Adam Cohen

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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G Street Northwest 900
Washington 20001 DC US

Adam J. Cohen is Counsel in the Firm’s Financial Institutions Practice. Adam’s practice focuses on financial services regulation, particularly as they relate to interpreting regulations, mergers and acquisitions, structuring investments in banks, bank holding companies and new business lines, and in securities offerings.

Prior to joining the Firm, Adam served as Counsel in the Legal Division of the Federal Reserve Board. In this role, he acted as an advisor to the Federal Reserve Board and its General Counsel on a wide range of matters, such as:

  • evaluating complex proposals by domestic and foreign banking organizations to engage in mergers and acquisitions as well as banking and non-banking activities;
  • advising on the “controlling influence” standard under the Bank Holding Company Act in connection with investments in banking and non-banking organizations;
  • drafting and interpreting liquidity, risk-management and derivatives regulations applicable to domestic and foreign banking organizations;
  • participating in examinations of domestic banking organizations to evaluate compliance with the Federal Reserve Board’s enhanced prudential standards;
  • evaluating domestic banking organizations’ Title I resolution plans; and
  • formulating the Federal Reserve Board’s regulatory priorities with respect to interagency rulemakings with the Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Board, Adam was an attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the Division of Clearing and Risk. Before his government service, he was in private practice where he focused on capital markets, banking and bankruptcy matters.

Adam received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Columbia Law School, 2009 J.D.
    • James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Duke University, 2006 B.A.
    • summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions : New York 2010


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