Jocelyn Arel, a partner in the firm's Corporate and Technology Companies Groups, focuses her practice on corporate and securities law matters, with an emphasis on securities offerings and merger and acquisition transactions. She joined Goodwin in 2005.





Ms. Arel represents issuers in a wide range of capital market transactions, including initial and follow-on public offerings, private placements of debt and equity, alternative financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. She has extensive experience in cross-border financings and acquisitions, as well as in providing advice on other U.S.-based activities for companies headquartered in Canada. A significant portion of Ms. Arel’s practice includes counseling clients on ongoing reporting requirements of public companies, corporate governance matters and various other matters affecting public companies, their officers and directors. She also serves as counsel to underwriters in initial and follow-on public offerings, 144A, Registered Direct and PIPE transactions.

Ms. Arel’s corporate finance and merger and acquisition experience includes Mosaic Group Inc.’s CDN $52 million public offering, $57 million senior subordinated note offering and acquisitions of Paradigm Direct LLC, Custom Offers LLC, The Merchandising Group LLC, Field Source LLC and Supermarketing LLC; Hadco Corporation’s $200 million senior subordinated note offering; Aegerion Pharmaceutical’s initial public offering; Monotype Imaging’s initial and follow-on public offering; Geotel Communications Corporation’s $2 billion sale to Cisco Systems, Inc.; Discreet Logic, Inc.’s sale to Autodesk, Inc.; Telebit Corporation’s sale to Cisco Systems, Inc. and related management buyout; ITA Software, Inc.’s $100 million late stage financing; and Citigroup’s $250 million PIPEs financing to fund Boulder Specialty Brands, Inc.’s acquisition of GFA Brands Inc. (Smart Balance).

In addition, Ms. Arel has counseled investment banks, including Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Stifel Nicholas Weisel, in connection with equity and debt offerings for companies including Aeroflex Holding Corp., Aspen Technology, Inc., Metalico, Inc., Satcon Technology, BTU International, Inc. and GTC Biotherapeutics, Inc. In the area of private equity practice, she has advised venture capital clients, including Flagship Ventures, Atlas Venture, M/C Venture Partners and Key Venture Partners, in connection with numerous portfolio investments and dispositions.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Arel was a partner in the Business Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, where she was co-chair of the Corporate Finance and Securities Group and member of the Canadian Initiative. Before that, she was an associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.


Ms. Arel has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. While attending law school, she was a member of the American University Law Review.

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J.D., 1989
American University Washington College of Law

(cum laude)

M.Sc., 1986
The London School of Economics and Political Science
B.A., 1985
Fordham University



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