Paul Pryzant is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. For over 35 years, Paul has represented clients in a variety of mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and other corporate transactions. Regardless of the transaction, he’s learned that the most important part of his job is to listen to his clients’ goals for the deal and help them achieve those goals in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Paul regularly works with entrepreneurs who want to sell or merge their companies, and the buyers of those companies, each of whom faces their own challenges with the transaction.
Entrepreneurs selling their businesses face big challenges, especially when negotiating with a private equity firm or strategic buyer which has purchased numerous companies. The M&A process can be complex for sellers and misguided decisions can have bad consequences. Paul helps sellers successfully and efficiently sell their company, and minimize their potential liabilities to the buyer. He translates the complexities of the M&A process into plain English that sellers can understand, so they can make the right decisions for their company.
Buyers face challenges working with entrepreneurs selling their company, especially when the seller is new to the M&A process and may not be adequately represented by experienced M&A counsel. Paul’s objective is to help the buyers he represents quickly build trust with the target company and their counsel, and help guide the transaction to closing quickly and efficiently. Additionally, he keeps buyers focused on the most important issues found during due diligence, and creatively solves the inevitable problems that arise during a transaction.
For both buyers and sellers, Paul has a long track record of helping the parties uncover and deal with any misunderstandings and other issues that occur before closing. Clients appreciate when transactions go smoothly both before and after closing since post-closing claims can impede both parties from achieving their respective goals.
As part of his practice, Paul regularly works with strategic buyers, and private equity funds and their portfolio companies, to acquire software and other high-tech companies that help his clients obtain new cutting-edge technologies, and add new products and services.
He also enjoys working with emerging growth companies and their angel Investors, from the startup phase through the financing and growth process to the final exit. He serves as the general counsel to the Houston Angel Network (HAN) which has more than 100 angel investors.