Matthew D. Cohn is a partner in the corporate group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Matt serves as lead counsel representing large and middle market private equity funds, pension plans and other financial sponsors as well as public and private companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, growth equity and minority investments, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations.
Matt has experience counseling clients in a variety of industries, including technology, financial services, business services, software, sports, media, entertainment, energy and infrastructure, healthcare, education, retail, consumer products and manufacturing.
Matt serves on various firm-wide committees including the Pro Bono Management Committee and the Recruiting Committee. Matt is also the co-head of recruiting and hiring for Kirkland’s Boston office.
- Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
- Syracuse University, B.A.
- New York
- Summit Partners in various acquisitions, sales, investments and portfolio company matters, including:
- acquisition of Harvey Performance Company from Riverside Company
- acquisition of Metro Tech Services from Reedy Industries, and Metro Tech in various add-on acquisitions
- sale of Perforce Software to Clearlake Capital
- sale of HealthSun to Anthem
- ABRY Partners in multiple acquisitions and structured equity investments, including the acquisition of Screenvision Media from Shamrock Capital and AMC Theaters
- Carlyle Equity Opportunity Fund in the acquisition of United Road Services and VTV Transmission from Charlesbank Capital Partners
Prior to joining Kirkland, Matt advised:
- Ministry Brands and Genstar Capital Management in a significant investment by Insight Venture Partners and various acquisitions by Ministry Brands, including acquisitions of ACTIVE Network’s faith division, Data Diver, Aptify Corporation, Senior Systems and NCS Services
- Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in a $300 million equity commitment to EdgeMarc Energy Holdings, an upstream oil and gas company, and a joint venture and equity commitment to Anbaric Holdings, an energy infrastructure development company
- Summit Partners and Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company in its $500 million sale to Winnebago Industries
- Costa (formerly A.T. Cross Company) in the sale of its pens and accessories division to Clarion Capital Partners, and subsequent sale of Costa to Essilor International SA
- American Capital in various transactions, including sales of Pacific Handy Cutters, Inc. to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, Specialty Brands of America to B&G Foods and Dynojet Research to Irving Place Capital and New Value Capital
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