Alexander F. Cohen

  • Partner
  • Ealexander.cohen@lw.com
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
  • T +1.202.637.2284
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Profile

Alex Cohen advises clients and Latham lawyers facing thorny issues arising under the US securities laws. As Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ National Office in Washington, D.C., he draws on his experience as a senior official at the SEC and decades of capital markets practice.

Mr. Cohen helps clients navigate:

  • Complex securities transactions
  • Registration and reporting with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Accounting restatements
  • SEC investigations

He is well-regarded in the global capital markets for advising non-US clients on US securities law matters, and spent 2001-2006 in Latham’s London and Hong Kong offices.

Consistent with Latham culture, Mr. Cohen serves as an accessible and valuable resource, providing guidance and insight to deal teams and colleagues throughout the firm.

Mr. Cohen served as the SEC’s Deputy General Counsel for Legal Policy and Administrative Practice and later as Deputy Chief of Staff. During his time at the SEC, he 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. In 2016, Mr. Cohen was selected by the Trump-Pence Presidential Transition Team to lead the Agency Landing Team for the SEC.

He served as a law clerk to Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Thought Leadership

Mr. Cohen and the National Office have developed an expansive body of publicly available thought leadership that demystifies the intersection of technical regulations, agency lore, and market practice. Topics include:

  • Initial public offerings (IPOs)
  • Financial statements
  • Cross-border securities offerings

In addition, he edits Latham’s Words of Wisdom resource, tackling interesting legal issues in the capital markets in a lively, plain-English style.

He acted as a technical advisor to Oliver Stone for the film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).

Thought Leadership

  • The Latham FPI Guide: Accessing the US Capital Markets From Outside the United States -  September 10, 2019
  • The Latham Global IPO Guide -  April 02, 2019
  • Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings -  January 08, 2019
  • The Secrets of Form 6-K: Getting Behind the Curtain with the FPI Wizard -  October 22, 2018
  • From Ducklings to Swans: More Companies Will Qualify as a “Smaller Reporting Company” -  July 23, 2018
  • Spotify Case Study: Structuring and Executing a Direct Listing -  June 21, 2018
  • The IPO Playbook -  October 09, 2017
  • Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2018 Offerings -  September 05, 2017
  • New IPO Policy Signals Pragmatic Regulatory Approach -  July 24, 2017
  • Decrypting Non-GAAP Rule Compliance -  July 20, 2017
  • Hail, Hail Freedonia: Frequently Asked Questions About SEC Registration on Schedule B by Sovereign Issuers -  April 26, 2017
  • When Acronyms Collide: 20 FAQs for FPIs as IFRS Meets XBRL -  March 16, 2017
  • XBRL for Foreign Private Issuers: Coming Next Year -  March 02, 2017
  • Defining Foreign Private Issuers: Are You a Wizard or a Muggle? -  February 08, 2017
  • Tips for Upsizing and Downsizing an IPO -  August 08, 2016
  • The Latham US IPO Guide -  July 11, 2016
  • What You Should Know Going Into the IPO Market -  December 15, 2015
  • SEC Adopts Regulation A+ Rules -  April 07, 2015
  • Securities and Exchange Commission: Critical Issues Facing Public Companies -  April 01, 2015
  • Guide to Acquired Business Financial Statements -  September 18, 2014
  • The JOBS Act, Two Years Later -  April 04, 2014
  • The Last Days of Disco Ops -  March 11, 2014
  • The Good, the Bad and the Offer: Law, Lore and FAQs -  March 06, 2014
  • “You Talkin’ to Me?” -  July 25, 2013
  • La SEC elimina la prohibición contra la publicidad general en las ofertas privadas de valores en Estados Unidos -  July 15, 2013
  • SEC Adopts Repeal of Ban on General Solicitation; Proposes New Reg D Requirements  -  July 11, 2013
  • 10 Rules for Public Companies When Giving Guidance -  July 01, 2013
  • What’s the Deal with Regulation M? -  May 30, 2013
  • Tracking Emerging Growth Cos. Under the JOBS Act -  May 16, 2013
  • Q&A: New SEC Disclosure Requirements Take Effect -  February 07, 2013
  • US Sanctions Against Iran Continuing To Expand -  January 28, 2013
  • The JOBS Act, Part Deux: Frequently Asked Questions About Title II of the JOBS Act -  December 13, 2012
  • Giving Good Guidance: What Every Public Company Should Know -  October 18, 2012
  • SEC Adopts "Conflict Minerals" Rules -  September 20, 2012
  • The JOBS Act After Two Weeks: The 50 Most Frequently Asked Questions -  April 23, 2012
  • Video: Joel Trotter and Alex Cohen Discuss the IPO Task Force -  April 17, 2012
  • The JOBS Act and General Solicitation: Impact on Private Offerings During the Period Prior to SEC Rulemaking -  April 05, 2012
  • The JOBS Act Establishes IPO On-Ramp -  March 27, 2012
  • The Bought Deal Bible -  March 15, 2012
  • Recent Developments In Recent Developments — Using “Flash” Numbers in Securities Offerings -  June 1, 2011
  • Upsizing and Downsizing Your IPO -  July 14, 2010
  • Fourth Update: New Short-Selling Restrictions in the United States and Recommendations For a Pan-European Short-Selling Disclosure Regime -  March 22, 2010
  • Adjusted EBITDA Is Out of the Shadows as Staff Updates Non-GAAP Interpretations -  February 22, 2010
  • “Testing the Waters” Ahead of Exchange Offers -  February 11, 2010
“Highly commended” [with] “know-how and expertise on securities law … one of the leading voices on the subject.”Financial Times 2012 US Innovative Lawyers Report
Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Education
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1988
  • MA, Yale University, 1985
  • BA, Yale University, 1982
Industries
  • Oil & Gas
  • Financial Institutions
Languages
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Spanish
Practices
  • Capital Markets
  • Israel Practice
  • Public Company Representation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Latin America Practice