Allan Cohen, office managing partner in our Long Island office and a member of the firm’s Policy Committee, represents a variety of companies, ranging from large and middle-market companies engaging in mergers and acquisitions to closely held and family-owned businesses engaging in transactions or otherwise in need of outside legal advice to technology-based startups organizing new business ventures and raising capital.
I maintain a transactional and general business law practice, adept at handling my clients’ varied business needs and providing the type of business-minded advice 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 healthcare, medical device, life sciences, food, consumer products, and insurance. Over my career, I have closed well over 200 M&A transactions.
Emerging companies also represent a significant part of my practice, including biotech, medical device, and other technology-based companies; I assist with business formation and organization and seed, angel, venture capital, and private equity financings. Much of my work is for “serial entrepreneurs” who have exited prior businesses and are starting their next ones.
Technology-based and other companies that flourished during the pandemic will provide a hedge against economic uncertainty and fears of a recession. The greatest success will go to entrepreneurs that identify where the post-pandemic business world will be and get there before their competitors.
Binghamton University, B.A., Economics, (Phi Beta Kappa)
Columbia Law School, J.D., (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
London School of Economics and Political Science, Pre-Law
Allan Cohen is well known in the Long Island business, philanthropic, and civic communities. He is on the advisory boards of the Long Island Food Council and Pro Bono Counsel to Erase Racism.
Past affiliations include service on the boards of directors of Phoenix House of New York and Phoenix House of Long Island, membership on the steering committee for the New York State Innovation Hot Spot Program, membership in the Long Island Angel Network, 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 Cohen has received much recognition from Long Island-based and statewide publications. He has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 for Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide). Also in 2022, he was named to Long Island Business News’ The Power List, honoring 25 of Long Island’s top legal professionals.
Allan received the Top Lawyer Award from Herald Community Newspapers and the Executive Circle Award from Long Island Business News in 2021 and 2019. He was also awarded the Champion for Children and Families Award by Variety Child Learning Center. In 2018, he was named to the Long Island Press Power List of the 50 Most Influential People on Long Island. He also received the 2015 Cornerstone Award by the Lawyers’ Alliance for New York for his pro bono work for the Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children & Family Services. In 2014, he received the Leadership in the Law Award from 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 for numerous years, based on peer-review surveys. Additionally, he was named by Long Island Business News 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 chair of the American Heart Association Long Island Heart Ball and as honorary chair of the Family and Children’s Association Awards Committee. Additionally, he was named ExecuLeadership Finalist for “Excellence in Law.”
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