Samara Cohen, Managing Director, is U.S. Head of iShares Capital Markets. The team is responsible for delivering market insights, execution services and product structure expertise to iShares clients. The Capital Markets Group also works with other BlackRock investment teams to maintain the liquidity, tax efficiency and performance standards for iShares ETFs. Finally, the team supports iShares' efforts with regional exchanges and regulatory agencies regarding ETF product and market structure issues to ensure clients' are represented in the face of industry change.
Samara originally joined BlackRock in 1993 as an analyst in the Institutional Client Business group. Prior to rejoining BlackRock, Ms. Cohen was a Managing Director in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs. She served as Chief Operating Officer of FICC (Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities) Americas Sales and led the Global Market Transition team which developed and delivered solutions to clients in the evolving market structure and regulatory environment. Previously, Samara worked in Interest Rate Products where she was responsible for developing strategies in interest rate and derivative markets for a broad range of institutional clients, including banks, insurance companies, asset managers and hedge funds.
Samara also represented Goldman Sachs on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Global Markets Advisory Committee.
Samara earned a BS Econ in Finance from the Wharton School and a BA in Theatre Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.