and Board of Trustees, member, 2009 to present
  • Miami Valley International Trade Association, Board of Trustees, member, 2004 to 2012, past president
  • UC College of Law Institute for the Global Practice of Law, Advisory Board, member, 2011 to 2016
  • Goering Center for Family and Private Business, member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, International Law Committee, past chair
  • American Bar Association, European Law Subcommittee of the Business Section's International Business Law Committee, past chair
  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce's International Trade Council, past chair

Community Activities

  • City of Blue Ash, Ohio, Charter Revision Committee, member, 2012 to present
  • Cincinnati Public Radio (WGUC and WVXU), Community Board, member, 2006 to present
  • Jeffrey Thomas Hayden Foundation, assistant secretary, 2004 to present
  • Focus On Youth, Board of Trustees, member, 2011 to 2014

Professional Activities

  • Global Center of Greater Cincinnati, Board of Trustees, 2008 to 2009
  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, member, 2003 to 2005
  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class of 2000
  • Cincinnati Business Courier's Forty Under Forty, Class of 1999
  • International Visitors Council of Greater Cincinnati, past president and member, Board of Trustees
  • Consular Corps of Cincinnati, secretary and treasurer, 2002 to present
  • EuroWatch (bi-weekly publication), Board of Advisors, 1998 to 2006