Press Release

Former Hedge Fund General Counsel Joshua Cohen Joins Kirkland's Investment Funds Group

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Joshua Cohen has joined the Firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the Investment Funds Group. Mr. Cohen was most recently managing director and general counsel of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC and the global head of alternatives legal for JPMorgan Asset and Wealth Management.

“Josh brings deep fund formation and regulatory experience across a range of alternative investment funds — hedge funds in particular — and the unique perspective gained from his in-house roles that will be a great benefit to our global investment funds platform. As our investment fund clients continue expanding their strategies, we are delighted to expand on our current strong hedge fund formation, advisory and regulatory capabilities to meet their needs,” said John O’Neil, global head of Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group.

Mr. Cohen has extensive experience in the formation, structuring and maintenance of open and closed-end private funds, including, hedge funds, private equity and credit funds, hybrid funds, fund of funds vehicles, liquid alternative mutual funds and scalable platforms for fund sponsors. In addition, Mr. Cohen has significant experience and has provided regulatory counseling under the Investment Advisers Act, the Securities Act, the Investment Company Act, the Commodities Exchange Act, the Bank Holding Company Act, the Dodd-Frank Act and applicable agency rules.

In his role at JPMorgan Asset Management and Highbridge, Mr. Cohen managed the legal affairs of the $120 billion alternatives platform, a platform which spans across a broad range of alternative investment strategies and asset classes, including publicly traded equity and credit, private equity and credit, real estate and infrastructure in the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Highbridge in 2007, Mr. Cohen was a member of the investment management practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he specialized in the legal and regulatory aspects of investment fund structuring, marketing, operations and investor communications. He earned his law degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am delighted to be joining Kirkland’s market leading investment funds group,” said Mr. Cohen. “I hope to use my experience to grow our service to the hedge fund community, who will greatly benefit from Kirkland’s differentiated, full-service offering as they continue to grapple with increased regulatory pressures and investor demands. I believe my unique understanding of the in-house counsel’s perspective will be an added benefit in helping our clients to effectively mitigate their risk.”

Mr. Cohen’s appointment follows several recent senior hires within Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group this year. In September 2017, David King, formerly a Principal at The Carlyle Group, joined the Firm’s San Francisco office as partner; In August 2017, Anand Damodaran, formerly a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, joined the Firm’s London office as partner; in July 2017, Alpa Patel, formerly Branch Chief of the Private Funds Branch of the investment adviser policy and rulemaking office of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, joined the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office as partner; in June 2017, Sean Hill, formerly co-head of the private investment funds group at Proskauer Rose LLP, and Stephanie Berdik, formerly a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, joined the Firm’s Boston office as partners; and in May 2017, Erica Williams, the former Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, and Marian Fowler, former Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC, joined the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office as partners.

Kirkland is a global leader in providing sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. Kirkland offers clients the unsurpassed resources of a large, integrated, multidisciplinary, global team located across offices in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. With more than 250 dedicated Investment Funds attorneys, including 80 partners, few firms approach the breadth, depth and scope of Kirkland’s experience in investment funds legal services.

About Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis is a law firm with over 2,000 attorneys representing global clients in investment funds, private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, restructuring, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has 13 offices around the world: Chicago, Beijing, Boston, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.