As Co-chair of North America, works with a wide range of clients on complex matters, M&A, crisis and special situations. Assists in developing firm strategy.
As Co-founder and Co-ceo of Sard Verbinnen & Co. (SVC), helped build the company into a global leader in M&A and crisis management.
A member of CFR and AEI, he is also co-author of "Collaborative Crisis Management; Prepare, Execute, Recover, Repeat," published by the University of Chicago Press in the fall of 2022.
Paul Verbinnen is actively involved with clients including public corporations, private companies, K-12 and collegiate institutions and high-profile individuals, advising on M&A, proxy fights, defensive planning, special situations and crises, IPOs, executive transitions, restructurings, investor relations and corporate positioning programs. He frequently works with companies and boards on scenario planning and preparedness.
His prior firm (SVC) led the North American Mergermarket league tables for more than 25 years and was ranked #1 globally for five years. The Company was designated by Chambers & Partners as a Band 1 firm for crisis and risk management, and Band 1 for litigation support. In 2013 Bloomberg called SVC, "Wall Street's go to crisis firm."
Before SVC, Paul was executive vice president, international for The Ogilvy Public Relations Group, splitting his time between London and New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was head of Ogilvy's Hong Kong public relations office and, from 1986-88 he was regional director for Asia/ Pacific. Prior to joining Ogilvy in New York, he was a co-founder of a sports marketing company that worked with professional and Olympic athletes.
Paul has political science degree from Syracuse University, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and a National Council member of American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is a co-author (along with Thomas A. Cole, chair emeritus of Sidley's executive committee) of "Collaborative Crisis Management; Prepare, Execute, Recover, Repeat," published by the University of Chicago Press in the fall of 2022.