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Accessing the U.S. Capital Markets: What Foreign Governments Need to Know

Speaker(s): Alexander F. Cohen, Joel H. Trotter, Paul M. Dudek
Recorded on: Jun. 28, 2017
PLI Program #: 216979

Alex Cohen is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and Co- chair of Latham & Watkins' national office, a central resource for clients and Latham lawyers facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws. His practice specializes in capital markets and SEC matters.


Mr. Cohen is a former senior official of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (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.

Mr. Cohen’s practice covers:

  • Complex securities transactions
  • Registration and reporting with the SEC
  • Accounting restatements
  • Investigations by the SEC 

Mr. Cohen was resident in Latham’s London and Hong Kong offices from 2001-2006, and has particular expertise advising non-US companies on US securities law matters.

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

  • Edits Latham’s "Words of Wisdom" blog, tackling interesting legal issues in the capital markets in a lively, plain-English manner
  • Taught at Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor
  • Served as a technical advisor to Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (2010)


JD, Yale Law School, 1988 MA,
Yale University, 1985
BA, Yale University, 1982

Bar Qualifications

District of Columbia, New York


Dutch, English, French, Spanish

Recognition Highlights

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" by Financial Times 2012 US Innovative Lawyers Report

Recommended by Legal 500 US for debt and equity offerings

Joel H. Trotter is the global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice Group and the Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department in the Washington, D.C. office. He also serves as Co-chair of the firm's national office, a central resource for clients and Latham attorneys facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws.


Mr. Trotter's practice focuses on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and general corporate matters. He represents major NYSE and Nasdaq companies and counsels issuers and underwriters in the public offering process and in other SEC-related matters. Mr. Trotter serves as special counsel for boards of directors, audit committees and special committees on governance issues, corporate crises and business combination proposals.

Mr. Trotter has represented public company clients across various industries, from Fortune 500 to emerging companies, including Allergan PLC (formerly Actavis PLC), CACI International Inc., Checkpoint Systems, Inc., Intertape Polymer Group Inc., Kimco Realty Corporation, Omnicom Group, Inc., and Weatherford International, among others.

As one of two lawyers on the IPO Task Force, Mr. Trotter played a leading role in preparing a report to the US Department of the Treasury to increase job creation by improving access to the capital markets for emerging growth companies. He also served as a principal author of the IPO-related provisions of the JOBS Act of 2012, which an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Congress adopted to implement the IPO Task Force's recommendations.

Thought Leadership


JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1995, Virginia Law Review

BA, University of Virginia, 1992, Echols Scholar; Raven Society

Bar Qualifications

District of Columbia, Virginia



Recognition Highlights

Named by Law360 as one of the "10 Most Admired Securities Attorneys" from more than 1,000 nominations. The survey identified him as "one of the firm's go-to sources for advice," noting his "deep expertise and excellent judgment" on sophisticated securities matters, and describing him as a "smart, creative and responsive" counselor who "knows how to listen" and is "always available and never seems stressed."

Mr. Trotter is included in Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers.

Mr. Dudek has been Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission since 1993.  He joined that office as an Attorney Fellow in 1990.  Prior to that, he was with the New York Office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton where his practice involved representing a wide range of foreign and U.S. companies and financial intermediaries in capital markets transactions.

Mr. Dudek is a graduate of the New York University School of Law (Order of the Coif) and Fordham University (Phi Beta Kappa).  Mr. Dudek has received the SEC’s Philip A. Loomis, Jr. Award and as a team member the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence and (twice) the SEC’s Regulatory Simplification Award.  Mr. Dudek has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law of Georgetown University School of Law and at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University (Toronto), teaching courses on global securities offerings.  He has taught classes at Duke University Law School and the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (London). 

Mr. Dudek serves as a U.S. representative to the Corporate Governance Committee of the OECD.  He serves as co-moderator of PLI’s Global Capital Markets held annually in the spring in New York City.  He has spoken at numerous legal and finance conferences, including testimony in 2010 before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and presentations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) 2011 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., the 2010 Initial Public Offering Conference in Istanbul hosted by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey, and the 2011 Conference on Capital Market Oversight in the Caribbean and Latin America hosted by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Trinidad & Tobago.