The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that Stephen Cohen has been appointed as an associate director of the Division of Enforcement.
Currently a senior adviser to Chairman Mary Schapiro, Cohen led an agencywide initiative to improve the handling of tips, complaints and referrals and the agency’s Consolidated Audit Trail proposal.
He joined the SEC in 2004 as an assistant chief litigation counsel from Boies, Schiller & Flexner, where he was an associate. He also served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program.
In his new position, he’ll assist in planning and directing the SEC's enforcement efforts. He replaces Christopher Conte, who left the agency after nearly 18 years in September to become a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
“The Enforcement Division will benefit greatly from Steve’s intelligence, judgment, and determination as well as his comprehensive understanding of our securities laws and his grasp on the way the Division functions,” said Robert Khuzami, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, in a written statement.