Industries

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1984
  • B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, Georgetown University, 1978
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Paul T. Kaplun

Partner

Paul Kaplun is a partner in the corporate, securities and business transactions practice of Venable, residing in its Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Venable, Paul was a partner at the law firm of Tucker Flyer which merged with Venable in January 2000 and where he also served as Managing Partner. His practice consists of advising and representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, recapitalizations, restructurings, succession planning transactions and management buyouts, equity and debt financings, choice of entity, governance, business disputes, and day-to-day corporate, tax and business matters and transactions. His clients consist primarily of middle-market companies, as well as high wealth individuals and their families. He served for nearly 6 years as a member of Venable’s Executive Committee and as the Co-Chair of Venable’s Business Division in which he oversaw 8 practice groups and approximately 160 attorneys and other professionals.

Significant Matters

Paul's broad experience with and exposure to a wide-range of corporate, tax and business matters, coupled with his prior experience and background as a Certified Public Accountant, enable him to work very closely with clients in all aspects of a transaction and to assist them achieve their business objectives in a very focused, integrated and practical manner.

His transactional experience has been extensive in scope across a number of industries. Recent significant matters include the following:
  • Representing the management team of a leading national mechanical contracting company in the acquisition of the company's assets in connection with a succession planning transaction.
  • Representing the owner of a prominent locally-based publishing company in the sale of the company to two large private equity firms.
  • Representing a family-owned and managed veterinary dermatological products company that maintained distribution channels throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia in connection with the sale of their equity interests in a strategic acquisition by a publicly traded pharmaceutical company based in the United Kingdom.
  • Representing one of two private equity firms in its purchase of a Midwest U.S.-based furniture manufacturer.
  • Representing a large defense contractor in the purchase of technology to be used in the manufacture of aircraft for the U.S. military.
  • Serving as corporate and tax counsel to a company in the restructuring of its equity in connection with the acquisition of the stock owned by its founder and its senior management, as part of a leveraged buyout that resulted in 100% stock ownership by an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
  • Serving as outside counsel to a medical device company in connection with the structuring and implementation of three rounds of equity financing, corporate governance matters, and equity-based compensation plans, as well as overseeing government contract and regulatory matters.
  • Overseeing a team of attorneys in analyzing and advising a large subsidiary of a publicly-held company in connection with the legal aspects associated with the accounting practices of the subsidiary.

Activities

Paul is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Holy Cross Hospital (MD) Board of Trustees and is a member of the Hospital’s Executive, Governance, Finance and Compensation Committees. He also served for three years as the Chairman of the Board of the Holy Cross Hospital (MD) Foundation Board of Trustees and continues to serve on the Foundation’s Board.  In addition, he is currently a member of the Parents’ Leadership Council of Xavier University (OH). He is also a member of the Alumni Admissions Program of Georgetown University. He previously served for three years as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Chaminade High School (NY), serving as President of its Washington-Baltimore Alumni Chapter for three years. He taught Business Planning for four years as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and has served on the Board of Governors at Georgetown University.