John Paris

I help clients make bet the company decisions every day. Time to sell? Time to buy? Time to raise capital? Time to invest capital? Time to add to the team? Structure executive compensation? License or sell? In house sales, third parties; or both? Add to the board? Subtract? Hire an investment banker? Enforce a non-compete? Make an indemnity claim? Help make potential buyers, sellers and investors actually LISTEN by structuring attractive, market offerings.

Sure, I market (I’m here right?) but 95% of my work comes through referrals. I work with incredibly talented clients through gifted colleagues here at WM, most of whom I hired, who care as much as I do about our clients. I know what I know; I know what I don’t. I know its your business.

I represent clients operating in a wide range of industries – you name it. Over the last 30 years, I have sold over 40 companies and helped over 100 private companies and 30 public companies in securities offerings. I can help a company assess its market value and structure a sale or an offering that will close.

I am one of two co-founders of 757 Angels, the first successful angel group in Hampton Roads and of the JA/Hampton Roads Business Hall of Fame. I’ve been married to the best and smartest person I know for 32 years and coached my three boys and their friends in sports and in life for 26 years.

Deal representation examples from the last year

  • A medical device company with an amazing leader in its fourth private capital raise.
  • A U.S. buyer led by a talented team in its successful French public tender offer for a significant competitor headquartered in Paris.
  • An incredible husband and wife team in the sale of their foundation repair business to a first class fund.

Specialties: Federal and state securities laws; M&A – funds and strategics; portfolio companies, venture capital firms and angels; licensing; tax; answering your calls. Call me!