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H. Rodgin Cohen

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Senior Chairman
New York, NY, USA


H. Rodgin Cohen has been the Senior Chairman of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP since January 1, 2010. The primary focus of Mr. Cohen’s practice is securities law, acquisition, regulatory and enforcement matters for U.S. and non-U.S. banking and other financial institutions and their trade associations, and corporate governance matters for a wide variety of organizations.

Mr. Cohen provides corporate governance advice to a large number of financial and non-financial institutions, both regular clients and as special assignments. He is also a frequent advisor on the rise of strategic and corporate governance activism and its impact on institutions, and he deals frequently with multiple issues arising from this activism.

He has played a singular role in the market events that have changed the face of the financial services industry and economy, for which The American Lawyer named Mr. Cohen among its 50 “Innovators in Big Law in the last 50 Years” in 2013, for his ideas, policies and practices that have left a mark on the legal industry. In 2014, Mr. Cohen was named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 New York City Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Most recently in 2016, Mr. Cohen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his banking law practice at the Who’s Who Legal Awards, noting that he “has been at the vanguard of developments affecting Wall Street and exemplifies the dedication and commitment of lawyers to not just their clients but also to shaping laws and regulations.”

Mr. Cohen is or has been a member of the FDIC Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee, the National Security Agency Cyber Awareness Panel, the Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession and The New York State Commission to Modernize the Regulation of Financial Services. He is or has also been Vice Chairman, Economic Studies Council of Brookings Institution and a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative, The Pew Financial Reform Project, the IIF Special Committee for a Strategic Dialogue for Effective Regulation and The Financial Services Roundtable’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Enhancing Competitiveness.

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