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Adam Wasserman is currently the Chair of Knology, an interdisciplinary think tank leveraging social science for the public good in support of environmental, cultural, and systems issues. Adam is also the founder of ESG Encouragement -- a collection of Aspen fellows and other leaders focused on promoting sustainable development inside their organizations and throughout the financial industry more broadly.
Adam served for seven years as the Head of Enforcement at NYSE Regulation, the regulatory arm of the New York Stock Exchange, where he led a team of attorneys dedicated to ensuring that its securities markets remain strong, efficient, and fair. Adam joined the NYSE in 2014, to help rebuild its market regulation program from the ground up (transforming it into a 70-person department).
Prior to joining NYSE, Adam was a white collar and securities litigation partner at Dechert LLP, specializing in assisting financial institutions and their senior executives. While there, Adam represented the board of directors of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in all investigations, litigations, and corporate governance matters arising out of the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. He also maintained an active pro bono practice, winning asylum for a detained Somali refugee, obtaining a declaratory judgment on behalf of clean needle exchange program participants, winning parole for an inmate serving a sentence of twenty-years to life, and representing a Louisiana death row inmate in post-conviction proceedings.
Over the course of his career, Adam has been selected by Law360 as one of five white collar rising stars, named a New York Metro Super Lawyer, and recommended by the Legal 500 for “experienced, sage counsel.” Adam lives outside of New York City, with his wife Kate and two children. He received a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and a JD from Harvard Law School. Adam is a Fellow of the 2017 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.