During his 25 years as a corporate finance partner at Haynes and Boone, Paul Amiel has helped CEO’s, CFO’s, private equity sponsors and lenders of every type negotiate, document and close billions of dollars of debt financings. Clients who rely on Paul to represent them in these critical negotiations, whether they are small business owners, public companies, local financial institutions or large money-center banks, value his broad experience in all types of debt, his knowledge of market trends, his practical approach to negotiations and most of all his commitment to understanding and focusing on the client’s goals.
Paul’s experience early in his career representing Texas banks, savings and loan associations and other financial institutions in structuring and documenting loan transactions and workouts has given him the knowledge to successfully represent his corporate and private equity clients as they negotiate financing transactions with their lenders; transactions which are frequently vital to the continued success of their operations. Paul has broad experience in documenting and negotiating 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 represents clients in drafting and negotiating various types of commercial contracts and counseling them on general corporate matters. Paul’s technical experience, coupled with his practical approach, has won him the respect of both his peers and his clients. Paul has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2004 when the ratings were first introduced, and has been named one of the best corporate finance lawyers in Dallas by a panel of peers in his practice area.
Prior to commencing his legal career with Haynes and Boone, Paul spent six years as a naval officer serving on Admiral Rickover’s staff at the United States division of Naval Reactors, learning firsthand the importance of commitment to ideals and a rigorous approach to one’s vocation. This training helped Paul recognize that understanding a client’s business and goals is equally as important as technical legal skills. With a finance degree from Notre Dame, an MBA from George Washington University, and a law degree from University of Virginia, Paul has the educational background and knowledge necessary to fully comprehend the challenges of operating a successful business in today’s challenging business environment.
Paul has served as a member of the board of directors of several local charitable organizations. He has been involved with many of Haynes and Boone’s internal committees, and served as the firm’s Chief Information Officer for more than 20 years.