- 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 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 2007 and from 2009–2011, 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 as one 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 an Honorary Chair of the Family and Children’s Association Awards Committee. Additionally, he was named ExecuLeadership Finalist for “Excellence in Law” at the 2008 ExecuLeaders Awards Networking Event.
Allan Cohen is well known in the Long Island business, philanthropic, and civic communities. He is a founder of the New York M&A Council and serves on the Boards of Directors of Phoenix House of New York and Phoenix House of Long Island.
His numerous affiliations also 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 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
- 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
- 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.
Long Island Business News | March 1, 2013
This article profiles new Long Island Office Managing Partner Allan Cohen.
- 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.