The SEC announced that John Coates, who served as Acting Director of the Division of Corporation Finance and then as Acting SEC General Counsel, will leave the SEC in October to return to teaching at Harvard University. Dan Berkovitz, who now serves as a Commissioner of the CFTC, has been named SEC General Counsel. Michael Conley, currently the SEC’s Solicitor, will serve as Acting General Counsel until Berkovitz joins the agency. As noted in the SEC’s announcement, SEC Chair Gary Gensler and Berkovitz previously worked together when Berkovitz served as the CFTC’s General Counsel from 2009 to 2013.
– Dave Lynn