Paul Weiss

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Bruce is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Communications & Technology Groups. He has extensive experience advising public and private companies, private equity funds and hedge funds in a broad range of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.


Bruce represents clients in domestic and cross-border transactions ranging from middle-market buy-outs and recapitalizations to larger strategic acquisitions and joint ventures. Bruce also represents private investment funds in connection with their growth capital and other private equity investments.

Bruce's corporate representations in M&A transactions include:

  • NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. in its $4.2 billion acquisition of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II, Inc., which was named M&A Advisor's "Healthcare and Life Sciences Deal of the Year Award (Over $500 million)" in 2015;
  • ExteNet Systems Investors in the $1 billion recapitalization of ExteNet by Digital Bridge Holdings and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners;
  • NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. in its joint venture with American Healthcare Investors LLC;
  • TowerCo in its $670 million acquisition of communications towers from Sprint Nextel and its $1.48 billion sale to SBA Communications;
  • SpectraSite Communications in its $11.3 billion merger with American Tower;
  • Universal American Corp. in its $227 million acquisition of APS Healthcare;
  • Quellos Group in the $1.7 billion sale of its fund of funds business to BlackRock;
  • IWO in its $427 million sale to Sprint Nextel;
  • Cell C (Pty) Limited in a $430 million asset sale transaction in South Africa;
  • Millicom International Cellular in asset sale transactions in Colombia, Ghana, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and
  • The Chubb Corporation in the sale of its reinsurance business to Harbour Point Limited and of its Personal Lines Brokerage business to Hub International.

Bruce's representation of private equity and hedge fund clients include Apollo Global ManagementHarbinger Capital PartnersNewport Global AdvisorsNRDC Equity Partners and Soros Fund Management. Specific transactions include:

  • Soros Fund Management in its private equity investments in Atlantica Hotels International, Digicel Asian Holdings Pte. Limited, Hyperoptic, Quattro Telecomunicações (Brazil), TowerCo, Extenet Systems and Helios Towers Africa;
  • NRDC Equity Partners in its acquisition of the iconic Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company and HBC's consolidation with Lord & Taylor and Fortunoff;
  • Newport Global Advisors in connection with its investments in True Temper Sports, Merisant and Amtrol; and
  • Harbinger Capital Partners in its acquisition of Salton.

In addition to his M&A and private equity practice, Bruce has handled a number of significant restructurings, including the representation of SpectraSite Communications in its $2 billion chapter 11 restructuring, and creditor groups or investors in the restructurings of AirGateAlamosaAmerican CellularAmtroliPCSIWOMerisantNtelosStallionOilfield Services and True Temper.

For the last three years, Bruce has been recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in media, technology and telecoms.

In 1990, Bruce relocated to London to launch the firm's office there. For two years, he handled a variety of cross-border transactions for U.S. and European clients before returning to practice in New York.

At Columbia Law School, Bruce served as an editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.



  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1985
  • B.A., Duke University, 1981
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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Related Resources

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Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III Joint Venture to Acquire Trilogy Health Services for $1.125 Billion

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ExteNet Systems Announces Capital Restructuring to Fuel Growth in Small Cell Market

Nov 05, 2014 | News

NorthStar to Acquire Ownership Interest in American Healthcare Investors

Oct 23, 2014 | News

Quantum Strategic Partners Closes Purchase of Outstanding Shares of Atlantica Hotels

Aug 05, 2014 | News

NorthStar Realty to Acquire Griffin-American in $4 Billion Transaction

Jul 11, 2014 | News

Quantum Strategic Partners Increases Its Stake in Helios Towers Africa

May 23, 2013 | News

Quantum Leads Equity Investment in Hyperoptic

Apr 04, 2013 | News

Affiliate of Soros Fund Management Joins Consortium Bid for Myanmar Telecommunications License

Jan 03, 2013 | News

TowerCo Completes Second Closing of Purchase of Towers from i wireless

Nov 01, 2012 | News

TowerCo Closes First of Two Tower Acquisitions from i wireless

Aug 13, 2012 | News

Soros Closes Investment in Quattro Consultoria em Telecomunicações

Jun 26, 2012 | News

TowerCo II to Be Acquired by SBA Communications for $1.45 Billion 

Jan 12, 2012 | News

Paul, Weiss Advises Universal American Corp. on Acquisition of APS Healthcare, Inc.

Jul 19, 2011 | News

Millicom International Cellular Completes First Latin American Deal

Dec 22, 2010 | News

Millicom International Cellular Announces Deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania

Nov 05, 2010 | News

American Tower to Purchase Cell C's South African Tower Portfolio

Feb 04, 2010 | News

Stallion Oilfield Services Ltd. Successfully Emerges from Bankruptcy

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Nov 20, 2015

M&A Advisor Recognizes Paul, Weiss for Healthcare Transaction

Feb 01, 2013

African Tower Transactions Recognized

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