Why Cohen Legal
Practice?

Cohen Legal Practice is a corporate, financial services and asset management law firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut that provides excellent service, deep industry knowledge and a practical approach to helping clients meet their legal needs.

Why Cohen Legal Practice?

Cohen Legal Practice is a corporate, financial services and asset management law firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut that provides excellent service, deep industry knowledge and a practical approach to helping clients meet their needs.

About Ella Cohen

Ella Cohen, the managing member of CLP, has over two decades’ experience advising clients of all sizes on a variety of legal, regulatory, compliance and corporate matters. Ella’s extensive experience both in private practice and running an extremely busy in-house legal department for a global asset manager has prepared her to take a business-friendly approach to advising her clients. Ella understands that what clients want is practical advice delivered quickly, competently and at a fraction of the cost charged by big law firms.
Ella began her career in the funds group of Clifford Chance LLP representing registered investment companies and private funds. After Clifford Chance, Ella worked as an associate in the financial services group of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP during the hedge fund boom of the early 2000s. During her 8 years in private practice, Ella structured and represented a multitude of U.S. and non-U.S. funds and their advisers and advised on an extensive list of corporate matters. Ella joined the institutional legal team of Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc. in 2006 and worked there until 2018, most recently serving as U.S. Head of Institutional Legal for the Americas.
Ella’s extensive experience includes: advising on all aspects of private fund launches, including marketing and solicitation issues; negotiating investment management agreements and broker-dealer agreements; handling a variety of corporate governance and operational matters; drafting operating agreements for general partner and investment adviser entities; and advising on an array of regulatory and compliance matters arising under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, the U.S. Investment Company Act of 1940 and the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act.

Experience

12 years at Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc.
8 years combined at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP and Clifford Chance LLP

Education

J.D. St. John’s University School of Law, 1998
BSFS Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1995

Bar Admissions

New York and Connecticut

Trusteeships

King School, Stamford, CT
Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT

" As a business owner myself, I understand the importance of value and efficiency. I believe in delivering highly-personalized service and practical solutions to all of my clients. "

" As a business owner myself, I understand the importance of value and efficiency. I believe in delivering highly-personalized service and practical solutions to all of my clients. "

Asset Managers
and Private Funds

We advise established and emerging asset managers and private funds on a multitude of legal, regulatory and compliance matters such as fund formation, investment adviser registration and marketing considerations. In addition to serving as outside counsel, we also supplement stretched in-house legal departments to make businesses run more smoothly.
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Family Offices
and Investor Services

We assist family offices, institutional investors and individual investors with the often-daunting task of reviewing and understanding investment materials. We highlight any off-market investment terms, negotiate side letters and assist investors with completing subscription materials.
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General Corporate
and Business Law

We advise businesses of all sizes and in assorted industries on day-to-day legal, governance and compliance matters. We consider our clients’ business goals side-by-side with the legal and practical implications. Our experience includes drafting terms of service agreements, operating agreements and independent contractor/consulting agreements.
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We can help meet your legal needs