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Paul Smith

Chief Legal Officer and Co-General Counsel

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  • Chief Legal Officer for 13 years
  • 18+ years of experience as corporate general counsel
  • Former Deputy General Counsel for Amaranth Group Inc

Paul Smith is the Chief Legal Officer and a General Counsel at Magnetar Capital, serving since Magnetar’s 2005 inception.

Prior to joining Magnetar, Paul served as Deputy General Counsel for Amaranth Group Inc. from January 2004 until May 2005. Prior to joining Amaranth, he served as Associate General Counsel for Citadel Investment Group, beginning in late 1999. He previously worked as a Partner with the law firm of Holleb & Coff in Chicago, which he joined in 1991.

Paul earned a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University. He was a National Merit Scholar in 1980.


Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Juris Doctor

Princeton University
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Politics


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  • Member, Management Committee

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