Mark Cahn’s practice focuses on government and internal investigations, enforcement proceedings and litigation involving financial institutions, individuals and public companies. Mr. Cahn served as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2011–2013. Mr. Cahn originally joined WilmerHale in 1988, and rejoined the firm after his service at the Commission.
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Cahn has represented public companies, financial institutions, individuals and corporations in internal corporate investigations, enforcement proceedings involving the SEC, FINRA and other regulatory bodies, and in federal and state court litigation. These matters have involved a broad range of issues, including financial reporting, regulatory compliance, accounting and disclosure inquiries, securities and other financial fraud, and insider trading.
In his position as General Counsel to SEC, Mr. Cahn provided legal advice to the Commission and its Divisions on all enforcement, litigation and regulatory matters. He provided legal and policy advice on administrative and operational issues, advised the Commission on the implementation of all rulemakings, and played a key role in the development of the SEC’s Whistleblower program. Mr. Cahn also served as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Adjudication at the SEC from 2009 to 2011, during which time he advised the Commission on enforcement recommendations and oversaw the litigation, appellate and adjudication functions of the General Counsel’s Office.
Mr. Cahn graduated from Yale Law School with a JD in 1986 and earned is BA from Tufts University in 1983.