Arthur H. Kohn


New York
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Arthur H. Kohn is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Mr. Kohn's practice focuses on compensation and benefits matters, including executive compensation, pension compliance and investment, employment law and related matters.

Mr. Kohn is distinguished by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S. and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the leading lawyers in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. He was selected as Best Lawyers' 2014 New York Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year. On Above the Law, Mr. Kohn was voted as one of the "Top Partners to Work for - New York." In 2011, he was selected for the National Association of Corporate Directors' Directorship 100, a list of the most influential people in corporate governance and in the boardroom.

Mr. Kohn is co-editor of The Executive Remuneration Review, a book discussing the global regulation of executive compensation. He is an adjunct faculty member at the New York University School of Law, at which he teaches a course on the Taxation of Executive Compensation, and a regular guest lecturer at Columbia Law School.

Mr. Kohn advises numerous corporations on executive compensation matters, including Abbott Laboratories, Alpha Natural Resources, American Express, Ann Inc., Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, General Dynamics, Google, Hartford Financial, Hexcel, Honeywell, McDonald's, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, Sony Corporation, Tech Data Corporation, The Washington Post Company and Whirlpool, among many others, as well as selected corporate executives, with regard to corporate governance and executive compensation matters.

Mr. Kohn’s recent experience includes advising State Street Bank, Credit Suisse, Bank Itaú and private equity firm Hellman & Friedman in connection with pension investment matters; the Union Carbide Corporation Pension Plan in connection with a claim under ERISA; Jeff Bezos in connection with the acquisition of The Washington Post newspaper; Google in connection with its unique transferable stock option program; Crédit Agricole in connection with an innovative leveraged stock offer program; ABB in connection with its acquisition of Power One; private equity firms Citi Venture Capital International, Fortress Capital, Hellman & Friedman, Highstar Capital, SilverLake Partners, TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus in connection with various portfolio company investments; and designer Reed Krakoff in connection with the acquisition of his branded business from Coach, Inc.

Mr. Kohn received a J.D. degree and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1986. He was elected as a Stone Scholar at the Law School and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Kohn joined the firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1995. Mr. Kohn has been co-chair of the firm’s New York office diversity committee and its corporate governance practice group, and chair of its pension and employee benefits committee.

Mr. Kohn is a member of the Bar in New York.

Honors and Distinctions

The Best Lawyers in America - New York Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year.

The Best Lawyers in America - Employee Benefits (ERISA).

The Legal 500 U.S. - Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.

Chambers USA - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation.

2011 NACD Directorship 100 - Most Influential People in Corporate Governance.

Super Lawyers of New York - Employee Benefits/ERISA.


  • Columbia Law School
    (J.D., 1986)
  • Columbia University
    (B.A., 1983)

Bar Admissions

New York - September 28, 1987
USDC, Eastern District of Michigan - September 23, 2014

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