Paul T. Wrycha is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He has practiced in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and leveraged recapitalizations; public and private offerings of equity securities; federal securities law compliance; and assisted in the organization, development, and financing of start-up, emerging growth and development stage companies. Paul has structured and negotiated numerous complex acquisitions and divestitures for both public and private clients and international and domestic clients. He has represented underwriters and issuers in public equity offerings and numerous start-up companies and emerging growth companies in venture capital financing transactions. Paul also acts in the capacity of outside general counsel for several clients. He is chair of the Venture & Growth Capital Practice, vice chair of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice, chair of the Madison office Business Law Department, and the managing partner of the firm’s Madison office. He is also a member of the Transactional & Securities Practice and the Technology and Life Sciences Industry Teams.
Paul has been involved in transactions involving food companies (including agribusiness and manufactured food products), managed care, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, logistics, manufacturing plastics, metals, telecommunications, publishing, consumer products and a variety of service industries. These transactions range in size from quite modest to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Paul joined Foley in 2000 from the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he represented several national private equity funds. Prior to Skadden Arps, he worked at Netscape Communications Corporation, where his practice focused on high-tech mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, and federal securities law compliance.
Most recently, Paul was recognized as an industry leader in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Paul was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Corporate Law (2008 - 2023) and Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice (2023), and has been named 2015 and 2019 Madison Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. He was also included in the 2009 - 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists. In 2016, Paul was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work with mergers & acquisitions: venture capital and emerging companies.*
Paul received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and his J.D. degree in 1992 from Marquette University Law School, where he was the executive editor of the Marquette Law Review.
Paul is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, California, and Illinois.
*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.