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Manuel F. Cohen (October 9, 1912 – June 16, 1977) served as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission between 1964 and 1969 and also served as a member from 1961-1969.

Born in Brooklyn, he was a graduate of Brooklyn College (1933).

During his tenure, the breadth of the prohibitions against insider trading,[1] which had been developed earlier under Chairman William L. Cary, grew substantially as the SEC began to bring the key cases that developed the theories of insider trading on which the Commission relies today.[2]


  1. ^ Insider Trading U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, accessed May 7, 2008
  2. ^ [1] Joel Seligman, The Transformation of Wall Street 157 (3d ed. 2003), at 344-47, 357, 362; SEC Historical Society Oral Histories Committee, Roundtable on Enforcement: A Brief History of the SEC’s Enforcement Program 1934-1981 (2002)

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Government offices
Preceded by
William L. Cary
Securities and Exchange Commission Chair
Succeeded by
Hamer H. Budge


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