Paul attended the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, and Columbia University in New York (LLM). He was a partner in Amsterdam-based international law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek from 1990 until his retirement in 2022. During his career Paul worked in The Hague, Los Angeles, New York, where he was resident partner, and Amsterdam, where he founded and became practice group leader of De Brauw’s Corporate/M&A department.
During his career at De Brauw as an international corporate lawyer Paul has assisted clients from all over the world as trusted advisor, with a holistic perspective, building a well-established international corporate practice, representing listed companies, multinationals and private equity investors. He has handled a wide range of cross-border tender offers and public company mergers, private acquisitions and disposals, auctions and joint ventures, and takeover defenses. Paul has regularly advised on corporate governance aspects, and has served as arbitrator in AAA, ICC and NAI arbitrations.