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Paul McNicholl

Partner, London


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Currently based in London, Paul is the Global Co-head of the Consumer sector. Over the years, he has advised a number of global companies on market entry transactions in emerging economies such as China, India and a number of African markets, as well as on broadening the reach of their consumer brands through supply, distribution and franchising arrangements. Examples of these transactions include advising Diageo on its acquisition of Shui Jin Feng and on the establishment of a strategic joint venture in Japan with Kirin Brewery Co. Paul has also spent two years at Linklaters Shanghai office, having subsequently spent three years at the firm’s Tokyo office as Joint-managing partner and head of M&A.

Experience of other high profile cross-border M&A transactions that Paul has advised on in other sectors includes advising Industry Funds Management on its investment in Stansted Airport; advising the Board of EADS on the proposed merger with BAE Systems; advising Olympus Capital and other sellers on the sale of Mediatti Communications. to Jupiter Telecommunications. advising on the sale of Lehman Brothers' Asian business to Nomura; advising Citi on its acquisition of interests in Guangdong Development Bank; advising Suez on the ground-breaking sale and simultaneous accelerated IPO of Northumbrian Water; and advising Anglo American on its reorganisation and listing on London, on its acquisition and subsequent disposal of interests in Konkola Copper Mines and on the take-private of De Beers.

Professional experience

2010 to date Partner, Linklaters London
2010 - 2010 Partner, Linklaters Tokyo
2007 - 2009 Joint Managing Partner, Linklaters Tokyo 
2005 - 2007 Partner, Linklaters Shanghai
2002 - 2005 Partner, Linklaters London
1996 - 2002 Associate, Linklaters London
2001   Secondment to Morgan Stanley, London
1998   Secondment to the Department of Treasury and Finance, Vic. Australia
1996   Secondment to BZW, London
1994 - 1996 Trainee, Linklaters London
1990 - 1992 Lecturer in Laws, Kingston University


1992 - 1993 College of Law, Law Society Finals
1989 - 1990 King’s College London, LL.M Corporate and Commercial Law
1985 - 1988 King’s College London, LL.B Law