Alexander Cochran is a corporate partner and a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. He focuses on corporate transactions in the insurance industry, including mergers and acquisitions, financings and pension risk transfer transactions.

Mr. Cochran is ranked as a leading practitioner in insurance by Chambers USA (2024), where he is described as “technically impeccable,” “sharp, hardworking and incredibly commercial.” Clients who value his “consistent energy, intellectual depth and practical negotiating acumen,” have also described him as “one of the most commercial and effective attorneys in the insurance M&A space - a true expert.” He is recognized as a Leading Lawyer for insurance in The Legal 500 US (2024), where clients have noted that he is a “go-to partner for complicated reinsurance transactions.” He is said to be “excellent at solving complex issues” and “unflappable under pressure.” Mr. Cochran is also recognized as a Notable Practitioner by IFLR1000 (2023). He is a frequent author and speaker on legal developments affecting the insurance industry. He is the co-author of numerous publications, including “Federal Reserve Publishes Advance Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking On Capital Requirements For Insurers,” FC&S Legal (July, 2016); “Federal Reserve Proposes Enhanced Prudential Standards For Insurance SIFIs,” FC&S Legal (July, 2016); “Developments At The NAIC Spring Meeting,” Law360 (April, 2016); “Financial Buyer Participation In The Insurance Industry: An Update For 2015,” FC&S Legal (July, 2015); and the Insurance and Investment Management M&A Deskbook (Practising Law Institute, 2023). His recent speaking engagements include “Insurance M&A: Evolution or Revolution?,” S&P Global Webinar 2017 and “Financial Reinsurance as Alternative Capital” at the Hanover Re Experience 2015.

Mr. Cochran received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005, where he was a senior editor of the Law Review, and his B.A. magna cum laude from Bucknell University in 2002. Prior to joining Debevoise in 2006, Mr. Cochran was a law clerk to the Hon. Mary McLaughlin of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2005, J.D.
  • Bucknell University, 2002, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York