Matt Cohen is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group. His practice focuses on private investment funds and investment advisers. Matt represents clients on a wide variety of transactional and regulatory matters, including the formation, offering and operation of private equity funds, real estate funds, credit funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds, as well as fund restructurings and secondary offerings. In addition, Matt has advised clients on the formation of alternative investment structures, including investment holding companies and permanent capital vehicles. Matt also counsels investment advisers with respect to the federal securities laws and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations. In this regard, he frequently represents clients in SEC examinations conducted by various regional offices of the SEC.

Representative Clients

  • Arcline Investment Management
  • Aurora Capital Group
  • Brentwood Associates
  • Center Rock Capital Partners
  • Coller Capital
  • Francisco Partners
  • GI Partners
  • HGGC
  • Invesco Private Capital
  • K1 Investment Management
  • LightBay Capital
  • Summit Partners
  • Vista Equity Partners
  • Windjammer Capital Investors


Thought Leadership


"SEC Brings Cybersecurity Enforcement Action Against Registered Adviser," Kirkland & Ellis LLP AIM Newsletter, September 24, 2015

"ETF Confidential: A Survey of Non-Transparent Actively Managed ETFs," The Investment Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 6, June 2012.

"European Monetary Union: Consensus Building in a Multi-State Monetary Agreement," California: Scripps College, April 2003.


Matthew has presented on several investment management panels.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008California
  • 2011Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California


  • Pepperdine University School of LawJ.D.2008

    Pepperdine Law Review

    Fellow, Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law

    Member, International Law Society

  • University of California, Santa BarbaraB.A., Global Studies2003
    Dean's Honors