- Columbia University School of Law, J.D., (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
- Binghamton University, B.A., Economics, (Phi Beta Kappa)
- London School of Economics and Political Science, Pre-Law
Allan Cohen has received much recognition from Long Island-based and statewide publications. Most recently, he was awarded the Leadership in the Law Award by the Long Island Business News. He was also selected as a Long Island Pulse “2013 Legal Eagle” in the area of Corporate, Contracts & Business Law, based on peer nomination. Mr. Cohen has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers in numerous years, based on peer-review surveys. Additionally,he was named by Long Island Business News as one of its “40 Rising Stars Under the Age of 40,” as well asone of the publication’s “Who’s Who in Corporate Law” for consecutive years.
Allan is also a past recipient of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Leadership Award, and has served as Chair of the American Heart Association Long Island Heart Ball and an Honorary Chair of the Family and Children’s Association Awards Committee. Additionally, he was named ExecuLeadership Finalist for “Excellence in Law.”
Allan Cohen is well known in the Long Island business, philanthropic and civic communities. He is a founder of the New York Food Council and New York M&A Council and served for over ten years on the Boards of Directors of Phoenix House of New York and Phoenix House of Long Island. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the New York State Innovation Hot Spot Program and the Long Island High Technology Incubator at Stony Brook University.
Past affiliations include membership in the Long Island Angel Network, membership on the Board of Trustees of Simchat HaLev, committee membership for the Coalition on Child Abuse and Neglect, consultancy to Junior Achievement, and membership on the Touro Law Center’s Technology and the Law Advisory Committee.
Allan is a member of the American, New York, and Nassau County bar associations. He is former secretary of the Retail Financial Services Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
ALLAN H. COHEN
Allan Cohen is the office managing partner on Long Island, New York. 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 innovation-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 innovation-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” and entrepreneurs-in-residence, who have exited prior businesses and are starting up their next ones.
What do you see on the horizon?
Innovation-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. We are excited by the New York City/Long Island ecosystem that is continuing to develop.
Publications and presentations
- Panelist, “Fundamentals of Early Stage Financing: Taking you through the first couple of rounds,” Hot Topics for Start-ups: Raising Money Series, IdeaHUb at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
- Panelist, “How to Find Funding for your Start-up,” BioLabs New York’s Kick-off Life Science Programming, New York, New York
- Speaker, “The Art of Compromise: Negotiation strategies for business,” LaunchPad Huntington, Huntington, New York
- Speaker, “Insider Advice for Raising Funds: Attract investors, close deals,” LaunchPad Huntington, Huntington, New York
- Speaker, “Up & Running: The keys to organizing a ‘financeable’ tech company,” LaunchPad Huntington, Huntington, New York
- 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
- 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