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Alexander F. Cohen

Alexander F. Cohen

Latham & Watkins LLP

Washington, DC, USA


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.

Profile

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.

Thought Leadership

  • 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)

Education

JD, Yale Law School, 1988 MA,
Yale University, 1985
BA, Yale University, 1982

Bar Qualifications

District of Columbia, New York

Languages

Dutch, English, French, Spanish

Recognition Highlights

Co-chair of Latham's national office, which is "highly commended" as the center of "know-how and expertise on securities law" and recognized as "one of the leading voices on the subject" by Financial Times 2012 US Innovative Lawyers Report

Recommended by Legal 500 US for debt and equity offerings

Alexander F. Cohen is associated with the following items:
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Accessing the U.S. Capital Markets: What Foreign Governments Need to Know, Thursday, June 29, 2017
XBRL is Here for FPIs Using IFRS, Friday, October 13, 2017
Audio Only On-Demand Web  Audio Only On-Demand Web Accessing the U.S. Capital Markets: What Foreign Governments Need to Know - Accessing the U.S. Capital Markets: What Foreign Governments Need to Know, Friday, June 30, 2017
XBRL is Here for FPIs Using IFRS - XBRL is Here for FPIs Using IFRS, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Accessing the U.S. Capital Markets: What Foreign Governments Need to Know - Accessing the U.S. Capital Markets: What Foreign Governments Need to Know, Friday, June 30, 2017
XBRL is Here for FPIs Using IFRS - XBRL is Here for FPIs Using IFRS, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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