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.

Amcor Flexibles LLC

Acted for Amcor Flexibles LLC in the US$215-million sale of its three healthcare manufacturing facilities to Tekni-Plex, a globally-integrated company focused on developing and manufacturing products for a wide variety of end markets, including medical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, personal care, household and industrial.

Expert Travel Services, LLC

Acted for Expert Travel Services, LLC (Expert Flyer), a leading digital technology vendor for business travellers and frequent flyers, in its sale to Red Ventures, a U.S. marketing and advertising company.

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.

Beringer Capital

Acted for Beringer Capital in connection with its acquisition of AdWeek.

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.

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.

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SEC Rulemaking Developments in 2017

Apr. 12, 2018 - Within the first hundred days of taking office, President Trump reiterated his commitment to scaling back existing financial regulations. In February 2017, President Trump signed into law Congress’s repeal of the extractive industry transparency rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

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SEC Filings Must Include Hyperlinks to Exhibits and Be in HTML Format

Apr. 12, 2018 - New rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that require exhibits to be hyperlinked in most SEC filings became effective on September 1, 2017. Under the new rules, registrants that are filing a registration statement or current report that is subject to the exhibit...

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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...

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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...

Bar Admissions

New York, 2009

Education

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

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.

Amcor Flexibles LLC

Acted for Amcor Flexibles LLC in the US$215-million sale of its three healthcare manufacturing facilities to Tekni-Plex, a globally-integrated company focused on developing and manufacturing products for a wide variety of end markets, including medical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, personal care, household and industrial.

Expert Travel Services, LLC

Acted for Expert Travel Services, LLC (Expert Flyer), a leading digital technology vendor for business travellers and frequent flyers, in its sale to Red Ventures, a U.S. marketing and advertising company.

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.

Beringer Capital

Acted for Beringer Capital in connection with its acquisition of AdWeek.

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.

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 in 2017

Apr. 12, 2018 - Within the first hundred days of taking office, President Trump reiterated his commitment to scaling back existing financial regulations. In February 2017, President Trump signed into law Congress’s repeal of the extractive industry transparency rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

Bulletin

SEC Filings Must Include Hyperlinks to Exhibits and Be in HTML Format

Apr. 12, 2018 - New rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that require exhibits to be hyperlinked in most SEC filings became effective on September 1, 2017. Under the new rules, registrants that are filing a registration statement or current report that is subject to the exhibit...

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...

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...

Bar Admissions

New York, 2009

Education

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