Alex Oh Named SEC Director of Enforcement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington D.C., April 22, 2021 —
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Alex Oh has been appointed Director of the Division of Enforcement. Oh was most recently a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and co-chair of the law firm’s Anti-Corruption & FCPA Practice Group. She was previously an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was a member of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force and the Major Crimes Unit.
“I’m excited to join the Division of Enforcement’s team of deeply talented and committed public servants,” said Oh. “The Enforcement Division plays a critical role in protecting investors and maintaining fair, orderly, and efficient markets, essential components of the SEC’s mission. I am committed to working tirelessly to uncover and prosecute violations of the law, whether by businesses or their leaders, so that we can keep American capital markets the strongest in the world.”
“Our capital markets – and the broader economy – thrive when there are clear rules of the road and a cop on the beat to enforce them,” said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. “Alex brings to the role of Director the right combination of values and experience to vigorously root out wrongdoing in our markets. With her work as a prosecutor, pro bono experience, and time in private practice, she has the expertise as a highly respected lawyer to ensure that the SEC protects investors.”
“I thank Melissa Hodgman and Kelly Gibson for their leadership of the Enforcement Division over the last few months and look forward to continuing to work with them and the broader enforcement team,” Gensler added.
Prior to private practice, Oh was the lead trial lawyer in numerous jury trials during her tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association. She previously served as a Trustee for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. In addition, Oh served on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Oh has an extensive pro bono practice and has litigated voting rights cases and constitutional challenges to voter registration and identification laws. Oh earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Williams College.