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Joanne R. Soslow is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice and co-leader of the firm's Securities Industry Practice. Focused on corporate and securities matters, Ms. Soslow is dedicated to working with public companies and emerging growth businesses primarily in the biotechnology, financial services, technology, medical device, and specialty pharmaceutical sectors. Ms. Soslow's transactional practice is focused on complex public and private equity and debt securities, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions transactions. In addition, she regularly advises clients in all aspects of their growth cycle, from business plan development and startup structuring to exit strategies, including IPOs and change in control transactions. Ms. Soslow also frequently functions as the primary outside counselor to many of her clients for a broad selection of legal needs, focusing specifically on advising clients with respect to securities matters, mergers and acquisitions transactions, corporate governance matters, board of director and fiduciary duty issues, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. For more information, view Ms. Soslow’s biography at


Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012–2014); Selected for “Women of the Year” recognition in 2008 by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly; Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2011); Appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Corporation Bureau ; Member, American Bar Association; Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association


Boston University School of Law, 1991, J.D.; University of Pennsylvania, 1987, B.A.; University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, 1987, B.S.E.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s debt group is particularly active on behalf of issuers and it routinely acts for national and multinational corporate clients operating in the energy, financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. New York-based Thomas Giblin led on several of the department’s recent highlights, including assisting NextEra Energy Capital Holdings with its $1.2bn issuance of debentures. In Philadelphia, Joanne Soslow advised AmeriGas Partners on a $525m offering of senior notes and a tender offer of approximately $378m of senior notes. The team also includes Philadelphia’s Justin Chairman and newly promoted partner Sean Donahue, who is based in Washington DC.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s well-balanced practice handles an even mix of underwriter and issuer-side work, with an emphasis on the energy, financial services, technology and life sciences areas. In arguably its key highlight of 2017, Boston’s Michael Conza advised CarGurus on its IPO. Justin Chairman co-leads the practice from Philadelphia and advised Corporate Office Properties on its $200m at-the-market equity offering. Pittsburg’s Amy Pandit co-leads a team that also includes New York-based Tom Giblin, Philadelphia-based Joanne Soslow and newly promoted partner Sean Donahue in Washington DC.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Venture capital and emerging companies

Within: Venture capital and emerging companies

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a fine record in regulated industries and is a leading name in biotech, medical devices and digital health; it also has a substantial financial services regulatory group. The firm is noted for its geographic strength across the US, with a diverse client base in Northern California, Boston and the Mid-Atlantic. The ‘true full-service firm’ ‘puts together tremendous teams of attorneys at all levels’, provides ‘strategic value in complex negotiations’ and its ‘complicated legal analysis is unmatched’. Among a series of high-profile deals, Boston partner Michael Conza led the team that advised CarGurus, a global online automotive marketplace, on its $172m IPO on Nasdaq, one of the largest tech sector IPOs of the year. It also advised health technology company Valeritas on its $50m public offering on Nasdaq and represented Vancouver-based technology company Visier in its $45m Series D financing. Other key partners include Boston-based Julio Vega and William Perkins, who ‘anticipate issues before they arise’ and are ‘outstanding at problem solving’. Princeton partner Steven Cohen is prominent in the New Jersey market and Joanne Soslow is a key figure in Philadelphia. Palo Alto’s Tom Kellerman is another established name.

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