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Paul Burns


New York

Burns Paul
Paul Burns


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.

Paul's 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

Publications: 24 SEPTEMBER 2020

Webinar: European Green Deal – changes to look out for and impact of Covid-19 on timeline

Environmental issues, and in particular climate change, remain high on the agenda as Europe and other regions seek to "build back greener" in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. This webinar focused on…

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A drop of liquid being placed into a test tube

News: 18 SEPTEMBER 2020

Allen & Overy advises Apax Partners and its portfolio company Neuraxpharm on the acquisition of Buccolam® Assets

We have advised Apax Partners and its portfolio company Neuraxpharm Group, a leading European specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the central nervous system (CNS), on the acquisition of the…

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A major road intersection

Publications: 08 JULY 2020

U.S. M&A: the land of opportunity meets challenges

The impact on U.S. transactions has been severe, with activity unlikely to recover until market conditions stabilise. But opportunities are emerging for certain players.

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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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Corporate and M&A


New York

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

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J.D., Yale Law School, 1995

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