When asked about Paul Schwinn, clients most often comment on his demeanor, his responsiveness and his business-minded approach to legal issues and opportunities. Working with clients across a wide range of industries, including technology, hospitality (including restaurants), oil and gas, biotech and government contracts, Paul provides counsel on a wide variety of transaction structures commonly utilized in such industries. Clients view him as an all-around business and legal advisor.
“It is truly hard to even imagine my company without Paul Schwinn. From capital raises to delicate situations to major business decisions, he has been a critical source of legal and strategic advice. Paul is also exceptionally easy to work with.”
– Ryan Evans, CEO, War on the Rocks
During his tenure as a Board member of a regional Angel Fund, Paul gained invaluable experience placing investments in multiple early-stage, high-growth companies, which has helped him play a critical role in helping clients secure hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions (both sell-side acquisitions and equity financings).
He is also able to perform many of the functions of an outsourced CFO for early-stage financings, including providing detailed feedback on the offering materials (including financials), and modeling the implications of complex financing transactions on clients’ capitalization tables, to understand the impact on the founders’ fully-diluted ownership.
Clients with established companies often remark on Paul’s accessibility 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. Those in the startup and emerging growth stages are equally appreciative of his ingenuity and creativity when it comes to closing complex early-stage deals on a tight budget.
In the community, Paul volunteers his time as a mentor for entrepreneurs of both emerging growth and non-profit entities. He regularly 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 and the Nonprofit Village.