Giles T. Cohen is Acting Chief Counsel in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to joining the Office of the Chief Accountant, Mr. Cohen was a counsel to Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar, where he was responsible for briefing, advising and representing the Commissioner on a broad variety of matters, including Commission rule making, enforcement recommendations, staff interpretations and other informal guidance. Prior to that service, Mr. Cohen worked with the Commission’s Division of Enforcement as a senior counsel, where he investigated and prosecuted cases involving a wide variety of federal securities law violations, including those involving misleading financial disclosures, accounting fraud, offering fraud, insider trading, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Before joining the Commission, Mr. Cohen was in private practice as a counsel in the securities group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he represented companies, boards of directors and individuals in government investigations involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, the NYSE, Department of Justice and other regulatory agencies, and as an associate in the tax group at Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Mr. Cohen received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.