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
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.
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)
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.
JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1995, Virginia Law Review
BA, University of Virginia, 1992, Echols Scholar; Raven Society
District of Columbia, Virginia
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.
Paul Dudek is counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Dudek joins Latham after 23 years as Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance in the US Securities Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance.
Mr. Dudek’s practice covers all aspects of cross-border capital market transactions involving non-US companies and sovereigns, as well as related regulatory matters.
In his previous role, Mr. Dudek oversaw the Office’s efforts to develop and implement rulemaking initiatives and interpretive policies pertaining to US public and private offerings, listings and other transactions and periodic reporting by foreign private issuers in the US and multinational offerings by foreign and domestic issuers, especially with respect to Regulation S, Rule 144A, Form 20-F and Securities Act and Exchange Act filings by foreign private issuers, the Multijurisdictional Disclosure System (MJDS), American depositary receipts (ADRs) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Mr. Dudek has deep and rich experience in SEC registrations. During his tenure as Office Chief, more than 2,000 foreign private issuers completed their initial registrations with the SEC, including through traditional global or US-only IPOs, privatizations, spin-offs, straight listings and M&A transactions, and many sovereign issuers completed their initial US registered debt offerings. Similarly in that time, numerous foreign corporate and governmental issuers effected a wide range of follow-on capital markets transactions in SEC registered offerings.
Among his recent efforts, Mr. Dudek led various initiatives relating to IFRS, and he helped implement rulewriting and other projects under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and the JOBS Act of 2012, including projects relating to cross-border derivatives transactions, the extra-territorial application of the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws, and amendments to Rule 144A.
Mr. Dudek also served as the Commission’s representative to the Corporate Governance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He completed significant work relating to international organizations, including the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Financial Stability Board.
Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Dudek was in private practice in New York, where he advised a range of foreign and US companies and financial intermediaries on capital markets transactions.
Mr. Dudek was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.