our people

senior management

edward cahill

Edward Cahill is responsible for the European business at Cohen & Company. He has nearly 20 years experience in the European securitisation markets. He has raised asset backed debt for various entities in most major European jurisdictions over the years – and has been involved in debt raises totaling over Euro 200 billion. Previously, he ran the CDO business at Barclays Capital. Prior to that he ran ABS and CDO trading at JPMorgan in London. He started his career as a CDS trader and structurer at UBS. Edward has a Bachelor of International Commerce from University College Dublin.

darlene bain

Darlene Bain is focused on European and U.S. structured credit transactions. She has worked in various structuring and marketing roles in the structured products space since 2002 both in the U.S. and UK. Prior to joining Cohen & Company, Darlene worked for New York based Varadero Capital, raising capital for its various funds, including the firms structured credit hedge fund. In 2011, Darlene worked for Societe Generale New York, in the bank's Credit / Structured Credit Cross Asset Solutions Sales group. Prior to Societe Generale, Darlene worked for Channel Capital Advisors in London brokering primarily bank loan, P3 and infrastructure loans. In 2003, she joined the Structured Products Group at Barclays Capital London.

investment banking

sherjeel khan

Sherjeel Khan is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group.

Prior to joining Cohen & Company, Sherjeel was co-founder of SCap Limited, a boutique advisory firm with a focus on real estate, infrastructure and healthcare sectors across Europe and the Middle East. Previously, he served as Managing Director and started the European operations of RAIT Financial Trust, a publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT, where he originated and structured capital markets transactions for European real estate companies. Before moving to London in 2006, Sherjeel served as Senior Vice President at RAIT’s New York offices structuring debt and hybrid capital for US equity, mortgage and specialty finance REITs and real estate companies. Prior to RAIT Financial Trust, Sherjeel was a Vice President in the real estate investment banking group of Cohen Bros. & Company. Sherjeel started his career at Banc of America Securities within the high yield restructuring group and holds a BS in Commerce and Economics from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

asset management

paul vernhes

Paul Vernhes is President of Cohen & Compagnie SAS and Managing Director of Cohen & Company Financial Limited. He has 17 years of experience with Financial Institutions and 8 years of experience in Structured Finance. After joining Cohen & Company in 2005, he was responsible for the insurance credit analysis for the Dekania Europe programme. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Dekania Corp. from February 2006 until March 2009.

Before joining Cohen & Company, Paul was the chief financial officer of Corifrance, the French reinsurance subsidiary of Markel Corp and also served as a treaty and facultative reinsurance underwriter for Corifrance in Europe and Latin America. Previously, he worked as a strategy and management consultant to the insurance industry at A.T. Kearney and Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group. Paul is a graduate of “HEC (the Ecole de Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and holds a M.Sc. in Finance from the London School of Economics ("LSE").

amédée de clermont-tonnerre

Amédée de Clermont-Tonnerre is a Director of Cohen & Company. He has 14 years of experience with Capital Markets and 8 years of experience in Structured Credit Assets.

Prior to joining Cohen & Company, Amédéé worked at Natixis Asset Management as Head of CDO Investments, where he managed a €4billion Structured Credit Legacy book. He began his career in 1997 at the French bank Credit Industriel et Commercial where he worked in front office risk management. In 1999, he became an Interest Rate Derivative proprietary trader. In 2000 he joined CDC Ixis Capital Markets as Head of Exotic Interest Rate Product Risk Management and switched to Structured Credit Risk Management in 2003. Amédée is a certified actuary from EURIA (Euro Institute of Actuary).

domenico sapone

Domenico Sapone is an analyst, serving at Cohen & Compagnie, SAS, for financial institutions, focusing mainly on European insurance companies.

Previously, he worked as an equity capital market analyst for BBVA in Madrid (Spain) and as an equity linked analyst for Société Générale CIB in Paris (France). Domenico holds a graduate degree in Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Turin (Italy), a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from the ESCP-EAP of Paris (France) and a European Master of Science in Management from the City University of London (UK).

sales & trading

michele del bo

Michele is responsible for advising financial institutions in the management and disposal of alternative investments including distressed assets as well as other non-core assets, leveraged loans, real estate, shipping, infrastructure loans, liquidation and bankruptcy claims, and unlisted equity.

Through the years he has originated, structured and sold various alternative investments opportunities to major hedge funds focused on credit and special situations. Michele has 20 years of experience in financial services in both analytical and origination/sales senior roles having previously worked at Macquarie Bank, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley and Moody’s. He holds an MBA from CASS Business School and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Business from Universita’ di Roma, La Sapienza.

saleem arif

Saleem Arif is a Managing Director and is responsible for originating and executing trades in illiquid assets. He specialises in sourcing portfolios of bonds, loans, ABS and legal claims from banks and institutions and placing them with specialised credit funds and private equity firms. In addition, he has responsibilities within European Investment Banking for originating, structuring and distributing transactions.

Prior to Cohen & Company, Saleem was a Senior Vice President within the Special Finance Advisory Group at Deutsche Bank, specialising in the workout and restructuring of the Bank’s distressed portfolio. Prior to that, he held positions at Barclays Capital in European Syndicated & Leveraged Loans origination, structuring and distribution, Credit Restructuring & Advisory and Leveraged Finance. He holds a BSc in Economics and a Masters degree in Banking & Finance from Loughborough University.

legal & compliance

richard hepworth

Richard Hepworth is the Chief Compliance Officer of Cohen & Company.

Prior to joining Cohen & Company, Richard worked as a Compliance Officer for Lazard Capital Markets, an Agency Brokerage specialising in Distressed and Financial debt, where he helped set up the internal policies, managed the AML and Compliance Monitoring functions, and designed and maintained the internal Client, Trade Capture and P&L; system. Richard has 15 years experience in the finance industry, and has a background in Bank Loans having worked at a number of sell side institutions. His roles have ranged from Loans Administration at Dresdner Bank to infrastructure project management for Loan Derivatives (TRS and CLO) at Bank of America. Richard has also managed the Prime Brokerage Loan Closing team at Deutsche Bank.

nathalie ghnassia

Nathalie Ghnassia joined Cohen & Compagnie SAS in 2005 as corporate counsel.

Prior to joining Cohen & Compagnie SAS, Nathalie worked as an associate at Mayer Brown, LLP in Chicago in the Banking and Finance Department. Nathalie holds a Bachelor of Business Law and a Master in International Business Law from the Sorbonne (Paris). Nathalie is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Daniel G Cohen