Biography

Michael Cohen is a Partner in the Firm's Corporate Practice Group and a Practice Group Leader of the Firm's Global Life Sciences Practice Group. Michael is also the Firm's Lead US Corporate Partner for Emerging Companies and Venture Capital. He regularly advises on high-profile matters in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Michael represents early stage and mid-market companies in connection with corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, financing transactions, and other general corporate and commercial matters at all stages of the corporate life cycle. Michael also advises venture, hedge, and private equity funds, universities, corporate venture groups, and portfolio companies in connection with financing transaction deal terms and stockholders' agreements, technology licensing, corporate governance and securities law compliance in connection with private offerings.

Michael's clients regularly rely on him to be a true outside general counsel, ready and able to handle matters big and small as they arise.

Michael works closely with Brown Rudnick’s London and Paris offices in counseling UK and European clients engaging in transactions involving US concerns.

Awards

Representation

Represented HotKnot Therapeutics, Inc. in connection with its Series A financing.

Represented MPM Capital in connection with financing and corporate law matters involving several portfolio companies.

Represented RA Capital Management in connection with the $72 million Series B financing of Werewolf Therapeutics Inc.

Represented Eliem Therapeutics, inc. in connection with its Series A-1 financing and expansion into the United Kingdom.

Represented Deerfield Management in connection with financing and transactional matters involving several portfolio companies.

Represented RA Capital Management in connection with the $23.5 million Series B financing of Selux Diagnostics, Inc.

Represented the University of Oxford, Oxford University Innovation, and Oxford Sciences Innovation in connection with various spin-out and portfolio company matters.

Represented Punchbowl, Inc. in connection with multiple equity financings. and currently serves as outside general counsel.

Represented Scrum, Inc. in connection with multiple international joint ventures, and currently serves as outside general counsel.

Represented RA Capital Management in connection with the $63.7 million financing of Synthorx, Inc.

Represented RA Capital Management in connection with the $150 million Series E financing of Peloton Therapeutics, Inc.

Represented RA Capital Management in connection with the $60 million financing of 89Bio Ltd.

Represented Highland Europe and True as lead counsel in the $120 million Series B financing of Zwift Inc.

Represented RA Capital Management in connection with the Series B Preferred Share financing of White Swell Limited, and a share exchange resulting in the redomiciling of White Swell from Israel to Ireland.

Represented RA Capital Management and Bain Capital Life Sciences in connection with the $50 million Series C crossover financing of Solid Bioscience.

Represented Pallidus, Inc. in connection with multiple equity financings.

Represented PicOnyx, Inc. in connection with a strategic transaction involving CARBO Ceramics, Inc.

Represented Geode Therapeutics, Inc. in connection with its Series A financing.

Represented Hallux, Inc., an investigational-stage pharmaceutical company, in connection with its Series A financing.

Represented Melior Innovations, Inc., a materials technology company, in connection with an equity investment led by Germany-based ALTANA AG.

Represented eCommerce company Moltin in connection with a cross-border double share exchange transaction and seed financing led by Frontline Ventures and crowdfunding syndicates managed by AngelList and FundersClub.

Represented FieldAware Group Limited, a portfolio company of The Oyster Group, with the acquisition of Skeds LLC.

Represented OMERS Private Equity in connection with the acquisition of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. by Golf Town (an OMERS portfolio company).

Education

University of Toronto Faculty of Law – J.D., 2005
McGill University – B.A., with distinction, 2000

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
New York
Ontario (Canada)
Publications
Author, "When the university participates: structuring the university's licensor and shareholder rights," Global University Venturing 2020 Annual Review (January 2021)
Speaking Engagements
Speaker, "Venture Financing: Soup to Nuts," UCSF Rosenman Institute (February 2021)
Awards and Honors
Recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star"