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Paul H. Amiel



2323 Victory Avenue
Suite 700
Dallas, 75219
T +1 214.651.5605
F +1 214.200.0555

Áreas de Practica


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1982
  • M.B.A., George Washington University, 1978
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1973, high honors

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Texas
Paul H. Amiel

Paul Amiel's practice is concentrated in the areas of bank and private equity financings, high-yield debt offerings, structured financings and debt restructurings. His experience includes representation of both lenders and corporate borrowers in structuring and negotiating loan transactions, workouts and public and private debt placements. He has broad experience in transactions involving senior secured and unsecured debt, second lien loans, mezzanine investments and other forms of subordinated debt, as well as all forms of acquisition financing. Paul also has experience representing corporate clients in drafting and negotiating various types of commercial contracts and counseling them on general corporate matters. His practice also includes asset securitizations and other structured finance transactions with experience in documenting mortgage banking transactions, including warehouse loan agreements, loan purchase and sale agreements, servicing agreements and custodial agreements.

Paul has completed transactions including:

  • Representation of private equity firm in its acquisition of a manufacturer of specialty paper, and related acquisition financing of senior and subordinated secured loans collateralized by real and personal property.
  • Representation of a company engaged in the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and natural gas properties in connection with the public offering of $750 million of senior unsecured notes and a $1.2 billion revolving credit facility secured by oil and gas properties and other upstream and midstream assets.
  • Representation of a leading manufacturer and aftermarket service provider of comprehensive flow management products and services in negotiating and documenting a $1 billion credit agreement secured by a pledge of the capital stock in each of its domestic subsidiaries and certain stock of its material foreign subsidiaries.
  • Representation of a design, development, marketing and distribution company specializing in watches sold under the company's proprietary and licensed brands in negotiating and documenting a senior secured $350 million credit agreement.
  • Representation of an international apparel manufacturing company in connection with the negotiation and documentation of a $140 million senior secured revolving credit facility, secured by real and personal property.
  • Representation of one of the largest dining, hospitality and entertainment companies in the United States in connection with a $287 million senior secured revolving credit and term loan credit facility and a public offering of $650 million of subordinated notes, each secured by real and personal property assets managed by domestic subsidiaries.
  • Workout of $500 million of secured real estate loans to limited partnerships through a roll-up into a master limited partnership.
  • Representation of a gaming company in the development and construction financing of riverboat casinos involving a $90 million public debt offering and a $60 million private placement.
  • Numerous secured and unsecured working capital lines of credit, senior and subordinated financings, real estate financings and acquisition financings.

Professional Recognition

  • Featured in D Magazine's Best Lawyers list for Banking and Finance, 2014
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer - Securities and Corporate Finance (2004-2014); Banking, Business/Corporate (2014)
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™  

Selected Representative Experience

$500 Million Senior Notes Offering
Represented EXCO Resources, Inc. in its public offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 8.5 percent Senior Notes.

Acquisition of Thermal & Mechanical Equipment, LLC
Represented Luther King Capital Management in the acquisition of Thermal & Mechanical Equipment, LLC, a manufacturer's representative agency and distributor specializing in engineering design, sales and distribution of heat transfer, filtration and process equipment.

$300 Million Senior Notes Offering
Represented Flowserve in its public offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of investment grade 4 percent Senior Notes.

Represented Goodman Networks Incorporated in Tack-On Offering of Senior Secured Notes Due 2018
Successfully represented Goodman Networks Incorporated, a provider of outsourced network and infrastructure services to the telecommunications industry, in a Rule 144A tack-on offering of $100 million aggregate principal amount of 12.125 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2018.

Huron Inc. Sale Transaction
Represented SunTx Capital Partners in its sale of Huron Inc., an automotive industry part manufacturer that is a leading supplier of critical engine and transmission components and assemblies.

Represented Flowserve Corp. in $500 Million Offering of Senior Notes
Represented Flowserve Corp. in a $500 million offering of 3.5 percent Senior Notes due 2022.

Represented Landry's, Inc. in Rule 144A Debt Offering
Successfully represented Landry's, Inc. in a $1.6 billion refinancing, which included a new $1.2 billion credit facility, a Rule 144A offering of $425 million aggregate principal amount of 9.375 percent senior notes due 2020, and a tender offer for the repurchase of the issuer's outstanding notes.

Ruby Tuesday Acquisition of Assets of Lime Fresh
Represented Ruby Tuesday, Inc. in its $24 million acquisition of assets of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Inc. and its affiliates. The asset purchase includes the brand's intellectual property rights and the assets of seven company owned restaurants, as well as royalties from five franchised restaurants.

Acquisition of Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc.
Represented Fertitta Morton's Restaurants, Inc. in its $180 million acquisition of Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc., a high-end steakhouse restaurant chain.

Represented Goodman Networks Incorporated in Private Debt Offering
Successfully represented Goodman Networks Incorporated, a provider of outsourced network and infrastructure services to the telecommunications industry, in the private issuance of $225 million aggregate principal amount of 12.125 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2018.

Rule 144A Offering - Asset Securitization
Successfully represented a funding company in connection with a Rule 144A offering of fixed rate mortgage backed notes secured by notes receivable from the sale of residential resort lots.

Debt Offering - EXCO Resources, Inc.
Represented EXCO Resources, Inc. in its $750 million public offering of notes and the redemption of previously outstanding notes.

Wingate Partners IV, L.P. Acquisition of Sunrise Oilfield Supply, Inc.
Represented Wingate Partners in its purchase of stock of Sunrise Oilfield Supply, Inc.

Recapitalization - Medical Benefits Claims Company
Represented CIC Partners, LP, when it partnered with the founder of the market leader in processing medical benefit claims to recapitalize the company.

Dallas Axle and Hub
Represented NuEra International, Inc. in its acquisition of Dallas Axle and Hub, Inc.

Purchase of Interest in Agricultural Concern
Represented CIC Partners, LP, in its purchase of a major interest in an agricultural concern, an entity created by the merger of two agricultural companies.

Debt Restructure and Collections
Represented Southwest Savings Association, Bonnet Resources, Amresco, and Sunbelt Savings Association in connection with the collection of hundreds of loans including, real property foreclosures, personal property foreclosures, litigation, demands for payment, restructurings, and bankruptcies. These loans covered all industries and involved many novel factual and legal issues.

Restructuring of Letters of Credit Securing Tax Exempt Bonds - Real Estate Developer
Represented a lender in connection with its numerous loans to a major Dallas real estate developer, including many letters of credit issued to enhance tax exempt bonds issued on behalf of the developer. The workout spanned a number of years and a number of loans, many of which were refinanced by other lenders, and some of which involved conveyance of certain properties by deed in lieu of foreclosure to an affiliate of the lender.

Lincoln Properties, Vantage Properties, and Trammell Crow
Represented the major secured creditor in connection with the restructure of these major real estate organizations.

Development of Multi-Use Community
Development, financing, partnership, and leasing of Victory Park, a new 75-acre office, hotel, retail and residential community in downtown Dallas, adjacent to the American Airlines Center.

Sale of a Line of Business
Represented a large public international specialty insurance company in the sale of a line of business.

Swaps and Other Derivative Transactions
Haynes and Boone has substantial experience in assisting clients who have swaps and other derivative transactions with failed or failing counterparties. Most recently it has assisted a major petrochemical manufacturer in assessing the applicability of the bankruptcy code derivative safe harbor provisions to various long term supply contracts with financially distressed petrochemical producers. Also, Haynes and Boone has assisted more that 20 swap and derivative counterparties in unwinding their ISDA based transactions with various U.S. and foreign affiliates of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

Residential Mortgages Securitization
Represented issuers and underwriters in the securitization of residential mortgage and the issuance of mortgage-backed securities.


  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Florida State Bar, Business Law and Computer Law Sections
  • Texas State Bar
  • Dallas Bar Computer Use and Technology Section
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel

Online Publications

02/03/2009 - Legislation Requiring Investment Fund Registration Introduced in the U.S. Senate
On January 29, 2009, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Carl Levin (D-Michigan) introduced the Hedge Fund Transparency Act of 2009 (the “Act”) in the United States Senate with the stated purpose of imposing more extensive regulatory oversight of hedge funds. However, the bill is not limited to hedge funds; it generally would apply to, and dramatically impact, all private funds (including private equity and venture capital funds) that rely on an exemption from registration under Section 3(c)(1) or Section 3(c)(7) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Company Act”).1

05/19/2006 - Supreme Court Revisits Subrogation

01/18/2006 - Location for National Bank for Diversity Jurisdiction
On January 17, 2006, a unanimous United States Supreme Court held in Wachovia Bank, N.A. v. Schmidt that, for purposes of accessing federal courts under the current diversity jurisdiction statute, 28 U.S.C.§1348, a national bank is a citizen only of the state in which its main office, as set forth in its articles of association, is located.

12/01/2005 - 2005 Texas Usury Reform: Finance Code Amendments Relating to Commercial Loans
In Texas, a lender who contracts for, charges, or receives interest in excess of the amount allowed by law can be subject to harsh penalties.  In 1997 and 1999, the Texas Legislature passed several significant reforms that provided some relief to lenders under Texas’ usury statutes.