Jay Cohen

Partner and Director, Cambodia
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English, Chinese


JD, Washington University School of Law

MA, Washington University School of Law

BA, Emory University

Jay Cohen is a partner and director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Cambodia practice, leading the Phnom Penh office’s commercial and intellectual property practices. 
With over 14 years of experience in Asia, Jay is an authority on inbound investments in the region. His practice covers every stage of the investment process, beginning with offshore structuring issues and market entry into Cambodia, including advising on appropriate entities, tax considerations, licensing requirements, intellectual property protection, and labor compliance matters. He also regularly assists clients with implementing appropriate corporate and investment structures, advising on ongoing operations, and negotiating and drafting commercial contracts.
Jay has particular expertise in the energy industry, in which he frequently assists clients with acquisition of energy resources and infrastructure, handles upstream licensing and transactional work, and advises on regulatory compliance in emerging Southeast Asian markets. 
More broadly, Jay is a trusted advisor to businesses on a variety of general corporate, commercial, intellectual property, and compliance matters in Cambodia, including licensing and regulation; civil aviation compliance procedures (including aircraft registration and deregistration); real estate investment structuring; resource development project licensing and concessions; trademark and patent registration and enforcement; labor and employment matters; and mergers and acquisitions.
Jay is a truly global practitioner, entrusted with high-value commercial matters by both local clients in Cambodia and international clients from across Asia, Europe, and the United States alike. He consistently provides practical, innovative solutions to the dynamic challenges that arise within a developing legal framework.
Jay earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, alongside an M.A. in East Asian Studies, and is licensed to practice law in the state of California. He is conversant in Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Advised multinational clients on the acquisition of oil and gas blocks in Cambodia, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, and the United Kingdom.

  • Represented a major global energy company in negotiating the terms of a transnational gas pipeline in Southeast Asia.

  • Drafted and advised on the service and process agreements for one of Asia’s largest refineries.
  • Drafted license and service agreements for telecom platforms in Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam. 

  • Advised on and drafted original design manufacturing transactions for a major global consumer electronics company for the production of mobile phones.

  • Advised banks and Fortune 500 companies on know your customer and anti-corruption requirements in Southeast Asia.

  • Drafted and advised on loan and security agreements, and banking opinions in Cambodia for international banks. 

  • Advised real estate developers on all aspects of real estate development projects from initial structuring issues, land acquisition, security issues, real estate development rules, condominium management rules and commercial agreements with buyers.

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February 6, 2018

MIP Awards “Recommended” Status to Tilleke in Cambodia and Laos

Tilleke & Gibbins’ offices in Cambodia and Laos have been endorsed for their excellence in intellectual property in the latest comprehensive research from Managing Intellectual Property. In...

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February 1, 2018

Jay Cohen Joins Tilleke & Gibbins as Partner and Head of Cambodia Practice

Jay Cohen, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Tilleke & Gibbins is delighted to announce the addition of Jay Cohen as partner and director of the firm’s Cambodia operations as of February 1, 2018.   A 14-year veteran of Asian investment...

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January 16, 2018

Tilleke & Gibbins Signs Anti-Corruption Memorandum with Cambodian Government

On January 15, 2018, Tilleke & Gibbins signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Cambodian government’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), under which Tilleke & Gibbins agrees to...

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December 12, 2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Recognized in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar

Chambers Asia-Pacific  has released the 2018 edition of its annual rankings of the leading law firms from 41 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region, in which Tilleke & Gibbins has once...

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