Joshua L. Celeste

Joshua L. Celeste




University of Rhode Island (B.S. 1997 with distinction)
Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D. 2000)

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions
General Corporate Law
Real Estate

Joshua Celeste has a broad-based corporate law practice. He is known for successfully navigating multi-faceted business transactions that fortify his clients’ businesses and position them to prosper. He often works with corporate clients on domestic and international acquisitions, dispositions, and mergers; complex restructurings and recapitalizations; and diverse governance issues. He has handled significant real estate development matters in conjunction with his corporate practice including property acquisitions; project development and construction; and leasing and financing.

Josh has counseled a variety of forward-thinking companies ranging from local, start-up private entities to national, publicly traded companies. He has handled offerings and placements of debt and equity securities, equity investments and acquisitions ranging in value from $10 to $100 million, venture capital financings ranging in value from $500,000 to $10 million, and revolving credit and term loan facilities ranging in size from $1 to $50 million.

Josh has effectively represented clients in the following transactions:

  • The sale of a leading spring and metal stamping business together with a 120,000 square foot manufacturing facility.
  • The acquisition of medical device manufacturing business located in the Netherlands from an international conglomerate.
  • The refinancing of a hotel portfolio comprised of twelve (12) hotels by a real estate private equity fund.
  • The merger and consolidation of two significant Southeastern New England waste transportation and recycling businesses that doubled in size, revenue and market share.
  • The successful capitalization of a Rhode Island start-up company in the bio-technology sector through both angel and venture capital financing that allowed the company to successfully commercialize its technology on a national scale.

Bar and Court Admissions

Rhode Island (2000)
Federal District Court, RI (2001)

Professional and Community Involvement

March of Dimes, Rhode Island Chapter – Member, Board of Directors

Button Hole, a non-profit initiative governed by The Golf Foundation of Rhode Island – Member, Board of Directors

Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency – Member, Board of Directors

Awards and Recognition


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