Paul Wolpert graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. While in law school, Paul served on the Texas Law Review. Prior to law school, Paul graduated from Siena College in Loudonville, New York with a B.A. in Philosophy.

Prior to joining Vela Wood, Paul served as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, as Senior Counsel at Ocwen Financial Corporation, and as Of Counsel at Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna LLP.

Select Representations

  • Represented sellers in connection with M&A exit transactions
  • Represented buyers with respect to M&A transactions and related acquisition financings
  • Represented a services company in its $60M acquisition by a publicly traded private equity fund
  • Represented multiple searchfunds in connection with their formations, equity raises, platform and add-on acquisitions, acquisition financings, and ongoing legal work
  • Represented a SaaS company in its $50M acquisition by a private equity fund
  • Represented a sustainable labeling solutions company in its CAD $33.4M cross-border acquisition by a portfolio company of a publicly traded private equity fund
  • Represented a wholesale food distributor in its $22M acquisition by a strategic buyer
  • Represented borrowers and lenders with respect to cash flow and asset-based secured lending transactions
  • Represented the underwriters in the $671 million initial public offering of The Carlyle Group L.P.
  • Represented Endo International plc in connection with a 144A debt offering with a principal amount of $750 million
  • Represented the underwriters in connection with separate but concurrent 144A debt offerings by Origin Energy with principal amounts of $800 million and €800 million
  • Represented Westfield Group in connection with a 144A debt offering with a principal amount of $500 million and other U.S. financing matters, including tender offers and make-whole redemptions
  • Represented the Commonwealth of Australia in relation to the Australian government’s guarantee of Australian bank bond offerings
  • Represented the dealer panel of New South Wales Treasury Corporation’s U.S. SEC-registered medium-term note program
  • Represented Green Bancorp, Inc., a sponsor-backed bank holding company, in connection with its initial public offering
  • Represented Meridian Energy and the New Zealand Crown, as selling stockholder, in connection with the U.S. 144A offering of shares as part of Meridian’s NZ$1.9 billion New Zealand Exchange listed initial public offering

Fun Facts:

  • Paul played NCAA Division I lacrosse during his time at Siena College.
  • Paul has spent extensive time traveling, including solo backpacking trips around Europe and Asia.
  • During his time at Skadden Arps, Paul spent two years working at the firm’s office in Sydney, Australia.


  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., Honors, Texas Law Review
  • Siena College, B.A. in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude

Paul Wolpert's Recent Blog Posts
Funding & Capital Raising
What Is A Search Fund & Why Should You Start One?

Starting a search fund offers a direct path to leading a profitable business. This blog covers the history, mechanics, and life cycle of a search fund, as well as the characteristics of companies targeted by search funds.

Add-On Acquisitions in Lower Middle Market Private Equity

While the second quarter of 2020 continued a COVID-propelled downward trend in M&A deal activity, there was a sharp increase in the proportion of sponsor-backed “add-on” acquisitions relative to overall deal volume.

Funding & Capital Raising
Negative Covenants in Lending Transactions

In corporate loan agreements, negative covenants are restrictions and prohibitions that are designed to preserve the credit of the borrower as it was when the lender initially made its underwriting decision.