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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Steven Cohen is widely recognised by international sources as a go-to figure in North America for complex M&A transactions.


Steve Cohen joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 1992 and became a partner in 2000. He practises corporate and securities law, concentrating on corporate governance and complex M&A. He has represented numerous public and private businesses, and their boards and special committees, in M&A, spin-off and other reorganisation transactions, both friendly and contested; a variety of entrepreneurs in establishing and growing new businesses; and companies and boards in connection with shareholder activism and proxy contests. Mr Cohen has also worked extensively on a variety of cross-border transactions.

Mr Cohen graduated from Columbia College in 1988 and received a JD/MBA from the Columbia University School of Law/Columbia Business School in 1992.

Mr Cohen’s significant recent publicly disclosed listed company representations include: Hewlett-Packard in connection with various ongoing matters; Celgene in its sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb; EQT Corporation in the merger with Rice Energy; Charter Communications in its unsolicited offer and proxy challenge to Time Warner Cable, and subsequent acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks; Intelsat in the proposed investment by SoftBank Group and proposed merger with OneWeb; the transaction committee of Navig8 Product Tankers in its merger with Scorpio Tankers; Energizer Holdings in the spinoff of Edgewell Personal Care; Mondelēz International in its bid for The Hershey Company; Clorox Company in its defence against a proxy fight and related unsolicited offer from Carl Icahn; Charter Communications in its Cooperation Agreement for wireless services with Comcast; and the transaction committee of Star Bulk Carriers in its merger with Oceanbulk Shipping.

Recent publicly disclosed private equity and asset management representations include: Cengage Learning in its merger with McGraw Hill Education; Towerbrook Capital Partners in its venture with Ascension to invest in Accretive Health; Searchlight Capital Partners in its investments in Hemisphere Media Group and General Communication; Apollo Management in the acquisition of CEC Entertainment (Chuck E Cheese) and CEC Entertainment in its acquisition of Peter Piper Pizza; BC Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in the acquisition of Cequel Communications Holdings (trade name Suddenlink); Apollo Management in the acquisition of Harrah’s, the proposed acquisition of Cedar Fair Entertainment and the purchase and subsequent restructuring of Countrywide; the appraisal litigation of PetSmart; Towerbrook Capital Partners in its acquisition of True Religion Apparel; Halcyon Management in the sale of a passive minority stake to Dyal Capital Partners; the Rohatyn Group in its acquisition of Arch Capital; and Searchlight Capital Partners in its venture with Liberty Global to acquire certain Puerto Rican cable television businesses.

Mr Cohen is the vice chair of the IBA’s corporate and M&A law committee and a member of the American Bar Association. Most recently, he has spoken about M&A at the International Bar Association’s annual conference, and is the co-chair of the annual IBA private equity conference. Mr Cohen has taught at Columbia Business School, and is a frequent lecturer and publisher on corporate law and M&A transactions. He has also spoken at the ALI-ABA seminar, “Negotiating the M&A Deal”, the Harvard Law School/Business School symposium on negotiations and the New York Law Journal seminar “Negotiating Corporate Acquisitions – Public and Private”.

Mr Cohen lives in Manhattan with his wife, daughter and son.

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