An experienced dealmaker and trusted advisor, Ari Edelman focuses his practice on capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs) and other public and private equity offerings. Clients also lean on Ari for guidance as general corporate counsel.

At the heart of Ari's practice is deep experience in corporate finance transactions, spanning across U.S. and cross-border capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and corporate governance for both public and private companies. Known for his client-oriented approach, Ari represents operating companies, institutional investors and investment banking firms in a wide variety of corporate finance transactions. Ari also counsels public companies with respect to their reporting obligations and corporate governance matters, as well as issuer and underwriter clients in financing transactions, including IPOs.

Beyond transactions, Ari advises on fiduciary duties, corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure compliance. His global client base spans a wide array of industries, from life sciences and healthcare to technology, energy, and entertainment, among others. His clients include publicly traded companies, leading global financial services firms, startup companies and venture capital firms.

Before joining Olshan, Ari was a global transactions partner in the Capital Markets Group at McDermott Will & Emery.

  • Represented numerous companies going public through a SPAC merger, including SomaLogic, Zura Bio, European Sustainable Growth (acquisition of Ads-Tec), CHW Acquisition (acquisition of Wag!), Innovative International (acquisition of ZoomCar), NewCourt (acquisition of Psyence Bio) and North Atlantic (proposed acquisition of TeleSign), among others.
  • Represented dozens of SPACs in IPOs.
  • Represented numerous underwriters in SPAC IPOs, including Citi, Cantor Fitzgerald, B. Riley, BTIG and Chardan.
  • Represented numerous issuers in cross-border IPOs, including WiMi Hologram, Ossen Innovation, Golden Bull, Puhui Wealth Investment and, among others.
  • Represented Inspired Entertainment in secondary offering of securities led by Morgan Stanley.
  • Represented Zura Bio in private placement led by Guggenheim.
  • Represented numerous underwriters in IPOs, public offerings and private placements.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a “Recommended Lawyer” in The Legal 500 United States guide in Finance - Capital Markets: Equity Offerings - advice to issuers, 2023


J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2005

  • Member, Fordham Urban Law Journal

B.A., Yeshiva University, summa cum laude, 2000


  • New York
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