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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

Media Clips

  • Firms Feted for Pro Bono Work
    New York Law Journal | November 6, 2015
    The Lawyers Alliance for New York presented the 2015 Cornerstone Awards for outstanding pro bono legal services provided to nonprofit organizations. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen and Long Island real estate associate Ed Puerta were among the those honored.
  • 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.



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