Amelia Cottrell, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigator who helped build an insider-trading case against a unit of billionaire Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors LP, was promoted to a top enforcement position in the agency’s New York office.
Cottrell, 39, will help supervise a staff of about 180 attorneys, investigators, accountants and paralegals as associate director of the office, the SEC said in a statement today. She has been part of an enforcement unit specializing in unearthing market abuse that was formed in 2010.
Since joining the SEC in 2005, Cottrell has worked on high-profile cases, including the investigation of SAC Capital unit CR Intrinsic Investors LLC that resulted in a record $616 million settlement in March, the SEC said. She also helped reach a $25 million settlement with U.K.-based ICAP Plc (IAP) over claims the brokerage displayed fake trades and misled customers.
“Amelia has been an extraordinary leader in this office and is widely respected both within and outside of the SEC,” Andrew Calamari, director of the New York office, said in a statement.
Before joining the SEC, Cottrell worked for five years at law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and two years at Jones Day, the SEC said. She graduated from Williams College in 1995 before earning a juris doctor with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1998.
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