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Paul Burns

Partner

New York

Burns Paul
Paul Burns

Partner

New York

Paul advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and general corporate matters, and represents clients before the SEC, NYSE and Nasdaq.

His broad experience, reflecting time as general counsel at several companies as well as an Allen & Overy partner, contributes to his ability to give practical advice that works from a business perspective. Paul joined Allen & Overy’s corporate practice from a leading New York firm in 2001, serving in both the New York and London offices. Paul has held various strategic GC roles over the past ten years in the life sciences, energy and technology sectors. He spent five years at Novartis in various positions based in Switzerland – first as General Counsel of the company’s Consumer Division business worldwide. He later became the General Counsel of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Following his various in-house leadership roles, Paul re-joined Allen & Overy’s corporate practice in New York.

News & insights

Multiple test tubes and dropper

Blog Post: 18 DECEMBER 2020

U.S. – Healthcare accent is on smaller deals

Transactions in the U.S. healthcare space rebounded in autumn, although with a greater proportion of smaller deals than in recent years.

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Group of ultra modern skycrapers

Publications: 16 DECEMBER 2020

Biden election set to boost investor confidence

The election of Joe Biden is likely to usher in an era of more stable and predictable politics in the U.S., increasing the kind of investor confidence on which M&A transactions thrive.

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Vials of medication during production

Publications: 15 DECEMBER 2020

Healthcare accent is on smaller deals

Transactions in the U.S. healthcare space rebounded in autumn, although with a greater proportion of smaller deals than in recent years. 

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Allen & Overy graphic

Publications: 21 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: SEC public company disclosure considerations

US public companies and other companies with SEC reporting obligations (including foreign private issuers with US listings) have an obligation to ensure the accuracy and completeness of their public…

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Expertise

Practices

Corporate and M&A

Sectors

Life Sciences

Private Equity

Office

New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Qualifications

Academic

J.D., Yale Law School, 1995

B.A., Princeton University, magna cum laude, 1991

Experience highlights