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Arthur Kohn

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Arthur H. Kohn is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Mr. Kohn's practice focuses on compensation and benefit matters, including tax, securities law, corporate governance and other disciplines related to executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, pension compliance and investment, employment law and related matters. He advises public and private companies in financial services, retail, industrial, technology and other industries. He teaches the Taxation of Executive Compensation at NYU Law School, and has written and spoken extensively on compensation and governance matters. He also is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Weinberg Center.


Mr. Kohn joined the firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1995. Mr. Kohn is co-chair of the firm’s New York office diversity committee, and past chair of its corporate governance practice group and its pension and employee benefits committee.


Mr. Kohn is a member of the Bar in New York.


Mr. Kohn received a J.D. degree and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1986.

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Within: Leading lawyers

Arthur Kohn - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is instructed by Fortune 500 and private corporations such as Versace, Google, Abbott Laboratories, Western Digital and American Express. In one of many significant ongoing transactions, Arthur Kohn and counsel Kathleen Emberger are advising Honeywell on its $4.5bn spin-off of its Homes and ADI Global Distribution subsidiaries into a new publicly listed entity. Bob Raymond acts for private fund clients including TPG, KKR and Blackstone, and recently advised Hillhouse Capital on ERISA matters connected to a $10.6bn fund formation. Michael Albano and counsels Mary Alcock and Laura Bagarella assisted Google with numerous matters including the $1.1bn employee cooperation agreement with HTC and a string of other acquisitions. Also recommended is counsel Caroline Hayday, who handled a number of benefits and executive compensation matters throughout 2018, including Cushman & Wakefield's $831m IPO on the NYSE, and Versace’s $2.1bn sale to Michael Kors Holdings. The firm also provided ERISA Title 1 advice to financial institutions such as Citibank, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and ING. Names attorneys are based in New York.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has expertise in a range of work across the governance space, including complex transnational matters and management changes. Arthur Kohn, who has experience acting for partnership businesses in management elections, advised CLS Group on replacing its CEO. Further, Ethan Klingsberg and Pamela Marcogliese advised Dun & Bradstreet on a leadership transition. In other highlights, a large team advised National Amusements on a multi-faceted dispute regarding its ownership of CBS, with issues of a proposed stock dividend to dilute its holding; the team managed a total replacement of the board. Also recommended is Sandra Flow, who acts as governance counsel to Stanley Black & Decker, and also advises GrafTech on its securities law matters. Joon Kim returned to the firm from the position of acting US attorney for the southern district of New York.

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