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Paul R. Tobias
Paul R. Tobias
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Paul R. Tobias

Paul R. Tobias

2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746

start quote symbolI have dedicated my career to working with talented technology entrepreneurs, C-level executives and investors to scale their businesses and tackle any challenges that arise as they innovate and differentiate themselves from their competitors. It is fascinating, rewarding work, and I consider it a privilege to help leaders in the technology world achieve their goals.end quote symbol
Paul R. Tobias

In his technology practice, Paul Tobias represents companies as they raise capital and execute mergers and acquisitions. Formerly based in Silicon Valley, Paul is one of the premier Texas attorneys in the tech IPO and M&A space. He has taken more Texas tech companies public in the past decade than any other attorney according to IPO Vital Signs, and his work has earned him an array of honors, including a ranking in Chambers USA, where a reviewer praised him as pragmatic, thoughtful and “as good as it gets” (2019).

Paul’s capital markets experience includes working with issuers on initial public offerings for Bazaarvoice, HomeAway, RealPage, SailPoint and SolarWinds. He also has extensive experience in late-stage growth and venture capital financings. Among Paul’s proudest achievements is guiding companies from inception into market-leading enterprises. As they expand, he continues to serve their increasingly sophisticated needs, as was the case with HomeAway: Just a few years after launching the company with a series of acquisitions and more than $500 million in venture capital, growth equity and mezzanine debt, Paul represented HomeAway in its IPO and again in its multi-billion dollar acquisition by Expedia. Whether he’s working with prominent global businesses or emerging companies creating new markets, Paul is passionate about helping his clients grow and succeed.


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A.
  • Chambers USA, Technology: Corporate & Commercial (Texas), 2007–2020, Corporate/M&A (Austin), 2020
  • Legal 500 U.S., M&A: Large Deals, 2017; Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, 2017–2019; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2017 and 2019; Technology and Telecoms – Transactions, 2018; Shareholder Activism, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2006–2017; 2019–2021; Venture Capital Law, 2007–2021; Mergers & Acquisitions, 2007–2017; 2019–2021; Securities Regulation, 2011–2017; 2019–2021; Corporate Law, 2006–2017; 2019–2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), “Lawyer of the Year” in Corporate Law (Austin), 2016 and 2020; Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Austin), 2017, 2019 and 2020; Venture Capital Law (Austin), 2013, 2018 and 2020; Securities/Capital Markets Law (Austin), 2012, 2015 and 2020
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2008–2020
  • Member: Austin Bar Association
  • Texas
  • “The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance,” V&E Houston Office, June 12, 2019 (speaker)
  • “The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance,” V&E Dallas Office, June 5, 2019 (speaker)
  • “The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance,” V&E Austin Office, May 28, 2019 (speaker)
  • “Startups – Deal Killers and Near-Death Experiences,” University of Texas Law Technology Law Conference, May 25, 2018 (moderator)
  • “2017 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation,” November 30, 2017 (panelist)
  • “ATC Gateway SXSW,” March 9, 2017 (speaker)
  • “NACD – Top Hot Topics for Directors in 2017,” March 3, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Head in the Cloud: Legal Developments on the Cutting Edge of Technology,” August 2017 (presentation to an in-house legal team)
  • “2017 Corporate Counsel Institute,” May 11-12, 2017 (speaker)
  • “New Technologies and the Value of Research,”4th Annual Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Summit and Luminary Dinner, February 7-8, 2017 (speaker)