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Cynthia B. Adams

Cynthia B. Adams

Jefferies LLC
Managing Director and Head of Litigation, Regulatory & Employment Legal
New York City, NY, USA

Cynthia B. Adams is Managing Director and Head of Litigation, Regulatory and Employment Legal at Jefferies LLC, a global investment banking firm.  She leads the team responsible for a wide array of litigation, enforcement, and employment matters, including internal investigations, regulatory and compliance advice, and firm-wide policy initiatives. 

Prior to Jefferies, Cynthia held senior in-house legal roles at Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Global Wealth Management.  She joined Citigroup from WilmerHale, where she represented financial institutions in regulatory investigations and other matters.  Prior to WilmerHale, she served as an enforcement attorney in the New York office of FINRA (then NASD Regulation).  Cynthia began her legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell, following a federal clerkship with the Hon. Emmet G. Sullivan in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 

She earned her law degree with honors from Howard University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary.

Cynthia is a member of the Compliance and Legal Society for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the American Bar Association, and the National Bar Association.  She is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association and is a long-time advisory board member for Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC).  She frequently speaks on panels regarding ethics for legal and compliance professional and best practices for regulatory and internal investigations.  






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