David A. Cohen is the Chairman of Highview Capital. He is also Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Karlin Asset Management, Inc., a Los Angeles based multi-billion dollar private investment firm he co-founded in 2005, and Chairman of real estate direct lending fund Calmwater Capital.
David has over 30 years of experience in principal investing, which includes nearly a decade in senior executive positions with Pacific Holdings, one of the largest private companies in the U.S. He also served as a Principal in a $16 billion alternative investment firm (acquired by Blackrock), and started his career as an investment banker and derivatives specialist at Lazard Frères & Co. in New York. Mr. Cohen is a frequent speaker and thought leader on distressed investing, risk management, asset allocation and contrarian thinking.
David’s academic background includes degrees from Cambridge University (M.Phil., Finance), and Boston University (B.S., Engineering, summa cum laude), and graduate work at Sydney University as a Rotary Foundation Scholar (Engineering).
David grew up on the east coast and migrated to Los Angeles over twenty years ago, where he and his wife Laurie raised four children. David enjoys cycling, yoga, and skiing in his spare time. He also serves in executive leadership roles or board positions with a variety of non-profit organizations in the areas of education, public policy, medical research and animal welfare.