Alex Cohen is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and Co- chair of Latham & Watkins' national office, a central resource for clients and Latham lawyers facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws. His practice specializes in capital markets and SEC matters. Partner, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Cohen is a former senior official of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He joined the SEC staff in 2006 as Deputy General Counsel for Legal Policy and Administrative Practice and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff. During his time at the SEC, Mr. Cohen advised the SEC Chairman on highly sensitive questions across all aspects of the agency's work, including the SEC's response to the 2008 financial crisis. He also worked closely with the Chairman, Commissioners and senior agency staff to develop and implement SEC rulemakings.
Mr. Cohen's practice covers:
- Complex securities transactions
- Registration and reporting with the SEC
- Accounting restatements
- Investigations by the SEC
Mr Cohen was resident in Latham's London and Hong Kong offices from 2001-2006, and has particular expertise advising non-US companies on US securities law matters.
From 1989 to 1990, Mr. Cohen served as a law clerk to Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Edits Latham's "Words of Wisdom" blog, tackling interesting legal issues in the capital markets in a lively, plain-English manner
- Taught at Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor
- Served as a technical advisor to Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (2010)