Bio for William Cohan
Swaps Vote Is Another Big Win for the Big Banks
May 21, 2013 | 18 CommentsClick on the section of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission website about the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-reform law and the first thing that jumps out is a quotation, in bold, from CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler about how Dodd-Frank would transform the derivatives market -- for the better.
How Bad Can It Be for SEC Whistle-Blowers?
May 15, 2013 | 8 CommentsGeorge Canellos, 48, has one of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s top jobs. The SEC’s new chairman, Mary Jo White, appointed him as co-director of the enforcement division, along with Andrew Ceresney, a former partner of White’s at Debevoise & Plimpton. Their job is to oversee 1,200 investigators, accountants and lawyers who try to root out corruption on Wall Street. Canellos should be above reproach.
In Defense of M&A Leaks
May 06, 2013 | No commentsNormally, an academic study as inane as “M&A Confidential: What Happens When Deals Leak” would be dismissed for what it is: a blatant, lame attempt to gin up some public attention for its sponsors.
Will Mary Jo White’s SEC Hang Whistle-Blowers Out to Dry?
April 29, 2013 | No commentsThe Securities and Exchange Commission is certainly looking all spiffy and new these days.
Gunmaker Sale Needs a Background Check
April 21, 2013 | No commentsWhat with the terrorist attack in Boston, the deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas and the inane vote against gun control in the U.S. Senate, you may have missed the news late last week about Stephen Feinberg. The reclusive co-founder of the buyout firm Cerberus Capital Management LP is attempting one of his most daring and ill- conceived deals of all time: trying to buy Freedom Group Inc., one of the world’s largest gun manufacturers, from his own company.