David has specialised in the field of employee share ownership for almost 30 years and advises a diverse range of listed and private companies, both UK-based and international, on all aspects of employee share schemes. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and was the founder of the Share Plan Lawyers Group and its chairman from 1988 to 2013.
David is the author of the first textbook on EMI options, ‘EMI Share Options: The Complete Guide’ (published by Bloomsbury in September 2013), joint editor of ‘Employee Share Schemes’ (Sweet & Maxwell) and joint author of ‘The New Employee Share Incentives: AESOPs and EMI’ (Sweet and Maxwell 2000). He is also a member of the editorial board of Palmers Company Law and has written more than 150 articles for the Financial Times.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Recognised by Best Lawyers (UK) in the practice area of Employee Share Schemes Law 2019, 2018 and 2017
Experienced consultant David Cohen of Keystone Law is considered to be "a very prominent name" in the employee share schemes and incentives arena.
Chambers UK (2017)
“David Cohen is a consultant at Keystone Law and has deep experience advising on share schemes and incentive matters.”
Chambers UK (2016)
David was recommended for Employee Share Scheme advice and recognised as an elite practitioner in the Legal 500 2014
“The vastly experienced David Cohen of Keystone Law is one of the most respected figures in the marketplace. His is a broad practice, encompassing all aspects of share schemes and incentives.”
Chambers UK (2014)
Chartered Institute of taxation prize for best fellowship thesis of 1988
Member of the consultative committee appointed by the Government in 2011 to work with the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) with a view to making employee share schemes simpler and fairer
Tutor on the LLM Employee Share Ownership Law course at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, University of London (1994-1997)
|2013||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|1998-2013||Norton Rose | Partner|
|1986-1998||Berwin Leighton Paisner | Partner|
|1982-1986||K&L Gates | Associate Solicitor then Partner|
|1980||Qualified as a Solicitor|
|1978-1982||Dechert | Trainee Solicitor then Associate Solicitor|