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Paul Pryzant

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Corporate; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity and Venture Capital; Energy and Clean Technologies




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. Mr. Pryzant 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. Mr. Pryzant is a trusted advisor to his clients and prides himself on helping clients achieve their business goals efficiently and cost-effectively.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Mr. Pryzant 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: Mr. Pryzant 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: Mr. Pryzant 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: Mr. Pryzant 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. Mr. Pryzant has advised angel investors with numerous start-up company financings.

Mr. Pryzant’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


Texas Bar Association; Houston Bar Association; American Bar Association


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

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Within: M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's 'M&A team is efficient, timely and provides excellent business advice'. It acts for private and public companies in all aspects of M&A transactions, including joint ventures, divestitures and investments, and frequently advises on cross-border work. The firm's highly rated labor and employment practice regularly supports the M&A team on deals and the practice stands out for healthcare and franchise M&A. Corporate office chair for the Washington DC team Andrew Sherman led advice to a construction and insurance technology solutions company on the sale of construction bidding software; Atlanta-based Andrew Hough acted for IG Design Group Americas, an international stationery business, in a purchase of all of Impact Innovations' shares; Houston's Paul Pryzant assisted Nasdaq-listed TapImmune, which develops immunotherapeutics, with its merger of equals with immunotherapy innovator Marker Therapeutics; and Theodore Cornell III in Chicago advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of a flooring company. Also in Chicago, M&A chair Suzanne Saxman is 'terrific; she delegates when appropriate but participates on every important call, and is a good source of market intelligence that is helpful for benchmarking anticipated negotiation points'. Saxman advised a human resources services and technology company on the acquisition of a corporation that provides employee engagement and wellbeing solutions, and its subsidiaries. Elsewhere, vice-national M&A chair Andrew Lucano 'may just be the best M&A attorney in New York City - his expertise and attentiveness to detail, along with his business savvy, are critical'; also in New York, Stanley Bloch is 'the most practical and learned M&A attorney' some clients have worked with and 'brings to the table a perspective that few else have'. Washington DC's Robert Bodansky and Douglas Mancino in Los Angeles are other notable advisers; counsel Leslie Kersey was hired in New York from Paul Hastings LLP and Chicago-based Whitney Schmidt is an experienced associate.

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