SEC Enforcement’s Cyber Unit Leader Decamps to Davis Polk
August 21, 2019 by Ryan Lovelace
After 15 years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Robert Cohen is joining Davis Polk & Wardwell as a partner in Washington, D.C.
Cohen was most recently the SEC’s first-ever chief of the division of enforcement’s cyber unit, a position created in 2017, and was formerly co-chief of the SEC’s market abuse unit. At Davis Polk, he will be a member of the firm’s white-collar criminal defense and investigations group within the litigation department. Cohen left the SEC in early August and will join Davis Polk in October.
“The decision about the firm was pretty easy,” Cohen said in an interview. “It’s obviously one of the premier global law firms with a very strong commitment to SEC enforcement work.”
Cohen declined to discuss what other opportunities he considered and whether others from the SEC would follow his path to Davis Polk.