Benson R. Cohen

BENSON COHEN is a partner in the firm’s New York office. His practice primarily involves representing investment advisers, broker-dealers and banks in connection with corporate, securities, M&A and regulatory matters.

Representative matters include:

Formation and offerings of privately-placed hedge funds and fund of funds (both U.S. and non-U.S.)
Formation, registration and offering of public fund of funds
Establishment of hedge fund and private equity fund “feeder” and managed account platforms
Sales of minority interests in advisory business (both buy-side and sell-side)

Benson has deep experience counseling asset management clients on the myriad regulatory structures applicable to their business, including the U.S. securities laws and the U.S. Bank Holding Company Act (including the Volcker Rule). Benson is well-versed in the ERISA, tax, FINRA, CFTC and NFA rules and regulations that affect asset institutional asset managers. Clients laud Benson’s ability to combine comprehensive legal knowledge with a practical commercial perspective.

Benson is part of Sidley’s Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives practice team that has won numerous top awards as a provider of legal services to the private funds industry: two-time winner of Chambers and Partners’ “Investment Funds Team of the Year for the U.S.”; Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine’s 2014 Alpha Awards top “onshore” (U.S.) law firm serving the hedge fund industry; four-time recipient of first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and Derivatives and Futures Law; and ranked in the top band for Hedge Funds by Chambers USA every year since 2008.

Benson has been recommended in Investment Fund Formation and Alternative/Hedge Funds in the Legal 500 US 2014.

Benson works with public companies to maintain the confidentiality of information filed with the SEC.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Banking and Financial Services, 2) Investment Funds, 3) Advisers and Derivatives, 4) Private Equity, 5) Broker-Dealer, 6) Business Transactions Involving Financial Institutions, 7) Fund of Funds, 8) Hedge Funds, 9) Investment Advisers and 10) SEC Disclosure
Law School University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D., 2004
Admitted Year 2005
Education Emory University, B.A., M.A., 2000
Bar Member / Association New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Sidley Austin LLP
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