Chair of the firm’s emerging business and technology practice, Steven M. Cohen represents entrepreneurs, private equity investors, and venture capital funds. He advises clients in such industries as technology, life sciences, chemicals, consumer products, digital health, and fintech. Steve counsels mid-Atlantic region investors and emerging growth companies in a variety of business transaction including equity financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), divestitures, initial public offerings (IPOs), joint ventures, and international strategic partnerships.
With a knack for creating connections between investors and entrepreneurs, Steve helps develop and implement growth strategies, working with companies throughout their entire lifecycle.
Widely recognized on the East Coast for his knowledge and skill, Steve lectures frequently on planning profitable exit strategies, obtaining angel and venture capital financing for early-stage companies and business leadership.
Amneal Pharmaceuticals in its $83.5 million acquisition of Saol Therapeutics’ Baclofen franchise, a skeletal muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms caused by spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions
Cornelis Networks, a company that focuses on solving computer power and integration issues, in its spinout from Intel Corp. as well as a $20 million equity financing round led by Downing Ventures
Stonecutter Ventures in the formation of the $150 million Stonecutter Multifamily Fund and $75 million Stonecutter Opportunity Fund
SeventySix Capital in the formation of SeventySix Capital II, LP which will invest in passionate entrepreneurs who are launching game-changing sports betting, esports, and sports tech companies
Eleison Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing drug candidates for patients with rare cancer, including osteosarcoma and pancreatic cancer, in its investment led by BDI Co., Ltd.
SJF Ventures in its Series B investment in Cecelia Health, a digital health company to help improve medical adherence and health outcomes for people living with diabetes and related chronic conditions and sale of its successful investment in, and exit from, Community Energy, Inc.
Vymedic, a biotechnology company specializing in the research and development of amino acid based therapeutics, in its convertible note financing
Notitia Biotechnologies Company, a microbiome company developing products to promote health by protecting and restoring essential gut microbes that are vital for nutrition, immunity, metabolism, and neuropsychology, in its Series Seed financing
BKON LLC, a developer of proprietary RAIN (Reverse Atmospheric Infusion) TM technology used by brands to produce natural beverages using any fruit or botanical, with a particular focus on the cold brew coffee industry, in its $2 million Series Seed angel financing and its $3 million Series A financing led by GoodWest Industries, LLC
Rocket Strategies in the $5 million Series A financing of Platina Systems, a company focused on delivering real, deployable solutions that address challenges of run-time operations and allows apps to be moved to any cloud
CarePredict, which develops machine-learning-driven wearables to monitor the health and improve the quality of life for senior citizens, in its $9.5 million Series A financing from Secocha Ventures, Las Olas Ventures, and Startup Health Ventures
Digital Bridge Holdings, a manager of digital infrastructure assets, in its $325 million sale to Colony Capital, Inc.
Falcon Private Holdings in the acquisition of a controlling interest in the EuroCave Group, a global leader in premium wine cabinets, from Talis SA
Aristech Surfaces, a global producer of continuous cast acrylic sheet for the wellness, architectural, transportation, and industrial markets, in its $445 million sale to Trinseo
Unified Door and Hardware Group, a value-add distributor of doors and hardware for commercial, multi-family, healthcare, hospitality, government, education, public, and industrial end market sectors, in its sale to Dunes Point Capital
Videolicious, a platform that allows users to create professional quality videos for business or personal use, in its sale, including its wholly owned subsidiary, Videolicious Poland, to Squarespace
Stonecutter Ventures in the $55 million financing of Vindex, a company to provide infrastructure, content, and eSports event planning services to video game publishers, distributors, brands, team owners, and consumers in the fast-growing eSports market as well as Vindex's acquisition of Hitbox and in its follow-on $25 million SAFE round in Vindex
New York University, 2021, Inner MBA certificate program co-sponsored by Mindful NYU, Sounds True, and Wisdom 2.0
New York University School of Law, 1989, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, 1986, B.S.
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Force for Change leader by the Leading Women Entrepreneurs (2021)
Recognized, Best Law Firms for Venture Capital Investment, United States (Excellent), Leaders League and Décideurs (2021)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019, 2020)
Band 1, Corporate/M&A, New Jersey, Chambers USA (2003–2021)
Leading Lawyer, M&A/corporate and commercial: Venture capital and emerging companies, The Legal 500 US (2021)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: Venture capital and emerging companies, The Legal 500 US (2011–2020)
Recommended, Industry focus: Healthcare: life sciences, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Recognized, Corporate Law, Princeton; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Princeton, The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2022)
Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2017)
Lawyer of the Year, Princeton, The Best Lawyers in America (2017)
Chair, Meditation4Leadership, Inc.
Director, American Jewish Committee (AJC), Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Chapter, Shalom Comay Fellow