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 to 1969.

Born in Brooklyn, he was a graduate of Brooklyn College (B.S. 1933).[1]

During his tenure, the breadth of the prohibitions against insider trading,[2] 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 SEC relies today.[3]

His daughter Susan Cohen married future United States federal judge Paul D. Borman in 1964.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents - Google Books". 1968-05-06. Retrieved 2019-12-26.
  2. ^ Insider Trading U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, accessed May 7, 2008
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2008-12-21.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 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)
  4. ^ "Paul D. Borman Becomes Fiance Of Susan Cohen; Graduate Law Student to Wed Daughter of S.E.C. Commissioner - The New York Times". The New York Times. 1964-01-19. Retrieved 2019-12-26.
  5. ^ "Man in the News; New Wall St. Watchdog; Manuel Frederick Cohen - The New York Times". The New York Times. 11 July 1964. Retrieved 2019-12-26.
Government offices Preceded byWilliam L. Cary Securities and Exchange Commission Chair 1964–1969 Succeeded byHamer H. Budge