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Yafit Cohn

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

New York, NY, USA


Yafit Cohn is an Associate in the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice. Her practice focuses on advising public companies on issues pertaining to securities law and corporate governance. Yafit regularly assists corporate management and boards of directors on a wide range of matters, including SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, shareholder proposals, the impact of proxy advisory firms, and responses to formal and informal SEC inquiries. Yafit’s recent clients have included Accenture, Ingersoll-Rand, L-3 Communications, PPL Corporation and The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Yafit received her J.D. in 2004 from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and her B.A., summa cum laude, in 2001 from Columbia College. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 2005.

Recent Publication

  • “Privilege and Work Product in Internal Investigations,” New York Law Journal (Apr. 10, 2014)
  • “Litigation Fee-Shifting Bylaws Facially Valid in Delaware,” New York Law Journal (June 12, 2014)
  • “Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations,” New York Law Journal (Aug. 14, 2014)
  • “‘Loser Pays’ Rules Make A Comeback,” Wall Street Journal (Opinion) (Aug. 28, 2014)
  • “Intra-Law Firm Communications, Conflicts of Interest, and the “Fiduciary Exception” to the Attorney-Client Privilege,” Business Law Today (Sept. 2014)
  • “CEO Succession: Principles and Considerations,” Practical Law (Oct. 2014)
  • “Enforceability of Board-Adopted Forum Selection Bylaws,” New York Law Journal (Oct. 9, 2014)
  • “The Scope of the False Claims Act’s First-to-File Bar,” ABA’s Commercial & Business Litigation (Nov. 21, 2014)
  • “Playing the Dodd-Frank Shaming Game,” Wall Street Journal (Opinion) (Dec. 3, 2014)
  • “Pleading Corporate Scienter: Circuits Split on Standard,” New York Law Journal (Dec. 11, 2014)
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