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David Adams

David Adams


David Adams

David G. Adams focuses on broker-dealer, exchange, investment adviser, and investment company regulatory and enforcement matters involving traditional and digital assets.

David's practice focuses on the intersection of technology and US financial regulatory frameworks and on the increasing impact of environmental, social and governance considerations on financial services providers. He has extensive experience advising US and multi-national clients on the establishment and maintenance of complex brokerage, asset management, and digital asset operations. David also advises clients regarding SEC and FINRA inquiries and investigations, internal investigations, M&A transactions and investment due diligence, advertising and marketing considerations, AML compliance, and the creation and negotiation of brokerage, advisory, trading platform, and other financial services agreements.

David's practice spans over 15 years and includes experience working at both the US Securities & Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.


Technology has disrupted financial services. The industry is being transformed. We can help you utilise technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts, artificial intelligence and big data to transform your operations, whilst considering the legal, ethical and practical risks.

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Career and qualifications

  • Rhodes College (B.A., Political Science) 2002
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Market Regulation 2005
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investment Adviser Regulation 2007
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D.) 2007
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in the District of Columbia 2008
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 2008
  • Associate, Sutherland, 2008
  • Joined Clifford Chance as an Associate 2009

Awards and citations

  • ‘David Adams is an exceptional talent with a multi-continental experience. David has been critical in helping us navigate global regulatory issues. His off hand knowledge of even the most complex jurisdictional nuances and the way he helps us to understand their impact on our business is truly fabulous.‘
    Legal 500 USA 2021: Investment Fund Formation