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Audra A. Cohen
 

Audra A. Cohen

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Fax: +1-212-455-2502

Audra Cohen advises sponsors on the formation, structuring and operation of private equity funds across numerous strategies, including funds focused on buyouts, real estate, infrastructure and debt investments as well as on co-investment arrangements, “funds of one” and separately managed accounts. Audra’s experience includes representing leading sponsors such as Blackstone, Carlyle and Alinda Capital Partners, among others.

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Work Highlights
  • Carlyle in connection with multiple fundraises, including the $18.5 billion Carlyle Partners VII, the $13 billion Carlyle Partners VI and the $1 billion Carlyle Global Financial Services Partners II and various co-investment vehicles
  • Alinda Capital Partners in connection with the establishment of Alinda Infrastructure Fund III and related co-investment arrangements
  • Blackstone in connection with its Blackstone Property Partners US and Blackstone Property Partners Europe investment programs and various co-investment vehicles
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2012 J.D.
    University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Senior Editor
  • University of Pennsylvania, 2009 B.A.
    Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude
Admissions
  • New York 2013

Audra Cohen is a partner in the Private Funds Practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She specializes in the formation, structuring and operation of private equity funds, including buyout funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds and debt funds as well as on co-investment arrangements, “funds of one” and separately managed accounts for particular investors. She also regularly advises sponsors on compliance with the Investment Advisers Act and the “bad actor” rule in addition to other regulatory compliance matters, fund-related aspects of real estate and mergers and acquisitions transactions, other liquidity transactions and internal sponsor governance and economic arrangements.

Audra’s experience includes representing some of the largest and most prominent private funds sponsors, including Blackstone, Carlyle and Alinda in connection with their buyout funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, separately managed accounts and co-investment arrangements.

Her experience includes the representation of:

  • Carlyle in connection with multiple fundraises, including the $18.5 billion Carlyle Partners VII, the $13 billion Carlyle Partners VI and the $1 billion Carlyle Global Financial Services Partners II and various co-investment vehicles
  • Blackstone in connection with its Blackstone Property Partners US and Blackstone Property Partners Europe investment programs and various co-investment vehicles
  • Alinda Capital Partners in connection with the establishment of Alinda Infrastructure Fund III and related co-investment arrangements
  • Blackstone in connection with its $14.6 billion recapitalization of BioMed Realty
  • Oaktree Capital Group in connection with its sale of approximately 62% of the Oaktree business to Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
  • Blackstone in connection with a $600 million capital raise by Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Limited
  • Blackstone in connection with its C$3.8 billion acquisition of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (PIRET) and PIRET in the subsequent $730 million sale of its U.S. assets to WPT Industrial REIT
  • Blackstone in its strategic acquisition of Strategic Partners

Audra has also authored a number of articles for Getting the Deal Through.

Audra has been with Simpson Thacher since she received her J.D. in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and her B.A., summa cum laude, in 2009 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She is admitted to practice in New York.

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