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Erik John Lindemann

Of Counsel, Corporate Department
Palo Alto
1117 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
United States

Fax: 1(650) 320-1947


Erik Lindemann is of counsel in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's Palo Alto office. His practice focuses on both U.S. public and private mergers and acquisitions as well as international corporate restructuring, joint ventures, and carve-out transactions, particularly in technology and other IP-intensive industries (telecommunication, healthcare, and manufacturing). He has significant experience negotiating cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and advising on public disclosure, SEC filings, and corporate governance.

He is also experienced in advising on the U.S., U.N., and E.U. economic sanctions and export control regimes restricting business in Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Syria, Libya, Belarus, and Cuba. Before focusing on corporate transactions, Erik represented major clients in complex commercial disputes, both in domestic litigation and in international commercial and investment arbitration, especially in the areas of quantum analysis and discounted cash flow (DCF) damages calculations.

Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Lindemann worked at other major international firms based out of New York where he advised key clients on international legal, regulatory, and business issues. Prior to entering the field of law, his previous careers were in the energy, technology, and military/defense sectors with a broad range of geographical expertise, including extensive local experience on the ground across Europe, the Former Soviet Union, Central Asia, and the Far East. During the post-9/11 Gulf War, Mr. Lindemann was an officer in the United States Navy on multiple deployments to the Arabian Gulf from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Lindemann is admitted in New York and California.


  • London School of Economics, LL. M. (Specialism in International Business Transactions, with Distinction - highest honors), 2011

  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D. (Harlan Fiske Stone honors and Parker School Certificate in Foreign and Comparative Law), 2011

  • Naval Surface Warfare Officer School (honors), 2002

  • Kyushu Diagaku (University), Fukoka, Japan, 2001

  • Rice University, B.A. (cum laude), 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Official Civilian Legal Observer at the Military Commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for the pre-trial hearings in United States v. Kadi and United States v. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, et al. charged with conspiracy for the 9/11 attacks

  • Guest lecturer at various New York area colleges and universities on Public International Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and the Laws of War

  • International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Course Instructor for the American Red Cross


  • Former Secretary for the Committee on Military Affairs and Justice for the New York City Bar Association, providing pro bono advice and support on projects including veterans' rights, military justice and public policy

  • Pro bono advisor on the formation and incorporation of multiple international non-profit organizations and negotiation of cross-border development projects on behalf of international NGOs

  • Pro bono representation of a single mother from a disadvantaged Bronx community arguing an appeal from a family court finding of abuse and neglect before the New York State Appellate Division, First Department

Recent Representations


  • Core M&A advisor on the $18 billion public acquisition of Cablevision, one of the largest TV, phone and internet cable operators in the U.S., by Altice, an international telecommunications company

  • Led teams of international counsel in connection with the merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont in regulatory divestitures, corporate restructuring, and service and support agreements

  • Advised Hewlett-Packard (HP) on the demerger, spin-off and corporate restructuring of its worldwide subsidiaries, including management of its critical supply and customer commercial contracts

  • Advised J.P. Morgan Asset Management on a seven-fund asset purchase across six jurisdictions on three continents

  • Key counsel to HeartWare International in drafting and filing periodic and special reports with the SEC, evaluating public disclosure requirements and successfully negotiating a $1.1 billion tender offer and merger sale

  • Advised general counsel and board of a public medical device company in responding to activist hedge fund investors and drafting corporate governance documents, committee charters and a poison pill

  • Lead attorney on the termination and wind-up of a joint venture with a General Electric (GE) subsidiary


  • Represented a U.S. oil major in an international arbitration before ICSID (World Bank), relating to the multi-billion-dollar quantum determination of damages for expropriation of investment in South America

  • Defended a major U.S. luxury jeweler in a multi-billion-dollar international commercial arbitration at the Netherlands Arbitration Institute relating to a joint venture with a major Swiss watchmaker

  • Managed document discovery and production of documentary evidence defending a major U.S. bank in an ongoing federal litigation involving the underwriting of municipal bonds to fund the Las Vegas Monorail

  • Conducted internal investigations to develop the anti-money-laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) compliance programs at a major international bank due to deficiencies in the detection and reporting of financial crimes to regulators including the OCC (U.S.), OSFI (Canada) and FCA (U.K.)

  • Instructed and coordinated country counsel in over 20 jurisdictions in the daily monitoring of a major investment bank's exposure to the insolvency proceedings of MF Global and its worldwide subsidiaries




California Bar
New York Bar


The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M. 2011
Columbia Law School, J.D. 2011
Rice University, B.A. 2000

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