George L. Paul | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
George L. Paul
George L. Paul

George L. Paul

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“George Paul is a ‘world-class antitrust lawyer’ with ‘an impressive track record for merger-related antitrust issues.’”

The Legal 500 USA

Overview

George Paul is an antitrust lawyer who advises clients on a range of international competition issues, with a particular focus on merger clearances, cartel defense and litigation.

Acclaimed by The Legal 500 USA as a "world-class" practitioner, George's reputation is based on his "impressive track record", over more than 20 years. He has played a key role in numerous high-profile cases, which have often involved multiple competition agencies across the globe. George provides clarity to clients in a complex area that requires highly detailed and technical knowledge, and where regulations change rapidly and can even conflict across jurisdictions.

Merger Clearances
George is regularly involved in antitrust counseling and litigation arising from US and cross-border mergers and joint ventures. He advises clients on merger control filings for cross-border transactions, and coordinates their HSR and international filings efforts. He has handled complex antitrust issues across an array of industries, including retail/consumer goods, healthcare and medical devices, paper and pulp, petrochemicals, broadcasting and electronics. His work on complex, cutting edge matters has received Deal of the Year recognition by numerous publications, such as the Financial Times, American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards, The Deal and M&A Advisor.

George has particular experience advising clients on global transactions with multiple merger clearance requirements. He is co-editor of Worldwide Merger Notification Requirements, a comprehensive survey of merger notification and control laws across 217 jurisdictions, and regularly writes and speaks on antitrust and competition law matters.

Cartels
George regularly counsels companies and individuals on criminal antitrust matters before enforcement agencies around the world, including the US Department of Justice (DOJ), US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the EU, Australia, Japan and South Korea. He was counsel to Stolt-Nielsen in its landmark action against the DOJ, which revoked Stolt's amnesty and indicted the company and its senior executives. The case was the first time a court has enforced an antitrust amnesty agreement.

Litigation/Anticompetitive Practices
George has represented clients before competition agencies and as plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts in the US. He has been involved in a number of US agency merger challenges, and has successfully defended clients in non-merger investigations related to alleged market allocation, consumer protection requirements and monopolization. He has represented overseas manufacturers against charges of an alleged global price-fixing cartel, and has also represented clients in numerous antitrust class action proceedings.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits
  • US Courts of Appeals for the First and Third Circuits
  • US Court of International Trade
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • BA, Mississippi State University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Mergers:
Anthem/Cigna, 2015

George is representing Anthem, Inc. in its US$54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation. George has previously handled transactions for Anthem, including its acquisition of Simply Healthcare, a leading managed care provider for Medicaid and Medicare enrollees.

Zimmer Holdings/Biomet, 2015

George successfully secured clearance for Zimmer Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Biomet, Inc., a leading global medical device manufacturer, for a total of US$13.35 billion.

CVS Health/Omnicare, 2015

George is representing Omnicare, the US's leading provider of pharmacy services to long term care facilities, in its sale to CVS Health, for US$12.7 billion.

Shenzhen Hepalink/Scientific Protein, 2014

George successfully secured early termination in the US and France for Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceuticals' acquisition of Scientific Protein Laboratories for US$337.5 million. This transaction is one of the most significant Chinese investments in the US healthcare industry, and is the first major Chinese investment in the US in the Heparin industry following the 2008 Heparin-from-China contamination scare.

Toyota Industries Corporation, 2013

George represented Toyota Industries Corporation in its US$760 million acquisition of Cascade Corporations. The Toyota Industries acquisition was recognized by Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report as one of the most innovative US transactions in 2013.

Roust Trading Ltd./CEDC, 2013

George provided complex competition law advice to Roust Trading Ltd. (including the required filings to the Polish, Russian and Ukrainian antimonopoly authorities), relating to its successful acquisition of CEDC. This transaction was awarded Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (over US$1 billion) at the M&A Advisor Distressed Investing Summit in Palm Beach, Florida.

Liberty Dialysis, 2012

George represented Liberty Dialysis in its US$1.7 billion merger with Fresenius Medical Care. The acquisition was a finalist in the GCR 2012 Merger Control Matter of the Year – Americas.

Governmental investigations and Civil Litigation:
Bank, ongoing

Currently representing a bank in connection with investigations and federal class actions into possible violations of federal and state antitrust and fraud laws as well as of the Commodities Exchange Act.

Manufacturer, 2007–ongoing

Currently representing a manufacturer in connection with antitrust investigations and federal class actions involving TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) products.

Manufacturer, 2008–ongoing

Currently representing a manufacturer in connection with antitrust investigations and federal class actions involving Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) products.

International Airline, 2008–2010

Represented an international airline in connection with antitrust investigations and federal class actions involving air cargo shipping services.

Speaking Engagements

"Antitrust Roundtable: Investigating, Defending and Settling Multijurisdictional Antitrust and Cartel Cases", February 8, 2014: Global Competition Review's GCR Live 3rd Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum, (Moderator)

Publications

  • Forced Separation: What Happens When DOJ Dissolves A Consummated Merger, Washington Legal Foundation: Legal Opinion Letter, vol. 23:2, February 28, 2014
  • Worldwide Merger Notification Requirements, Aspen Publishing, 2013, (co-author with J. Mark Gidley)
  • USA: Merger Control, Global Legal Insights, Global Legal Group (2011), 1st Ed, (co-author with J. Mark Gidley)
  • Japan: Cartel Regulation, The Asia Pacific Antitrust Review 2004, Global Competition Review, April 2004, (co-author with Jiro Tamura and J. Mark Gidley)
  • Vietnam: Developments and Overview, The Asia Pacific Antitrust Review 2004, Global Competition Review, April 2004, (co-author with Diep Hoai Nam)
  • Thai Competition Law, The Asia Pacific Antitrust Review 2004, Global Competition Review, April 2004, (co-author with Kallaya Laohaganniyom)

Awards & Recognition

The Legal 500 USA

Described as a world-class antitrust lawyer