Paul Watkins

Partner

Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • New York, 2009

Creative and practical, Paul achieves success for clients by providing business-minded solutions.

Paul advises on mergers, acquisitions, commercial real estate deals, joint venture agreements and corporate matters. His responsiveness and his thoughtful approach have earned the trust of pension funds, private equity firms and other companies in the U.S., Canada and internationally.

Paul Watkins

Partner

Creative and practical, Paul achieves success for clients by providing business-minded solutions.

Paul advises on mergers, acquisitions, commercial real estate deals, joint venture agreements and corporate matters. His responsiveness and his thoughtful approach have earned the trust of pension funds, private equity firms and other companies in the U.S., Canada and internationally.

Birch Hill Equity Partners

Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Cozzini Bros., an Illinois-based knife sharpening rental and exchange company.

Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, Inc.

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.

The Aristotle Corporation

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.

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

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.

Montclair Energy LLC

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.

OPTrust

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.

Amcor Limited

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.

OPTrust

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.

Altus Capital Partners

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.

Amcor Flexibles Netherlands Holding B.V.

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.

SANRAD, Inc.

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.

KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.

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.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

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

Enerflex Ltd.

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.

Jaguar Mining Inc.

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

Meridiam Infrastructure, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Transfield Services Ltd.

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.

Bulletin

SEC Rulemaking Developments 2016

Feb. 16, 2017 - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had a busy rulemaking year in 2016. As part of its Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative launched at the end of 2013, the SEC continued to propose and adopt rules that are intended to improve and modernize the disclosure requirements for reporting...

Guide

2016 Canadian Capital Markets Report: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Mar. 09, 2016 - The past year was a roller coaster of a year for Canadian capital markets, beginning much how it ended – with a devalued Canadian dollar, lower interest rates in Canada and a shift in regional growth from the west to central Canada. Against the background of these market realities, the focus of ...

Bulletin

SEC Rulemaking Developments in 2015

Feb. 22, 2016 - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had a busy rulemaking year in 2015. Consistent with the reforms that began in 2012 with the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, Congress and the SEC continued their push to improve access to capital across the spectrum of issuers – from small...

Bar Admissions

New York, 2009

Education

University of Toronto, JD, 2008
Wilfrid Laurier University, BA (Honours), 2001