Sherman A. Cohen

Partner

Direct: 404.873.8630
Fax: 404.873.8631
Atlanta
171 17th Street, NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Sherman is a partner and chair of the Corporate and Finance practice and currently serving as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Drawing upon years of transactional experience, Sherman advises public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings and joint ventures, as well as corporate governance matters.

Clients in the technology, healthcare, specialty finance and restaurant industries hire Sherman because they know he will guide them through the most complicated matters with confidence. Specific to the healthcare space, Sherman’s experience embraces healthcare information technology companies and investors who rely upon his smart, practical approach to transactions.

As a delegate on the Georgia Technology and Trade Mission to Israel, Sherman accompanied a former governor to participate in business and diplomatic meetings, further cementing the strong relationship between the state of Georgia and Israel.

Experience

  • Represented the U.S. subsidiary of a UK-based payments processing consulting company in a sale transaction of the parent company (2021)

  • Represented one of the country’s largest Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon franchisees in the sale to a strategic buyer (2021)

  • Represented a litigation funding company in a series of securitizations and other structured finance transactions (2019-2021)

  • Represented RaceTrac in a series of transactional and corporate governance matters (2019-2021)

  • Represented the founders and management team in the sale of a home flooring company to a large private equity firm (2020)

  • Represented a German-based manufacturer of specialty paper in the acquisition of a Southeastern-based specialty paper company (2020)

  • Represented a manufacturer and distributor of hospital equipment to a strategic buyer (2020)

  • Represented a metro Atlanta-based metal recycling business in the sale to a strategic buyer (2019)

  • Represented an Atlanta-based Arby’s franchisee in a sale to a public franchise restaurant company (2019)

  • Represented a joint venture of nonprofit Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies, in the sale of two informatics and data analytics subsidiaries, to a later-stage healthcare information technology company and to another Blue Cross affiliate.

  • Represented a leading provider of end-to-end solutions for healthcare data acquisition, auditing and analytics, in a recapitalization transaction with Elm Park Capital Management.

  • Assisted in the representation of specialty finance company, Peachtree Settlement Funding, in the merger of its affiliate with an affiliate of JG Wentworth to create the largest purchaser of structured settlement payment streams in the industry.

  • Represented DRB Capital, LLC, a leading specialty finance company, in multiple securitization transactions collateralized by structured settlement receivables, annuities and pre-settlement receivables.

  • Represented large restaurant franchisee in simultaneous closing of equity financing, debt refinancing and two acquisitions that doubled the size of the company.

Credentials

  • Columbia Law School, Juris Doctor
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science - Accounting and Finance,
    cum laude
  • State of Georgia
    • Conexx (formerly American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region), Board of Directors
    • Governor Technology and Trade Mission to Israel, Delegate
    • Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Board of Advisors

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, 2018-23
  • IFLR1000, M&A Law, 2019-21
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, multiple years
  • “Legal Elite,” Georgia Trend, multiple years
  • Accompanied former Georgia Governor as a delegate on the Georgia Technology and Trade Mission to Israel to participate in business and diplomatic meetings.