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Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins is a partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions practices in the New York office.

Since joining the firm as a student, Paul has participated in a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. He has also advised and assisted companies with respect to their corporate and securities law obligations.

Representative Work

  • Acted for Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, Inc. in connection with its US$280-million acquisition of the North American rigid plastics blow molding operations of Sonoco Products Company, a global packaging company based in the United States.

  • Acted for The Aristotle Corporation in connection with the sale of that company to the private equity firm Wasserstein & Co. The Aristotle Corporation, headquartered in Fort Atkinson, WI, is a leading developer and value-added distributor of specialty products for the education, healthcare training, laboratory testing and agricultural end markets.

  • Acted for Public Sector Pension Investment Board in connection with the acquisition by way of a joint venture with Henley Holding Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, of a 58 million square foot portfolio of core industrial properties held by investment funds owned and managed by Exeter Property Group for US $3.15 billion.

  • Acted for Montclair Energy LLC in connection with its proposal to acquire Equal Energy Ltd., an oil and gas exploration and production company with assets principally located in Oklahoma and in connection with the ultimate sale of Equal Energy to PetroFlow Energy Corporation.

  • Acted for OPTrust in connection with the acquisition of $15 million of shares of common stock of Landmark Apartment Trust Inc., an SEC-registered REIT.

  • Acted for Amcor Limited in connection with its US$114.8-million acquisition of AGI-Shorewood's tobacco packaging operations in China, Mexico, South Korea and the United States. This deal was selected as Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year (Over $100mm to $1 Billion) in 2013 by The M&A Advisor.

  • Acted for OPTrust in connection with the acquisition by OPTrust and DeBartolo Investments of preferred stock and warrants of Landmark Apartment Trust, Inc., a US-based Real Estate Investment Trust. The private offering of preferred stock and warrants is part of another transaction in which Landmark Apartment Trust is acquiring 21 multifamily apartment communities from Elco Landmark Residential Holdings, Inc. and certain other investors.

  • Acted for Altus Capital Partners in its acquisition of International Imaging Materials, Inc., a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of thermal transfer ribbons.

  • Acted for Amcor Flexibles Netherlands Holding B.V., a subsidiary of Amcor Limited, in connection with its US$40-million acquisition of the Aluprint, S. de R.L. de C.V. tobacco packaging plant in Mexico.

  • Acted for SANRAD, Inc., a privately held Israeli-based provider of Flash caching and virtualization software and hardware, in its sale to OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems.

  • Acted for KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., one of Poland's leading companies and Europe's largest copper miner, in its $2.87-billion acquisition of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd.  At the time of closing, this was the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Polish company.

  • Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in connection with the acquisition of Grayd Resource Corporation by way of takeover bid for $275 million.

  • Acted for Enerflex Ltd. in establishing $465.5 million of financing comprised of a revolving credit facility and multiple bi-lateral letter of credit facilities with a syndicate of banks and the issuance of an aggregate of $90.5 million of unsecured notes in a private placement to institutional investors.

  • Acted for Jaguar Mining Inc. in a 144A private placement of US$103.5 million aggregate principal amount of senior convertible notes due 2016.

  • Acted for the Miami Access Tunnel consortium, comprised of Meridiam Infrastructure, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Transfield Services Ltd. for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the US$1.3 billion greenfield Port of Miami Tunnel project. Davies also acted as lead counsel for the consortium on the financing of the Project, with the senior debt financing of US$340 million being provided through a club of 10 international banks and the subordinated debt financing of US$341 million being provided as a 35-year fixed rate loan by the United States Department of Transportation under the federal TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1998) program. This project was awarded the 2009 Global PPP Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine and the 2009 Americas PPP Deal of the Year by each of Project Finance International and Project Finance magazine.

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Paul Watkins
Paul Watkins
Partner
Office:
New York
Tel:
212.588.5547
Email:
pwatkins@dwpv.com
Bar Admissions:

New York, 2009

Education:

University of Toronto, J.D., 2008

Wilfrid Laurier University, B.A. (Honours), 2001