XNYS:CIE Cobalt International Energy Inc Insider Activity 4 Filing - 2/10/2012

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FORM 4
Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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(Print or Type Responses)
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC
  2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
Cobalt International Energy, Inc. [CIE]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
_____ Director __X__ 10% Owner
_____ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
200 WEST STREET
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
02/10/2012
(Street)

NEW YORK, NY 10282
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
___ Form filed by One Reporting Person
_X_ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock, par value $0.01 02/10/2012   P   2,500 A $32.4548(3)(5) 74,870,648 I See footnotes(1)(2)
Common Stock, par value $0.01 02/10/2012   S   2,500 D $32.3614(4)(5) 74,868,148 I See footnotes(1)(2)

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Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4, and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
7. Title and Amount of Underlying Securities
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 4)
10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
 Director  10% Owner  Officer  Other
GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC
200 WEST STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10282
    X    
GOLDMAN SACHS & CO
200 WEST STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10282
    X    

Signatures

 /s/ Yvette Kosic, Attorney-in-fact   02/14/2012
** Signature of Reporting Person Date

 /s/ Yvette Kosic, Attorney-in-fact   02/14/2012
** Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 4(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) This statement is being filed by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ("GS Group") and Goldman, Sachs & Co. ("Goldman Sachs" and, together with GS Group, the "Reporting Persons"). The Reporting Persons may be deemed to beneficially own indirectly, in the aggregate, 74,868,148 shares of Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (the "Company") common stock, par value $0.01 per share ("Common Stock"), through certain limited partnerships (the "Limited Partnerships"). Affiliates of GS Group and Goldman Sachs are the general partner, managing limited partner or managing partner of the Limited Partnerships. The Reporting Persons disclaim beneficial ownership of the securities reported herein except to the extent of their pecuniary interest therein.
(2) The Common Stock of the Company reported herein as indirectly purchased and sold were beneficially owned directly by Goldman Sachs and may be deemed to have been beneficially owned indirectly by GS Group. Without admitting any legal obligation, Goldman Sachs or another wholly-owned subsidiary of GS Group will remit appropriate profits, if any, to the Company.
(3) Reflects a weighted average purchase price of $32.4548 per share, at prices ranging from $32.40 to $32.48 per share.
(4) Reflects a weighted average sale price of $32.3614 per share, at prices ranging from $32.27 to $32.45 per share.
(5) Upon request by the staff of the Securities Exchange Commission, the Company, or a security holder of the Company, full information regarding the number of shares sold at each separate price will be provided.

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