Betty Arkell

Betty Arkell




Betty leverages extensive corporate finance and M&A transactional experience to guide companies through the entire corporate lifecycle, from formation through growth and planned exit. Her clients include established and emerging growth companies as well as venture capital and other private equity funds.

Betty regularly acts as outside counsel to companies and their boards of directors advising on corporate governance issues, strategic plans, equity and debt financings, and mergers and acquisitions. She draws on considerable involvement with community and nonprofit organizations, including membership on numerous boards, to deliver prudent guidance and advice to management teams.

Education & Admissions

University of Colorado School of Law (J.D.), Order of the Coif; Law Review; Storke Scholar

University of Colorado (M.A., Political Science)

Northwestern University (B.A., Political Science with Honors)


  • Colorado


Representative Experience

  • Counsel to ReadyTalk, Inc. in its sale to Premier Global Services, Inc.
  • Counsel to Medical Simulation Corporation in its equity and debt financings and sale of its major division
  • Counsel to Accellos Inc. in its venture capital financings, acquisition of four software companies, and sale to Accel-KKR
  • Counsel to Coolerado Corporation in its private equity investment from New World Capital and sale to Seeley International
  • Counsel to IQ Navigator, Inc. in its venture capital financings and sale to GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC
  • Counsel to Denver Biomedical, Inc. in its recapitalization by Audax Private Equity and subsequent sale to Cardinal Health
  • Counsel to T3 Media, Inc. in its venture capital investments from Shamrock Capital Advisors and Investcorp Technology Partners
  • Counsel to Cerescan Corp. in its equity and debt financings
  • Counsel to P2Binvestor Incorporated, Ascent360, Inc., Claro Scientific Laboratories, Inc., and Shotzr, Inc. in their equity financings
  • Counsel to Matrix Analytics, Inc. in its convertible debt financings

Industries & Practices

  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Emerging Companies
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Colorado Technology Association, Board of Directors
  • Rockies Venture Club, Board of Directors
  • Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado at Denver, Board of Advisors
  • Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (Colorado), Advisor
  • Startup Colorado, Board of Advisors
  • Governor Ritter’s Venture Capital Investment Advisory Committee, Member
  • Accion, Board of Directors, Governance Committee Chair
  • Holland & Hart Foundation, Board of Directors, 2003-2018
  • Campaign for Colorado Law, Co-Chair (exceeded goal of $50 million)
  • ThinkImpact, Board of Trustees, 2007-2011
  • Graland Country Day School, Board of Trustees, 2001-2007
  • OpenWorld Learning, Board of Directors, 2000-2009
  • Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Section, Past Chair
  • Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel, Past President
  • American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations, Member


Ranked in Chambers USA 2019 Leading Individual

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2006-2019; Venture Capital Law, 2011-2019; Securities / Capital Markets Law, 2018-2019
  • Who’s Who by Denver Business Journal, 2018
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Securities and Corporate Finance, 2006-2019
  • 2016 OpenWorld Learning Dean Abrams Leadership Award
  • 2015 Knous Award (Colorado Law’s highest alumni award)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Venture Capital Law – Denver, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law – Denver, 2012
  • Law Week Colorado, Top Women Lawyers, 2008
  • LawDragon, one of the 500 Leading Dealmakers in America, 2007
  • Denver Business Journal, Denver’s Outstanding Woman in Business (Professional), 2006
Betty Arkell