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Allan H. Cohen



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.

What do you focus on?

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.

What do you see on the horizon?

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.

Publications and presentations

  • 2020 LIFC Roundtable, Long Island Food Council Network, October 7, 2020 (Speaker)
  • “Mass Personalization of Healthcare Technology: The Impact for Patient and Provider,” Long Island Press Health Tech 2.0 Summit, Hauppauge, New York, July 12, 2018 (Panelist)
  • “Scoping Out Patents in the Microbiome Arena,” 4th Annual Translation Microbiome Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, April 18, 2018 (Workshop leader)
  • “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 Startup,” BioLabs New York’s Kick-off Life Science Programming, New York, New York (Panelist)
  • “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 (Speaker)
  • “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 (Panelist)
  • “Buying and Selling Businesses—The Anatomy of M&A Deals,” Nixon Peabody LLP Breakfast Briefings Series, Jericho, New York (Speaker)
  • “Capital Change—Getting Deals Done in the New Financial Landscape,” New York M&A Council Panel, Fox Hollow Inn, Woodbury, New York (Panelist)
  • “M&A Bootcamp,” New York M&A Council Half-Day Workshop, Nixon Peabody LLP, Jericho, New York (Instructor)
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions—Tools for Corporate Growth and Liquidity,” New York M&A Council Panel Discussion, Fox Hollow Inn, Woodbury, New York (Panelist)
  • “Maximizing the Dollars That You Take Away from the Sale of Your Business,” Nixon Peabody LLP Panel Discussion, Garden City Hotel, Garden City, New York (Panel Moderator)
  • “Crossroads,” Nixon Peabody LLP Panel Discussion, Fox Hollow Inn, Woodbury, New York (Panel Moderator)
  • “A Practiced Guide to Valuing, Buying and Selling a Privately Held Business,” National Business Institute, Plainview, New York (Speaker)
  • “Avoiding a Lemon—Multidisciplinary Due Diligence in Business Transactions,” Nixon Peabody LLP Panel Discussion, Fox Hollow Inn, Woodbury, New York (Panel moderator)
  • “Application of Sarbanes-Oxley to Subsidiaries of Public Companies,” Nixon Peabody LLP Business Roundtable, Melville Marriott, Melville, New York (Speaker)

Nixon Peabody adds two attorneys to Environmental team

Law360 | August 03, 2022

This article covers the NP arrivals of Long Island partner Sami Groff and Rochester counsel Mark Mustian, both of the Environmental team and Affordable Housing & Real Estate practice. The article mentions that Sami and Mark focus on environmental litigation, real estate finance, and business transactions relating to environmental issues. AHRE practice group leader Chris Froeb and Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen are also quoted in the story.

Power players

Long Island Business News | April 14, 2022

This article covering a trend of prominent Long Island attorneys joining BigLaw firms from public sector and in-house roles features Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Tim Sini for his arrival to NP this year, quoting Tim on his reasons for joining the firm. The article also quotes Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen on how Tim’s prior experience benefits NP.

The Power List: Power 25 law

Long Island Business News | March 31, 2022

Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is honored as one of the top 25 legal professionals “who exemplify the region’s best and brightest legal minds.”00000 Allan’s profile includes background details on his impactful client and pro bono work.

As LI's legal landscape shifts, Nixon Peabody adds Sini

Innovate LI | February 01, 2022

The following article comprise additional news coverage on Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini and his arrival to the firm. Tim discusses his past experience as an assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his points of focus at the firm and NP’s growing GIWC group. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on the unique and diverse experience that Tim brings to NP.

Sini joins Nixon Peabody

Long Island Business News | February 01, 2022

The following article comprise additional news coverage on Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini and his arrival to the firm. Tim discusses his past experience as an assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his points of focus at the firm and NP’s growing GIWC group. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on the unique and diverse experience that Tim brings to NP.

Nixon Peabody adds ex-Long Island DA to white collar team

Law360 | February 01, 2022

The following article comprise additional news coverage on Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini and his arrival to the firm. Tim discusses his past experience as an assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his points of focus at the firm and NP’s growing GIWC group. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on the unique and diverse experience that Tim brings to NP.

Long Island News Radio

WRCN-FM | February 01, 2022

The following news coverage features the arrival of Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini. Tim discusses his background as a former assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his enthusiasm to maintain his local roots amid NP’s international reach. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on Tim’s impressive experience and the strengths he brings to the firm.

Ex-Suffolk County DA Tim Sini joins big law firm

Newsday | January 31, 2022

The following news coverage features the arrival of Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini. Tim discusses his background as a former assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his enthusiasm to maintain his local roots amid NP’s international reach. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on Tim’s impressive experience and the strengths he brings to the firm.

'A true celebration': RichnerLIVE, Herald hosts second annual Top Lawyers of LI Awards Gala

LIHerald.com | October 07, 2021

This article quotes Long Island Health Care partner Michael Schnipper, one of four NP attorneys who received awards at this week’s gala. Along with Michael, Long Island Office Managing Partner Allan Cohen, partner Rebecca Simone, and counsel Jason Chimon, all of the Health Care group, were also honored. In addition, NP’s Long Island office was recognized as the top legal firm with 25-65 employees.

Cincinnati insurer led by former American Financial CFO makes first acquisition

Cincinnati Courier | April 19, 2021

The following article, covering Long Island-based Lancer Insurance Company’s merger with Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, mentions the NP for the work by Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, associates Ashley Mistretta and Bianca Lewis, and Chicago counsel April Schweitzer, all in the Health Care group, for advising Lancer.

Transportation insurer Lancer to merge into Core Specialty

Insurance Journal | April 19, 2021

The following article, covering Long Island-based Lancer Insurance Company’s merger with Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, mentions the NP for the work by Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, associates Ashley Mistretta and Bianca Lewis, and Chicago counsel April Schweitzer, all in the Health Care group, for advising Lancer.

Long Beach insurer merges with Cincinnati firm

Long Island Business News | April 19, 2021

This feature story on Long Island-based Lancer Insurance Company’s merger with Core Specialty Insurance Holdings quotes Long Island office managing partner and Health Care partner Allan Cohen for leading the team that advised Lancer. Long Island associates Ashley Mistretta and Bianca Lewis, and Chicago counsel April Schweitzer, all in the Health Care group, were also mentioned for being a part of the deal team.

Hospitals partner with industry to co-create digital tools

Modern Healthcare | July 25, 2020

In this article on how hospitals are co-developing tools with tech companies, Long Island office managing partner and Health Care partner Allan Cohen is quoted on the factors for hospitals to consider when selecting the right partner and the ways in which hospitals are investing in startups.

Brokers expect work norms to outlive pandemic and shape the office market

Newsday | April 24, 2020

In this article on how COVID is reshaping workplace norms and the office market, Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen is quoted on what companies are thinking in terms of their economic outlook and office space strategies when employees are allowed back in the office.

Forward Thinking Lifts Pandemic-Ready Nixon Peabody

Innovate Long Island | March 24, 2020

Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen is quoted throughout this article that looks at Nixon Peabody’s strategic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the firm’s robust emergency preparedness and business continuity plans.

Contact

Allan H. Cohen

Partner
Office Managing Partner, Long Island

Long Island

Phone: 516-832-7522


Fax: 866-947-2070

Columbia Law School, J.D., (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

Binghamton University, B.A., Economics, (Phi Beta Kappa)

London School of Economics and Political Science, Pre-Law

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.”

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.

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