Arthur’s clients include major conduit bond issuers of revenue bonds, focusing in the area of economic development, as well as national and regional investment banking firms and not-for-profit educational institutions. His legal advice is often sought not only in the transactions in which he has provided legal services, but also for those in which parties’ expectations or commitments failed to be realized. He has negotiated prominent tax benefit transactions on behalf of governmental agencies pursuant to which job commitments from large employers are tied to the conferral (and recapture) of local tax exemptions. Arthur takes particular pride in his ability to successfully understand, structure, negotiate and timely close highly complex transactions, and in so doing, achieve his clients’ objectives while earning other counsels (and their clients) respect and cooperation. Arthur served as underwriters’ counsel for financings for One Bryant Park in Times Square, and 7 World Trade Center, in a combined collateralized mortgage backed security and tax-exempt financing of major commercial office buildings.
Having worked in Lower Manhattan his entire career, including during the tragedy of 9/11, Arthur was deeply motivated and proud to act as underwriters’ counsel for the financing of the reconstruction of Tower 7, Tower 4 and Tower 3 of the World Trade Center; all of these financings were highly complex in their real estate and contractual structure, and presented novel issues and challenges.
Arthur regularly lectures and teaches before varied audiences, and takes great pride in both disseminating valuable information, while using his sense of humor to keep his audience awake and interested.
- National Association of Bond Lawyers
- Council of Development Finance Agencies
- New York State Economic Development Council
- New York State Bar Association
Lifetime Achievement Award, Council of Development Finance Agencies (2016)
Super Lawyer in the New York Metropolitan Area for Government Finance (2006- 2016)
- City College of New York, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Articles Editor of The Law Review
- New York
Recent News & Publications
- Arthur Cohen recipient of the 2016 CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award
The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) announced that Arthur Cohen is the recipient of the 2016 CDFA Lifetime Achievement …
- Super Lawyers Names 21 Hawkins Lawyers in 2014
This year, Hawkins has more Super Lawyers in the practice of Government Finance than any other law firm in the New York Metro area.…
- Nine of Seventeen Super Lawyers are Hawkins Partners
In the annual list of top attorneys in the New York Metro area, nine of the seventeen Super Lawyers in Bonds and Government Finance ar…
- Hawkins is nominated as Finalist for the Bond Buyer’s Deal of the Year Award
Hawkins acted as Underwriters Counsel in connection with the issuance of $650 million of Second Priority Liberty Revenue Refunding Bon…