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Paul W. A. Severin

Co-Chair, Finance


Paul Severin’s practice primarily consists of the representation of financial institutions in bilateral and syndicated secured and unsecured lending and finance transactions, including private equity co-investment facilities, subscription finance facilities, management company facilities, securities-based lending, asset-based lending, derivatives, private equity and hedge fund transactions. Additionally, Paul advises broker-dealers with respect margin lending and other related regulatory matters.

Paul also has extensive experience in general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions and securities matters, including private placements, venture capital transactions, joint ventures and general corporate representation of clients in a variety of day–to-day matters.

Paul’s clients range from established and major multi-national financial institutions and public companies to start-up companies and individuals.

Paul has been involved in firm management serving on various committees, including the firm’s Board of Partners. Paul has previously served as the Los Angeles Office Managing Partner and most recently, he served as Vice-Chair of the firm from 2017 to 2024. 

  • Risk Management Association North American Private Lender’s Roundtable
  • SIFMA Credit and Lending Services Roundtable
  • Homeland Security and Anticipating the Unexpected: What Every In-House Attorney Needs to Know - September 11th and Selected Corporate/Securities Issues in the Post-9/11 World, Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Pension Law in Canada, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law


  • University of Western Ontario, 法学学士, Dean's Honor List
    Recipient, JSD Tory Writing Award
  • 多伦多大学, 文学学士, in Economics


  • 加利福尼亚州
  • 纽约州
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)


  • Named in The Legal 500 US in M&A: Middle Market, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2017 edition)
  • Named "Southern California Rising Star" in Business/Corporate by Thomson Reuters (2006-2007)