H. Rodgin Cohen is one of the most active and influential bank merger attorneys in the world, offering the Sullivan & Cromwell partner a unique view of the wreckage the credit crisis has reaped across the sector and economy.
Last year alone, Cohen worked on several multibillion dollar deals involving Goldman Sachs (GS - Get Report), JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report), AIG (AIG - Get Report), Barclays (BCS), Morgan Stanley (MS - Get Report), Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC - Get Report) among other large institutions. He was considered a candidate to serve as one of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's deputies, but eventually dropped out, according to several reports last month.
Cohen spoke with TheStreet.com last week. He declined to discuss his candidacy for the Treasury position and several matters affecting current clients.
TheStreet.com: What do you think of the Obama administration's handling of the crisis so far?Cohen: When you consider the depth and breadth of the crisis, I think the administration has moved with both alacrity and comprehensiveness to deal with the issues. Inevitably in a situation like this not every decision will be the right decision, but the way they have attacked the problem I think is exactly what the problem requires.
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