Rustin I. Paul


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 brand management, real estate, technology, media, consumer products, defense, and maritime.

Rustin has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • private equity transactions
  • real estate investment trusts
  • public and private offerings
  • registered investment companies and investment advisers
  • corporate governance
  • SEC filings, statements, exemptive applications and disclosure reports

Rustin, along with Blank Rome Partners Tom Westle and Michelle Gitlitz, are responsible for the quarterly issuance of Blank Rome’s “Fund and Investment Management Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Actions” publication.


  • 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.
  • A private equity fund, in the sale of one of its portfolio companies for $352 million.
  • A private equity fund, in the purchase of a global leader in technical solutions in the marine industry for $120 million.
  • A retail licensing company, in its acquisitions of four leading brands for aggregate consideration in excess of $345 million.
  • A shipyard, in its acquisition of another shipyard and an industrial and marine solutions company for aggregate consideration of approximately $50 million.
  • A 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.
  • An 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.

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Professional Activities

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.



  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • Pennsylvania State University, BS
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, JD
  • Temple University, MBA