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Adam J. Wasserman

Adam J. Wasserman

Dechert LLP

New York, NY, USA


Adam J. Wasserman, of Dechert LLP, represents investment advisors, investment banks, corporations, and their senior executives in white collar criminal defense matters, Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory investigations, internal investigations, and securities and complex commercial litigation. In 2012, he was selected as one of the nation's five White Collar "Rising Stars" under the age of 40 by Law360. Since 2012, Mr. Wasserman has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States for securities litigation and shareholder class action defense. In 2013, he was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list in connection with his securities litigation work. Mr. Wasserman has been appointed to Law360's White Collar Editorial Advisory Board for 2014.

Mr. Wasserman has, since 2008, represented the ten independent directors of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in the investigations, litigations, and corporate governance matters arising from the collapse of Lehman Brothers in what is the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

In other notable matters, Mr. Wasserman served as trial counsel in a five month federal criminal trial, defending the chief operating officer of one of the nation's largest cable television companies who was accused of conspiring to commit a multi-billion dollar fraud. Mr. Wasserman helped his client obtain an acquittal/dismissal of eight counts and a hung jury on remaining securities fraud charges.

Mr. Wasserman has extensive experience defending broker-dealers, their senior executives, and their traders in SEC, New York Attorney General, and other investigations into such matters as auction rate securities, gifts and gratuities, conflicts of interest, and market manipulation.

In addition, Mr. Wasserman represents investment advisors and their senior management in securities investigations and litigations – relating to such issues as insider trading, concerted action, late trading, and style drift. And, he actively advises hedge funds and other firms on insider trading issues, policies and practices. Mr. Wasserman is a senior fellow from practice for the Regulatory Compliance Association and speaks and writes extensively on enforcement issues facing hedge funds and other investment advisors.

Mr. Wasserman graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1997, and from Pomona College, magna cum laude, in 1994.

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