Steve Cohen joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 1992 and became a partner in 2000. He practices corporate and securities law, concentrating on corporate governance and complex mergers and acquisitions. He has represented numerous public and private businesses, and their boards and special committees in M&A, spin-off and other reorganization transactions, both friendly and contested; as well as 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 has also been involved with a variety of restructurings within the insolvency process, including acquisitions in bankruptcy and workout process and the resolution of insolvent estates.
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 is the Vice Chair of the IBA's Corporate and M&A Law Committee and a member of the American Bar Association.
Most recently, Mr Cohen has spoken about M&A at the International Bar Association's Annual Conference (Washington, Vienna and Tokyo), the annual IBA Private Equity Conference (London) and has taught at Columbia Business School. Mr Cohen is also a frequent lecturer and publisher on corporate law and M&A transactions. Mr Cohen also has spoken at the ALI-ABA seminar on 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." He has also published numerous articles in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and securities law. Mr Cohen is a member of the American Bar Association and an officer on the IBA's Corporate and M&A Law Committee.
Mr Cohen lives in Manhattan with his wife, daughter and son.