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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 ‘outstanding’ group has a strong record handling debt offerings for domestic and foreign issuers from the energy, financial services, technology and life sciences industries. Philadelphia-based Joanne Soslow chairs the group and acted for AmeriGas Partners in its $1.3bn offering of senior notes. In another example of the firm’s strong links with energy issuers, New York’s John Hood advised Entergy on a $750m offering of senior notes. Also in Philadelphia, Justin Chairman is ‘extremely knowledgeable, responsive, creative and practical’, and acted for Liberty Property in its $400m senior notes offering. Ameren, Louisiana Public Facilities Authority and OM Asset Management are also clients.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s capital markets group routinely advises issuers in the energy, financial services, technology and life sciences industries, and it also has an active underwriter-side practice. In Philadelphia, department head Joanne Soslow and Kevin Shmelzer advised Cerecor on its $26m IPO, and the ‘extremely knowledgeable, responsive, creative and practicalJustin Chairman acted for the underwriters, including Deutsche Bank Securities as sole book-running manager, in City Office REIT’s $91.8m public offering. New York-based Tom Giblin is also a key contact. Other clients include Axsome Therapeutics, NextEra Energy Partners and Tabula Rasa HealthCare.

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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’s practice focuses on early-stage growth companies and their investors, acting for clients involved in, among other things, technology, life sciences, clean energy and financial services. Boston-based Michael Conza and Princeton-based Steven Cohen are the practice co-chairs; both have strengths in financing and exits through M&A and IPO. Recent highlights include assisting PayPal with leading a $30m funding round for investing mobile app Acorns Grow; this was led by William Perkins in Boston, who is a regular adviser to the client. For Acerta Pharma, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, Princeton-based Emilio Ragosa and New York-based Steven Navarro handled the $4bn sale of a majority stake to AstraZeneca. Joanne Soslow in Philadelphia handled the $35m preferred stock financing for Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, which included investments from Deerfield Management and JW Asset Management. Other clients include Oculus, Infosys, HealthLine Networks and Geekatoo.

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