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When asked about Paul Schwinn, clients most often comment on his responsiveness and his willingness to roll up his sleeves to efficiently get the job done right. By providing a business-minded approach to legal issues and opportunities, clients view Paul as an all-around business and legal advisor.

In the Montgomery County community, Paul volunteers his time as a mentor for various entrepreneurs of both emerging growth and non-profit entities. He serves as a speaker on business considerations, including the issues and process of organizing/incorporating an entity. Paul has advised and coached dozens of entrepreneurs through area organizations, including the DC Chapter of the Founder Institute. He has also regularly serves on the Duck Pond – a “Shark Tank” for existing and prospective non-profit entities, organized by the Nonprofit Village.

His more established oil and gas, government contractor and biotech clients remark on Paul’s seeming 24/7 availability and his ability to work effectively with their business and legal teams – often providing key information and context to bridge gaps and move projects forward. Paul is known as the “numbers guy” in the group – he regularly and effectively counsels clients on a host of topics, including the implications of convertible notes on capital structure, and the viability of a proposed acquisition.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, MD, Member
  • Court of Appeals’ Mentoring Program
  • Montgomery County Bar Association Softball League, Commissioner (2017 – 2020)
  • Nonprofit Village – Board of Directors (2018 – 2020), Finance Committee (2018 – 2020), Governance Committee (volunteer capacity 2020 – present)
  • Nonprofit Village’s Duck Pond – A Shark Tank for Nonprofit Organizations, Mentor and Panelist
  • Empowered Women International, Volunteer, Mentor (2016-present)

 

 

Transactions

  • $3 million Simple Agreement for Future Equity financing, $1 million bridge Promissory Note financing and $10 million Series A2 Preferred Stock financing for a national entertainment technology company
  • $3 million Preferred Unit financing for Washington, DC area syndicated real estate venture fund
  • $7.5 million Series A Preferred Stock financing for Maryland based biotech company and provided counsel in their conversion to a Delaware corporation
  • $850k Preferred Unit financing for a national sports and entertainment company
  • $3.5 million Series B Preferred Unit financing, $3.5 million Convertible Promissory Note financing and $2.5 million Bridge Promissory Note financing for a Maryland based leadership technology platform
  • $4.5 million Series A-1 Preferred Stock financing for a national sports and entertainment venue technology platform and advised on their conversion from a Delaware LLC to a Delaware corporation
  • $500k Convertible Promissory Note financing for Maryland cannabis company and corresponding consultation regarding application for a Maryland processing and cultivation license
  • $10 million Series A Preferred Stock financing for a national real estate financial technology company
  • In 2019, represented nearly 10 restaurants raising in excess of $11 million in the region
  • $90+ million acquisition, with an additional earnout, for the practice of a national insurance brokerage and advisory practice. Second-chaired the drafting and negotiation of the definitive Membership Interest Purchase Agreement and ancillary agreements, and managed the drafting of the Disclosure Schedules on-site with the seller’s management team
  • $75 million acquisition of a large regional oil and gas distributor.  Led a 14 lawyer team responsible for abstracting and organizing more than 400 contracts from more than 300 providers.  This assessment became the support for the offer price in the deal.
  • $10 million Series B financing for a local leadership development company. The round included the conversion of more than $3.5 million in convertible notes.
  • $7 million Series A-2 financing for a national health technology platform to fund a “double dummy” strategic acquisition.
  • $3.5 million bridge convertible promissory note financing and $4 million Series B financing for computer software company developing an AI-driven technology platform.
  • $2.4+ million Series Seed and $4.8 million Series A financings for a local technology start-up in the restaurant space – regarded at the time as one of the top “dining” applications on the iTunes Store.
  • Advised a mobile technology platform company in their conversion from a limited liability company into a C-corporation, including the successful conversion of common and preferred securities and an equity compensation plan. The entity change also included a $4.5 million bridge convertible note financing.
  • $2 million asset purchase of a regional locksmith company
  • Represented the purchaser in a $1.8+ million acquisition of a golf course in Frederick County, Maryland
  • Advised information systems platform start-up, taking the company from the idea stage to raising more than $100,000 through two rounds of financing and launching its minimum viable product

Investor Representation

  • $150k Convertible Note financing of sustainable construction product manufacturing company
  • $885k investment in Series A-1 and A-2 Preferred Stock financing of Biotech-focused venture fund
  • $2.4 million Preferred Stock investment in an international textiles company

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