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Adam J. Cohen
 

Adam J. Cohen

Partner
 
900 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 
 
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Adam Cohen is a Partner in the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group in the Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on financial services regulation, particularly as they relate to interpreting regulations, mergers and acquisitions, structuring investments in banks, bank holding companies and new business lines, as well as securities offerings. Adam was previously an attorney in the Legal Division of the Federal Reserve Board.

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Work Highlights
  • U.S. Bancorp in its $8 billion proposed acquisition of MUFG Union Bank’s core regional banking franchise from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • TD Bank in the sale of its affiliate TD Ameritrade to Schwab for $26 billion
  • TCF Financial Corporation in its $22 billion merger with Huntington Bancshares and its $3.5 billion merger of equals with Chemical Financial
  • People’s United Financial in its announced $7.6 billion merger with M&T Bank
  • Blackstone Group in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Promontory Interfinancial Network
  • Bread in its $450 million sale to Alliance Data Systems
Education
  • Columbia Law School, 2009 J.D.
    James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Duke University, 2006 B.A.
    summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Associations
  • Federal Bar Association, Executive Council of the Banking Law Section
  • Exchequer Club of Washington, D.C.
Admissions
  • New York 2010
  • District of Columbia 2019

Adam Cohen is a Partner in the Firm’s Financial Institutions Practice. His practice focuses on financial services regulation, particularly as they relate to interpreting regulations, mergers and acquisitions, structuring investments in banks, bank holding companies and new business lines, as well as securities offerings. 

Select M&A transactions involving banking organizations on which Adam has advised include:

  • U.S. Bancorp in its announced $8 billion acquisition of MUFG Union Bank
  • Angelo Gorgon in its participation in the recapitalization of Patriot National Bancorp in connection with Patriot’s merger with American Challenger Development
  • Computershare in its $750 million acquisition of Wells Fargo’s U.S. corporate trust business
  • People’s United Financial in its announced $7.6 billion merger with M&T Bank Corporation and several other transactions
  • TCF Financial in its $22 billion merger with Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
  • TD Bank in its $26 billion sale of TD Ameritrade to Charles Schwab
  • USAA in its sale of a controlling interest in USAA Real Estate Company to the company’s management and a group of investors
  • USAA in its $1.8 billion sale of the brokerage and managed portfolio accounts of USAA Investment Management Company to Charles Schwab
  • TCF Financial in its $3.5 billion merger with Chemical Financial
  • IBERIABANK in its $3.9 billion merger with First Horizon
  • Synovus Financial in its $2.9 billion acquisition of FCB Financial
  • Fifth Third Bancorp in its $4.7 billion merger with MB Financial

Recent transactions involving non-bank financial services companies on which Adam has advised include:

  • Vroom in its $300 million acquisition of United Auto Credit Corporation
  • Blackstone Group in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Promontory Interfinancial Network
  • Stone Point Capital in its acquisition of Ascensus and in connection with the announced merger between Ascensus and Newport Group
  • Bread in its $450 million sale to Alliance Data Systems
  • Corsair Capital in its acquisition MSTS
  • Initial purchasers in an offering by Rent-A-Center to finance the acquisition of Acima Holdings, a consumer leasing company

Prior to joining the Firm, Adam served as Counsel in the Legal Division of the Federal Reserve Board. In this role, he acted as an advisor to the Federal Reserve Board and its General Counsel on a wide range of matters, such as:

  • Evaluating complex proposals by domestic and foreign banking organizations to engage in mergers and acquisitions as well as banking and non-banking activities
  • Advising on the “controlling influence” standard under the Bank Holding Company Act in connection with investments in banking and non-banking organizations
  • Drafting and interpreting liquidity, risk-management and derivatives regulations applicable to domestic and foreign banking organizations
  • Participating in examinations of domestic banking organizations to evaluate compliance with the Federal Reserve Board’s enhanced prudential standards
  • Evaluating domestic banking organizations’ Title I resolution plans
  • Formulating the Federal Reserve Board’s regulatory priorities with respect to interagency rulemakings with the Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Board, Adam was an attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the Division of Clearing and Risk. Before his government service, he was in private practice where he focused on capital markets, banking and bankruptcy matters.

Adam received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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