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 is Co-Chair of Latham’s national office, a central resource for clients and Latham lawyers facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws. Mr. Cohen’s practice covers capital markets, registration, and reporting with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), corporate governance, accounting restatements, investigations by the SEC, and related issues.

Mr. Cohen is a former senior official of the SEC. He joined the SEC Staff in 2006 as Deputy General Counsel for Legal Policy and Administrative Practice and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff. During his time at the SEC, Mr. Cohen 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.

From 2001-2006, Mr. Cohen was a partner in Latham’s London and Hong Kong offices.

Mr. Cohen edits Latham’s Words of Wisdom blog, which tackles interesting legal issues in the capital markets in a lively, plain-English manner. He has taught at Georgetown Law School as an Adjunct Professor and was a technical advisor to Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010).

From 1989 to 1990, Mr. Cohen served as a law clerk to Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Thought Leadership

  • Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings -  04 January 2018
  • The IPO Playbook -  09 October 2017
  • The Latham FPI Guide: Accessing the US Capital Markets From Outside the United States -  21 September 2017
  • Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2018 Offerings -  05 September 2017
  • New IPO Policy Signals Pragmatic Regulatory Approach -  24 July 2017
  • Decrypting Non-GAAP Rule Compliance -  20 July 2017
  • Hail, Hail Freedonia: Frequently Asked Questions About SEC Registration on Schedule B by Sovereign Issuers -  26 April 2017
  • The Latham Global IPO Guide -  03 April 2017
  • When Acronyms Collide: 20 FAQs for FPIs as IFRS Meets XBRL -  16 March 2017
  • XBRL for Foreign Private Issuers: Coming Next Year -  02 March 2017
  • Defining Foreign Private Issuers: Are You a Wizard or a Muggle? -  08 February 2017
  • Tips for Upsizing and Downsizing an IPO -  08 August 2016
  • The Latham US IPO Guide -  11 July 2016
  • What You Should Know Going Into the IPO Market -  15 December 2015
  • SEC Adopts Regulation A+ Rules -  07 April 2015
  • Securities and Exchange Commission: Critical Issues Facing Public Companies -  01 April 2015
  • Guide to Acquired Business Financial Statements -  18 September 2014
  • The JOBS Act, Two Years Later -  04 April 2014
  • The Last Days of Disco Ops -  11 March 2014
  • The Good, the Bad and the Offer: Law, Lore and FAQs -  06 March 2014
  • “You Talkin’ to Me?” -  25 July 2013
  • La SEC elimina la prohibición contra la publicidad general en las ofertas privadas de valores en Estados Unidos -  15 July 2013
  • SEC Adopts Repeal of Ban on General Solicitation; Proposes New Reg D Requirements  -  11 July 2013
  • 10 Rules for Public Companies When Giving Guidance -  01 July 2013
  • What’s the Deal with Regulation M? -  30 May 2013
  • Tracking Emerging Growth Cos. Under the JOBS Act -  16 May 2013
  • The JOBS Act After One Year: A Review of the New IPO Playbook -  04 April 2013
  • Q&A: New SEC Disclosure Requirements Take Effect -  07 February 2013
  • US Sanctions Against Iran Continuing To Expand -  28 January 2013
  • The JOBS Act, Part Deux: Frequently Asked Questions About Title II of the JOBS Act -  13 December 2012
  • Giving Good Guidance: What Every Public Company Should Know -  18 October 2012
  • SEC Adopts "Conflict Minerals" Rules -  20 September 2012
  • The JOBS Act After Two Weeks: The 50 Most Frequently Asked Questions -  23 April 2012
  • Video: Joel Trotter and Alex Cohen Discuss the IPO Task Force -  17 April 2012
  • The JOBS Act and General Solicitation: Impact on Private Offerings During the Period Prior to SEC Rulemaking -  05 April 2012
  • The JOBS Act Establishes IPO On-Ramp -  27 March 2012
  • The Bought Deal Bible -  15 March 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
Mr. Cohen is Co-chair of Latham's national office, which is "highly commended" as the center of "know-how and expertise on securities law" and recognized as "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
  • Energy - Oil & Gas
  • Financial Institutions
Languages
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Spanish
Practices
  • Capital Markets
  • Israel Practice
  • Oil & Gas
  • Public Company Representation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Latin America Practice