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John Baumann, Partner at entrepreneur lawyers Cogent Law Group, and expert in IP, M&A, DeFi and cryptocurrency law

John Baumann



Corporate & Securities Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

John (Jack) Baumann is a corporate attorney with more than 30 years of experience in corporate transactional work, securities offerings and mergers & acquisitions. Jack’s experience includes extensive corporate transactional work at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, as well as KPMG and as Chief Legal Officer of several public and private companies.

During his time as CLO at Public Storage (NYSE:PSA), Jack orchestrated Public Storage’s $5 billion hostile acquisition of rival self-storage operator, Shurgard Storage Centers, Inc., which was the first hostile and first all-stock acquisition of a Real Estate Investment Trust. In addition to his experience with REITS, Jack’s specialized industry experience includes the Insurance & Financial Services, as well as Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Distribution sectors.

In addition to practicing with Cogent, Jack is currently the SVP for Business Development & Legal Affairs for Global Medical Solutions, Ltd., which specializes in the manufacture and distribution of diagnostic, therapeutic and outsourced nuclear medicine products and services throughout Asia & the Pacific Rim.

Jack’s combined experience includes more than 30 years advising boards of directors and senior management teams in all forms of complex corporate transactions, securities offerings, acquisitions, joint ventures, investment advisory registration and all types of strategic business development initiatives.

Jack has developed expertise regarding cryptocurrency transactions and currently counsels Cogent clients regarding securities law aspects of ICO transactions, and with structuring transactions and private placements under Regulations D, A and CF.

Jack received his B.A from Columbia University and J.D from Harvard Law School. Jack is admitted to practice law in New York.