February 23, 2017

Former SEC Associate Director of Enforcement Joins Sidley Austin

Stephen Cohen has joined Sidley Austin’s Securities & Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory practice as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Cohen, who departed the SEC in June of last year after a 12 year tenure, and most recently served as Associate Director of the Enforcement Division, will work closely with Sidley’s White Collar/Government Investigations and Government Strategies practice groups as well.

While at the SEC, Cohen worked on enforcement actions across a broad range of activities including: accounting and disclosure fraud; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; insider trading; registered and unregistered securities offerings; market abuses; broker-dealers; investment advisers; and other regulated entities. Cohen also oversaw the establishment of the SEC’s Whistleblower Program and served as a liaison with federal agencies on cybersecurity issues, among other initiatives.

Prior to his role in the Enforcement division, Cohen was a senior adviser to former Chair Mary Schapiro and assistant chief litigation counsel in the Trial Unit.