Senior Managing Director, Legal Services & Business Quality Assessment
- Experienced in transaction structuring, mergers & acquisitions, project financing, and pricing, and in providing expert testimony, transaction analysis, due diligence analysis, contract interpretation, and litigation support services.
- Selected as an arbitrator or mediator in resolving hundreds of equipment leasing, financing, and other business disputes.
- More than 35 years of experience as an investment banker, equipment leasing CEO, and corporate finance attorney.
Paul Bent is a seasoned equipment leasing executive who currently serves as senior managing director of The Alta Group and manager of its Legal Services practice. With several decades of experience as an investment banker, equipment leasing CEO, and transaction attorney, Paul has participated in all facets of leasing and corporate financing. As a leader in the consultancy, he provides Alta clients with insight and advice in assessing both strategic and tactical business plans and alternatives, developing and implementing leasing transactions and structures, reviewing business and documentation practices, and analyzing asset-based financing alternatives.
He serves as an industry and testifying expert in legal matters involving equipment leasing and financing, transaction structuring, and contract interpretation; and he provides services as a neutral arbitrator and facilitator in difficult disputes over leasing and corporate finance, with emphasis on maintaining relationships and avoiding litigation. He earned his A.B. from UCLA, with highest departmental honors in mathematics and computer science, and his J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Southwestern University Law Review.
Based in Long Beach, California, Paul has direct and hands-on experience in developing, arranging, facilitating, managing, negotiating and closing leases, structured corporate financings, and related business transactions. As an investment banker and a transaction attorney, he has analyzed, negotiated and participated in hundreds of transactions for clients throughout the world. In addition to serving with The Alta Group, he is the founder, president and general counsel of GoodSmith & Co., Incorporated, a corporate financial services firm specializing in large-ticket leasing, leveraged leasing, and asset-based corporate financing.
“The details of equipment leasing and financing transactions provide the key to successful deal making. As in most aspects of business, a commanding knowledge of the technical issues determines the ultimate outcome of every crucial decision and plan.”
Whether in developing or analyzing new financing transactions, serving as a neutral party in resolving transactions gone awry, or providing business advice and expert opinions in transactions already in litigation, Paul Bent offers Alta clients the benefit of decades of real world experience in corporate finance.
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