Paul Marquardt


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Paul Marquardt is a partner based in the Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Marquardt’s practice covers a broad range of cross-border transactional matters, including private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. He regularly represents both private equity funds and corporate clients, particularly in the financial sector, and provides ongoing corporate advice to portfolio and joint venture companies following acquisitions.

Mr. Marquardt has extensive experience in foreign investment review, economic sanctions, and anticorruption issues arising in cross-border transactions. He regularly advises sophisticated international clients regarding the application of U.S. sanctions legislation, including sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of State, as well as export control matters. Mr. Marquardt is a specialist in reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and has represented clients in a number of high-profile matters. He also has wide-ranging diligence and compliance experience in anticorruption matters under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act, as well as experience in related complex corporate governance questions and internal investigations.

Selected M&A transactions include advising Ajinomoto in its formation of a global joint venture with Cargill to produce an artificial sweetener; Bank of America in resolution planning and internal restructuring; SWIFT in the formation of a joint venture with DTCC to issue legal entity identifier (LEI) numbers; OneWest Bank in its FDIC-assisted acquisitions of assets of La Jolla Bank, First Federal Bank of California, and IndyMac Bank and the formation of a debit card joint venture with Magic Johnson Enterprises; Nortel Networks in the sale of its intellectual property portfolio, its Multi Service Switch business, and its interest in Blade Technologies; VeriSign in the sale of its security consulting business to AT&T, its managed security services business to Secureworks, and its communications business to Transaction Network Services; TPG Capital in its acquisition of Vertafore; and BBVA Compass in its FDIC-assisted acquisition of assets of Guaranty Bank.

Recent CFIUS matters include Parpública’s sale of a stake in Energias de Portugal to China Three Gorges; Nortel’s disposition of its GSM and CDMA equipment businesses; BHP Billiton’s bid for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; TCI’s proxy contest for representation on the board of CSX; and Dow Chemical’s proposed joint venture with Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait.

Mr. Marquardt also has experience in public and private international law and has represented a number of governments and international organizations in negotiations of international agreements.

Mr. Marquardt is recognized as a leading corporate/M&A and private equity lawyer and a CFIUS expert by Chambers USA.

Mr. Marquardt joined the firm in 1995 and was elected partner in 2003. From 1998 to 2002, he was resident in the Brussels office. He received a J.D. and an M.A. in international relations from Yale University in 1994, where he was Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and an undergraduate degree, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1990. From 1994 to 1995, he served as law clerk to the Honorable James B. Loken of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Mr. Marquardt is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Michigan. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Society of International Law.

Honors and Distinctions

Chambers Global - International Trade: CFIUS Experts: United States.

Chambers USA - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity. International Trade: CFIUS Experts.


  • Yale Law School
    (J.D., 1994)
  • Yale University
    (M.A., 1994)
  • University of Michigan
    (B.A., 1990)

Bar Admissions

Michigan - 1996
District of Columbia - 1998

Areas of Law