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Richard M. Kohn

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Richard M. Kohn is a founder of Goldberg Kohn and a principal in the firm's Commercial Finance Group. He specializes in representing banks and other financial institutions in structuring and documenting cross-border credit facilities. He is also Co-General Counsel of the Commercial Finance Association (the principal U.S. trade association for banks and other lenders engaged in commercial finance) and a Lecturer in Law in cross-border lending at The University of Chicago Law School.  Richard was named by Chambers Global 2015 as a leading lawyer in the United States in Banking & Finance, and is a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.

Richard has been active in secured transactions law reform, serving as a member of the Expert Group for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in connection with the preparation of UNCITRAL's Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions, the related Supplement on Security Rights in Intellectual Property, the Technical Legislative Guide on the Implementation of a Security Rights Registry, and the Model Law on Secured Transactions (UNCITRAL's current project), and also serving as a consultant to the United Nations in connection with the Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions. In addition, he has participated in initiatives to promote secured credit in other countries, including the People's Republic of China (where he taught asset-based lending to over 150 Chinese bankers at the invitation of the People's Bank of China and the International Finance Corporation (World Bank) and Mexico (where he helped to organize a roundtable discussion with the Mexican government).

Richard writes and speaks frequently on the subject of international lending. Publications include: Facilitating a Cost-Free Path to Economic Recovery: Implementing a Global Uniform International Receivables Financing Law, 44 UCC L. J.  277 (2012) (with S.V. Bazinas and Louis F. Del Duca); The Case for Including Directly Held Securities Within the Scope of the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions, 15 Uniform L. Rev. 413 (2010); and Convention to Bolster Exports and Jobs, Wash. Times, March 6, 2012. Speaking engagements include presentations for the American Bar Association, ALI CLE, The New York City Bar Association, the World Bank and the New England School of Law. He is also the President of the Brain Research Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of CJE SeniorLife.

Richard received his law degree, cum laude, in 1969 and his B.A., with distinction, in 1966, both from The University of Michigan. He is admitted to practice in Illinois.



Chicago Office
55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792

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  • University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1969
  • University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction, 1966

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Commercial Finance Association, Co-General Counsel (2002-Present)
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, Fellow
  • Founders Leadership Council of the CFA Education Foundation, Member
  • Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member

Attorneys At Law

55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792
Tel: 312.201.4000
Fax: 312.332.2196