(Corrects last paragraph 7 to make clear this is not the first
time Sard has hired someone from the government)
By Emily Flitter
NEW YORK, June 11 The top public affairs officer
for U.S. federal prosecutors in Manhattan is leaving to join
public relations group Sard Verbinnen & Co, which represents
many high-profile financial firms, including Steven A. Cohen's
SAC Capital Advisors, according to the firm's co-founder George
Ellen Davis, who has spent just less than three years as the
chief public information officer for prosecutors in the U.S.
District Court in the Southern District of New York, will leave
her position at the end of the month and join Sard in September.
For nearly a decade, Sard partner Jonathan Gasthalter has
represented Cohen's $15 billion fund SAC Capital, including
during the U.S. government's six-year-long insider trading
investigation into the firm.
Gasthalter declined to comment to Reuters.
So far, nine people from SAC have been charged or implicated
in insider trading cases brought by prosecutors from the
Southern District of New York. The investigation is ongoing.
Davis will not work on any SAC-related issues, according to
the firm, to avoid any conflict of interest.
Sard, a 100-person firm, is based in New York and has
offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. This is not
the first time Sard has hired someone from the government.
(Additional reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by Maureen