Paul D. Ginsberg is the President of Roark Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Atlanta, Georgia with over $7.3 billion in equity capital raised since inception. Roark has acquired 45 multi-unit/franchise businesses that generate more than $24 billion in system revenues from over 27,000 units located in 50 states and 74 countries. Roark's current and past portfolio companies include Arby's, Auntie Anne's, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Carl's Jr., Carvel, Cinnabon, Corner Bakery, Drybar, Econo Lube, Great Expressions Dental Centers, Hardee's, Il Fornaio, Jimmy John's, Maaco, Meineke, Millers Ale House, Massage Envy, Naf Naf Grill, Orangetheory Fitness, PetValu, Pet Supermarket, Primrose Schools, Take 5 Oil Change, Quala, and Wingstop, among others. In addition to his role as President, Ginsberg serves as a director of Great Expressions Dental Centers.
Ginsberg used to be a senior partner, co-head of the Global mergers & acquisitions group and a member of the Management Committee of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a prestigious international law firm based in New York. Ginsberg was at Paul, Weiss for twenty-six years.
Ginsberg was born in 1962 in Jackson Heights, Queens and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School (1980), Union College (B.A. with Honors, Political Science, 1984, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Chicago Law School (1987). He was awarded the Oswald Heck-Irwin Steingut Prize for the top student majoring in Political Science. He is a past member of The Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and is a current member of the President's Council of Union College and the Yale Parents Leadership Council.
As a lawyer, Ginsberg was regularly internationally recognized for mergers & acquisitions and private equity by Chambers USA, Legal 500, IFLR 1000, SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He was named a 2008 "Dealmaker of the Year" by The American Lawyer magazine for his role in the acquisition by Triarc Companies, Inc. of Wendy's International, Inc. and "Dealmaker of the Week" (October 23, 2009) for his role in the acquisition of First Republic Bank.