Jackie Cohen

Partner

Jackie Cohen
  • JD, with distinction, Emory University School of Law, 1997
  • AB, Bowdoin College, 1994

Qualifications

  • New York, 1998
  • Board of Directors, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York
  • Trustee, Rye Free Reading Room
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2018-2022)
  • IFLR1000 Highly Regarded
  • Legal 500 (2022)
  • Expert Guides’ “Women in Business Law”: Corporate/M&A “Expert”
  • Shortlisted, “M&A Lawyer of the Year” in Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards (2022)
  • Corporate Counsel Women, Influence & Power in Law Award (2019)

Jackie Cohen

Partner

Jackie Cohen is a partner in the firm’s mergers & acquisitions group in the New York office. She guides public and private companies through complex mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, carve-outs and spin-offs, and strategic investments.

Jackie advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions across many industries and verticals, including financial services, media and entertainment, retail and consumer products and technology. She also has extensive experience counseling on high-profile and business-critical shareholder activism, takeover defense and corporate governance matters.

Chambers recognizes Jackie as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A in New York, where clients praise her “business focus,” describing her as an “excellent, technical practitioner.” Jackie is also recognized as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer for M&A in the U.S. by IFLR1000 and a “Leading Lawyer” for M&A by The Legal 500 US.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Jackie was a partner in the New York office of another international law firm.

Experience

  • SkillSoft Corp. in multiple transactions including:
    • the sale of its SumTotal business to Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.*
    • its $525 million acquisition of Codecademy.*
  • Avista Public Acquisition Corp. II, a SPAC sponsored by Avista Acquisition LP II (an affiliate of Avista Capital Holdings), in its pending $850 million business combination with OmniAb, Inc.*
  • EO Charging in its proposed $675 million business combination with First Reserve Sustainable Growth Corp., a SPAC sponsored by First Reserve Corporation.*
  • Wejo Limited in its $1.1 billion business combination with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp., a SPAC sponsored by Virtuoso Sponsor LLC.*
  • Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp., a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of The Raine Group LLC and Marquee Sports Holdings SPAC I, LLC, in its $1.2 billion business combination with Enjoy Technology, Inc.*
  • Magellan Health, Inc. in its $2.2 billion merger with Centene Corporation.*
  • Cardtronics plc in its $2.5 billion sale to NCR Corporation.*
  • Software Luxembourg Holding S.A. in its $1.3 billion merger with and into Churchill Capital Corp II, a SPAC sponsored by the Churchill Capital Group.*
  • Fortress Value Acquisition Corp., a SPAC sponsored by Fortress Investment Group, in its acquisition of Secure Natural Resources and MP Materials in a stock-for-stock transaction that valued the combined company at $1.5 billion.*
  • Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation, a SPAC sponsored by Mudrick Capital, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Hycroft Mining Corporation, with an initial enterprise value of approximately $537 million.*
  • QuickChek Corporation in its $645 million sale to Murphy USA.*
  • Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. in its $325 million sale to SPARC Group LLC.*
  • Total S.A. in its $4 billion acquisition of all of the oil and natural gas assets, liabilities, businesses and operations of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Mozambique and South Africa.*
  • Campbell Soup Company in its $2.2 billion sale of Campbell International, Inc. and its $300 million sale of Kelsen Group A/S.*
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. in its up to $740 million sale of Avera Semiconductor LLC and its $430 million sale of a semiconductor fabrication plant to ON Semiconductor Corporation.*
  • Willis Towers Watson PLC in its $1.3 billion acquisition of TRANZACT.*
  • Atos S.E. in its $3.57 billion acquisition of Syntel, Inc.*
  • Avista Healthcare Public Acquisition Corp. in its acquisition of Organogenesis Inc. and its proposed merger with Envigo International Holdings, Inc.*
  • Doncasters Group Limited in its $440 million sale of Nelson Fasteners Systems.*
  • General Electric Company in its $2.6 billion sale of GE Industrial Solutions.*
  • Discovery, Inc. in its joint venture with Magnolia, the home and lifestyle brand led by Chip and Joanna Gaines, in the formation of the Magnolia Network.*
  • York Capital Management, Valinor Management and Halcyon Capital Management, principal equity owners of NextDecade, LLC, in the $1 billion reverse merger of NextDecade with SPAC Harmony Merger Corp.*
  • HNA Group Co. Ltd. in its $6.5 billion acquisition of a 25% stake in Hilton Inc., Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. and Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (collectively, f/k/a Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.)*
  • The Kroger Company in its strategic partnership with, and investment in, Lucky’s Market.*
  • IHS Inc. in its $13 billion merger of equals with Markit Limited.*
  • General Electric Company and Synchrony Financial in connection with the separation and initial public offering of Synchrony Financial (GE Capital’s North American retail finance business) and in GE’s $20.4 billion offer to exchange Synchrony common stock for GE common stock, completing the separation of Synchrony from GE.*
  • Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in its approximately $855 million acquisition of GrafTech International Ltd.*
  • Atos S.E. in its $1.1 billion acquisition of the information technology outsourcing business of Xerox Corporation.*
  • NBC Universal and parent General Electric in GE’s $37.25 billion joint venture with Comcast for ownership of NBC Universal and Comcast’s cable channels and regional sports networks and, thereafter, GE in the $18.1 billion sale of its remaining 49 percent stake in NBC Universal and related real estate to Comcast.*
  • DIRECTV in its $28.5 billion stock-for-stock merger with Liberty Entertainment.*

*Handled prior to joining Ropes & Gray

Publications

  • Noted, “Ropes & Gray Adds Jackie Cohen,” Mergers & Acquisitions (November 9, 2022)
  • JD, with distinction, Emory University School of Law, 1997
  • AB, Bowdoin College, 1994

Qualifications

  • New York, 1998
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2018-2022)
  • IFLR1000 Highly Regarded
  • Legal 500 (2022)
  • Expert Guides’ “Women in Business Law”: Corporate/M&A “Expert”
  • Shortlisted, “M&A Lawyer of the Year” in Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards (2022)
  • Corporate Counsel Women, Influence & Power in Law Award (2019)
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