Adam Hakki is Shearman & Sterling's Senior Partner and Chair of the Firm. Adam maintains an active trial and investigations practice centered on “bet the company” matters. The American Lawyer named Adam "Litigator of the Year" in both 2023 and 2021. Particularly versatile, Adam is the only lawyer in America recognized by Chambers USA for each of Securities Litigation, Antitrust Litigation and Financial Services Enforcement and Investigations. Adam is also one of only four lawyers in New York recognized by Chambers USA as a “Star Performer” for Securities Litigation, a special designation above Band 1. Law360 has selected Adam for its prestigious “MVP" recognition five years in a row. Benchmark Litigation has named Adam its “Securities Lawyer of the Year” four times, and The Legal 500 has named him to its “Hall of Fame.” Adam has decades of experience representing corporations, directors, executives, special committees, financial institutions and asset managers in their highest stakes matters in the courtroom, in internal investigations, and before government enforcers, especially the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, state attorneys general, bank regulators and FINRA. Adam has a particularly deep focus on cases and investigations involving securities, corporate governance, M&A, antitrust and competition, derivatives and commodities, insider trading, SPACs, financial disclosure and accounting, trading and investment banking regulation, general commercial matters and insolvency.
The leading publications and directories, such as Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and Benchmark Litigation describe Adam as “the complete package,” a “universally revered securities litigator,” “simply brilliant,” “a master at thinking through issues that others don’t,” having “a breadth of knowledge and ability to predict outcomes and manage expectations [that] are second to none,” “the most impressive securities litigator I have ever used anywhere,” “phenomenal” having “a unique ability to be practical while not missing a single detail of the law,” “among the most polished and professional litigators in America,” “a force to be reckoned with,” “amazingly bright, with excellent strategic judgment,” “respected by other outside counsel,” having “the rare balance of being incredibly smart and effectively confident,” “a great lawyer with a practical bent that is somewhat rare,” “on top of all of the cutting edge issues,” “incredibly responsive,” “just dynamite,” “tremendous breadth, and does really well in court,” “exceptionally hard-working and shows up everywhere,” “takes on everything that comes at him,” “incredibly knowledgeable,” “extremely smart,” “very strong with senior management,” “provides a great client experience,” “quick, well prepared and responsive,” a “superb writer,” “gets to the core really quickly, and can act really quickly,” “always the most calm and composed person in the room,” “great at making oral presentations,” able to “persuade on his feet,” “having a vast and loyal cadre” of clients, and “an absolute pleasure to work with.”
J.D., magna cum laude