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Paul Pryzant

Partner

Houston
Direct: (713) 238-1887
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Paul Pryzant’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law. For over thirty years, he has represented clients in a variety of mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and other corporate transactions. Paul brings a unique blend of legal and business experience to each transaction; over the course of his career, he has served as General Counsel for three companies and as a partner at three law firms. Paul is a trusted advisor to his clients and prides himself on helping clients achieve their business goals efficiently and cost-effectively.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Paul has an active mergers and acquisition practice, representing both buyers and sellers of businesses. His transactions have involved both private and publicly-held companies in a range of industries, including the oilfield services, drilling, industrial distribution, steel distribution, and software and technology industries.

Private Equity: Paul regularly works with private equity funds and their portfolio companies, including:

  • Representing private equity funds in platform acquisitions and investments
  • Assisting portfolio companies as they make tuck-in acquisitions to increase their geographic footprint and range of services and products
  • Advising management teams seeking capital from energy private equity funds

Financings: Paul has worked on numerous private and public offerings of equity and debt securities, representing companies and other institutional and individual investors.

Emerging Growth Companies/Angel Investors: Paul has distinguished himself as an advisor to emerging growth companies and their angel investors, from the start-up phase, through the financing and growth process, to final exit. He serves as General Counsel to the Houston Angel Network (HAN), which includes over 80 angel investors, and was heavily involved with the establishment of HAN’s first investment fund. Paul has advised angel investors with numerous start-up company financings.

Paul’s practice also includes:

  • Technology Agreements – Licensing, eCommerce, online and other technology-related agreements
  • Executive Compensation – Negotiating employment agreements for high level executives, together with related executive compensation plans
  • Commercial Operating Contracts – Negotiating key operating contracts with suppliers and customers including sales, purchasing and master services agreements

Paul Pryzant’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law. For over thirty years, he has represented clients in a variety of mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and other corporate transactions. Paul brings a unique blend of legal and business experience to each transaction; over the course of his career, he has served as General Counsel for three companies and as a partner at three law firms. Paul is a trusted advisor to his clients and prides himself on helping clients achieve their business goals efficiently and cost-effectively.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Paul has an active mergers and acquisition practice, representing both buyers and sellers of businesses. His transactions have involved both private and publicly-held companies in a range of industries, including the oilfield services, drilling, industrial distribution, steel distribution, and software and technology industries.

Private Equity: Paul regularly works with private equity funds and their portfolio companies, including:

  • Representing private equity funds in platform acquisitions and investments
  • Assisting portfolio companies as they make tuck-in acquisitions to increase their geographic footprint and range of services and products
  • Advising management teams seeking capital from energy private equity funds

Financings: Paul has worked on numerous private and public offerings of equity and debt securities, representing companies and other institutional and individual investors.

Emerging Growth Companies/Angel Investors: Paul has distinguished himself as an advisor to emerging growth companies and their angel investors, from the start-up phase, through the financing and growth process, to final exit. He serves as General Counsel to the Houston Angel Network (HAN), which includes over 80 angel investors, and was heavily involved with the establishment of HAN’s first investment fund. Paul has advised angel investors with numerous start-up company financings.

Paul’s practice also includes:

  • Technology Agreements – Licensing, eCommerce, online and other technology-related agreements
  • Executive Compensation – Negotiating employment agreements for high level executives, together with related executive compensation plans
  • Commercial Operating Contracts – Negotiating key operating contracts with suppliers and customers including sales, purchasing and master services agreements

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law (1981)
  • B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School (1978)

Admissions

  • Texas

Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Presentations

  • For the past ten years, Paul has taught a program entitled “How to Structure Your Start-up” for groups such as Rice University’s Rice Alliance, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Houston Technology Center.

Publications

  • Co-Author, “E&P Companies Face Fracklog and Other Fallouts,” Mergers & Acquisitions (May 1, 2015)
  • “Survey: How are public companies adjusting to challenges in leadership?” Houston Business Journal (July 25, 2008)
  • “Overcoming Warren Buffett's Boardroom Atmosphere,” National Association of Corporate Directors—Directors Monthly, (December 15, 2003)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance: More than a Nuisance, Association for Corporate Growth Network (April 19, 2003)
  • “Due Diligence: A Must for Aspiring Directors,” Houston Business Journal (January 17, 2003)