Paul Ellis practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, angel and venture capital finance, general business advising and the representation of emerging growth companies. He has represented companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals, as well as funds, investment banks and individual investors. Paul counsels on issues including corporate and LLC structuring and formation, early-stage company financing strategies, securities offerings and securities laws compliance, joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment and consulting arrangements, option plans and mergers and acquisitions. He has practiced in industries including software/IT, internet/new media, mobile, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking and financial services, retail and consumer products, apparel and entertainment, and is regularly involved in cross-border matters. His mergers and acquisitions expertise ranges from smaller transactions in the software/internet/mobile space to major transactions involving companies in the technology, international money transmission, entertainment and consumer products industries.
Paul has extensive public speaking experience on legal issues, having spoken at conferences and on panels presented by organizations including the New York Academy of Sciences, Columbia University, the MIT Enterprise Forum, the National Science Foundation, the National Money Transmitter Association and the New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA). Paul is a co-founder of the New York Technology Council (NYTECH), which recently merged with NY Tech Meetup to become the 60,000 member NY Tech Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the technology industry. He currently sits on the board of NY Tech Alliance, and he leads a bi-monthly panel for the organization on the legal issues facing technology companies.
Paul sits on the board of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the public benefit corporation charged with financing and building governmental and other public purpose facilities in the state, a position to which he was appointed by New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. In addition, he is a member of Bronx Community Board 8 and serves as Chairperson of the Housing Committee of that board.
Paul was previously engaged at Winston & Strawn LLP and Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine. He was the Public Affairs Director at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, and was Staff at the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.
Paul hold a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from Harvard University.