The leader of the M&A/Corporate Group in Skadden’s Los Angeles office, Jeffrey H. Cohen is recognized consistently as one of the leading private equity and M&A lawyers in Southern California. His broad transactional practice focuses on private equity and strategic mergers and acquisitions around the world.


Mr. Cohen has represented both buyers and sellers in numerous large and middle-market mergers and acquisitions. He often represents entrepreneurs and family business retailers, as well as private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a full investment cycle, including acquisitions, financings and dispositions. In addition, he has counseled clients on numerous investments in distressed debt and acquisitions of distressed businesses.

Mr. Cohen’s representations have included clients in an array of industries, such as apparel, beauty, energy, food, consumer products, retail, gaming, banking, sports and media, among others. In addition, he routinely counsels corporations and their officers and directors on securities and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Cohen’s extensive experience, creativity and background in finance enable him to effectively address clients’ business needs. For example, Mr. Cohen’s work advising an investor group in SKBHC’s acquisition and recapitalization of AmericanWest Bank received the Financial Times’ highest ranking in its 2011 “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” report.

Mr. Cohen has been recognized repeatedly for his work, including in Chambers USA, which notes his “expert handling of complex transactional matters” and reports that clients regard him as a skilled negotiator with a “high attention to detail.” His achievements also have been noted by The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 U.S., IFLR1000 and the Los Angeles Business Journal, which included him among the “Who’s Who in L.A. Law,” the top 40 “Most Influential M&A Advisors” in Los Angeles and, in 2017, one of the top five corporate lawyers in Los Angeles. He was a key member of the deal teams recognized in The Recorder’s 2017 Corporate Department of the Year contest, in which Skadden took top honors in the U.S. M&A and Cross-Border M&A categories.The Daily Journal profiled Mr. Cohen in a cover story documenting Skadden’s success in building a substantial corporate practice in Los Angeles and, in 2013, recognized him as one of the top 10 private equity lawyers in California.

Mr. Cohen is a frequent speaker, including at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 43rd Annual Securities Regulation Seminar, where he provided insight into current developments in private equity transactions and deal protection provisions.

Notable Transactions

Strategic Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Saban Capital Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its proposed acquisition of Panavision Inc. and Sim Video International Inc.;
  • Total Merchant Services, Inc. in its acquisition by North American Bancard Holdings, LLC;
  • AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. in its $4.2 billion acquisition by Tyson Foods, Inc.;
  • Performance Sports Group in the acquisition of the assets of the hockey equipment business of Easton Hockey;
  • GLAMGLOW and its owners in the sale of substantially all of its assets to The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.;
  • OPI Products, Inc. and its owners in connection with the sale of the company to Coty Inc.;
  • Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson, co-founders of Too Faced Cosmetics, LLC, in the company’s acquisition by The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.;
  • Ready Pac Foods, Inc. and its majority stockholder, H.I.G. Bayside Capital, in the acquisition of Ready Pac Foods by Bonduelle, SAS;
  • Cardenas Markets, Inc. in the sale of its retail grocery business to an affiliate of KKR & Co. L.P.;
  • Del Real Foods in an investment by Palladium Equity Partners, LLC;
  • CircusTrix Holdings, LLC and its principal owners in a significant investment by an affiliate of Palladium Equity Partners, LLC;
  • Z Gallerie in its strategic partnership with Brentwood Associates, Inc.;
  • Serge Azria and The Collected Group f/k/a Dutch, LLC in a majority investment by TA Associates in Dutch, the global fashion company behind the JOIE, Equipment and Current/Elliott brands;
  • AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of the Landshire Inc. sandwich business and of Better Bakery, LLC;
  • BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC in its recapitalization transaction with affiliates of Guggenheim Partners and other investors, strengthening its capital structure and positioning it for future growth;
  • Oakley, Inc. in the sale of the company to Luxottica Group S.p.A (Italy);
  • Pierre Foods, Inc. in the acquisition of Advance Foods Company and Advance Brands;
  • American Apparel Inc. in the sale of the company to a special purpose acquisition company and in various other matters;
  • the negotiation committee of the board of directors of Educate, Inc. in a going-private transaction;
  • The News Corporation Limited and Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. in the purchase and subsequent sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers and investments in other sports assets, including the Staples Center; and
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art in connection with an acquisition.

Private Equity

  • The Power Opportunities Group of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. in a partnership with Sachs Electric Co.;
  • Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. in its controlling investment in My Alarm Center, LLC;
  • Highview Capital in connection with the acquisition, together with Victory Park Capital Advisors, of substantially all of the assets of Katy Industries Inc.;
  • Tengram Capital and its portfolio company, Robert Graham, in connection with the combination of Robert Graham with Joe’s Jeans;
  • Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and its co-investors in connection with the sale of a majority of the stock of Alliance Healthcare Services, a publicly listed company, to Fujian Thai Hot Investment Company;
  • Infrastructure Investing Group of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (formerly Highstar Capital) in connection with an investment in an energy transmission project;
  • The Power Opportunities Group of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. in the acquisitions of Recon Services; Energy Solutions Holdings, L.P.; and InfraSource Incorporated; and in the acquisitions and subsequent sales of Sheehan Pipeline Construction Company; Snelson Companies, Inc.; Elgar Electronics Corporation; and UtiliQuest Holdings Corp.;
  • New Cotai Holdings, an entity owned by funds managed by Silver Point Capital, L.P. and Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., in the negotiation of a joint venture with Melco Crown Entertainment Limited for the development and construction of an integrated casino resort in Macau;
  • an investor group led by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. in the acquisition and recapitalization of AmericanWest Bank. The transaction was the first of its kind, involving the bankruptcy of a bank holding company and the sale of its subsidiary bank in a court-supervised Section 363 sale;
  • Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. in an investment in First BanCorp, the NYSE-publicly traded bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico; in the acquisition of Pierre Foods, Inc. and certain of its affiliates as part of their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases; and, with MTS Health Investors, the acquisition of a controlling interest in Alliance Imaging, Inc.;
  • AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., in its initial public offering of its common stock;
  • a consortium of private equity investors in the organization of AloStar Bank of Commerce and its simultaneous acquisition of the operations of Nexity Bank from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and
  • Crimson SV, LLC in the acquisition of Tyden Group, Inc. and Tyden Group in the acquisitions of E.J. Brooks Co., Inc. and Stoffel Holding Company.



  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 1988
  • B.S., Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1985


  • California


  • Executive Committee, Board of Directors, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
  • Member, Board of Directors, Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law
  • Member, Southern California Regional Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Board of Trustees, University Synagogue
  • Former Chairman, Penn Fund Executive Board, University of Pennsylvania
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, UCLA Law Alumni Association

Jeffrey H. Cohen

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity