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. 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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November 17, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Employment Law Forum 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Annual Employment Law Forum from Tilleke & Gibbins will be offered as a series of webinars, throughout November and December, on the topics that...

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October 20, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins among Southeast Asia’s Top Corporate Firms in IFLR1000 2021 Rankings

In the recently released IFLR1000  2021 rankings of the world’s best corporate and financial law firms, Tilleke & Gibbins was honored with a record 15 firm-wide rankings across all...

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September 24, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Regional Employment Practice Wins at Benchmark Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins was named Asia-Pacific Labour and Employment Firm of the Year at the recently announced Benchmark Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2020. The award recognizes the firm’s...

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September 21, 2020

Asialaw Profiles 2021: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked among Top Law Firms in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Myanmar

In the recently published Asialaw Profiles 2021, a guide to the leading Asian law firms, Tilleke & Gibbins’ offices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Myanmar achieved high rankings across several...

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September 21, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Recognized with 21 Individual Rankings in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2021

A total of 21 Tilleke & Gibbins practitioners are recognized in the 2021 edition of Asialaw Leading Lawyers, a highly regarded guide to leading law firms and legal practitioners in the Asia-...

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December 2, 2020

Practical Law Insurance and Reinsurance Global Guide: 2020 Cambodia Update

Jay Cohen, Nitikar Nith, Sochanmalisphoung Vannavuth

The latest update to the Cambodia chapter of Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law guide to insurance and reinsurance has been published, written by legal practitioners from Tilleke & Gibbins’ Phnom...

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October 27, 2020

An Analysis of Cambodia's New Law on Anti-Money Laundering

Sochanmalisphoung Vannavuth, Jay Cohen

On 27 June 2020, Cambodia issued the new Law on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism ('the 2020 AML/CFT Law'), that abrogates both the 2007 law of the same name and the 2013...

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September 18, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Guide to Bankruptcy Law in Southeast Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in widespread economic turmoil, with quarantines, business closures, and precipitous declines in consumer and business spending causing momentous shifts in...

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September 16, 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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September 10, 2020

Cambodia’s New Law on Anti-Money Laundering

Jay Cohen

Cambodia’s new Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Law (the “2020 AML/CFT Law”) came into force in June 2020, abrogating the 2007 law of the same name and the accompanying...

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