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Robert A. Cohen

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Co-Chief, Market Abuse Unit, Division of Enforcement
Washington, DC, USA


Robert Cohen is Co-Chief of the SEC Division of Enforcement’s Market Abuse Unit.  As Co-Chief, Mr. Cohen is responsible for supervising approximately 60 attorneys and specialists who investigate large-scale market conduct, including possible violations relating to market structure, insider trading and market manipulation.   

Mr. Cohen has supervised significant enforcement actions, including:  the Commission’s first Enforcement penalty against a national stock exchange; investigations concerning dark pools and other alternative trading systems; the Commission’s first Enforcement proceedings against broker-dealers under the Market Access Rule (Rule 15c3-5); an action against a Bulgarian trader for manipulating stocks through false SEC EDGAR filings; and complex insider trading investigations, including an action against a managing clerk at a national law firm whose tips were passed at Grand Central Terminal. 

Prior to joining the Commission in 2004, Mr. Cohen was in private practice and served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he served on the Law Review, and received a B.S. from Cornell University.   

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