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Mark Cahn Named Deputy General Counsel at SEC


Washington, D.C., March 6, 2009 — The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that Mark D. Cahn has been named a Deputy General Counsel in the SEC's Office of the General Counsel, and he will join the agency staff next week.

Mr. Cahn comes to the SEC from the Washington office of WilmerHale LLP, where he has been a partner in the firm's Securities Department. In his new role at the SEC, Mr. Cahn will be the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Adjudication and will help oversee enforcement matters, appellate cases, and adjudications.

"I'm pleased to welcome Mark to the Commission and the Office of the General Counsel," said SEC General Counsel David Becker. "Mark is a splendid lawyer with a breadth of experience that will serve investors and the Commission well. He will be a terrific public servant."

Mr. Cahn said, "I have a deep respect for the work of the Commission and its dedicated staff. I am honored to have the opportunity to join David and the Office of the General Counsel on the many matters of great importance that face the SEC and the investing public during these challenging times."

Mr. Cahn fills a position previously held by Andrew Vollmer, who announced last month that he will soon be leaving the SEC to return to the private sector.

Mr. Cahn has been a member of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice at WilmerHale, a firm he joined in 1988. Mr. Cahn has worked on matters involving public companies, financial institutions, and individuals as well as the SEC, FINRA, and other regulatory bodies. His expertise in securities law and enforcement ranges from financial reporting, accounting and disclosure issues to supervision matters and internal corporate investigations.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Cahn clerked for the Honorable John J. Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in 1987, and for the Honorable Herbert J. Stern, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, in 1986.

Mr. Cahn, 47, has been admitted to both the New York and District of Columbia bars. He earned his J.D. in 1986 from Yale Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Mr. Cahn earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Tufts University in 1983.

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Modified: 03/06/2009