Jay G. Cohen

Attorney in Baltimore, MD
Jay G. Cohen has more than 25 years' experience representing clients with their general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity requirements, both domestically and internationally. He regularly counsels start-up companies seeking to attract venture capital funding.

Mr. Cohen has represented companies in the retail and fashion industries. He also regularly represents companies in connection with their joint ventures, license/technology transfers, and financings.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has included Mr. Cohen in its editions since 2010 as one of the leading corporate/mergers and acquisitions lawyers in Maryland. Chambers says that Mr. Cohen is described as bright, amazingly responsive and focused on legal issues.

In 2015, Mr.Cohen was selected as Lawyer of the Year in Baltimore Venture Capital Law by Best Lawyers in America, and has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2012. He also has been listed in Smart CEO's Leading Lawyers.

From 1996 to the present, Mr. Cohen has represented Korean banks, non-bank financial institutions, corporations, and governmental entities in connection with their commercial activities, traveling to Seoul, Korea more than 75 times. He also counsels non-Korean companies and funds in connection with their Korean transactions.

Most recently, Mr. Cohen represented several Korean agricultural cooperatives in connection with bidding for agricultural products from Adecoagro S.A., the largest producer of produce in Argentina and a large producer of ethanol in Brasil. Adecoagro is the largest owner of agricultural land in Argentina.

In addition, Mr. Cohen has represented businesses and private equity funds in connection with their activities in the Middle East/North Africa and Persian Gulf.

Admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mr. Cohen is a graduate, with honors, of George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.

•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2006-present
•DLA Piper US LLP, Baltimore, Maryland
- Partner, 2005- 2006
•Akin Gump LLP, Washington, D.C.
- Partner, 2000-2005
•Brown & Wood LLP, Washington, D.C.
- Partner, 1998-2000
•Piper & Marbury, Baltimore, Maryland
- Partner, 1996-1998
- Associate, 1992-1996

Honors & Awards
•Selected as Lawyer of the Year in Baltimore Venture Capital Law by Best Lawyers in America, 2015
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Venture Capital, 2012-2015
•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
•Listed in Smart CEO's Leading Lawyers, 2011

Selected Publications
•Author, In re Nine Systems Corp. Stockholders Litigation: Equity Dilution Claims Against Alleged Control Group of Private Equity Investors, Annual Survey of Judicial Developments Pertaining to Venture Capital, ABA's Private Equity and Venture Capital Newsletter, September 2014

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Areas of Law

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Securities Law
  • Fashion and Retail Industry Law
  • Venture Capital/Private Equity Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law


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Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 1987, New York
1988, Maryland
2003, District of Columbia

Law School Attended

George Washington University Law School
Class of 1986
with honors, Member, George Washington Law Review, 1984-1986

University Attended

State University of New York at Albany
Class of 1981
magna cum laude

Birth Information

Born in 1959

Associations & Memberships

Professional Activities
•American Bar Association
- M&A Market Trends Subcommittee of the Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions
- 2007-2008, 2010-2011, 2013-... More

Representative Cases

Representative Matters: Represented Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. in connection with the purchase from the founding family of Popeyes for $43 million of the recipes and formulas for Popeyes' core products. Represented several Korean agricultural cooperatives in connection with the bidding for agricultural products from Adecoagro S.A., the largest... More

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Jay G. Cohen
 111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2000,
Baltimore, MD 21202-6114


Duane Morris LLP (Baltimore, Maryland)

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