• New Jersey
  • New York


  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, JD
  • Temple University, MBA
  • Pennsylvania State University, BS
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Rustin I. Paul


New York, NY v. +1.212.885.5434 f. +1.917.332.3837

Rustin Paul concentrates his practice in business and corporate matters, with a specific emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. He advises clients in a wide range of industries, including retail licensing and brand management, real estate, technology, media, consumer products, defense, and maritime.

Mr. Paul has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • private equity transactions
  • representation of real estate investment trusts in a variety of transactions
  • public and private offerings, including advising underwriters in public offerings
  • registration, regulation, and governance of investment companies and investment advisers
  • representation of independent Boards of Directors
  • SEC filings, statements, exemptive applications and disclosure reports

In October 2017, Mr. Paul, along with Blank Rome attorneys Thomas Westle, Michelle Gitlitz Courtney, Courtney Schrenko, and Brandon Einstein, authored a Fund and Investment Management Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions overview for their clients.


  • A brand management company engaged in licensing, marketing and providing trend direction for a portfolio of consumer and entertainment brands, in its $105 million acquisition of a global brand and related intangible assets from a subsidiary of a greeting card company.
  • Private equity fund in the sale of one of its portfolio companies for $352 million.
  • Private equity fund in the purchase of a global leader in technical solutions in the marine industry for $120 million.
  • Retail licensing company in its acquisitions of four leading brands for aggregate consideration in excess of $345 million.
  • Shipyard in its acquisition of another shipyard and an industrial and marine solutions company for aggregate consideration of approximately $50 million.
  • Distribution and logistics company in the purchase of Europe's largest distributor of mobile phones, smart phones and original accessories for mobile phones for approximately $835 million.
  • Australian listed property trust in the formation of a US real estate investment trust, which has and will continue to invest in US residential real estate, in connection with a A$120 million and a A$140 million offering in Australia.
  • $3.4 billion acquisition of Capital Automotive REIT, the nation's leading specialty finance company for automotive retail real estate, involving 400 properties in 31 states.
  • $1.7 billion acquisition of CRT Properties, Inc., a publicly traded office REIT, by a fund consisting of clients advised by DRA Advisors LLC, involving more than 100 buildings.
  • $1.1 billion acquisition of a publicly-traded retail REIT by PL Retail LLC, a joint venture consisting of clients advised by DRA Advisors LLC and Kimco Realty Corporation, involving more than 30 shopping centers.


Rustin is an active participant in the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project, a pro bono service for local small business owners, as well as a previous recipient of the City Bar Justice Center’s Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.