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Allan Cohen is the Office Managing Partner in Long Island. He represents a variety of companies, ranging from large public entities engaging in mergers and acquisitions, to mid-sized closely held and family-owned business, to technology-based startups organizing new business ventures and raising capital.

What do you focus on?

I focus on maintaining a general business law practice, adept at handling my clients’ varied business needs and providing the type of outside counsel that businesses would expect from an in-house general counsel. My clients view me as the “quarterback,” ensuring that not only their business law, but also their employment, litigation, intellectual property, regulatory and other legal needs are met.

I dedicate much of my practice to mergers and acquisitions, including buy-side work for public and private companies, and sell-side work for closely held and family-owned businesses. My M&A transactions involve a wide range of industries, including health care, medical device, life sciences, consumer products and insurance. Over my career, I have closed well over 100 M&A transactions.

I also represent many technology-based startups, including biotech and medical device companies, in the formation and organization of their businesses and seed, angel, VC and private equity financings. Much of my work is for “serial entrepreneurs” who have exited prior businesses and are starting up their next ones.

What do you see on the horizon?

Technology-based companies are going to lead us into the next decade. We partner with our clients in order to help them become market leaders of the future.

Publications and presentations

  • Panelist, “Raising the Initial Round of Capital for a Life Sciences Start-up,” NewYorkBIO 25th Anniversary Conference, New York, New York
  • Panelist, “Stony Brook University’s Provider Showcase for Emerging Companies and Entrepreneurial Faculty,” Long Island High Technology Incubator, Stony Brook, New York
  • Speaker, “Buying and Selling Businesses—The Anatomy of M&A Deals,” Breakfast Briefings Series, Nixon Peabody LLP, Jericho, New York
  • Panelist, “Capital Change—Getting Deals Done in the New Financial Landscape,” New York M&A Council panel discussion, Fox Hollow Inn, Woodbury, New York
  • Faculty, “M&A Bootcamp,” New York M&A Council half-day workshop, Nixon Peabody LLP, Jericho, New York
  • Panelist, “Mergers & Acquisitions—Tools for Corporate Growth and Liquidity,” New York M&A Council panel discussion, Fox Hollow Inn, Woodbury, New York
  • Panel moderator, “Maximizing the Dollars That You Take Away from the Sale of Your Business,” panel discussion presented by Nixon Peabody LLP, Garden City Hotel, Garden City, New York
  • Panel moderator, “Crossroads,” panel discussion presented by Nixon Peabody LLP, Fox Hollow Inn, Woodbury, New York
  • Speaker, “A Practiced Guide to Valuing, Buying and Selling a Privately Held Business,” National Business Institute, Plainview, New York
  • Panel moderator, “Avoiding a Lemon—Multidisciplinary Due Diligence in Business Transactions,” panel discussion presented by Nixon Peabody LLP, Fox Hollow Inn, Woodbury, New York
  • Speaker, “Application of Sarbanes-Oxley to Subsidiaries of Public Companies,” business roundtable hosted by Nixon Peabody LLP, Melville Marriott, Melville, New York

Media Clips

  • Top Ten Legal Eagles 2013
    Long Island Pulse | February 27, 2014
    Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen is featured among leading Nassau and Suffolk County attorneys.
  • After Long Lull, M&A Activity Surges in 2013
    Long Island Business News | March 5, 2013

    Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen discusses the state of the M&A industry.

  • Newsmaker
    Long Island Business News | March 1, 2013

    This article profiles new Long Island Office Managing Partner Allan Cohen.

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  • Pro Bono 2012: Power Player
    American Lawyer | August 27, 2012

    This article highlights the firm’s pro bono involvement with Impact Energies, a company that distributes clean energy products throughout Ghana by providing microfinance loans to locals. New York City securities associate Dan McAvoy, who led the firm’s efforts, is quoted in the piece, as is Washington, DC, Energy & Environmental partner Deborah DeMasi. The other members of the Nixon Peabody team highlighted in the article included partners Allan Cohen and Bill O’Brien and associates Carly Eisenberg, Susannah Keagle, Deirdre Nash, and Richa Naujoks.




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