Jay Cohen

Partner and Director, Cambodia
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Office

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English, Chinese

Education

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. He is also a well-respected practitioner to the technology industry, frequently advising innovative technology companies on their Southeast Asian operations, with a particular focus on the regulatory framework applicable to FinTech and other professional services technology. He is an active member of the firm's Technology Industry Group.
 
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.

  • Acted as legal advisor to the administrator in the first insolvency proceeding filed in Cambodia for Nautisco Seafood Manufacturing.

  • Represented creditor and participated in the creditor’s committee in connection with Cambodia’s second insolvency proceeding for Mfone.

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February 17, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Shortlisted in 10 Categories in the Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated in 10 categories in the recently announced shortlist for the Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2020. This is the inaugural year for the awards, which aim to be...

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February 6, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers to Participate in Cambodian Agribusiness Event

Alan Adcock, David Mol, Jay Cohen, Sochanmalisphoung Vannavuth

On February 7, 2020, four lawyers from Tilleke & Gibbins will participate in a seminar and titled “Business Opportunities in Cambodia’s Agriculture Sector.” The two-day event is being organized...

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February 6, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers to Participate in Cambodian Agribusiness Event

Alan Adcock, David Mol, Jay Cohen, Sochanmalisphoung Vannavuth

On February 7, 2020, four lawyers from Tilleke & Gibbins will participate in a seminar titled “Business Opportunities in Cambodia’s Agriculture Sector.” The two-day event is being organized by...

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January 24, 2020

Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Shortlisted for Mekong Region Firm of the Year

Tilleke & Gibbins has earned a nomination to receive the distinguished Mekong Region Firm of the Year award at the upcoming Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2020. Notably, this announcement marks the...

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January 23, 2020

Legal 500 Names Tilleke & Gibbins Among Cambodia’s Best Firms in Asia Pacific 2020 Survey

For the third year in a row, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  has placed Tilleke & Gibbins among the best law firms in Cambodia in its 2020 rankings. Listing the firm in Tier 2 for...

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April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Center

As the global COVID-19 situation develops, Tilleke & Gibbins is dedicated to ensuring that our clients remain up to date on the most important legal developments in Southeast Asia as they happen...

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April 2, 2020

Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency in Asia 2020 – Cambodia Chapter

Jay Cohen

Jay Cohen, partner and director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ office in Phnom Penh, has authored the Cambodia chapter of the Asian Business Law Institute  (ABLI ) Corporate Restructuring and...

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April 2, 2020

Cambodia: New Directive on Loan Restructuring During the COVID-19 Epidemic

Sochanmalisphoung Vannavuth, Jay Cohen

On March 27, 2020, the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) issued a directive to all banks and financial institutions to restructure loans in order to maintain financial stability, support economic...

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March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Status Update for Southeast Asia - March 18, 2020

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on Southeast Asia are a deep concern shared by all with connections to the region. To encourage clear understanding of the facts on the ground, Tilleke...

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March 2, 2020

What Cambodia's New Law on Electronic Commerce Means for Business

Pichrotanak Bunthan, Jay Cohen

On November 2, 2019, Cambodia enacted the Law on Electronic Commerce (“E-commerce Law”). This development makes Cambodia the last member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)—one of...

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