Robert A. Cohen is a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mr. Cohen brings 15 years of experience in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement to his work as a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department in Washington DC. As a member of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations Group, he focuses on representing companies, boards and individuals in regulatory matters and internal investigations.
During his tenure at the agency, Mr. Cohen was involved in significant enforcement actions across a wide range of areas, including securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation and abuse, financial fraud, cybersecurity and cryptocurrency.
As the first-ever Chief of the Cyber Unit, he supervised investigations concerning cybersecurity events, controls and disclosures at broker-dealers, investment advisers, stock exchanges and public companies, initial coin offerings and other conduct involving digital assets, and cyber-related market manipulations.
Mr. Cohen previously was Co-Chief of the Market Abuse Unit, supervising market structure and trading investigations, including violations by national securities exchanges, dark pools and large brokerdealers, complex insider trading, and large-scale manipulation.
Mr. Cohen is admitted to practice in New York and Maryland, and is practicing in DC under the supervision of partners of the firm.