Matthew D. Cohn is a partner in the M&A/Private Equity Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Matt serves as lead counsel representing large and middle market private equity funds, growth funds, and public and private companies in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments, structured equity and debt financings, joint ventures, sponsor-backed capital markets transactions, and corporate restructurings and workouts. Matt has broad experience counseling clients in a variety of industries, including software and technology, healthcare, financial services, insurance, business services, retail, consumer products, energy, manufacturing, and sports, media and entertainment.

Matt is part of a core group of Kirkland partners who opened the Firm’s Boston office in 2017. He serves on various firm-wide and Boston office committees, and is co-head of recruiting and hiring for the Firm’s Boston office.

Matt lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his family. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the board of directors of the New England Chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance and a member of the United Way of Mass Bay/Merrimack Valley Tocqueville Society Council.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, State of Private Equity Panel, 27th Annual Harvard Business School Venture Capital & Private Equity Virtual Conference, February 6, 2021


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of LawJ.D.
  • Syracuse UniversityB.A.