Matthew Cohen is a partner in the investment funds practice group of the corporate department at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on the financial services industry, including private investment funds, investment advisers and investment companies (open- and closed-end funds). Matt advises clients on a wide variety of transactional and regulatory matters including the formation, offering and operation of registered and exempt funds. He also has significant experience counseling commodity pools, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and investment company independent directors.


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